Tom Savini

Tom Savini

actor, make-up department, special effects

Tom Savini was born on Nov 03, 1946 in USA. Tom Savini's big-screen debut came with Dead of Night directed by Bob Clark in 1974. Tom Savini is known for Django Unchained directed by Quentin Tarantino, Jamie Foxx stars as Django and Christoph Waltz as Dr. King Schultz. Tom Savini has got 5 awards and 2 nominations so far. The most recent award Tom Savini achieved is New York City Horror Film Festival. The upcoming new movie Tom Savini plays is The Black Phone which will be released on Jun 24, 2022.

Actor/SFX wizard/stuntman/director Tom Savini was born in Pittsburgh. Inspired by the film L'homme aux mille visages (1957), a young 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.He has 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 (1974) and Martin (1976).He really caught the attention of horror buffs with his grisly effects in the cult George A. Romero-directed zombie film Zombie : Le Crépuscule des morts-vivants (1978), and then in the controversial slasher film Vendredi 13 (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), Carnage (1981), Creepshow (1982) and Romero's third "Dead" film, Le jour des morts-vivants (1985) (for which he won a Saturn Award). In 1990, Savini directed his feature film debut La nuit des morts-vivants (1990), the remake of the original zombie-classic.Not content with only 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 Zombie : Le Crépuscule des morts-vivants (1978) and as "Sex Machine", another leather-clad biker--but this time with a groin-mounted gun--in the wild vampire film Une nuit en enfer (1996).

  • Birthday

    Nov 03, 1946
  • Place of Birth

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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5 wins & 2 nominations

New York City Horror Film Festival
Sky Sharks (2020)
Winner - Best Special Effects
Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner - Lifetime Achievement Award
Texas Film Awards
Star of Texas Award
Winner - Texas Film Hall of Fame
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