Birthday: July 9, 1976
Birth Place: Highland Park, Illinois, United States
Height: 5‘ 10"
Net Worth: $14 million
As a long-time fan, I‘m thrilled to provide an in-depth introduction to the talented actor, director, and television icon Fred Savage. Ever since watching him grow up on-screen in The Wonder Years, I‘ve eagerly followed Fred‘s career over the decades. He‘s brought me years of entertainment and nostalgia through his acting and directorial talents. Let‘s take a closer look at Fred‘s early life, rise to fame, impressive career, and personal life over the years:
Early Life and Childhood
Fred Savage was born in 1976 and raised in Highland Park, Illinois to Jewish parents. His grandmother, a longtime actress herself, introduced Fred to acting, sparking his interest from a young age. He landed his first TV role at age 9 in Morningstar/Eveningstar and appeared in a Pac-Man cereal commercial. But Fred‘s big break came in 1988 when he was cast as lead actor Kevin Arnold in The Wonder Years. This coming-of-age role cemented his status as a beloved child actor.
Rise to Stardom with The Wonder Years
As Kevin Arnold in The Wonder Years, Fred charmed audiences with his emotional depth, humor, and relatability. I still remember rushing home every week to catch the latest adventures of Kevin‘s suburban youth in the late 60s/early 70s. Fred‘s acting made you truly believe in Kevin‘s character. He earned numerous awards for the role including two Young Artist Awards and a People‘s Choice Award. The Wonder Years was not only a career-defining show for Fred, but a pop culture phenomenon. During its six seasons, it was a top-30 rated show and a critical darling.
Early Acting Career
Alongside The Wonder Years, Fred boasted several acting credits as a child star. He portrayed the sick grandson in The Princess Bride, bringing levity to the role with his whiny line deliveries. In Little Monsters, he displayed his talent for comedy as a boy who discovers an underworld of monsters. Vice Versa allowed Fred to show off his versatility by playing a son who swaps bodies with his father. While known for Kevin Arnold, these early roles proved Fred‘s well-rounded acting skills.
College Years and Early Adult Roles
After The Wonder Years ended in 1993, Fred attended Stanford University, graduating with a degree in English and creative writing. During college, he continued acting in films like Austin Powers and A Day With Wilbur Robinson – just small parts, but they showed Fred‘s commitment to his craft. In the late 90s/early 2000s, Fred took on minor guest roles in shows like Boy Meets World, Working, and Crumbs. Though no longer a leading man, Fred proved himself as a flexible character actor.
Fred‘s career took a pivotal turn in the late 1990s as he transitioned into directing. He quickly established himself by helming episodes of over a dozen shows including It‘s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 2 Broke Girls, Modern Family, and more. I was impressed by Fred‘s adept directing style – he really had a knack for comedy. He brought out the best in actors with his energetic presence. Fred earned multiple Directors Guild Award nominations for his work, proving his directorial talents.
Return to Acting in The Grinder
After years directing behind the camera, Fred warmed my heart by returning to acting in the 2015 Fox comedy The Grinder. He starred opposite Rob Lowe as an actor who joins his family‘s law firm. While the show only lasted one season, it let Fred showcase his comedy chops and charisma once again. As a lifelong fan, it was a nostalgic joy to see Fred as a leading man after so many years working mainly as a director.
On a personal note, Fred has been married since 2004 to his wife Jennifer, a costume designer he met working in entertainment. They have three children together – Lily, Oliver, and August. When not working, Fred enjoys playing golf, spending time with family, and supporting charities. Despite growing up in the limelight, he has cultivated a low-key personal life as a husband and father.
Why Fred Savage is an Enduring Favorite
Looking back, there are so many reasons Fred Savage remains an icon for me and fans worldwide:
- His natural acting talent shone even as a child star
- He made a seamless transition from child to adult actor
- His comedic skills and emotional range have impressed across genres
- He evolved into an acclaimed director without losing his artistic passion
- He remains down-to-earth and likable after over 35 years in show business
- His body of work across TV and film has stood the test of time
Simply put, Fred is a renaissance man in the entertainment industry!
Interesting Fred Savage Facts
After following Fred‘s career for so long, here are some fun facts about the actor/director that not everyone knows:
- Got his first ever acting role in a Pac-Man cereal commercial at age 7
- Co-founded the production company Picrow with his brother Ben Savage
- Published the children‘s book series The Bobblehead Dad
- Did not actually watch The Wonder Years until decades after starring in it
- Has been lifelong friends with actor Jason Segel since high school
- Was voted "Most Likely to Be Famous" in 8th grade (clearly his classmates were right!)
The Lasting Legacy of Fred Savage
In summary, Fred Savage is a remarkable talent who has grown up on camera over the past 35+ years. From child actor to adult roles to acclaimed director, he has showcased impressive range. While forever remembered as beloved character Kevin Arnold, Fred has proven his versatility across various films and television. His natural charm, comedic skills, and directing talents will no doubt continue entertaining audiences for years to come. To me, and countless fans worldwide, Fred Savage will always hold a special place in Hollywood history.