John Smeallie Savage was born On August 25, 1949 in Old Bethpage, Long Island, New York. The son of Muriel, a housewife, and Floyd Youngs, an insurance salesman who served on Guadalcanal during World War II with the Marine Corps. His sisters are Boston-based radio and television personality Robin Young [1951- ] and actress Gail Youngs [1953- ]. His brother is actor Jim Youngs [1956- ].
John’s first major film role was as Steven in the 1978 film, “The Deer Hunter”. He also had a lead role in 1979's “The Onion Field”. One of his most famous roles was as Claude Bukowski in Milos Forman's 1979 film “Hair”. He had a brief role in Terrence Malick's war film, “The Thin Red Line”. In the late 1970s, he also appeared on Broadway in David Mamet's play, "American Buffalo" with Robert Duvall.
In more recent years he has been seen on the small as well as the big screen. He was the recurring character of Donald Lydecker in the first and second seasons of ‘Dark Angel’ and portrayed Captain Ransom in the two part episode Equinox from ‘Star Trek: Voyager’.
Savage appeared in his only Euro-western in 1991 as Wintrop in “Buck at the Edge of Heaven” along with his daughter Jennifer Youngs [1969- ].
Another recurring role found him as Henry Scudder in the HBO-produced television series ‘Carnivàle’. In 2005, he appeared on ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’. He lent his voice to a monologue on the title track of the album, “This Town”, by Steve Smith of Dirty Vegas. In September 2009, he appeared in the second episode of Season 2 of the Fox network drama ‘Fringe’.
He most recently starred in the western thriller "The Sorrow" with Kirk Harris, newcomer Ryan Ballance and Michael Madsen for director Vernon Mortensen. Savage also recently played a supporting role in the dark romantic comedy “Hit List”.
Today we celebrate John Savage’s 65th birthday.