John Savage

John Savage (born John Youngs) is an American film actor, producer, production manager, and composer. Savage has appeared in more than 200 feature films, short films, recurring roles in television series and guest appearances in episodes of television series. One of Savage's first notable roles is as Claude Bukowski in the 1979 film Hair. His first major film role was as Steven Pushkov in the multiple Oscar-winning 1978 film The Deer Hunter. He also had a lead role in the 1979 film The Onion Field. In the late 1970s, he performed in the Broadway production of David Mamet's play American Buffalo. In 1991, he starred in Italian director Lucio Fulci's final film Door to Silence. He then had a brief role in the 1998 war film The Thin Red Line, portrayed Captain Ransom in the two part episode Equinox of the television series Star Trek: Voyager in 1999, and appeared in the recurring role of Donald Lydecker in the first and second seasons of the 2000 television series Dark Angel. Savage starred in the 2015 horror film Tales of Halloween, the 2017 film In Dubious Battle, and on the 2017 continuation of the television show Twin Peaks. In 2018, he appeared on the television show Goliath. In 2018, Savage lent his voice to a monologue on the title track of the album This Town by Steve Smith of Dirty Vegas. In 2019, Savage played the role of The Narrator in upcoming fantasy crime drama Karma from award-winning filmmaker Bizhan Tong, having collaborated with him earlier that year.

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Christina's House (2000)

A teenage girl is plagued by bizarre occurrences and deaths related to her new home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gavin Wilding
CAST:  Brendan Fehr  •  Brad Rowe  •  Allison Lange  •  John Savage

A teenage girl is plagued by bizarre occurrences and deaths related to her new home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gavin Wilding
CAST:  Brendan Fehr  •  Brad Rowe  •  Allison Lange  •  John Savage

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Salvatore "Sal" Fragione is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin' Out, becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria's Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. Buggin' Out believes a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Ossie Davis  •  Danny Aiello  •  Giancarlo Esposito  •  Richard Edson

Salvatore "Sal" Fragione is the Italian owner of a pizzeria in Brooklyn. A neighborhood local, Buggin' Out, becomes upset when he sees that the pizzeria's Wall of Fame exhibits only Italian actors. Buggin' Out believes a pizzeria in a black neighborhood should ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  Ossie Davis  •  Danny Aiello  •  Giancarlo Esposito  •  Richard Edson

Hair (1979)

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Upon receiving his draft notice and leaving his family ranch in Oklahoma, Claude heads to New York and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on his way to boot camp.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Miloš Forman
CAST:  John Savage  •  Treat Williams  •  Annie Golden  •  Beverly D'Angelo

Upon receiving his draft notice and leaving his family ranch in Oklahoma, Claude heads to New York and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on his way to boot camp.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Miloš Forman
CAST:  John Savage  •  Treat Williams  •  Annie Golden  •  Beverly D'Angelo

Salvador (1986)

A second-rate journalist from the US tries his luck in El Salvador during the military dictatorship in the 1980s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  James Woods  •  Jim Belushi  •  Michael Murphy  •  John Savage

A second-rate journalist from the US tries his luck in El Salvador during the military dictatorship in the 1980s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Oliver Stone
CAST:  James Woods  •  Jim Belushi  •  Michael Murphy  •  John Savage

The Anarchist Cookbook (2002)

A movie about a young honors student-turned-anarchist, Puck, and his group of anarchist friends living peacefully in a Dallas commune until a nihilist, Johnny Black, appears with The Anarchist Cookbook and completely destroys their way of life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jordan Susman
CAST:  Devon Gummersall  •  Dylan Bruno  •  Gina Philips  •  Johnny Whitworth

A movie about a young honors student-turned-anarchist, Puck, and his group of anarchist friends living peacefully in a Dallas commune until a nihilist, Johnny Black, appears with The Anarchist Cookbook and completely destroys their way of life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jordan Susman
CAST:  Devon Gummersall  •  Dylan Bruno  •  Gina Philips  •  Johnny Whitworth

The Deer Hunter (1978)

A group of working-class friends decide to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael and Nick were in love with the same ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Cimino
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  John Cazale  •  John Savage  •  Christopher Walken

A group of working-class friends decide to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael and Nick were in love with the same ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Cimino
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  John Cazale  •  John Savage  •  Christopher Walken

Shortcut to Happiness (2003)

In Manhattan, the aspirant writer Jabez Stone is a complete loser: he is not able to sell his novels, he lives in a lousy apartment and he does not have success with women. When one of his friends Julius Jenson sells his novel for US$ 190,000.00 to an editor, Jabez ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alec Baldwin
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Jennifer Love Hewitt  •  Ken Murton

In Manhattan, the aspirant writer Jabez Stone is a complete loser: he is not able to sell his novels, he lives in a lousy apartment and he does not have success with women. When one of his friends Julius Jenson sells his novel for US$ 190,000.00 to an editor, Jabez ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alec Baldwin
CAST:  Anthony Hopkins  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Jennifer Love Hewitt  •  Ken Murton

The Godfather Part III (1990)

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In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in 1979 New York and Italy, aging mafia don, Michael Corleone seeks forgiveness for his sins while taking a young protege under his wing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Diane Keaton  •  Andy García  •  Talia Shire

In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in 1979 New York and Italy, aging mafia don, Michael Corleone seeks forgiveness for his sins while taking a young protege under his wing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Diane Keaton  •  Andy García  •  Talia Shire

The Thin Red Line (1998)

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The story of a group of men, an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie, who change, suffer, and ultimately make essential discoveries about themselves during the fierce World War II battle of Guadalcanal. It follows their journey, from the surprise of an unopposed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terrence Malick
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Adrien Brody  •  Ben Chaplin  •  George Clooney

The story of a group of men, an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie, who change, suffer, and ultimately make essential discoveries about themselves during the fierce World War II battle of Guadalcanal. It follows their journey, from the surprise of an unopposed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terrence Malick
CAST:  Sean Penn  •  Adrien Brody  •  Ben Chaplin  •  George Clooney

Summer of Sam (1999)

Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American South Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  John Leguizamo  •  Adrien Brody  •  Mira Sorvino  •  Jennifer Esposito

Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American South Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Lee
CAST:  John Leguizamo  •  Adrien Brody  •  Mira Sorvino  •  Jennifer Esposito

Inside Moves (1980)

After a failed suicide attempt leaves him partially crippled, Rory begins spending a lot of time at a neighborhood bar full of interesting misfits. When Jerry the bartender suddenly finds himself playing basketball for the Golden State Warriors, Rory and the rest ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Donner
CAST:  John Savage  •  David Morse  •  Diana Scarwid  •  Amy Wright

After a failed suicide attempt leaves him partially crippled, Rory begins spending a lot of time at a neighborhood bar full of interesting misfits. When Jerry the bartender suddenly finds himself playing basketball for the Golden State Warriors, Rory and the rest ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Donner
CAST:  John Savage  •  David Morse  •  Diana Scarwid  •  Amy Wright

Primary Motive (1992)

In this political thriller, a gubernatorial candidate's idealistic press secretary discovers that the opposing political candidate has feathered the nest of his campaigns with terrible lies.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Adams
CAST:  Judd Nelson  •  Richard Jordan  •  Sally Kirkland  •  Justine Bateman

In this political thriller, a gubernatorial candidate's idealistic press secretary discovers that the opposing political candidate has feathered the nest of his campaigns with terrible lies.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Adams
CAST:  Judd Nelson  •  Richard Jordan  •  Sally Kirkland  •  Justine Bateman

Message in a Bottle (1999)

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A woman finds a romantic letter in a bottle washed ashore and tracks down the author, a widowed shipbuilder whose wife died tragically early. As a deep and mutual attraction blossoms, the man struggles to make peace with his past so that he can move on and find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luis Mandoki
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Robin Wright  •  Paul Newman  •  John Savage

A woman finds a romantic letter in a bottle washed ashore and tracks down the author, a widowed shipbuilder whose wife died tragically early. As a deep and mutual attraction blossoms, the man struggles to make peace with his past so that he can move on and find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Luis Mandoki
CAST:  Kevin Costner  •  Robin Wright  •  Paul Newman  •  John Savage

The Crossing Guard (1995)

After his daughter died in a hit and run, Freddy Gale has waited six years for John Booth, the man responsible, to be released from prison. On the day of release, Gale visits Booth and announces that he will kill him in one week. Booth uses his time to try and make ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean Penn
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  David Morse  •  Anjelica Huston  •  Robin Wright

After his daughter died in a hit and run, Freddy Gale has waited six years for John Booth, the man responsible, to be released from prison. On the day of release, Gale visits Booth and announces that he will kill him in one week. Booth uses his time to try and make ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean Penn
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  David Morse  •  Anjelica Huston  •  Robin Wright

Alien Lockdown (2004)

After an experiment to make the ultimate weapon goes wrong, a team of commandos is sent into a genetic research lab and end up getting stalked by a creature that looks a lot like the Predator  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Cox
CAST:  Michelle Goh  •  John Savage  •  Martin Kove  •  James Marshall

After an experiment to make the ultimate weapon goes wrong, a team of commandos is sent into a genetic research lab and end up getting stalked by a creature that looks a lot like the Predator  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Cox
CAST:  Michelle Goh  •  John Savage  •  Martin Kove  •  James Marshall

White Squall (1996)

In 1960, a hardy group of prep school students boards an old-fashioned sailing ship. With Capt. Christopher Sheldon at the helm, the oceangoing voyage is intended to teach the boys fortitude and discipline. But the youthful crew are about to get some unexpected ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  Caroline Goodall  •  John Savage  •  Scott Wolf

In 1960, a hardy group of prep school students boards an old-fashioned sailing ship. With Capt. Christopher Sheldon at the helm, the oceangoing voyage is intended to teach the boys fortitude and discipline. But the youthful crew are about to get some unexpected ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Jeff Bridges  •  Caroline Goodall  •  John Savage  •  Scott Wolf

The Jack Bull (1999)

The Jack Bull tells the story of Myrl Redding, a Wyoming horse trader who clashes with Henry Ballard, a fellow rancher, after Ballard abuses two of Myrl's horses and their Crow Indian caretaker, Billy. When Judge Wilkins throws out Myrl's complaint, the war he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Badham
CAST:  John Cusack  •  John Goodman  •  L.Q. Jones  •  Miranda Otto

The Jack Bull tells the story of Myrl Redding, a Wyoming horse trader who clashes with Henry Ballard, a fellow rancher, after Ballard abuses two of Myrl's horses and their Crow Indian caretaker, Billy. When Judge Wilkins throws out Myrl's complaint, the war he ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Badham
CAST:  John Cusack  •  John Goodman  •  L.Q. Jones  •  Miranda Otto

The Sister in Law (1974)

Robert and Edward are brothers involved in a web of adultery and deceit. They share Edward's wife and his mistress and a mission to deliver a package of jewels across the Canadian border, but the mission turns out to be deadly.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Ruben
CAST:  John Savage  •  Will MacMillan  •  Anne Saxon  •  Meridith Baer

Robert and Edward are brothers involved in a web of adultery and deceit. They share Edward's wife and his mistress and a mission to deliver a package of jewels across the Canadian border, but the mission turns out to be deadly.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Ruben
CAST:  John Savage  •  Will MacMillan  •  Anne Saxon  •  Meridith Baer

Amnesia (1997)

Paul Keller is a minister who has found himself heavily involved in an illicit affair with his son's teacher. Unable to see an end to his deceptive and sinful path, he concocts a scheme to fake his own death. However, his cunning plan goes awry and he is left with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kurt Voss
CAST:  Ally Sheedy  •  Sally Kirkland  •  John Savage  •  Nicholas Walker

Paul Keller is a minister who has found himself heavily involved in an illicit affair with his son's teacher. Unable to see an end to his deceptive and sinful path, he concocts a scheme to fake his own death. However, his cunning plan goes awry and he is left with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kurt Voss
CAST:  Ally Sheedy  •  Sally Kirkland  •  John Savage  •  Nicholas Walker

Burning Down the House (2001)

A down-on-his-luck film director sets fire to his home so he can collect the insurance money and fund his new movie. But crime apparently does pay, because once the rumor mill gets wind of his plans, everyone suddenly wants a slice of his new project's pie.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philippe Mora
CAST:  John Savage  •  James Wilder  •  Joanne Baron  •  David Keith

A down-on-his-luck film director sets fire to his home so he can collect the insurance money and fund his new movie. But crime apparently does pay, because once the rumor mill gets wind of his plans, everyone suddenly wants a slice of his new project's pie.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philippe Mora
CAST:  John Savage  •  James Wilder  •  Joanne Baron  •  David Keith
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