Devon Sawa

Devon Edward Sawa (born September 7, 1978) is a Canadian actor. He began acting when he was a teen, appearing in the films Little Giants (1994), Casper (1995), Now and Then (1995), Night of the Twisters (1996), Wild America (1997), Idle Hands (1999), and Final Destination (2000).

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Sawa in 2019
Devon Edward Sawa

(1978-09-07) September 7, 1978 (age 42)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Years active1989–present
Notable work
Little Giants
Now and Then
Wild America
Idle Hands
Final Destination
Dawni Sahanovitch
(m. 2013)

From 2010 to 2013, he starred as Owen Elliot in the action spy drama series Nikita.

Early lifeEdit

Sawa was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the son of Joyce and Edward Sawa, a mechanic. He has two older siblings.[1] His father is Polish, and his mother is "a little bit of everything".[2]


Sawa began his career in 1992 as a children's action toy spokesman. He appeared in the film Little Giants, and then got his big break in Casper, playing the role of Casper as a human boy. In Now and Then, Sawa played Scott Wormer, the town bully, and shared a second on-screen kiss with his co-star Christina Ricci (the first was in Casper). Sawa also starred in Wild America, Idle Hands, SLC Punk!, and Final Destination. In 2000, Sawa played the title character of the Eminem music video "Stan".[3] Sawa later became a voice actor by voicing Flash Thompson in Spider-Man: The New Animated Series. Sawa continued steadily by appearing in several independent films including Extreme Dating, Shooting Gallery, Devil's Den, Creature Of Darkness, Endure, 388 Arletta Avenue, The Philly Kid, and A Resurrection.[4][5]

Beginning in 2010, Sawa portrayed the role of Owen Elliott on The CW action drama series Nikita.[6][7] In July 2012, he was promoted to series regular in season 3 of Nikita, and the show ended after four seasons in 2013.[8]

In 2017, Sawa portrayed the role of Nico Jackson in Somewhere Between; the show ended after one season. Sawa appeared as Lester Clark Jr. in Escape Plan: The Extractors.[9]

On July 25, 2019, the trailer was released for The Fanatic, a thriller starring Sawa as Hunter Dunbar, an actor who is stalked by a character named Moose, played by John Travolta. The movie was directed by Limp Bizkit vocalist Fred Durst.

Personal lifeEdit

Sawa is married to Canadian producer Dawni Sahanovitch. They wed in 2013.[10] They have two children together, a son born in 2014 and a daughter born in 2016.[11][12][13]

Sawa has described himself as being irreligious and an atheist, but supportive of freedom of religion.[14][15]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Little Giants Junior Floyd
1995 Casper Casper McFadden (human form)
1995 Now and Then Scott Wormer
1996 Night of the Twisters Danny Hatch
1997 The Boys Club Eric
1997 Wild America Mark Stouffer
1998 A Cool, Dry Place Noah Ward
1998 SLC Punk! Sean
1998 Around the Fire Simon Harris
1999 Idle Hands Anton Tobias
2000 Final Destination Alex Browning
2000 The Guilty Nathan Corrigan
2000 Eminem: E Stan Segment: "Stan"
2002 Slackers Dave Goodman
2002 Extreme Ops Will
2005 Extreme Dating Daniel Roenick
2005 Shooting Gallery Paul the Pawn Direct to video
2006 Devil's Den Quinn
2009 Creature of Darkness Andrew
2010 Random Walk Short film
2010 Endure Zeth Arnold
2011 388 Arletta Avenue Bill Burrows
2012 The Philly Kid Jake
2013 A Resurrection Travis
2014 A Warden's Ransom Miller
2015 The Exorcism of Molly Hartley Father John Barrow Direct-to-video
2015 Life on the Line Duncan
2016 Punk's Dead Sean
2019 Escape Plan: The Extractors Lester Clark Jr.
2019 The Fanatic Hunter Dunbar
2019 Jarhead: Law of Return Major Ronan Jackson
2020 Disturbing the Peace Diablo
2020 Hunter Hunter Joseph Mersault


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Unsub Young John Wesley Episode: "And the Dead Shall Rise to Condemn Thee: Part 2"
1992–1994 The Odyssey Yudo Episodes: "The Believers", "The Hall of Darkness", "The Prophecy"
1993 Sherlock Holmes Returns Young Booth TV film
1995 Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years Hank Valen Episode: "The Hanging"
1995–1996 Action Man Additional Voices 26 episodes
1996 Night of the Twisters Dan Hatch TV film
1996 Robin of Locksley Robin McAllister TV film
2003 Spider-Man: The New Animated Series Flash Thompson (voice) Episode: "Flash Memory"
2010 NCIS: Los Angeles Matt Bernhart Episode: "The Bank Job"
2010–2013 Nikita Owen Elliot / Sam Matthews Recurring (seasons 1–2); main role (seasons 3–4)
2015 Broad Squad Patrick Byrne TV film
2016 Real Detective Detective Eddie Herman Episode: "Redemption"
2017 Somewhere Between Nico Jackson Main role
2018 Hawaii Five-0 Brad Woodward Episode: "O Ka Mea Ua Hala, Ua Hala Ia"/"What Is Gone Is Gone"
2020 MacGyver Donovan James O' Mailey Episode: " Mac + Desi + Riley + Aubrey "


Year Award Category Work Result
1997 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie / Mini-Series – Young Actor Night of the Twisters Nominated
2000 Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor Idle Hands Nominated
2001 Saturn Awards Best Performance by a Younger Actor Final Destination Won
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actor – Horror Final Destination Nominated


  1. ^ "Devon Sawa Biography (1978–)". NetIndustries, LLC. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  2. ^ Bailey, Andy (February 2000). "Devon Sawa - Brief Article - Interview". Find Articles. Archived from the original on 2004-09-20.
  3. ^ D. Sawa Filmography: "Stan" Archived 2011-10-01 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Cato, Jason (2010-12-08). "Wilkinsburg native producing star-studded 'Sibling' in Pittsburgh". Archived from the original on 2010-12-16. Retrieved 2011-07-07.
  5. ^ Creepy, Uncle (2010-12-08). "Devon Sawa Meets His Sibling | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central". Retrieved 2011-07-07.
  6. ^ Nguyen, Hanh (August 26, 2010). "'Nikita': Devon Sawa will guest star as a new nemesis". Zap2it. Archived from the original on August 30, 2010. Retrieved August 26, 2010.
  7. ^ Nguyen, Hanh (April 13, 2011). "Nikita's Devon Sawa: There's No "Nikita-Owen Love Thing Going On"... for Now". TV Guide. Retrieved April 17, 2011.
  8. ^ Masters, Megan (July 11, 2012). "Exclusive: Nikita Promotes Devon Sawa to Series Regular in Season 3". TVLine.
  9. ^ Hawson, Fred (12 July 2019). "Movie review: Chinese actors take spotlight from Stallone in 'Escape Plan 3'". ABS-CBN. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Baby Girl on the Way for Devon Sawa; Wife Dawni Is Pregnant". Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  11. ^ "Devon Sawa Welcomes Daughter Scarlett Heleena". People. March 22, 2016. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
  12. ^ Sarah Michaud (January 16, 2014). "Devon Sawa Welcomes Son Hudson". People. Archived from the original on January 18, 2019. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  13. ^ "Devon Sawa Welcomes Daughter Scarlett Heleena". Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  14. ^ Sawa, Devon [@DevonESawa] (2018-03-17). "I'll respect your religion as long as you respect me not having one. I don't care WHAT gets you through life with a smile on your face, as long as it doesn't affect me" (Tweet). Retrieved 2020-08-18 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Sawa, Devon [@DevonESawa] (2018-06-13). "I'm a Polish atheist!" (Tweet). Retrieved 2020-08-18 – via Twitter.

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