Former UWA student Savante starring in two mini-series

Former Alabama resident and University of West Alabama (Livingston University) student Stelio Savante is an American Movie award winner and a SAG nominee.

A tennis scholarship relocated Savante from Cape Town, South Africa to Alabama in 1990. He even played for the Tigers football team as a kicker, performed in several University plays directed by James McGahey, and in a production of The Odd Couple by the Canebrake Players in Demopolis.pic - savante

He was awarded with Alpha Psi Omega colors for his outstanding participation in collegiate theater before moving to New York to pursue his acting dreams in 1992.

Most recently he’s been seen in a guest star role on “Person Of Interest”. He also produced and played the lead role in “110 Stories” at NYU Skirball starring opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Katie Holmes, Melissa Leo, Jeremy Piven and Tony Shalhoub. In the mid 2000s he guest starred on “Law & Order SVU”, “Law & Order Criminal Intent”, played the role of Leo in “My Super Ex Girlfriend” and nabbed a recurring role on “Ugly Betty”, which meant a relocation to Los Angeles where the series filmed at Raleigh Studios.

Savante will now be seen portraying two notorious New Yorkers in highly anticipated mini-series premiering in June. AMC’s “The Making Of The Mob” and National Geographic’s “American Genius”.

“The Making Of The Mob” premieres on AMC on June 15th with Savante portraying Genovese crime family boss Joe Masseria. Narrated by Ray Liotta, the mini-series chronicles the rise and prominence of Lucky Luciano and the five families in a documentary-style series that uses archival footage, cinematic visual effects, and interviews with former city mayors, historians, and actors who have brought the Mafia to life on screen.

“The Making Of The Mob” trailer can be viewed at

Sneak Peek with 20 minutes of footage can be viewed at

The second mini-series, “American Genius” premiers on National Geographic on June 1st. AG (American Genius) is the story of the unseen forces behind the greatest races for innovation, the moments when the brightest minds were given the rare opportunity to change the world. Savante portrays radio and television pioneer David Sarnoff, who was the founder of RCA Corporation.

“American Genius” trailer can be viewed at

The former Capetonian also stars in Peter Greenaway’s new film “Eisenstein In Guanajuato”, which will be seen in U.S. theaters later this year. Nominated for a Golden Bear in its Berlinale premier, the bio-drama follows director Sergei Eisenstein’s sensual Mexican experience which appears to have been pivotal in his life and film career.

All his credits, film and television roles and latest info can be viewed at