Stelio Savante (born 1970, in Cape Town, South Africa) is a South African film, television and stage actor living in the United States. Is a native English speaker (Anglo South African) and fluent in Afrikaans and Greek.
In 2005, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit cast Savante as a Bosnian-Muslim fundamentalist. He guest starred as the villain opposite Mariska Hargitay and Angela Lansbury. Later the episode was nominated for Emmy Awards and Golden Globes. Larger high profile roles followed, including: a guest star lead as an Italian American mob hitman on Law & Order: Criminal Intent opposite Chris Noth and Annabella Sciorra, a lead role as an American Sergeant in the WWII film, The Coldest Winter which took the ‘best feature film’ award at the Hollywood DV Festival, a lead role as an abusive Greek father in the independent film, Pulse, a lead role in the NY and Off Broadway premier of Arabian Night, a supporting role in Solidarity, and a supporting role and 6th billing in the Hollywood comedy My Super Ex Girlfriend. ABC then offered Stelio a recurring role as Steve (List of Ugly Betty characters) on the primetime network series, Ugly Betty, produced by Salma Hayek, and he relocated to Los Angeles and appeared in 10 first season episodes. In May 2007 Stelio returned home to South Africa for the first time in eleven years to play Bull Brittles in the sci fi action flick, Starship Troopers 3: Marauder.
Most recent credits include a guest star role opposite Mark Harmon on NCIS, a guest star role on the web series Solly's Wisdom, a guest star appearance opposite Jenny McCarthy in the live action simulated video game Red Alert 3, and a supporting role in the independent film Corrado.
He married Carla Pina in New York City on June 25 2002 and they have one child, Ava Grace (born 2007 in Santa Monica).
|Live Fast Die Young||Rupe||2008|
|Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3||Sergei||2008|
|Starship Troopers 3: Marauder||Bull Brittles||2008|
|My Super Ex Girlfriend||Leo||2006|
|The Coldest Winter||Sergeant Warner||2005|
|Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Phil Bartoli||2005|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Milan Zergin||2004|
|All My Children||Guard Berger||2003|
|Nobody Beats Charlie||Frank||2002|
|Manhattan Chase||Dr Ross||2001|
|The Sopranos||Gaetano Giarizzio||2000|
|A Grave Debt||Devo||2000|
|Guiding Light||Mr Black||2000|
|The Last of the Communists||Andrei||1999|
|The Clean Break||Ivan||1998|