Born on July 9, 1976 in Glencoe, Illinois, Fred Savage is a television and film actor best known for his role as Kevin Arnold in the hugely popular series The Wonder Years. The son of a consultant and a real estate broker, he was raised in Reform Judaism. He graduated from Stanford University, where he majored in English and became a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He is also the brother of actor Ben Savage, who starred in his own sitcom Boy Meets World.
Savage’s first recorded performance was in the 1987 video Dinosaurs. He also appeared in The Boy Who Could Fly, plus several television shows, such as The Twilight Zone and Crime Story. He achieved national popularity in the 1987 adventure comedy The Princess Bride with Peter Falk.
In 1988, he bagged the role of Kevin Arnold on The Wonder Years. His performance earned him two Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. At 13, he would be the youngest actor to receive these honors. He would play Kevin Arnold until 1993, while appearing in several movies such as Little Monsters, Vice Versa, and The Wizard. After The Wonder Years, he mostly played supporting roles, such as in Seinfeld and the Mike Myers movie Austin Powers in Goldmember. He also did voice-acting for several animated projects, such as Kim Possible, Justice League Unlimited, Oswald, and Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn’t Happen. He also played as a serial rapist on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. He ranked 27th on VH1’s list of 100 Greatest Kid Stars.
Starting with Boy Meets World in 1999, Savage also dabbled in directing youth-oriented series. His credits include Nickelodeon’s Drake and Josh and Ned’s Declassified, as well as Disney’s That’s So Raven, Hannah Montana, and Wizards of Waverly Place.