Fred Aaron Savage 

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Kevin Arnold 

From the first and the last episode (courtesy RTL2).

  • Young Kevin Arnold is played by Zachary Benjamin 3,19 and Jeremy Yablan 22.
  • Old Kevin is played by Addie Friedman 14 and by Barney Martin 111.
  • Kevin is the son of Norma and Jack Arnold
  • He has an older brother, Wayne, and an older sister, Karen, the first-born. 
  • There are also
    • his father's father Grampa Albert Arnold (David Huddleston) 35, 59, 69, 81
    • 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 59). 
In real life: 
Fred Aaron Savage 
Birthday: July 9th, 1976 in Glencoe, Illinois
Parents: Lew (a real estate executive) and Joanne (a homemaker), live with Ben and Kala in Los Angeles (1996)
Ben, his 
younger brother:
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 (1997).
  • 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 weeks."

    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 B.V.
  • 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 from December1988).
  • "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 Savage Fansite.
  • 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.
Title Character he played Year Type
Austin Powers in Goldmember Number Three / 'The Mole' 2002 Movie
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind  unknown 2002 Movie
The Rules of Attraction Marc 2002 Movie
Area 52 Chase Auberg 2001 TV movie
As You Wish: The Story of the Princess Bride himself 2001 Video
"Oswald" Oswald 2001 TV series
Child Stars: Their Story himself 2000 TV movie
The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story Narrator 1998 Movie
A Guy Walks Into a Bar Josh Cohen 1997 Movie
"The Working Site"
Matt Peyser 1997 TV series
No One Would Tell Bobby Tennyson 1996 TV movie
Christmas on Division Street Trevor Atwood 1991 TV movie
Happy Birthday, Bugs!: 50 Looney Years Himself 1990 TV movie
When You Remember Me Mike Mills 1990 TV movie
Little Monsters Brian 1989 Movie
The Wizard Corey 1989 Movie
Run Till You Fall David Ruben 1988 TV movie
"Runaway Ralph" Garfield Jerrniga 1988 TV series
Vice Versa Charlie 1988 Movie
Convicted: A Mother's Story Matthew Nickerson 1987 TV movie
The Princess Bride the Grandson 1987 Movie
"Morningstar/Eveningstar" Alan 1986 TV series
The Boy Who Could Fly Louis Michaelson 1986 Movie

Guest Appearances in:

TV Series  as in Episode Date
"Boy Meets World"  Stuart Everybody Loves Stuart (6.7) 11/06/98
"The Outer Limits"  Danny Martin Last Supper (3.4) 01/31/98
"Jeopardy!" as himself Celebrity Tournament 10/27/92
"Seinfeld" as himself The Trip (#41/42, 4.1) 08/12/92
"Saturday Night Live" Host (15.13) 02/24/90
"The Twilight Zone" Jeff Mattingly What Are Friends For? (2.3) 10/04/86
(Movie Database checked October 2002, check again)

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