Stelio Savante Poster


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Overview (2)

Born in Cape Town, South Africa
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Cape Town, this New York actor, American Movie award winner & SAG nominee is one of South Africa's most successful exports with a film, television and theater career that has spanned over three decades. Has been a steady product of independent, foreign features and critically acclaimed art-house films that have been distributed worldwide and highly lauded at Berlin, AFI, Palm Springs, Raindance, Montreal, Hong Kong, Seattle, San Diego, the Black Reel Awards and the American Movie Awards; where Stelio won best actor in 2015. Has portrayed a vast array of characters and ethnicities, including American, Belarusian, Bolivian, Bosnian, British, Cuban, Cypriot, Dutch, French, French-Canadian, German, Greek, Irish, Israeli, Italian, Jewish, Libyan, Mexican, Polish, Portuguese, Sicilian, South African, Spanish, Russian, and Zimbabwean. Also known for a staple of well received recurring & guest star roles since 2005, & fifteen years of New York stage credits that include favorable reviews from the NY Times. Received strong critical reviews for his portrayal of real life mafia boss Joe 'The Boss' Masseria in AMC's The Making Of The Mob: New York with Previously TV's Sarah Bunting stating 'Stelio is reminiscent of James Gandolfini, I liked a certain gravitas-emblance to the Fini that I saw in Stelio'. His portrayal was also praised by The Examiner's Diane Zoller Ciatto. Was also recognized by South African & British film critics for his portrayal of a ruthless policeman in the South African film A Million Colours, his role as a tormented hit-man in Pronoia & for his role as a Jewish prisoner in Once We Were Slaves; winning Best Actor at the above mentioned prestigious American Movie Awards, the SOFIE Awards and a Gold Remi at Worldfest Houston.

Has worked with some of the most respected 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), Tyler Perry, Academy award winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind), Raindance Winner Rudolf Buitendach (Where The Road Runs Out), 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 Matt Dillon in Jo, the Medicine Runner (2017), Samuel L. Jackson in 110 Stories, Susan Sarandon in 110 Stories, Mira Sorvino in 110 Stories, Robert Forster 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).

Is also the long-time producer of 110 Stories by Sarah Tuft. Producing and performing productions for charity at The Geffen Playhouse, NYU Skirball, Ebony Rep and the William Alderson Studio Theater.

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. 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 African 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. Is a board member of the River Street Theater Company, alongside Matthew Carnahan, Robert Carnegie, Jeff Goldblum, David Mamet, Jon Voight and his acting teacher William Alderson who serves as president.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Management - Pamela Wagner

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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