Devon Sawa in 2006
Devon Sawa
Background information
Born (1978-09-07) September 7, 1978 (age 39)
Birthname Devon Edward Sawa
Birthplace Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Cause of death
Body discovered
Burial place
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater
Other names
Occupation(s) Actor
Years active 1989–present
Known for
Notable work Little Giants
Now and Then
Wild America
Idle Hands
Final Destination
Spouse(s) Dawni Sahanovitch (m. 2010)
Children 2
Home town

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), and SLC Punk! (1998). In 1999 he starred in the comedy horror film Idle Hands with Jessica Alba. A year later he was cast as Alex Browning in the horror film Final Destination. From 2010 to 2013, he had a recurring role on the drama spy fiction series Nikita as Owen Elliot.

Early lifeEdit

Sawa was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, the son of Joyce and Edward Sawa, a mechanic. Sawa has two older siblings.[1] His father is Polish, and his mother is "a little bit of everything".[2] His love of acting began when he starred in a school play in kindergarten, and since then, he has had many roles on TV and in movies.


Sawa began his career in 1992 as a children's action toy spokesman. Subsequently, his acting career developed rapidly during the 1990s. Sawa appeared in the film Little Giants and then got his big break in Casper, playing the role of Casper himself 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 in recent years 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.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to Dawni Sahanovitch and they welcomed their first child, son Hudson Sawa, on January 9, 2014.[9] On March 21, 2016 they welcomed their second child, Scarlett Haleena Sawa.



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Little Giants Junior Floyd
1995 Casper Casper McFadden (human form)
1995 Now and Then Scott Wormer
1997 Boys Club, TheThe Boys Club Eric
1997 Wild America Mark Stouffer
1998 Cool, Dry Place, AA 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 Guilty, TheThe 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
2011 Final Destination 5 Alex Browning Archive footage
2012 Philly Kid, TheThe Philly Kid Jake
2013 Resurrection, AA Resurrection Travis
2014 Warden's Ransome, AA Warden's Ransome Miller
2015 The Exorcism of Molly Hartley Father John Barrow Direct to video
2015 Life on the Line Duncan
2016 Punk's Dead Sean

Television Edit

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Unsub Young John Wesley "And the Dead Shall Rise to Condemn Thee: Part 2"
1992-1994 Odyssey, TheThe Odyssey Yudo "The Believers", "The Hall of Darkness", "The Prophecy"
1993 Sherlock Holmes Returns Young Booth TV film
1995 Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years Hank Valen "The Hanging"
1995-1996 Action Man Additional Voices
1996 Night of the Twisters Dan Hatch TV film
1996 Robin of Locksley Robin McAllister TV film
2003 Spider-Man Flash Thompson (voice) "Flash Memory"
2010 NCIS: Los Angeles Matt Bernhart "The Bank Job"
2010-2013 Nikita Owen Elliot / Sam Matthews Regular role
2015 Broad Squad Patrick Byrne TV film
2015 Animal Kingdom Danny TV film, post-production
2016 Real Detective Detective Eddie Herman TV Series "Redemption"


Year Category Recipient(s) Result
Saturn Awards
2000 Best Performance by a Younger Actor Idle Hands (1999) Nominated
2001 Best Performance by a Younger Actor Final Destination (2000) Won
Blockbuster Entertainment Award
2001 Favorite Actor – Horror Final Destination (2000) Nominated
Young Artist Awards
1997 Best Performance in a TV Movie/Mini-Series – Young Actor Night of the Twisters (1996) Nominated


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  3. D. Sawa Filmography: "Stan"
  4. Cato, Jason (2010-12-08). "Wilkinsburg native producing star-studded 'Sibling' in Pittsburgh". 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. 
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  9. Sarah Michaud (January 16, 2014). "Devon Sawa Welcomes Son Hudson". Retrieved January 17, 2014. 

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