Tate Donovan

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Tate Donovan
Donovan at the Nancy Drew premiere in June 2007
BornTate Buckley Donovan
(1963-09-25) September 25, 1963 (age 51)
Tenafly, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationActor, director, voice artist, comedian
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Corinne Kingsbury (2005–2008; divorced)
ParentsJohn Timothy Donovan
Eileen Frances
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Tate Donovan
Donovan at the Nancy Drew premiere in June 2007
BornTate Buckley Donovan
(1963-09-25) September 25, 1963 (age 51)
Tenafly, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationActor, director, voice artist, comedian
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Corinne Kingsbury (2005–2008; divorced)
ParentsJohn Timothy Donovan
Eileen Frances

Tate Buckley Donovan (born September 25, 1963) is an American actor, director, voice artist, and comedian, best known for portraying Tom Shayes in Damages,[1] Jimmy Cooper in The O.C.,[2] and providing the voice of the title character in the 1997 Disney animated film Hercules, in the animated television series based on the film, and in Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded. He has also had supporting roles in films, such as Good Night, and Good Luck and Argo. Donovan starred as Brian Sanders in Hostages. Donovan's most recent television role is White House Chief of Staff Mark Boudreau in 24: Live Another Day.

Early life[edit]

Donovan was born Tate Buckley Donovan in Tenafly, New Jersey[3] to John Timothy Donovan, a surgeon,[4][5][6] and Eileen Frances (née McAllister), both Roman Catholics of Irish descent.[7][8] Donovan is the youngest of seven children.

He attended Dwight-Englewood School, in Englewood, New Jersey before transferring to a public high school in Tenafly, New Jersey. He has been appearing on television since his teenage years. He later attended the University of Southern California.



Donovan's earliest film roles included Kevin Donaldson in SpaceCamp (1986), a recovering drug addict in Clean and Sober (1988), 1st Lieutenant Luke Sinclair in Memphis Belle (1990), and Paul Matthews in Love Potion No. 9 (1992).

In recent years, he has portrayed one of the key supporting roles in Argo as Bob Anders.[9]


Donovan portrayed Joshua, the boyfriend of Rachel Green, on several episodes of Season 4 of Friends. He later portrayed the priest-son of a large Catholic family in Trinity (1998). He has appeared as a guest star in several television series, such as Magnum, P.I. (1986), The Guardian (2001), Mister Sterling (2003), Exposed (2003), and The O.C. (2003), where he appeared as Jimmy Cooper. From 2007-10, he portrayed Tom Shayes on Damages.[9]

In March 2010, he joined the cast of No Ordinary Family.[10] However, after only one season, the series was cancelled.[11]

In 2005, Donovan began directing episodic television when he directed an episode of The O.C.. In 2009, he directed an episode of the sixth season of Medium. He also directed two episodes of Damages in its second season and an episode of Nip/Tuck in its sixth season. In 2010, Donovan directed the third episode in the sixth season of Weeds, the tenth episode in the fourth season of Gossip Girl,the fourth episode of fifth season, and one episode of Damages from the third season. In 2011, Donovan directed the Valentine's Day-themed episode of Glee and the episode "I Kissed a Girl" in the third season.


Donovan starred on stage with Amy Ryan in the Los Angeles production of Rabbit Hole. On Broadway, he appeared as Alan Seymour in the revival of Picnic in 1994; he appeared opposite Judi Dench in Amy's View (1999). Off Broadway, Donovan appeared with Glenn Fitzgerald in the 2001 production of Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan, playing the role of the crooked cop Bill. Donovan has appeared in numerous productions[12][13] at the Williamstown Theater Festival, including Once in a Lifetime, Under the Blue Sky, and The Glass Menagerie. He has also appeared at the Irish Repertory Theater in New York City. In 2011, he starred with Frances McDormand in the world premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire's play Good People at the Manhattan Theatre Club.


Donovan had a regular gig with traditional Irish band the Descendants, with whom he released an album titled Wake Amusements. He plays the bodhrán and fiddle.[citation needed]

Other work[edit]

As of May 2011, Donovan voices radio and video advertising for PNC Financial Services. He has also volunteered as an actor with the Young Storytellers Program.

Personal life[edit]

Donovan was formerly in relationships[14] with Sandra Bullock (1994) and Jennifer Aniston.

He married writer Corinne Kingsbury in a Catholic ceremony on a Malibu, California beach in 2005. In 2008, Donovan and Kingsbury divorced.[15]

Political activism[edit]

In 2008, Donovan announced his support and campaigned for Barack Obama in the U.S. presidential election of 2008.

Donovan supported Obama for re-election in the 2012 presidential election.[16]


1984No Small AffairBob
1985North Beach and RawhideSean ConnellyTelevision film
1985Not My KidRickyTelevision film
1986SpaceCampKevin Donaldson
1986A Case of Deadly ForceLawrence O'Donnell Jr.Television film
1987Nutcracker: Money, Madness & MurderMarcTelevision film
1988Dangerous CurvesChuck Upton
1988Vietnam War Story IIUnknownNominated—CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1988Clean and SoberDonald Towle
1989Dead BangJohn Burns
1990Rising SonDesTelevision film
1990Memphis Belle1st Lt. Luke Sinclair
1991Little NoisesElliott
1992Love Potion No. 9Paul Matthews
1992EquinoxRichie Nunn
1992Inside Monkey ZetterlandBrent ZetterlandNominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
1993Ethan FromeReverend Smith
1994Holy MatrimonyPeter
1996America's DreamDavidTelevision film
1997The Only ThrillEddie
1997Murder at 1600Kyle Neill
1998The Thin Pink LineSimon
1998Waiting for WoodyDavidShort film
1998October 22Peter
1998Tempting FateDr. Ben CreedTelevision film
19994 a.m.: Open All NightManShort film
1999Hercules: Zero to HeroHerculesVoice
2000Jesus & HutchHutchShort film
2000The Office PartyBillShort film
2000G-Men from HellMike Mattress
2000Drop Back TenWally Bixer
2001Get Well SoonMark
2001SwordfishSenator Reisman's AssistantUncredited
2002West of HereDexter Anderson
2003ExposedBob Smith
2003Mister SterlingBarry Reed
2005Silver BellsChristy ByrneTelevision film
2005Good Night, and Good LuckJesse ZousmerNominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2005The PacifierHoward Plummer
2007Neal CassadyNeal Cassady
2007Nancy DrewCarson Drew
2007ShooterRuss Turner
2010Below the BeltwayPaul Gibson
2012ArgoBob AndersHollywood Film Festival Award for Best Cast
Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Best Cast
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast


1986Magnum, P.I.R.J. MastersEpisode: "Summer School"
1994Tales from the CryptNelsonEpisode: "Operation Friendship"
1995–1996PartnersOwen22 episodes
1997Homicide: Life on the StreetGreg KellermanEpisode: "Wu's on First"
1997Ally McBealRonald Cheanie3 episodes
1998Godzilla: The SeriesLawrence CohenEpisode: "Bird of Paradise"
1998FriendsJoshua Burgin5 episodes
1998TrinityKevin McCallister3 episodes
1998–1999Hercules: The Animated SeriesHercules45 episodes
2000Outer LimitsTom SeymourEpisode: "Glitch"
2001House of MouseHerculesEpisode: "Jiminy Cricket"
2002The GuardianLou CaffeyEpisode: "The Innocent"
2003–2007The O.C.Jimmy Cooper38 episodes
2007Law & Order: Criminal IntentCommander Luke NelsonEpisode: "Rocket Man"
2007–2010DamagesTom Shayes36 episodes
2010No Ordinary FamilyMitch McCutcheonEpisode: "Pilot"
2013DeceptionEdward Bowers11 episodes
2013–2014HostagesBrian Sanders15 episodes
201424: Live Another DayMark Boudreau12 episodes

Video games[edit]

2005Kingdom Hearts IIHerculesVoice
2010Kingdom Hearts Re:codedHerculesVoice


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  2. ^ Profile, theocshow.com; accessed August 19, 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrities/tate-donovan/biography
  4. ^ "Tate Donovan profile at". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  5. ^ "Tate Donovan Biography". Movies.yahoo.com. 1963-09-25. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  6. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths DONOVAN, JOHN TIMOTHY, M.D.". The New York Times. 2000-08-18. 
  7. ^ Profile, broadway.com; accessed August 19, 2014.
  8. ^ Profile, playbill.com; accessed August 19, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Tate Donovan at the Internet Movie Database
  10. ^ "Tate Donovan Cast in ABC's No Ordinary Family". TVGuide.com. 
  11. ^ Sarafin, Jarrod (May 14, 2010). "V & No Ordinary Family Canceled". Mania. Retrieved July 8, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Williamstown Theater Festival". Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  13. ^ "Williamstown Theater Festival". Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  14. ^ http://www.keithandthegirl.com/Show-Detail/3556/The-Whole-Nine-Yards.aspx
  15. ^ "Tate Donovan's Divorce Finalized". People. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
  16. ^ Monk, Reny (2008-05-04). "The Huffington Post". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 

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