One of South Africa's most in-demand actors for over three decades, polyglot Stelio Savante is a steady product of independent & international theatrically released features & longtime popular casting choice of critically acclaimed directors. His most recent work is as an international journalist & Mossad agent 'Pierre Barthes' opposite Jim Caviezel & Claudia Karvan in the Middle-Eastern political thriller Infidel (2019) by the critically acclaimed director Cyrus Nowrasteh. He is also starring opposite Academy Award Nominee Matt Dillon & Jim Caviezel as Portuguese coffee plantation Mayor Alvares in David L. Cunningham 's Running for Grace (2018) on Netflix. Critic, Sarah D. Bunting, writes "...Stelio is reminiscent of James Gandolfini...I liked a certain gravitas-emblance that I saw in Stelio...".

He will next be seen starring opposite Academy Award Nominee Frank Langella & Bobby Cannavale in the comedy Lapham Rising produced by Academy Award Nominee Kerry Orent and also in the noir What Remains executive produced by Ralph Winter starring directly opposite Anne Heche. His performance as Hunter Kimbrough in Peter Greenaway's Golden Bear nominated international co production Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015) was noted as memorable by critic, David Noh. As part of the lead cast, Stelio was nominated for a Teddy Award at Berlin film festival.

A Capetonian of Greek, Italian, British, Ashkenazi, and Anatolian descent, he has worked with some of the top directors including J.J. AbramsRon Howard, Academy Award winner Juan José Campanella, Academy Award nominee Ivan Reitman, Toronto Film Festival People's Choice Award winner Cyrus Nowrasteh, BAFTA award winner Peter Greenaway, Independent Spirit Award winner & Sundance Grand Jury Prize nominee Przemyslaw ReutJamie BabbitAllen Coulter, & Mark Duplass, & Jay Duplass, and Academy Award nominee Joan Stein Schimke.

After minor speaking roles opposite Academy Award Winner Russell Crowe in Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind (2001) & David Chase's The Sopranos (1999) as Gaetano; his breakthrough lead role came in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) directed by Juan José Campanella. Starring directly opposite Mariska Hargitay, Chris Meloni, Academy Award Nominee Bradley Cooper & Academy Award Nominee Angela Lansbury, as the chilling yet engaging fundamentalist Milan Zergin. Also, a coveted recurring role on Ugly Betty (2006) produced by Academy Award Nominee Salma Hayek & starring directly opposite Vanessa Williams & Rebecca Romijn, becoming South Africa's first male SAG Award Nominee (Ensemble Comedy Performance). Followed by a supporting role opposite Eddie Izzard, Luke Wilson, & Academy Award Nominee Uma Thurman in Twentieth Century Fox's My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006) directed by Ivan Reitman which was nominated for an MTV Movie & TV award. Also an ensemble lead in Sony's sci-fi franchised, Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (2008) produced by Academy Award Nominee David Lancaster, directed by Edward Neumeier and nominated for a Saturn award. He starred opposite Michael BeachRaymond J. Barry, & George Blagden as a rogue federal agent in the dramedy No Postage Necessary (2017) on Amazon. Also as a South African drug & arms dealer opposite Alex Russell & Willa Holland in the neo-noir Blood in the Water (2016) on Amazon Prime. He portrays a middle aged Moses in Dallas Jenkins Biblical series, The Chosen (2019), the highest crowd funded project of all time, downloaded over 200 million times in over 180 countries on The Chosen App and currently showing on Peacock TV.

Additionally a staple of well received recurring & guest star roles including in NBC's My Own Worst Enemy: Conspiracy Theory (2008), in Mark Duplass & Jay Duplass' comedic series Togetherness (2015) for HBO, portraying pioneer David Sarnoff in the Nat-Geo mini-series American Genius (2015), twice for J.J. Abrams' in Undercovers (2010) directly opposite Gugu Mbatha-Raw, & directly opposite Jim Caviezel in Person of Interest (2011). Also starring in NCIS (2003), additionally directly opposite Jimmi Simpson in Breakout Kings (2011), opposite Academy Award Nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste & Ivana Milicevic in Without a Trace (2002), opposite Annabella Sciorra & Chris Noth in Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001), opposite Dylan Sprouse & Cole Sprouse in The Suite Life on Deck (2008), opposite Tony Hale in Arrested Development (2003), & also in All My Children (1970), Guiding Light (1952) & recurring as Dino in Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots (2013) for Own Network. Was lauded by both The Examiner's Diane Zoller Ciatto for his recurring portrayal as Joe 'The Boss' Masseria in AMC's popular series The Making of the Mob (2015). Entertainment Tonight's Nischelle Turner applauded his understatedly powerful turn as Howard Boston opposite Brian White in TV One's Media (2017).

Savante has produced and served in a producing role on such films as Under the Stadium Lights (2021) starring Laurence Fishburne released theatrically by Saban & Paramount, Destination Marfa (2021) starring Tony ToddSummertime Dropouts (2021) released by Lionsgate, Bernie The Dolphin (2018) released by Lionsgate, No Postage Necessary (2017), starring Michael BeachRaymond J. Barry, & George BlagdenThe Penitent Thief (2020) released byVertical Entertainment starring James Russo & Kevin SorboAvalanche (2018), Apartment 407 (2016) and several short films. Frequently volunteers his time simultaneously performing & producing Sarah Tuft's "110 Stories" to raise money for several charities. Working in several roles on stage at The Geffen Playhouse, NYU Skirball, The Public Theatre, Ebony Rep, and the William Alderson Studio Theatre directly opposite the following fellow cast: Edie Falco, Academy Award Nominee Robert Forster, James Gandolfini, Cynthia Nixon, Academy Award Nominee John Hawkes, Academy Award Nominee Samuel L. Jackson, Academy Award Winner Melissa LeoJeremy Piven, Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino, Academy Award Winner Susan Sarandon, Tamara Tunie, Academy Award Nominee Kathleen Turner, John Turturro, & Diane Venora.

His two decades of regional and Off Broadway stage credits include favorable reviews from the NY Times. A student of Robert X. Modica, Deborah Kampmeier, William Alderson, Don Bloomfield, & Diane Venora, his training is rooted in theater & improvisation but influenced by the eras of French New Wave & Italian Neo-Realism. Was acknowledged by Academy Award Winner Al Pacino, Academy Award Winner F. Murray Abraham & several NY theater critics for his lead performance in Mortal Coils, directed by the Actor's Studio's Ed Setrakian at the Mint Theater.

A popular voice over artist, he voices the character of Ajax in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (2018). Was inducted into the Alpha Psi Omega honors society for his achievement in American collegiate theater. Served on the actor's panel of the 2014 San Diego film festival with Josh Duhamel, Academy Award Nominee Tom Berenger & Dennis Haysbert, hosted by Variety & film critic Jeffrey Lyons. Is a board member of the River Street Theater Company; alongside Robert Carnegie, Academy Award Nominee Jeff Goldblum , Academy Award Nominee David Mamet, Academy Award Winner Jon Voight & president, William Alderson.


 

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