Fred Savage

Fred Savage Headshot

Actor • Producer • Director • Host

Birth Name: Fredrick Aaron Savage

Birth Date: July 9, 1976

Age: 47 years old

Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois

Siblings: Ben Savage

As a cute juvenile lead, Fred Savage was capable of appearing wise beyond his years, a talent put to good use in the feature "Vice Versa" (1988), the story of a father (Judge Reinhold) and son who switch bodies, and as the grandson of Peter Falk to whom the tale of "The Princess Bride" (1987) is related. The adolescent Savage was best known, however, as the perceptive and thoughtful '60s kid Kevin Arnold on the popular comedy-drama "The Wonder Years" (ABC, 1988-93). During this period, Savage also appeared in a handful of TV movies, including an affecting turn as a youth with muscular dystrophy who calls attention to the abuse and neglect in the nursing home to which he is confined in "When You Remember Me" (ABC, 1990).

In a change of pace, Savage played the abusive boyfriend of a high school student (Candace Cameron) in "No One Would Tell" (NBC, 1996). The following year, the 20-something actor returned to series TV as a recent college graduate negotiating the minefields of corporate life in the NBC sitcom "Working" (1997-99). After graduating from Stanford University in 1999 with a bachelor's in English, Savage returned to Hollywood determined to revive his career, not as an actor but as a director. He dipped his toe in the directing pool when he helmed an episode of little brother Ben's hit sitcom, "Boy Meets World" (ABC, 1993-2000), then dove in headfirst after leaving college.

He directed episodes of sitcoms "All About Us" (NBC, 2001-02), "What I Like About You" (WB, 2002-06) and "That's So Raven" (Disney, 2002-06), then had steadier work helming a season of "Phil of the Future" (Disney, 2004-06), a family comedy about a kid from the year 2121 trapped in contemporary times after his time machine breaks down. While maintaining regular directing work on "Unfabulous" (Nickelodeon, 2004-07) and "Drake & Josh" (Nickelodeon, 2004-07), Savage appeared in an episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ), and had supporting roles in several features, including "The Rules of Attraction" (2002), "Austin Powers in Goldmember" (2002) and "Welcome to Mooseport" (2004).

Savage then returned to regular series work with "Crumbs" (ABC, 2006), playing a closeted gay writer who returns home to help run his family's restaurant after failing to make it in Hollywood. The series lasted only 13 episodes, but Savage went on to direct his first feature, Eddie Murphy family comedy "Daddy Day Camp" (2007). Returning to television, Savage signed on as a producer of cult comedy "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" (FX/FXX 2005- ) and directed a number of episodes as well.

He performed a similar function on another cult favorite, Hollywood satire "Party Down" (Starz 2009-2010). Firmly established as a highly-regarded television director with long stints on hit series like "Modern Family" (ABC 2009- ) and "Two Broke Girls" (CBS 2011-17), Savage also executive produced the sitcoms "Best Friends Forever" (NBC 2012) starring Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair and "Garfunkel and Oates" (Comedy Central 2014) starring Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome. Savage also returned to acting during this period, co-starring in a voice role in science fiction animated series "Generator Rex" (Cartoon Network 2010-12) before co-starring opposite Rob Lowe in legal comedy "The Grinder" (Fox 2015-16) and appearing opposite Keegan-Michael Key and Cobie Smulders in ensemble comedy "Friends from College" (Netflix 2017- ).

Credits

The Wonder YearsStream

Director
Series
2021
96%

The Wonder YearsStream

Executive Producer
Series
2021
96%

The Drew Barrymore ShowStream

Guest
Talk
2020

Indebted

Director
Series
2020
25%

What Just Happened??! With Fred SavageStream

Actor
Talk
2019
67%

What Just Happened??! With Fred SavageStream

Executive Producer
Talk
2019
67%

The ConnersStream

Director
Series
2018
93%

The ConnersStream

Guest Star
Dr. Harding
Series
2018
93%

Single ParentsStream

Director
Series
2018

Couch Surfing

Guest
Show
2018

Child SupportStream

Host
Game Show
2018

Super Troopers 2

Self
Movie
2018

Once Upon a Deadpool

Self
Movie
2018

Access Live

Guest
Show
2017

Friends From CollegeStream

Actor
Max
Series
2017
26%

Live with Kelly and Ryan

Guest
Talk
2017

CasualStream

Director
Series
2015
94%

The GrinderStream

Actor
Stewart Sanderson
Series
2015
93%

The Grinder: Extras

Actor
Show
2015

The Late Late Show With James Corden

Guest
Talk
2015

Sin City Saints

Director
Show
2015

Fresh Off the BoatStream

Director
Series
2015
94%

Black-ishStream

Director
Series
2014
92%

Garfunkel and OatesStream

Director
Series
2014
100%

Garfunkel and OatesStream

Executive Producer
Series
2014
100%

Tandoori & hamburgers

Director
Show
2014

Bad TeacherStream

Director
Series
2014
56%

Friends with Better LivesStream

Director
Series
2014
13%

Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

Guest
Talk
2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

Guest
Talk
2014

Super Fun Night

Director
Show
2013

The Crazy OnesStream

Director
Series
2013

The GoldbergsStream

Director
Series
2013

Live! With Kelly and Michael

Guest
Talk
2012

Live! With Kelly and Michael

Host
Talk
2012

Best Friends Forever

Executive Producer
Show
2012

LIVE with Kelly

Host
Talk
2011

How To Be A GentlemanStream

Director
Series
2011
26%

2 Broke GirlsStream

Director
Series
2011

Dish Nation

Guest
Talk
2011

Franklin & BashStream

Director
Series
2011
61%

Happy EndingsStream

Director
Series
2011
76%

Happy EndingsStream

Guest Star
Himself
Series
2011
76%

Mr. SunshineStream

Guest Star
Series
2011
52%

Bob's BurgersStream

Guest Voice
Parker
Series
2011

ConanStream

Guest
Talk
2010

Generator Rex

Voice
Show
2010

Modern FamilyStream

Director
Series
2009
85%

Modern FamilyStream

Guest Star
Caleb
Series
2009
85%

Watch What Happens Live With Andy CohenStream

Guest
Talk
2009

Party DownStream

Director
Series
2009
94%

Worst Week

Director
Show
2008

Aliens in America

Director
Show
2007

GreekStream

Director
Series
2007
75%

Daddy Day Camp

Director
Movie
2007

Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen

Voice
Show
2006

Ugly BettyStream

Director
Series
2006
97%

etalk

Guest
Show
2006

Hannah MontanaStream

Director
Series
2006

Crumbs

Actor
Mitch Crumb
Show
2006

Entertainment Tonight Canada

Guest
Show
2005

It's Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaStream

Director
Series
2005
94%

The Last Run

Actor
Steven Goodson
Movie
2005

Phil of the FutureStream

Director
Series
2004

Welcome to Mooseport

Actor
Bullard
Movie
2004

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Guest
Talk
2003

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

Guest
Talk
2003

What I Like About YouStream

Director
Series
2002

Austin Powers in GoldmemberStream

Actor
Number Three
Movie
2002
53%

The Rules of AttractionStream

Actor
Marc
Movie
2002
44%

Oswald

Voice
Show
2001

Law & Order: Special Victims UnitStream

Guest Star
Michael Gardner
Series
1999
78%

Family Guy

Guest Voice
Himself
Show
1999

Family GuyStream

Guest Voice
Himself
Series
1999

The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story

Narrator
Narrator
Movie
1998

Working

Actor
Matt Peyser
Show
1997

A Guy Walks Into a Bar

Actor
Josh Cohen
Show
1997

The View

Guest
Talk
1997

No One Would TellStream

Actor
Bobby Tennison
Movie
1996

The Outer LimitsStream

Actor
Danny Martin
Series
1995

Boy Meets WorldStream

Director
Series
1993

Boy Meets WorldStream

Guest Star
Stuart
Series
1993

Christmas on Division Street

Actor
Trevor Atwood
Movie
1991

When You Remember Me

Actor
Mike Mills
Movie
1990

SeinfeldStream

Guest Star
Himself
Series
1989
89%

Little Monsters

Actor
Brian Stevenson
Movie
1989

The Wizard

Actor
Corey Woods
Movie
1989

L'Enfant génial

Actor
Movie
1989

Runaway Ralph

Actor
Garfield 'Garf' Jerrniga
Show
1988

The Wonder YearsStream

Actor
Kevin Arnold
Series
1988

Vice Versa

Actor
Charlie Seymour
Movie
1988

Run Till You Fall

Actor
David Reuben
Movie
1988

The Princess BrideStream

Actor
The Grandson
Movie
1987
98%

Madre Convicta

Actor
Movie
1987

Convicted: A Mother's Story

Actor
Matthew Nickerson
Movie
1987

La Caja Magica

Actor
Movie
1986

The Boy Who Could Fly

Actor
Louis
Movie
1986

The Twilight Zone

Actor
Series
1985

Good Morning America

Guest
News
1975

Saturday Night LiveStream

Host
Series
1975

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny CarsonStream

Guest
Talk
1962

News aboutFred Savage

Fred Savage visits SiriusXM

New Details Revealed About Fred Savage’s ‘The Wonder Years’ Firing

Fred Savage visits SiriusXM

Fred Savage Fired From ‘The Wonder Years’ Over Allegations of ‘Inappropriate Conduct’

Elisha EJ Williams as Dean in The Wonder Years
Exclusive

Watch ‘The Wonder Years’ Cast Rave About Elisha ‘EJ’ Williams (VIDEO)

The Wonder Years Season 1 - Elisha Williams
Spoiler Alert

‘The Wonder Years’: How Did the Reboot Compare to the Original? (POLL)

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Preview

Dulé Hill Warns You’ll Need Tissues for ‘The Wonder Years’ Reimagined Series (VIDEO)

The cast of Wonder Years - Amari O’Neil as Cory Long, Milan Ray as Keisa Clemmons, Elisha Williams as Dean Williams, Saycon Sengbloh as Lillian Williams, Dulé Hill as Bill Williams, Laura Kariuki as Kim Williams, and Julian Lerner as Brad Harper
Fall Preview

‘The Wonder Years’ Star Elisha ‘EJ’ Williams on Working With Fred Savage

The Wonder Years - Danica McKellar, Jason Hervey, Olivia d'Abo, Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Alley Mills, and Josh Saviano of the original Wonder Years

The Original ‘Wonder Years’ Cast Is Taking Over ABC’s Comedy Lineup in October

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‘Wonder Years’ Reboot Casts Its Lead: Watch Fred Savage Share the News With the Young Star (VIDEO)

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‘The Wonder Years’ Reboot With Black Family in the Works at ABC

What Just Happened with Fred Savage
Q&A

Fred Savage Talks ‘Celebrating Fandom’ on New Talk Show ‘What Just Happened??!’

Rob Lowe and Fred Savage on What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage
Exclusive

‘What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage’: A ‘Grinder’ Reunion With Rob Lowe (VIDEO)

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Exclusive

‘What Just Happened??!’ Blurs the Lines Between Reality and Fiction in Sneak Peek (PHOTOS)

The Wonder Years

‘Wonder Years’ Reunion! See Kevin, Winnie & Paul Together Again (PHOTO)

CHILD SUPPORT
Preview

‘Child Support’ Star Ricky Gervais Teases Major Laughs in Season 2

Younger - Sutton Foster, summer preview

TV News Roundup: ‘Younger,’ ‘Shooter,’ & ‘Colony’ Premiere Dates, Fred Savage Harassment Claims

The Wonder Years - Jason Hervey, Alley Mills, Olivia d'Abo, Fred Savage, Dan Lauria,

David Bianculli: ‘The Wonder Years’ Turns 30

Child Support - FRED SAVAGE, highlights

‘Child Support’: Fred Savage Is Your Newest Game Show Host

FRIENDS FROM COLLEGE, cobie smulders, roush review
Review

Roush Review: ‘Friends From College’—Sometimes Engaging, Quite Often Exasperating

Friends From College - Keegan-Michael Key, Fred Savage
Preview

Harvard Review: Keegan Michael-Key, Fred Savage and More Tackle ‘Friends From College’

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Fox Cancels Freshman Comedies ‘Grandfathered’, ‘The Grinder’ and ‘Bordertown’

Rob Lowe and Fred Savage in 'The Grinder'

‘The Grinder’: Is Victory In the Cards for Dean? (VIDEO)

The Grinder

Exclusive Clip: ‘The Grinder’ Gets Into Focus (VIDEO)

The Grinder - Maya Rudolph and Rob Lowe

‘The Grinder’: Maya Rudolph Explains Jillian and Dean’s Unconventional Relationship (VIDEO)

Fred Savage, Maya Rudolph, Rob Lowe in The Grinder

First Look: Maya Rudolph Analyzes Her Way to ‘The Grinder’ (PHOTO)

John Stamos as Jimmy with Edie in Grandfathered

Roush Review: Ageless and Still Funny John Stamos Is ‘Grandfathered’ While Rob Lowe Is ‘The Grinder’

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The 10 Most Promising TV Shows of Fall 2015

Rob Lowe and Fred Savage in The Grinder

‘The Grinder’: Rob Lowe and Fred Savage Lay Down the Law as Brothers

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Yes, Rob Lowe and Fred Savage Know ‘The Grinder’ Is One Vowel Away From Being a Whole Different Show (VIDEO)

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Fox’s Latest Pickups Include New Comedy Starring Rob Lowe and Fred Savage

TV Tattle

Fred Savage Returning to TV, as Rob Lowe’s Brother