Whatever Happened To The Savage Brothers: The Greatest Kid Actors Ever?

Since there wasn’t a WHT last week, we’re giving you a double dose of it this week with the Savage brothers. Usually you have to pay double for that kind of action!

Fred Savage

The elder Savage
The elder Savage

First up is the elder of the two brothers, Frederick Aaron Savage. Born in 1976 in Chicago, Fred got an early start in showbiz when he appeared onscreen in The Boy Who Could Fly, which included this fantastic scene:

He gained national attention as the story-loving grandson in The Princess Bride, the movie that thought it was a good idea to give André the Giant speaking scenes like this one. He then went on to star in The Wonder Years, which he is best known for, as the young Kevin Arnold.

This is the point where I have to force myself to not go on an incredibly long tangent about how great The Wonder Years is, and how it’s better than Boy Meets World. It’s an argument that always causes derision, but I stand by my statement. Here’s a forum you can go to argue with other people about which show is better.

After The Wonder Years, he went on to star in the film Vice Versa (the male version of 1977’s Freaky Friday, 1995’s Freaky Friday, 1996’s Wish Upon a Star, and 2003’s Freaky Friday), and the fun film, Little Monsters in 1989, which also featured little brother Ben. He went on to appear in an episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit in 2003, and as a womanizing professor on Boy Meets World where he hits on Topanga. He also appeared in Austin Powers in Goldmember where his mole received a “Best Supporting Actor” nomination:

Since then he’s done a lot of directing and producing, including a few episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Boy Meets World, and Party Down. To the joy and adulation of this writer, Fred and company provided us with a few pictures from the reunion of The Wonder Years, seen below.

Pics via Metro

Ben Savage

The younger Savage
The younger Savage

Bennet Joseph Savage was born in 1980, also in Chicago Illinois. He made his film debut at the age of nine in his brother’s film Little Monsters, and also in Big Girls Don’t Cry…They Get Even. He also appeared on an episode of The Wonder Years. So basically the lesson is that if you and your sibling are actors, you get to appear in each other’s shows and movies. Heck, if the Lawrence brothers can do it, anyone can.

Boy Meets World started in 1993 when the world was introduced to a young, curly-haired, baseball-loving kid with a goofy older brother and a teacher for a neighbor. Once Boy Meets World ended in 2000, he took a break from acting for a couple years. In 2006 he appeared in the independent film Palo Alto, an episode of Chuck, Without a Trace, and Bones.

Interesting fact; Ben interned under Sen. Arlen Specter in 2003 while obtaining a degree in Political Science from Stanford. What else? Oh yeah, there’s that whole thing about a Boy Meets World spinoff airing June 27th where he’s the new Mr. Feeney. Hello Topanga!


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