Kevin is the son of Norma and Jack
He has an older brother, Wayne, and an older sister,
There are also
his father's father Grampa Albert Arnold (David Huddleston) 35,
his mother's parents Jane Gustavson (Jean Speegle Howard) and her husband
Karl (Macon McCalman) 113,
Phillip Arnold (John Brandon) and Opal Arnold (Helen Page Camp) 59,
an aunt named Rose (never shown on screen, funeral in episode
|In real life:
Fred Aaron Savage
||July 9th, 1976 in Glencoe, Illinois
||Lew (a real estate executive) and Joanne (a homemaker), live with Ben
and Kala in Los Angeles (1996)
|For more information click here.
|Kala, his younger sister:
||born in 1979
She's a high school senior and a stage actress (1996). She was in the
TV series "Santa Barbara".
Fred spent his early years in Glencoe, Illinois, with his family. They
moved to California in summer of 1987.
Fred is a sophomore majoring in English at Stanford university, chose Stanford's
Palo Alto campus over Ivy League schools to remain closer to his parents
- Fred Savage, about the beginning of his
career in acting, he explained to Edward Gross (author of
"Growing Up in the Sixties: The Wonder Years"):
"The auditions were near our house and it sounded like fun. So mom
and I went over. I didn't get it and six months later the same director
held another audition. I didn't get it again. Six montsh later, the director
called and I was cast in a Pac Man vitamins commercial. I did commercials
for two years, then I got into movies. I did quite a few and I was in
a TV series called Morning Star, Evening Star. It only lasted six
Two years later, in 1988, he was "called in to read for The
Wonder Years, because the producers had seen me in the movie Vice
Versa. They sent me the script for the pilot. It was just a terrific
script, so special and something so terrific, we flew to LA and read
for the producers, and then for network approval and they approved."
- In 1988, at the age of 12, Fred was still a shorty: 4 ft.10 in.=
145 cm. Danica McKellar was taller. At the end of The Wonder Years,
in 1993, he was 5 ft. 8 in. = 165 cm.
- In 1988 he had already done about 70 commercials.
- In 1989, he was nominated for the Emmy Award for an Outstanding Lead
Actor in a comedy series, but he didn't won the award.
- Fred was nominated for Best Young Actor Starring in a Television
Series for the 11th Annual Youth in Film Awards 1988-1989 for his role
in "The Wonder Years."
- In 1990, at the age of 14, he has been already grand marshal at a
Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. But he does not yet date and
gets an allowance of $9/week.
- In March 1993, a former Wonder Years wardrobe assistant filed a sexual-harassment
suit against Fred Savage and Jason
Hervey. The suit was dropped nine months later. See article.
- Steve Miner, Supervising Producer and Director,
about Fred Savage:
"No matter who we talked to in terms of casting directors, everyone
said the same thing: we had to look at Fred Savage. We screened some footage
on him, and all felt strongly that he would be perfect."
- Fred also appeared in the promotional video "Wilbury
Twist" by The Travelling Wilburys which were Jeff Lynne,
George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison. This song can
be found on the album "Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3", 1990 by Ganga Distributors
- Fred has a longterm friend, Abra Dresher,
with whom he has been linked since both were children. Their idea
of a hot date used to be to walk into a shopping mall and follow around
a married couple ''like we were their children,'' says Fred, ''so the
store people didn't think we were trying to steal anything.'' He and
Abra don't go malling much these days, but they are still an item, and
this month Fred will fly to Glencoe for her 13th-birthday party.
Says the star: ''She's really nice and pretty and stuff.'' (article
- "Working": He was
together with Danica McKellar (Winnie) in an episode of "Working", see
Danica McKellar's biography. There is also
an article from the TV Guide about this episode
of "Working." Fred also worked as a director for this show.
- Dan Lauria and Fred Savage are touring in a
summer stock play called Wendell &
Ben in 1998. It has been shown
at the Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut in July.
- Fred graduated from Brentwood School, Los Angeles,
in 1994, and from Stanford University in 1999 with a degree in English.
- There is a Fred
- As part of the black Filmmaker Showcase, Fred appeared in a 30 minutes
short film titled "A Guy Walks Into A Bar".
It aired Friday, February 19,1999 at 12:15am ET on Showtime.