73-year-old Thomas Vincent Savini came into this world on November 3, 1946. He is an American actor, stunt performer, film director, and prosthetic makeup artist. Savini is best known for his special effect makeup work on the movie Friday the 13th Parts I and IV. He has also worked on the “Creepshow” and “Dawn of the Dead.”
Thomas Savini Family Details
Savini spent his childhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is of Italian descent. Actor Lon Chaney, Sr. inspired him as a boy, and he wished to create the makeup effects in the film “Man of a Thousand Faces.” He practiced creating makeup effects on himself and made costumes to scare his friends,
Savini enlisted in the U.S. Army and was a combat photographer during the Vietnam War. When he returned to the U.S., he went to Carnegie-Mellon University to study acting and directing.
Thomas Savini Career Details
Makeup And Special Effects Artist
Savini is best known for his special effects makeup. His first break came working with filmmaker George A, Romero. For the film, “Martin” Savini created a realistic wrist slashing effect. Then came the creation of his trademark zombie makeup effects in “Dawn of the Dead.”
In 1980 Savini worked on the film series “Friday the 13th,” expanding his blood and gore makeup effects. He went on to work on “Maniac.”
In 1981 after working on the films “The Burning” and “The Prowler,” he earned the nickname “The Sultan of Splatter.”
In 1982 Savini developed the makeup effects for the film “Creepshow” that was based on a novel by Stephen King.
In 1984 he returned to work on a “Friday the 13th” He created the effect for “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter”.
In 1985 Savini received a Saturn Award for Best Makeup Effects for his work on Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead.”
In 1986 he worked with director Tobe Hooper on “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.”
In the early 1990s, Savini was working with Italian film director Dario Argento on two films, “Evil Eyes” and “Trauma.” He also worked with director John A, Russo, on “Heartstopper.”
Savini’s first appearance in films was a small part in Romero’s film “Martin.” With the same director, he played a hardened biker named Blades in “Dawn of the Dead.” He reprised this same role in zombie form in the 2005 film “Land of the Dead.”
In 1980 he appeared in “Maniac” as a victim of the main antagonist, who shot his head off. In the film “Knightriders,” he portrayed a biker named Morgan.
One of his most well-known roles came along in 1996 when Savini portrayed a whip-wielding, vampire-fighting biker called “Sex Machine.” This was in the film “Dusk Till Dawn,” where he used the same costume he had worn as Blades in “Dawn of the Dead.”
In “Planet Terror” Savini had a minor role in 2007. It was one of two stories in the “Grindhouse” film directed by Robert Rodriguez. He portrayed the character Deputy Tolo, fighting to save his town from zombies. In another Rodriguez film “Machete,” he played Osiris Amanpour.
All through his career, Savini has appeared in many different films and portrayed a variety of characters. He had cameo roles in “Lost Boys: The Tribe” and the 2004 remake of “Dawn of the Dead.”
In “Zombiegeddon,” Savini portrayed Jesus Christ, and in “Sea of the Dust,” he was Prestor John. On the popular animated TV show “The Simpsons,” he voiced himself in the episode “Worst Episode Ever.”
In 2012 he appeared in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” portraying a shop teacher. He was one of the trackers in “Django Unchained.” Savini appeared in the presently unreleased project “The 4th Reich,” portraying a Nazi zombie, SS Standartenfuhrer Oskar Dirlewanger.
Savini’s directing debut began with episodes of the television series “Tales From the Darkside.” In 1990 he directed the color remake of and pilot episode of “The Chill Factor.”
In 2011 he directed one of the segments in the horror film “The Theatre Bizarre,” titled “Wet Dreams.”
In 2013 Savini returned to focis on “Death Island” and began a crowd funding project on Indiegogo for the film. The project was begun in 2009 but never completed.
Thomas Savini Marriage Details
What is known about Savini’s private life is that he is married to Nancy Hare. The couple have two daughters Lia and Audrey and a son Lon. They have had 34 years of wedded bliss.