West Alabama athlete’s Hollywood football film opens June 4th
LIVINGSTON– Former University of West Alabama athlete (Livingston University Tigers football and tennis teams) Stelio Savante now bicoastal between New York and Los Angeles as actor/producer since the early 90s; is a producer of the upcoming football film Under the Stadium Lights starring Laurence Fishburne and Milo Gibson (Mel Gibson’s son) and distributed by Saban Films and Paramount Pictures.
Under the Stadium Lights is based on the true story of the 2009 Abilene High School State winning championship football team, and is described as the ultimate underdog story.
South African Savante, now a three decade Hollywood veteran was recruited to the United States on an international tennis scholarship by The University Of West Alabama in 1990, and also played as a kicker for the tigers football team, coached by Pat McCorkle. After participating in a long list of university plays directed by former director James McGahey, and in plays throughout Alabama including with Canebrake Players in Demopolis, Savante left Alabama for New York in 1991 to live with his girlfriend (now his wife of twenty nine years) and to pursue a career in the arts as an actor.
Over 125 film, television and video game credits later, Savante has worked in all genre as an actor and has also been producing in the sci-fi, faith based, and sports genres as well in theater. His most recent film and television credits include starring roles in the action thriller Infidel opposite Jim Caviezel, the family drama Running for Grace opposite Matt Dillon and Jim Caviezel, the role of Moses on the hit biblical series The Chosen, the voice of Ajax in the Call of Duty Black Ops video game, and he will next be ween in the sci-fi film Destination Marfa, leading the cast opposite Tony Todd and also having produced the film. In 2007, he became South Africa’s first SAG Award Nominee as a member of Ugly Betty’s lead cast, and broke though with significant roles in studio films like My Super Ex Girlfriend, Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, and a guest lead role in Law & Order SVU, starring opposite Bradley Cooper, Angela Lansbury and Alfred Molina.