Tom Savini Biography

Birthday: 1946-11-03
Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m) Mini Biography Insp
Wiki Biography: Inspired by the film Man of a Thousand Faces (1957), a young Tom Savini became fascinated with the magic and illusion of film. He spent his youth in his room creating characters by tirelessly practicing make-up. Later, as a combat photographer in Vietnam, Savini saw first-hand the gruesome carnage for which he later gained fame, simulating it on screen. IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous Mini Biography Pittsburgh-born actor/SFX wizard/stuntman/director Tom Savini did a tour of duty as a combat cameraman in Vietnam, and has since acquired a remarkable cult following among film fans, primarily due to his ground-breaking SFX in the "splatter movie" explosion of the early 1980s. Along with fellow special make-up legends Dick Smith and Rob Bottin, Savini was one of the key SFX people behind the startling make-up & EFX seen in the fantasy/horror genre films of the 1980s-'90s. Savini was heavily influenced by the remarkable silent-era actor Lon Chaney, and he sought to emulate the amazing theatrical make-up effects that were a hallmark of Chaney's career. In Savini's insightful book "Grande Illusions", he speaks of his early attempts at applying prosthetics to his face using "spearmint gum", having misinterpreted that he was meant to actually use "spirit gum"! His first work was in low-budget fare, providing SFX and make-up for independently made horror films such as Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile (1974) and Martin (1976). However, he really caught the attention of horror buffs with his grisly effects in the cult George A. Romero-directed zombie film Dawn of the Dead (1978), and then in the controversial slasher film Friday the 13th (1980), the movie generally identified as the kickstart for the aforementioned "splatter movie" genre. Savini also contributed the incredible EFX & make-up to other splatter thrillers such as Maniac (1980), The Burning (1981), Creepshow (1982) and Romero's third "Dead" film, Day of the Dead (1985) (for which he won a Saturn Award). In 1990, Savini directed his feature film debut Night of the Living Dead (1990), the remake of the original zombie-classic. Not content with just being behind the lens, however, Savini has appeared in dozens of films, and can be seen demonstrating his capable acting skills as "Morgan, the Black Knight" in Knightriders (1981), as "Blades", one of the biker gang members in Dawn of the Dead (1978) and as "Sex Machine", another leather-clad biker--but this time with a groin-mounted gun--in the wild vampire film From Dusk Till Dawn (1996).

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
NatuurTalent Morgan 2010
Bang U Mr. Callahan 2010
Halloween Wars Himself - Judge 3131 Family
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Maniac 1980
Knightriders 1981 0
Heartstopper Lt. Ron Vargo 1992 Horror
From Dusk Till Dawn Sex Machine 1996 Reality Tv, 0, Game Show
Children of the Living Dead 2001
Eyes Are Upon You Eddie Rao 2001 Crime, Thriller
Death 4 Told Man 2004 Thriller
Unearthed Det. Victor Tonelli 2004 Horror
A Dream of Color in Black and White Cabby 2005 Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Sea of Dust 2006
Beyond the Wall of Sleep Sheriff 2006 Horror
The Absence of Light The Higher Power 2006 Action, Drama, Horror
Forest of the damned 2006 Horror
It's My Party and I'll Die If I Want To Uncle Tom 2007 Adventure, Horror
Horrorween 2008
Zack and Miri Make a Porno Jenkins 2008 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Machete 2010 Game Show
The Dead Matter Sebed 2010 Horror
Underground Entertainment: The Movie Interrupting Tom 2011 Comedy
The Theatre Bizarre 2012
The Perks of Being a Wallflower Mr. Callahan 2012 0, Biography
MENTALLUSIONS: Radical Eclectic Films of Benjamin Meade Himself 2012
Death from Above Sheriff Raynick 2012 Adventure
Inhuman Resources Peter Bava 2012 Horror, Thriller
Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood 3D Sheriff of Nottingham 2012 Action, Adventure, Comedy
The Sadist The Sadist 2013 Action, Horror, Mystery
Cool as Hell The Demon Slayer 2013 Comedy, Horror