Doug Savant
Birth Date:
June 21, 1964
Birth Place:
Burbank, California, USA
5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Melrose Place’s Gay


“During my first year on ‘Melrose Place’ (1992), there was a great deal of pressure from the network (Fox TV) for me to out myself as a straight man. The producers of "Melrose Place" (1992) kept telling me I had to say publicly that I was a breeder. They said too many people assumed I was gay. I know the truth of my life, so I didn’t have to play the network game. For three years, I was the spokesperson for the AIDS rides (yearly cycle-thons) in California. I was flattered that people assumed I was gay. To me, that was an affirmation that I was doing my job.” Doug Savant

Gorgeous, blonde actor Doug Savant first came to eminence as gay social worker Matt Fielding on the Fox series “Melrose Place” (1992-1997), a role that was noteworthy for being one of the foremost mainstream candidly gay characters on television. After many years, the American player enjoyed a career renaissance with his role as ex-ad executive and current house husband Tom Scavo on the monster TV hit series “Desperate Housewives (ABC, 2004-?), which brought him a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Additionally, Savant has guest starred in countless TV series, including the hits “According to Jim” (2002), “24” (2004), NYPD Blue” (2004), “Nip/Tuck” (2004) and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2004), as well as starred in many TV movies. His big screen credits include the Michael J. Fox comedy Teen Wolf (1985), Rob Lowe’s Masquerade (1988), Red Surf (1990, opposite George Clooney), Godzilla (1998, with Matthew Broderick), Jet Li’s The One (2001), and more recently All You’ve Got (2006).

Off camera, the 5-foot -10-inch actor stayed active in many charities in between his time spent on the Universal lot shooting one of TV’s most well-liked television series of the new millennium, “Desperate Housewives.” His activities include hosting the live public sale portion at “Evening with the Stars,” a gathering of admirers and soap opera stars supported by The Desi Geestman Foundation in 2005. On a more private note, Savant has been married twice. He is the father of four children, daughters Arianna (born 1992, mother Dawn Dunkin), Madeline (born 1993, mother Dawn Dunkin) and Lucy (born 2005, mother Laura Leighton), as well as son Jack (born 2000, mother Laura Leighton).


Childhood and Family:

In Burbank, California, Douglas Peter Savant, who would later be famous as Doug Savant, was born on June 21, 1964. He outclassed in sports while growing up, playing quarterback for his high school football team. But, acting won out over athletics. He even departed his studies at UCLA to chase an acting career professionally.

At age 19, in 1983, Doug married Dawn Dunkin. After fourteen years, however, the marriage ended in divorce. The two have two daughters, Arianna Josephine Savant (born January 17, 1992) and Madeline Marie Savant (born July 20, 1993). Doug tried to build a new family by marrying Laura Leighton, who played Sydney Andrews on “Melrose Place” (1992), in May 1998. Together they have two children, son Jack Douglas Savant (born October 10, 2000) and daughter Lucy Jane Leighton Savant (born June 9, 2005).

Desperate Housewives


An excellent athlete, Doug Savant became interested in acting and decided to leave his education at UCLA in order to pursue a professional career. He made his first film appearance in 1984 by having an uncredited role in the Goldie Hawn-Kurt Russell drama Swing Shift, which was followed by a bit part in David Greenwalt’s Secret Admirer and a supporting role in Michael J. Fox’s comedy Teen Wolf (both 1985). He added TV acting to his endeavors that same year with an episodic role in the CBS “Cagney & Lacey,” where he played a teenage rape victim named Dwayne Patterson. He went on to score a recurring part in the primetime soap “Knots Landing,” a role he had from 1986 to 1987, and appear as guest star in such series as “Hotel” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” (both 1986) as well as the primetime shows like “In the Heat of the Night” (1988), “China Beach” (1990) and “Jake and the Fatman” (1990). In the meantime, he also took on roles in films like the war/drama The Hanoi Hilton (1987), Masquerade (1988, starred Rob Lowe) and Paint It Black (1989, opposite Rick Rossovich) and Red Surf (1990, with George Clooney). Still in 1990, he made his TV-movie bow in a failed pilot, The Knife and Gun Club.

A good-natured pizza delivery boy-turned-actor, Savant got his huge break when he landed a costarring regular role in the Aaron Spelling semi-“Beverly Hills, 90210” spin-off, “Melrose Place,” playing Dr. Matt Fielding, one of the few gay characters on network television at that time. However, his role was edited greatly by the network, most remarkably a kiss between Matt and his then-boyfriend (Greg Evigan) which was cut at the last minute. Rather disillusioned, the actor finally departed the Fox show in 1997, after six seasons, and, a year later, his character was killed off camera in a car accident.

After this, Savant made guest appearances in many shows, including “The Love Boat: The Next Wave” (1998), “The Outer Limits” (1998), ‘Profiler” (1999), “Harsh Realm” (2001), “Family Law” (2001), “JAG” (2002), “According to Jim” (2002), “NYPD Blue” (2004), “Nip/Tuck”(2004) and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2004), as well as had a recurring role on the hit series “24” (2004), as Craig Phillips. Additionally, he had roles in the big screen movies such as the Dean Devlin/Roland Emmerich mega-production of Godzilla (1998, starred Matthew Broderick), the comedy Dropping Out (2000), Jet Li’s The One (2001), and starred in several television films, including First Daughter (1999, opposite Mariel Hemingway), First Target (2000, with Daryl Hannah), First Shot (2002, again with Hemingway) and Faultline (2004, with Brandy Ledford).

Savant’s next big breakthrough arrived in 2004, when he was cast in creator Marc Cherry’s soon-to-be-hit series “Desperate Housewives” (2004-?), as Tom Scavo, the peripatetic business husband of Felicity Huffman’s Lynette. During the show’s first season, Tom was a recurring part, but by the show’s second season, he was bumped up to series regular status. Recently, in 2006, he took home a Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, an award he shared with costars like Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross.

The Desperate Housewives star could be seen playing McDonald on All You’ve Got (2006).


  • Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, “Desperate Housewives,” 2006
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