Tate Donovan

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Tate Donovan
Donovan at the Nancy Drew premiere, June 2007
BornTate Buckley Donovan
(1963-09-25) September 25, 1963 (age 50)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Corinne Kingsbury (2005–2008; divorced)
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Tate Donovan
Donovan at the Nancy Drew premiere, June 2007
BornTate Buckley Donovan
(1963-09-25) September 25, 1963 (age 50)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Corinne Kingsbury (2005–2008; divorced)

Tate Buckley Donovan (born September 25, 1963) is an American actor and director. He is known for his role in the FX drama Damages, as Tom Shayes,[1] and for his role as Jimmy Cooper in the American teen drama television series The O.C.. He voiced the title character Hercules in Disney's thirty-fifth animated feature film, in the animated television series and in the video games 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. He starred as Brian Sanders on the CBS drama Hostages. His most recent television role was that of White House Chief of Staff Mark Boudreau on the Fox limited event television series 24: Live Another Day.

Early life[edit]

Tate Buckley Donovan, the youngest of seven children, was born in New York City, New York,[2] the son of Eileen Frances (née McAllister) and John Timothy Donovan, who was a surgeon.[2][3][4] He is of Irish Catholic background.[5][6] Donovan attended Dwight-Englewood School, in Englewood, New Jersey (graduates of which include actors Brooke Shields and Mira Sorvino, and chef Anthony Bourdain), before transferring to a public high school in Tenafly, New Jersey. He has been appearing on television since his teens. He attended the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, where he met his now long-time friends, actors Grant Heslov and George Clooney.


Film career[edit]

His earliest film roles included teenager Kevin Donaldson, in SpaceCamp (1986), co-starring Lea Thompson and Kate Capshaw; in the 1988 film Clean and Sober, he played a recovering drug addict, costarring with Michael Keaton and Kathy Baker. He also had a role in the 1990 film Memphis Belle in which he played 1st Lieutenant Luke Sinclair. He also starred in the 1992 romantic comedy Love Potion No. 9 as Paul Matthews opposite Sandra Bullock. In the recent years, Donovan has played one of the key supporting roles in Argo as Bob Anders, one of the six US diplomats who evaded capture in the Iranian hostage crisis.

Television career[edit]

Donovan played the role of Joshua, the boyfriend of Jennifer Aniston's character, Rachel Green, in a few episodes of Season 4 of the sitcom Friends. He played the priest-son of a large Irish Catholic family in the short-lived NBC drama Trinity (1998). He has appeared as a guest star in several 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 to 2010 he played lawyer Tom Shayes on the series Damages.

In March 2010, Donovan joined the cast of the ABC pilot No Ordinary Family.[7] The series was canceled after only one season.[8]

Donovan began directing episodic television in 2005, when he directed an episode of The O.C.. Then, 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, he directed the third episode in the sixth season of Showtime's hit show Weeds, "A Yippity Sippity"; the tenth episode of Gossip Girl's fourth season; as well as the fourth episode of fifth season; and one episode of Damages (Season 3). In 2011, he directed the Valentine's Day-themed episode of Glee and the episode "I Kissed a Girl" in the third season.

Stage career[edit]

He starred on stage with Amy Ryan in the Los Angeles production of Rabbit Hole. On Broadway, Donovan appeared as Alan Seymour in the revival of Picnic in 1994; he also 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[9][10] at the Williamstown Theater Festival, including Once in a Lifetime, Under the Blue Sky and The Glass Menagerie. Donovan 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.

Music career[edit]

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

Other professional work[edit]

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

Personal life[edit]

Donovan was formerly engaged to Sandra Bullock (1994) and to Jennifer Aniston. He married writer Corinne Kingsbury in a Catholic ceremony on a Malibu, California, beach, in 2005. Kingsbury and Donovan divorced in 2008.[11]

Political activism[edit]

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

Donovan supported Barack Obama for re-election in the 2012 presidential election.[12]



1984No Small AffairBob
1985North Beach and RawhideSean ConnellyTelevision movie
1985Not My KidRickyTelevision movie
1986SpaceCampKevin Donaldson
1986A Case of Deadly ForceLawrence O'Donnell Jr.Television movie
1987Nutcracker: Money, Madness & MurderMarcTelevision movie
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 movie
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 movie
1997The Only ThrillEddie
1997Murder at 1600Kyle Neill
1998The Thin Pink LineSimon
1998Waiting for WoodyDavidShort film
1998October 22Peter
1998Tempting FateDr. Ben CreedTelevision movie
19994 a.m.: Open All NightManShort film
1999Hercules: Zero to HeroHercules
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 movie
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


  1. ^ "FX Series Damages". FX. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  2. ^ a b "Tate Donovan Biography (1963-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  3. ^ "Tate Donovan Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. 1963-09-25. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  4. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths DONOVAN, JOHN TIMOTHY, M.D". The New York Times. 2000-08-18. 
  5. ^ http://www.broadway.com/buzz/155333/tate-donovan-on-strong-women-tv-stardom-good-people/
  6. ^ http://www.playbill.com/features/article/147412-Tate-Donovan-Is-Among-the-Good-People-of-Broadway
  7. ^ "Tate Donovan Cast in ABC's No Ordinary Family". TVGuide.com. 
  8. ^ Sarafin, Jarrod (May 14, 2010). "V & No Ordinary Family Canceled". Mania. Retrieved July 8, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Williamstown Theater Festival". Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  10. ^ "Williamstown Theater Festival". Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  11. ^ "Tate Donovan's Divorce Finalized". People. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
  12. ^ Monk, Reny (2008-05-04). "The Huffington Post". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2011-05-18. 

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