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Born: November 3, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: special makeup effects designer, stuntman, actor, fight choreographer, director

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Served as a combat photographer in Vietnam where the real-life horrors he encountered doubtlessly influenced his subsequent astoundingly graphic depictions of on-screen violence. Savini's gory stomach-churning special makeup effects have been the major draw for many otherwise undistinguished horror films. His great moments in movie mayhem include a unwary camper receiving an arrow in his eye, a stumbling zombie getting the top of his head neatly sliced off by a whirling helicopter rotor, and legions of cockroaches bursting from the chest and mouth of a corpse.

Served as a combat photographer in Vietnam where the real-life horrors he encountered doubtlessly influenced his subsequent astoundingly graphic depictions of on-screen violence. Savini's gory stomach-churning special makeup effects have been the major draw for many otherwise undistinguished horror films. His great moments in movie mayhem include a unwary camper receiving an arrow in his eye, a stumbling zombie getting the top of his head neatly sliced off by a whirling helicopter rotor, and legions of cockroaches bursting from the chest and mouth of a corpse.

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 Machete Kills (2013)
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 Dead Matter, The (2012)
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 Machete (2010)
5.
 Demonic (2010)
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 Grindhouse (2007)
9.
 Land of the Dead (2005)
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First job, member of traveling group that put on horror and magic shows at movie theaters during intermissions at age 14
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Worked (gratis) for local Pittsburgh TV station's weekly "Chiller Theater", creating monsters and doing makeup for the host at age 16
1972:
Feature debut as makeup assistant on Bob Clark's "Deathdream/Night Walk/Dead of Night"
1974:
Feature debut as special makeup effects artist on "Deranged"
1976:
First collaboration with George Romero as special makeup effects artist and actor on "Martin"
1979:
Debut as stuntman and fight choreographer (also actor and makeup FX) for Romero's "Dawn of the Dead"
1981:
First major supporting feature role as Morgan the Black Knight (also stunt man and makeup FX) in Romero's "Knightriders"
1982:
Constructed monsters for Romero's "Creepshow" (also actor and makeup FX)
1984:
TV directing debut, "Tales From the Darkside"
1990:
Feature directing debut, "Night of the Living Dead" (remake)
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Education

Carnegie-Mellon University: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania -

Notes

Writing in "Nightmare Movies", Kim Newman notes that Savini "insists on having total control over the staging of shots in which his gore effects appear, and he is a better film-maker than the clods who string the murders together."

Savini is interviewed in Stanley Wiater's "Dark Visions: Conversations with the Masters of the Horror Film" (New York: Avon Books, 1992).

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wife:
Nancy Hare. Married in 1984.

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