Who is Doug Savant? Net Worth, Partner, Biography

Doug Savant
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Who Is Doug Savant?

Douglas Peter Savant, who was born on June 21, 1964, in Burbank, California, is an American citizen and bears the sign of Cancer. Doug is an actor best remembered for playing Matt Fielding in the 1992–1999 television series “Melrose Place,” which also starred Heather Locklear, Andrew Shue, and Courtney Thorne–Smith. Five friends live on Melrose Place in the Darren Star-created television series, which has won six awards and been nominated for eight more, including five Golden Globes.

Childhood And Education

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Doug Savant was reared in Burbank as an only child by his mailman father and homemaker mother, who subsequently started teaching English at a nearby elementary school.

Doug first developed an interest in acting while he was a high school student when his teacher asked him if he would want to participate in a school play. Doug afterward joined the theatre club at his school and went on to appear in almost all of the productions there. Following graduation in 1982, he enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986 before deciding to concentrate solely on his acting career.

Movies’ Parts

We are about to discuss some of Doug’s most illustrious performances from the roughly 70 films and TV shows for which he is credited.

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

He made an appearance in the romantic teen comedy “Secret Admirer” directed by David Greenwalt the following year, and he also made an appearance in the romantic fantasy comedy “Teen Wolf.” His subsequent appearances included those in the 1986 supernatural horror film “Trick or Treat,” the 1987 Vietnam War drama “The Hanoi Hilton,” and the 1988 romantic mystery thriller “Masquerade.”

He received praise for his portrayal of Eric Hinsley, the main character, in the thriller “Paint It Black,” which also starred Rick Rossovich and was about a serial killer who covered his victims in clay after he killed them and a woman who was falsely accused of his crimes because she is a sculptor.

Doug made his acting debut in the 1993 action slasher film “Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence” as Dr. Peter Myerson. His next noteworthy role was in the 1998 monster film “Godzilla” directed by Roland Emmerich.

In the action thriller “First Daughter” from 1999, the science fiction action “The One” from 2001, and the sports drama “All You’ve Got” from 2006, Doug gave three of his most famous performances to date.

Television Show Roles

When he guest starred as Dwayne Patterson in the 1985 episode “Violation” of the police procedural drama “Cagney & Lacey,” Doug made his television debut. His first major performance came in 1987 when he played Young Mack Mackenzie for seven episodes of the prime-time serial opera “Knots Landing.”

Doug continued to make one-off appearances in other shows, including the 1987 sitcom “The Facts of Life,” the 1988 police procedural crime drama “In the Heat of the Night,” and the 1990 drama “China Beach” episode “The Thanks of a Grateful Nation.”

He played Chase Cobb in the 1995 crime drama “Burke’s Law,” which also starred Gene Barry, Gary Conway, and Regis Toomey and followed the lives of a billionaire Los Angeles Police Captain. Doug made a brief appearance in one of the comedies “Love Boat: The Next Wave” episodes in 1998 before being chosen to play Kel in the famed Canadian-American science fiction series “The Outer Limits.” In the American-Japanese television show “Godzilla: The Series,” he made a brief cameo appearance in the episode “Area 51.” He was then asked to make brief appearances in several other series, including the comedy-drama “That’s Life,” the legal drama “JAG,” and the drama “The Guardian.”

Doug rose to fame in the US and Europe in 2004 when he was cast as Tom Scavo, one of the main characters in the mystery comedy-drama “Desperate Housewives,” which also starred Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, and Marcia Cross. The series ran from 2004 to 2012 and won 65 awards, including three Golden Globes while being nominated for 185 others. Doug continues to appear in single episodes of series, but some of his most prominent appearances were in the action drama “Scorpion” in 2015, the legal comedy-drama “Drop Dead Diva” in 2014, and the action police procedural series “Hawaii Five-0” in 2014.

The action criminal drama and police procedural series “NCIS: New Orleans” included him in two episodes in 2018, the episode “Hail & Farewell” of the police crime series “NCIS” featured him in two episodes in 2019, and the drama “Dirty John” featured him in two episodes in 2020.


For their portrayal of “Desperate Housewives” in 2006, Doug and his fellow actors and actresses won a Screen Actors Guild Category for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. The following three years, they were nominated for the same award.

For “Desperate Housewives,” Doug was also nominated in 2006 for a Gold Derby TV Award for Ensemble of the Year.

Relationship Status

While still in high school, Doug and Dawn Dunin Savant were married in 1983, while Doug was still a college student, in a small ceremony attended by their closest friends and family. Their first daughter Arianna was born on January 17, 1992, and their second daughter Madeline was born on July 20, 1993.

The two split up in 1997 for unspecified reasons, but it’s widely accepted that Doug had an affair with Dawn via working with Laura Leighton, an American actress who co-starred with him in “Melrose Place.” Soon after his divorce was officially finalized, Doug and Laura began dating in the public eye. In May 1998, the two exchanged vows in a small ceremony. Laura gave birth to their daughter Lucy on June 9, 2005, and their son Jack on October 10, 2000. Since the couple’s marriage, Laura has also assisted Doug in raising Arianna and Madeline.

As of September 2020, Doug is married to his second wife and has four children, although he hasn’t mentioned any other women he may have been with.

Activities And Other Passions

Doug enjoys working out and works out many times a week at the gym, which contributes to his muscular physique. He also maintains a rigorous diet and rarely consumes fast food or items with added sugar.

He enjoys traveling, and his acting profession has allowed him to do so for both work and pleasure. Of the cities he has seen, Berlin in Germany and Moscow in Russia are his two favorite destinations.

Doug loves animals and keeps two dogs as pets. Tigers are his preferred species.

The films he enjoys seeing the most include “Catch Me if You Can,” “I Am Legend,” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” and some of his favorite performers and actresses include Matt Damon, Will Smith, and Angelina Jolie.

Net Worth

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56 years old Doug. He stands 5 feet 11 inches (1.8 meters) tall, has brown eyes and short brown hair, and weighs around 160 lbs (72kgs).

His estimated net worth as of September 2020 is more than $3 million.