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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 24 April 1970Cape Town, South Africa
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Cape Town, this multi award-winning New York actor and SAG nominee is one of South Africa's most successful exports with credits that include three decades of high profile film, television and a long list of NY theater roles.

Has worked with many of the most respected and acclaimed names in film, television and on stage. Being directed in projects by BAFTA, Cannes & Venice winner Peter Greenaway (Eisenstein In Guanajuato), Mark Duplass & Jay Duplass (Togetherness for HBO), Ivan Reitman (in Twentieth Century Fox's My Super Ex Girlfriend), Academy award winner Juan José Campanella (Law & Order SVU), Academy award nominee Joan Stein (Solidarity), Allen Coulter (Sopranos), Academy award winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind), Broadway director & Tony & Drama Desk award winner Gregory Mosher (110 Stories), Drama Desk nominee Trip Cullman (Arabian Night) and the following projects produced by J.J. Abrams (Undercovers & Person Of Interest), T.D. Jakes (A Million Colours), Gavin Hood (Breakout Kings), Gavin Polone (My Super Ex Girlfriend), David Lancaster (Sony's Starship Troopers 3: Marauder), David Chase (Sopranos), Dick Wolf (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Andrew Carlberg (110 Stories) and Tony award winner Jennifer Maloney (110 Stories).

Also portraying roles directly opposite several Academy award winners & nominees including Samuel L. Jackson in 110 Stories, Susan Sarandon in 110 Stories, Uma Thurman in My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006), Salma Hayek in Ugly Betty (2006), Melissa Leo in 110 Stories, John Hawkes in 110 Stories, Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind (2001), Kathleen Turner in 110 Stories, Ruby Dee in 110 Stories, Angela Lansbury in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), Sally Kirkland in Awakened (2013), & Marianne Jean-Baptiste in NCIS (2003).

He has received outstanding critical reviews in the UK, USA and South Africa for his portrayal of Major Shawn Dixon (originally offered to Barry Pepper) in the South African historical drama A Million Colours (2011) which recently won two SAFTA (South African Oscar) awards, and is one of the few South African actors with distribution value among the country's top distributors. His popularity in South Africa has helped advance the independent films Corrado aka Bad Ass, What If..., Jimmy, 3 Blind Saints and A Million Colours to elicit offers for & achieve theatrical, DVD & cable distribution.

In 2007 he along with Ugly Betty's lead ensemble cast received a SAG nomination, becoming the first ever male South African actor to receive this honor. In addition to his recurring role on Ugly Betty, he has also recurred on My Own Worst Enemy, Guiding Light and All My Children and has a staple of guest star leading roles, including the above mentioned and also in Disney's Suite Life On Deck directed by Rich Correll, NCIS, and Without A Trace.

Stelio is also an original cast member of 110 Stories. He has portrayed the role of Bolivar Arellano at the The Public Theater, Geffen Playhouse, The Vineyard Theatre and Skirball Center for the Performing Arts opposite Ed Asner, Michael Beach, Billy Crudup, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Edie Falco, James Gandolfini, John Hawkes, Samuel L. Jackson, Melissa Leo, Jeremy Piven, Susan Sarandon, Tony Shalhoub, John Turturro, Kathleen Turner, Diane Venora and many others. As producer: performances at NYU Skirball and the LA debut at The Geffen Playhouse in 2010 including all the above mentioned cast. He, alongside Sarah Tuft was acknowledged with Ray Romano, Bruce Springsteen, Patricia Heaton, Paul McCartney and many others in BIO channel's prime-time special When Pop Culture Saved America: A 9-11 Story, directed by David Levin.

Having spent the majority of his adult life in New York (Manhattan & Queens), he is a student of acclaimed acting teachers Robert X Modica, William Alderson & Deborah Kampmeier, and has fifteen plus years of New York stage credits with strong reviews from the NY Times, for the plays Mortal Coils, and the NY stage premiers of Murder In The First, Arabian Night, My Blackie and The Case Of Kaspar Mayer.

Was awarded the Leading Actor Merit Award at Best Shorts Competition and IndieFest for his role (Demas) in the film Once We Were Slaves directed by Dallas Jenkins.

Stelio was recently named alongside Nelson Mandela & Charlize Theron on the South African Consulate of NY's 'Notable South Africans' list and he has also featured on the cover of The Sunday Times, Tonight, The Weekend Argus and many other print and online publications. South Africa's premiere entertainment journalist Nikki Greenwall acknowledged him as one of the country's top exports, Screen Africa magazine labeled him 'the chameleon', and he was listed in the Daily Mail & Guardian as a South African who is rising to the top of his field.

Was inducted into the Alpha Psi Omega honors society for his achievement in American collegiate theater at the University of West Alabama and in 2014 served on the actor's panel of the San Diego film festival with Josh Duhamel, Tom Berenger and Dennis Haysbert, hosted by Variety and film critics Jeffrey Lyons and Ben Lyons.

Will next be seen in the film Pacific Standard Time opposite Alex Russell and Willa Holland, the indie Windsor opposite Nick Krause and Barry Corbin, and in Peter Greenaway's new film Eisenstein In Guanajuato which recently premiered in the Berlin Competition 2015, and was warmly received by the critics with overwhelmingly outstanding reviews. Also in festival favorite Where The Road Runs Out, as a supporting lead opposite Isaach De Bankole and Juliet Landau, directed by Rudolf Buitendach. In television, upcoming roles include a guest star on HBO's Togetherness produced and directed by the Duplass Bros and starring opposite Steve Zissis. In the mini-series American Genius as David Sarnoff, and in the new AMC series The Making Of The Mob, portraying Joe Masseria and directed by John Ealer.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Publicist

Spouse (1)

Carla Pina (? - ?)

Trade Mark (3)

Forehead scar from childhood accident
Often plays accented or foreign characters
Frequently portrays tough villains

Trivia (12)

Has a 5.0 United States Tennis Assocation rating.
Named #19 on Elle Magazine's (international edition) HOT 40 List for 2006 and was also chosen as the 'Man Of Style' for InStyle magazine's (international edition) in September 2007.
Endorses several prestigious South African wine estates and TAG Heuer South Africa.
He's only played a South African once but has been cast as an American, Russian, Italian American, Bosnian/Serbian, Greek, German, French, Rhodesian, and Ecuadorian among other nationalities.
Is the only original cast member of 110 Stories. In 2001, Sarah Tuft directed Stelio in the lead role of Ecuadorian photographer Bolivar Arellano opposite Susan Sarandon, John Turturro, James Gandolfini, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Edie Falco, Mary Stuart Masterson and Daniel Sunjata, at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York. Savante was then invited to study with Robert Modica of the Neighborhood Playhouse and Sanford Meisner fame. Reprised the role of Bolivar at the Geffen Playhouse in 2010.
His villainous characters have often met ugly deaths. In Corrado(2009) Stelio's character Antonio was buried alive in the trunk of a car by the lead character Corrado, portrayed by Johnny Messner. While, in Ugly Betty(2006), his character Steve was buried alive in a coffin by Bradford Meade, portrayed by Alan Dale. In Starship Troopers 3: Marauder(2008)his character Bull Brittles was impaled by Behemecoatyl. While in The Suite Life On Deck(2008), his character Stephane was impaled by The Eiffel Tower.
Has been directed by several Academy Award winners and nominees. In 2001 by Ron Howard in A Beautiful Mind, in 2005 by Juan Jose Campanella in Law & Order SVU, and again in 2005 by Joan Stein in Solidarity. Also in 2009 by Ivan Reitman in My Super Ex Girlfriend.
To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 Stelio produced and performed in 110 Stories at the Skirball Center for The Performing Arts at NYU. Directed by Gregory Mosher, the cast included Stephen Baldwin, Mario Cantone, Billy Crudup, Noah Emmerich, Katie Holmes, Samuel L. Jackson, Melissa Leo, Ralph Macchio, Aasif Mandvi, James McCaffrey, Cynthia Nixon, Vincent Piazza, Jeremy Piven, Andre Royo, Stelio Savante, Pablo Schreiber, Annabella Sciorra, Tony Shalhoub, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Tamara Tunie, Kathleen Turner, Ben Vereen and Merritt Wever. Proceeds for charity were given to the New York Says Thank You Foundation.
Lives in Los Angeles [June 2007]
Was recently recognized for his charitable performances & contribution to '110 Stories' when 'David P Levin' featured Savante in the A&E channel documentary When Pop Culture Saved America: A 9-11 Story (2011) , starring Patricia Heaton, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen & many others.
His screenplay, Trust in Her, co-written with Nick Efteriades, is in development through the Gersh agency. Savante also co stars & serves as producer.
Theater roles include the lead roles in the American premiers of Arnie Sieren's award winning Belgian play, My Blackie at Bank Street Theater, Belgian playwright Jean-Yves Picq's The Case Of Kaspar Meyer at Ubu rep Theater, German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig's Arabian Night directed by Trip Cullman at the 13th Street Theater, Dan Gordon's Murder in the First at the Director's Company directed by American Theatre Wing alumni Michael Parva, Jonathan Leaf's Pushkin at MTC, Worm Day directed by Nick Efteriades at the Actors Studio and Mortal Coils at the Mint Theater, directed by Actors Studio lifetime member Ed Setrakian. His Off-Broadway theater career also includes the lead role in his one act play Venom, nominated as best play finalist in Samuel French's Love Creek festival. The play was based on his experiences as a promotional perfume model in Macy's, Bloomingdales & Galeries Lafayette.Improvisational theater roles with Tony n Tina's Wedding at Times Square & traveling with several NY Dinner Theater improvisational troupes.

Personal Quotes (3)

[on producing and performing '110 Stories' in NY in Sept 2011] I was barely a few blocks from the world trade center when the first plane hit... NY had been my home for 10 years and 9.11 rocked my world. Here I am ten years later helping to commemorate the tragedy. To be sharing a stage with the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Melissa Leo, Jeremy Piven, Kathleen Turner, Billy Crudup, and many other gifted storytellers... and sharing these stories for charity... it feels good to give back to a city that lost so much.
South Africa is still my spiritual home.
[on producing and performing '110 Stories' in NY in Sept 2011] It's essentially a love letter to New York. The play is not about politics. It's just about the fact that we all went through this together.

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