Salva was born in Martinez, California. His biological father abandoned the family and Salva reports that his stepfather was often drunk and physically abusive.
- 2017: Jeepers Creepers 3: Cathedral
- 2014: Dark House
- 2011: Rosewood Lane
- 2006: Peaceful Warrior
- 2003: Jeepers Creepers II
- 2001: Jeepers Creepers
- 1999: Rites of Passage
- 1995: The Nature of the Beast
- 1995: Powder
- 1989: Clownhouse
- 1986: Something in the Basement
Sexual Molestation CaseEdit
At the age of 29, during production of Clownhouse, Salva sexually molested the film's 12-year-old lead actor Nathan Forest Winters, and filmed their encounters. Salva pleaded guilty to one count of lewd and lascivious conduct, one count of oral sex with a person under 14, and three counts of procuring child pornography. Salva was sentenced to three years in prison, of which he served 15 months.
"Please don't spend your money on this movie. It would just go to line the pockets of this child molester."
--- Nathan Forrest Winters on the production of "Clownhouse".