Doug Savant

Doug Savant

Savant in April 2009
Born Douglas Peter Savant
(1964-06-21) June 21, 1964
Burbank, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Dawn Savant (19831997; 2 children)
Laura Leighton (May 1998present; 2 children)

Douglas Peter "Doug" Savant (born June 21, 1964) is an American actor. He played Matt Fielding in Melrose Place (1992–97) and Tom Scavo in the ABC's Desperate Housewives (2004–12).


Savant first gained notice for playing a younger version of Mac McKenzie (played by Kojak alumnus Kevin Dobson) on the CBS night time soap opera Knots Landing. He was paired with future Desperate Housewives co-star Nicollette Sheridan, who played a younger version of the Anne Matheson character portrayed by Michelle Phillips.

In the 1980s, he appeared in such films as Masquerade starring Rob Lowe, Teen Wolf with Michael J. Fox, and Trick or Treat with Marc Price and Ozzy Osbourne. Additionally, he was the central character in an episode of The Outer Limits called "The Hunt." In the episode, he played an android that is being hunted for sport.

From 1992 to 1997, Savant starred as Matt Fielding on Melrose Place, a role that was notable for being one of the first mainstream openly gay characters on television. However, his role was censored greatly by the network - notably a kiss between Matt and guest star Ty Miller during the season two finale was edited out at the last minute by FOX. Savant left the series after five seasons and, a year later, his character was killed off-screen in a car crash.

After this, Savant guest starred on series such as Profiler, Harsh Realm, Firefly, JAG, NCIS, Nip/Tuck, NYPD Blue, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and a four-episode arc on 24. He also appeared as Sgt. O'Neal in the 1998 movie Godzilla.

In 2008, Savant starred in the television movie What Color Is Love? He played a lawyer named Peter Marcheson helping a girl, Nicole Alpern (Jennifer Finagan), win back her son in a custody battle.

Savant played Tom Scavo on ABC's Desperate Housewives from 2004 to 2012. In the first season (2004–05), Tom was a recurring character, credited as a guest-star in the episodes where he appeared. Married to Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman), he was out of town regularly on business. Viewer response to Savant and his character led the producers to contract him as a series regular from season two onwards, and Tom and Lynette were portrayed as the most stable couple on the series.

Personal life

In May 1998, he married his Melrose Place co-star Laura Leighton. They have two children together: Jack (born October 10, 2000) and Lucy (born June 9, 2005). Savant also has two children from a previous marriage whom Leighton helped raise, Arianna (born January 17, 1992) and Madeline (born July 20, 1993).[1]


Film appearances
Year Title Role Notes
1984 Swing Shift Actor
1985 Secret Admirer Boy
Teen Wolf Brad
1986 Trick or Treat Tim Hainey
1987 The Hanoi Hilton Ashby
1988 Masquerade Mike McGill
1989 Paint It Black Eric Hinsley
1990 Red Surf Attila
Shaking the Tree Michael
1993 Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence Dr. Peter Myerson
1998 Godzilla Sgt. O'Neal
2000 Dropping Out Doctor
2001 The One Cop Uncredited
2006 All You've Got Sam McDonald
2014 April Rain Special Agent Singleton
Television appearances
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Cagney and Lacey Dwayne Patterson Episode: Violation
1986 Hotel Elliot Jessup Episode: Scapegoat
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Joey Medwick Episode: Road Hog
1986–87 Knots Landing Young Mack Mackenzie 7 episodes
1987 The Facts of Life Dwayne Episode: A Winter's Tale
Stingray Cdt. Thomas O'Conner Episode: Night Maneuvers
1988 In the Heat of the Night Scott LaPierre 2 episodes
1990 China Beach Richard Episode: The Thanks of a Grateful Nation
The Knife and Gun Club Dr. Barrow TV Movie
Jake and the Fatman John Bronski Episode: God Bless the Child
1991 Aftermath: A Test of Love Jeff TV Movie
1992 Columbo Detective Dennis Mulrooney Episode: No Time to Die
Bonnie & Clyde: The True Story Deputy Sheriff Ted Hinton TV Movie
1992–98 Melrose Place Matt Fielding Series Regular
162 episodes
1995 Burke's Law Actor Episode: Who Killed the World's Greatest Chef?
Fight for Justice: The Nancy Conn Story Richard Mark Ellard TV Movie
1996 Terminal Dr. Sean O'Grady TV Movie
1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave Josh Walters Episode: Smooth Sailing
The Outer Limits Kel Episode: The Hunt
1999 Profiler Toby Watson Episode: Inheritance
A Face to Kill For Virgil TV Movie
First Daughter Grant Coleman TV Movie
2000 Harsh Realm Sergeant Sommers Episode: Kein Ausgang
First Target Grant Coleman TV Movie
2001 That's Life J.T.'s Cousin Episode: Or What's a Heaven For?
The District Jeffrey Riverton Episode: To Serve and Protect
Family Law Harold Raines Episode: Sacrifices
2002 Firefly Commander Harken Episode: Bushwhacked
JAG Navy Seals Commander Episode: Dangerous Game
First Shot Grant Coleman TV Movie
According to Jim Rick Episode: The Bachelor
2004 24 Craig Phillips 4 episodes
The Guardian Eric Kane Episode: Legacy
Faultline Prof. Anthony McAllister TV Movie
NYPD Blue Jason Foster Episode: "Chatty Chatty Bang Bang"
NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service Father Larry Clannon Episode: "A Weak Link"
Nip/Tuck Joel Gideon Episode: Joel Gideon
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Paul Brady Episode: "Swap Meet"
2004–12 Desperate Housewives Tom Scavo Series Regular
176 Episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, 2006
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, 2007-2009
2008 What Color is Love? Peter Marcheson TV Movie
2012 Hot in Cleveland Scott Episode: "Two Girls and a Rhino"
2013 Vegas Mr. Binder Episode: "Road Trip"
Rizzoli & Isles Judge Roger Thorson Episode: "Judge, Jury & Executioner"
Drop Dead Diva Jacob Joardi Episode: "Jane's Secret Revealed"
Criminal Minds Malcolm Taffert Episode: "The Caller"
2014 Hawaii Five-0 Robert Young Episode: "Wawahi moeʻuhane"- Broken Dreams
2015 Scorpion Wilson Adler Episode: "Tech, Drugs, and Rock 'n Roll"
2016 The X-Files Augustus Goldman Episode: "Founder's Mutation"
Notorious Paul Weston Episode: The Burn Book"


  1. "Fame & Fortune: Laura Leighton". Retrieved April 9, 2009.

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