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Ben Savage Biography

Ben Savage


Date of Birth
13 December 1980, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Birth Name
Bennett Joseph Savage

5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Biography
Bennett "Ben" Joseph Savage was born on September 13th, 1980, in Chicago, Illinois. Ben got his start in acting when he appeared in his first commercial at the tender age of 5. From there, his first major speaking role was in the comedy series, Dear John (1988), opposite Judd Hirsch and fellow Chicago-native, Isabella Hofmann. He starred in a handful of made-for-TV movies and other films, most significantly Wild Palms (1993), until being cast in the lead role in the series Boy Meets World (1993), which catapulted him into stardom. Ben didn't put aside his studies in the course of his acting career, graduating in 2004 from the famed Stanford University with a degree in Political Science. In the summer of 2003, he got an internship with the office of US Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) and seems to be well on his way to another chapter in his life.

  • Youngest brother of actor Fred Savage and Kala Savage.
  • Majored in Political Science.
  • Member of Sigma Chi fraternity.
  • Interned in the office of US Senator Arlen Specter as a requirement for completing his Political Science degree at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, from where he graduated in 2004.
  • Credits his parents with getting him into acting.
  • He is a huge Bruce Springsteen fan. His father and he spent a summer traveling the country following Springsteen on a US tour.
  • Close friends with Matthew Lawrence.
  • Graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Political Science (2004)
  • Graduated high school in 1998 from Brentwood School in Los Angeles, California.
  • In 1998, he won an Ovation Award for Best Actor for his part in the play "Unexpected Tenderness."
  • Volunteers for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
  • He donated many items to Rocky Stone to be given to less-fortunate kids as part of the Toy Mountain Campaign.
  • Has cited Albert Brooks, Paul Newman, and Nicolas Cage as his favorite actors.
  • Along with Rider Strong, he is one of only two actors to appear in all 158 episodes of Boy Meets World (1993).
  • Brother-in-law of Jared Flamm.
  • He and his Boy Meets World co-star Matthew Lawrence both credit their older brothers Fred Savage and Joey Lawrence for getting them into acting.
  • He has played the same character (Cory Matthews) on three different series: Boy Meets World (1993), Maybe This Time (1995) and Girl Meets World (2014).
  • Is good friends with former Boy Meets World co-star Rider Strong.
  • Spent 7 years of his childhood growing up with the same group of people while on Boy Meets World , Rider Strong, Danielle Fishel, and Will Friedle. They are all still good friends today.
  • Both Ben and his brother Fred Savage made guest appearances on each of their respected sitcoms, Boy Meets World and Wonder Years.
  • Good friends with fellow Boy Meets World actor Anthony Tyler Quinn.
  • Is very good friends with Willie Garson who he met on the set of Boy meets World. They have known each for over 25 years.
  • His acting mentor was William Daniels.
  • In the Criminal Minds (2005) episode "Criminal Minds: Nelson's Sparrow (2015), he plays the younger version of Jason Gideon, the character originally played by Mandy Patinkin, who appeared in The Princess Bride (1987) with his older brother Fred Savage.
  • Played a younger version of Mandy Patinkin's characters in both Criminal Minds and Homeland. Plus, Savage and Patinkin were both born in Chicago.
  • Trademarks:
  • Curly Hair
  • Best known for his role as Cory Matthews on Boy Meets World (1993) and Girl Meets World (2014).
  • Quotes
  • [on Girl Meets World] I think once we kind of checked off all the things on our checklist, the choice was easy, but there was a lot of talk. But it all came together.
  • [on relationship with Rider Strong] I guess when you grow up with someone and you spend so much time with them, you don't need to talk to them and see them all the time. I think you could say that about anyone you're close with.
  • [on relationships with Boy Meets World cast] What I always like about good friendships and relationships is that it does not matter how much time it's been, you can immediately sit down and start talking where things left off.

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