Published on June 25th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


2020 Emmy Contender John Savage On “Seal Team,” “The Deer Hunter,” New York City & More

It’s rare for an actor the caliber of John Savage — primarily known for exquisite turns in iconic films like The Deer Hunter, The Thin Red Line and Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing — to transition to television for a standout role. But when it is a recurring role on a top-rated, critically-lauded series like CBS’ Seal Team, Savage jumped at the opportunity. And now his portrayal of “Emmet Quinn,” the father of devoted Seal Team character “Sonny Quinn” (played by A.J. Buckley), is a leading Emmy contender for the “Guest Actor In A Drama Series” award. The related episodes began airing in April.

Savage was also recently seen in The Last Full Measure with Sebastian Stan, Samuel Jackson and Ed Harris, as released last year. Even more recently, the New York native was cast in the starring role of the hard-nosed judge presiding over the case in a new feature film, domestic abuse drama Finding Nicole, based on the Chris Cuomo-fronted CNN documentary Inside Evil – Until Death Do Us Part. As Savage’s IMdB page will attest, he never stopped working and continues to work nonstop.

I had the pleasure of interviewing John Savage via Zoom on June 25, 2020. The full conversation is embedded below, while more on Savage is online via

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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