Who is Doug Savant?

Douglas Peter Savant was born in Burbank, California USA, on 21 June 1964 – his zodiac sign is Cancer and he holds American nationality. Doug is an actor, who is perhaps still best known for his portrayal of Matt Fielding in the soap opera “Melrose Place”, which aired from 1992 to 1999 and starred Heather Locklera, Andrew Shue and Courtney Thorne-Smith. The series was created by Darren Star, and follows five friends living in Melrose Place – it won six awards and was nominated for eight others, including five Golden Globes.

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Early life and education

Doug was raised an only child in Burbank, by his father who was a mailman and his mother who was a housewife, and who later began teaching English at a local elementary school.

Doug became interested in acting while attending high school ,as his teacher asked him if he would like to appear in a school play – Doug went on to join his school’s drama club, and then appeared in nearly all plays performed there. After matriculation in 1982, he enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986, and then chose to entirely focus on his career as an actor.

Roles in movies

Doug has been credited with appearing in around 70 movies and TV series, and we are about to mention some of his most notable performances in this article.

He made his debut film appearance in 1984, when cast to play The Actor in the romantic drama war movie “Swing Shift”, starring Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell and Christine Lahti, and which follows a woman who falls in love with another man after her husband is sent to war – the film was a success winning one award, while it was nominated for three others, including an Oscar.

The following year saw him appear in David Greenwalt’s romantic teen comedy “Secret Admirer”, and he also appeared in the romantic fantasy comedy movie “Teen Wolf”. A few of his following roles were in the supernatural horror “Trick or Treat” in 1986, the Vietnam War movie “The Hanoi Hilton” in 1987, and the romantic mystery thriller “Masquerade” in 1988.

He was praised for his portrayal of the lead character Eric Hinsley in the thriller “Paint It Black” which also stared Rick Rossovich, and is about a serial killer who covers his victims in clay after he murders them, and a woman who is accused of his crimes because she’s a sculptor.

In 1993, Doug played Dr. Peter Myerson in the action slasher movie “Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence”, and his next notable performance was in 1998, when he played one of the lead characters in the Roland Emmerich’s monster movie “Godzilla”.

Doug Savant

Three of Doug’s most recent notable performances in films have been in the action thriller “First Daughter” in 1999, the science fiction action “The One” in 2001 and the 2006sports drama “All You’ve Got”.

Roles in TV series

Doug made his debut TV series appearance in 1985, when he guest starred as Dwayne Patterson in the episode “Violation” of the police procedural drama “Cagney & Lacey”. His first notable performance was in 1987 in seven episodes of the prime time soap opera “Knots Landing”, starring as Young Mack Mackenzie.

Doug went on to appear in single episodes of many series, such as the sitcom “The Facts of Life” in 1987, the police procedural crime drama “In the Heat of the Night” in 1988 and the episode “The Thanks of a Grateful Nation” of the drama “China Beach” in 1990.

The year 1995 saw him portray Chase Cobb in the crime drama “Burke’s Law”, which starred Gene Barry, Gary Conway and Regis Toomey, and which follows the life of the Los Angeles Police Captain who is a millionaire. In 1998, Doug appeared in a single episode of the comedy “Love Boat: The Next Wave”, and was then cast to portray Kel in the critically acclaimed Canadian-American science fiction series “The Outer Limits”. He made a cameo appearance in the episode “Area 51” of the American-Japanese series “Godzilla: The Series”, and was then invited to appear in a single episode of many series, such as the comedy drama “That’s Life” in 2001, the legal drama “JAG” in 2002, and the drama “The Guardian” in 2004.

Doug became famous in both the US and Europe in 2004, when he played one of the lead characters, Tom Scavo in the mystery comedy drama “Desperate Housewives”, which starred Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Marcia Cross, and which follows several female friends after their neighbor commits suicide – the series aired until 2012, and won 65 awards including three Golden Globes, while it was nominated for 185 others. Doug continued to appear in a single episode of series, while a few his most notable performances were in the legal comedy drama “Drop Dead Diva” in 2013, the action police procedural series “Hawaii Five-0” in 2014 and the action drama “Scorpion” in 2015.

Three of his most recent roles in TV series have been in two episodes of the action crime drama and police procedural series “NCIS: New Orleans” in 2018, the episode “Hail & Farewell” of the police crime series “NCIS” in 2019, and two episodes of the drama “Dirty John” in 2020.


Doug and his colleague actors and actresses won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for their performance in “Desperate Housewives” in 2006, while they were nominated for the same award each year for the following three years.

Doug was also o-cnominated for a Gold Derby TV Award for Ensemble of the Year for “Desperate Housewives” in 2006.

Wife Laura Leighton and children

Doug met his future first wife Dawn Dunin Savant while still attending high school, and they married in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family in 1983, while Doug was still attending college. On 17 January 1992, Dawn gave birth to their daughter Arianna, while their second daughter Madeline followed on 20 July 1993.

The two divorced for unknown reasons in 1997, but it’s widely believed that Doug was cheating on Dawn with Laura Leighton, an American actress who starred alongside him in “Melrose Place”. Doug and Laura started dating publicly not long after his divorce was finalized, and in May 1998 the two exchanged vows in a private ceremony. Laura gave birth to their son Jack on 10 October 2000, and on 9 June 2005 their daughter Lucy was born – Laura has also been helping Doug raise Arianna and Madeline since they married.

Doug hasn’t talked about any other women he might have been with, and as of September 2020, he is married to his second wife and has four kids.

Hobbies and other interests

Doug is keen on working out, and has multiple training sessions at the gym each week thus his muscular body – he is also following a strict diet, meaning that he rarely eats anything that has sugar in it, and avoids fast food.

He is keen on travelling, and his acting career has made it possible for him to travel all around the world for both work and pleasure – his two favorite cities out of those he has visited are Berlin in Germany and Moscow in Russia.

Doug is a lover of animals and has two pet dogs, while his favorite animals are tigers.

He has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Matt Damon, Will Smith and Angelina Jolie, and a few of the movies he likes to watch the most are “Catch Me if You Can”, “I Am Legend” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”.

Net worth

Doug is 56 years old. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) and he weighs around 160lbs (72kgs).

As of September 2020, his net worth has been estimated at over $3 million.

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