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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 3 November 1946Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Nickname The Godfather of Gore
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (2)

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

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 (1977). 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).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44@hotmail.com

Trade Mark (4)

Realistic blood and gore effects, done with no preparations
Beard
Often works with George A. Romero
Often cast by Robert Rodriguez

Trivia (31)

Father of Lia Savini.
Has his own effects company Tom Savini Ltd.
Uncle of Donna Savini and Mike Savini.
Is good friends with horror director George A. Romero. The two have worked together on many films.
Turned down Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) to work on The Burning (1981).
Has appeared in both the original and the remake of Dawn of the Dead (1978).
Only man in Hollywood who can claim all four titles of stuntman, make-up artist, actor, and director. Only one man has come close: makeup artist, actor, stuntman Lon Chaney - Tom's influence and childhood idol.
Is a close friend of stuntman Taso N. Stavrakis.
For his stunt work, his reference is action legend Jackie Chan.
Turned down the chance to direct Pet Sematary (1989).
Has a haunted house, Terrormania, also located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The students from the classes he has perform and work in the haunted house.
Has a make-up/special effects school in Monesson, Pennsylvania (Douglas School of Business).
Was supposed to play the part of the second biker in Oliver Stone's U Turn (1997), after Stone saw him in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). But due to scheduling conflict, Stone cast his producer Richard Rutowski in that part instead.
His role in Sea of Dust (2008) (Prester John) was written by Scott Bunt with Savini in mind.
Vietnam veteran.
Is the only actor to star in three 'Dead' films; he first played the role of 'Blades', an outlaw biker in Dawn of the Dead (1978) and then in the 2004 remake of Dawn as a County Sheriff. He then reprised his 'Blades' role in Land of the Dead (2005), this time as an undead.
Is a skilled fencer.
Was originally supposed to be a special effects make-up artist on Night of the Living Dead (1968), but was drafted to Vietnam just before filming began.
Provided his voice to the horror game "City of the Dead" - a spin-off to George A. Romero's Dead films, but the game's distributer Hip Interactive went bankrupt, and the game was never released (2006).
Has a son named Lon and a granddaughter named Chaney in tribute to his hero Lon Chaney.
Huge fan of Professional Wrestling.
Appeared as himself in the 2008 novel "Bad Moon Rising" by Jonathan Maberry. Savini is one of several real-world horror celebrities who are in the fictional town of Pine Deep when monsters attack. Other celebrities include Ken Foree, Brinke Stevens, James Gunn, Stephen Susco, Debbie Rochon, John Bloom (aka Joe Bob Briggs) and bluesman Mem Shannon.
Aided the special effects department during shooting Django Unchained.
Thinks highly of Robert Rodriguez.
Favorite performed special effect is the helicopter zombie from Dawn of the Dead.
Terrified of spiders and razors.
He is of Italian descent.
Never intended to become a stuntman, it happened on the set of Dawn of the Dead when a stunt crew wasn't hired.
Lives in Bakersfield, California.
One of his favorite horror films is the original Black Christmas (1974).
Older brother of Joe Savini.

Personal Quotes (5)

[asked if his Vietnam experiences influence his makeup effects) I get asked that question a lot. I did see a lot of first-hand anatomically correct gore and I think the most important part of that was if we create a dead body or situation there's a certain feeling you get from seeing the real thing. If I'm creating a gory effect and I don't get the same feeling when I saw the real stuff, I'm not satisfied.
I actually turned down Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) to do The Burning (1981) because Jason was running around in "Part 2" and as you know, there is no Jason. Jason was a kid that died in the first movie. If you watch a "Friday the 13th" movie past "Part One", you're stupid. 'Cause there's no Jason. There shouldn't be a Jason.
Everyone thinks Tom Savini doesn't like something unless there's blood and gore. That's stupid. My favorite movies are love stories.
Film is a truly magical medium. You can create illusions of reality, make people think they've seen things that they really haven't -- like blowing a guy's head off with a shotgun.
My grandson is five years old and he knows who Frankenstein (1931) is. One day I will show him my bust of Jack P. Pierce and say, "You've seen what Grandad does and he made these monsters and that's why I make my monsters now."

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