Tom Savini

Tom Savini at the Los Angeles premiere of "Grindhouse". Orpheum

Savini in 2007, photo by s_bukley/

Birth Name: Thomas Vincent Savini

Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 3, 1946

Ethnicity: Italian

Tom Savini is an American special make-up effects creator, actor, stunt performer, and film director. Particularly well-regarded among horror fans, he is known for his effects work on the films Friday the 13th, The Burning, Martin, Dawn of the Dead, Maniac, The Prowler, Day of the Dead, Creepshow, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, and Monkey Shines. His acting roles include Knightriders, Creepshow 2, From Dusk till Dawn, Land of the Dead, Grindhouse (Planet Terror), Machete, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and both versions of Dawn of the Dead. He also directed the remake Night of the Living Dead (1990). He is nicknamed “The Sultan of Splatter.”

His uncle was boxer Dick DeSanders.

Tom’s maternal grandfather was named Christ DeSanders/Desander. Christ was Italian.

Tom’s maternal grandmother was named Pauline. Pauline was Italian.


Tom’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Tom’s mother –

5 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    I believe his parents were Joseph/Guiseppe Savini and Anna DeSanders.

    Tom’s maternal grandparents were Christ DeSanders/Desander and Pauline.

  2. Freerk says:

    Ah, “Sex Machine”! The best (okay, most grotesque…) role in the movie. My son and his friends were thrilled especially by him.

  3. andrew says:

    besides his numerous film credits, he’s mostly known for this:

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