10 Things You Didn’t Know About Fred Savage
We’ve all heard the stories of child stars gone wild. Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, Jodie Sweetin – and the list goes on and on. From 1988 to 1992, Fred Savage was the most popular child star on television playing the adorable Kevin Arnold on The Wonder Years. But after the show ended he seemed to just disappear. No, he wasn’t in rehab. Where did he go and what has he been doing? Here are 10 things you need to know about Fred Savage.
10. He Attended College with a Famous Athlete
Savage was 17 years old when The Wonder Years ended. He stopped acting at the time to attend Stanford University. And joining Fred’s freshman class was golf pro, Tiger Woods. In fact, they even lived next door to each other at college. Tiger dropped out of Stanford in his sophomore year to join the professional golf circuit. Fred, however, graduated in 1999 with a degree in English Literature with an emphasis on creative writing.
9. He is a Sought After Hollywood Director
Some of the most successful sitcoms in recent TV history have been directed by Fred Savage. Modern Family, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and 2 Broke Girls are among Fred’s directing credits. “Going to directing wasn’t a reaction away from acting as much as it was a move towards something I always wanted to do. Ever since I was a kid, I was interested in the camera and how it worked and why one director would place it in this part of the room and then another would place it in that part of the room. So I threw myself into it, and that really started to get momentum” he told Rolling Stone. He admits that he would love to have the same career path as Ron Howard. “He’s always been very much a role model of mine ever since I was young. I shot a pilot for Imagine [Howard’s production company] a few years ago, so I worked with him… We don’t hang out nearly as much as I think we should!” he says jokingly. Savage has also directed episodes of That’s So Raven, Hannah Montana and the short-lived series, The Michael J. Fox Show. He has received four Directors Guild award nominations.