Tate Donovan

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Tate Donovan
Donovan at the Nancy Drew premiere in June 2007
Born Tate Buckley Donovan
(1963-09-25) September 25, 1963 (age 51)
Tenafly, New Jersey, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, director, voice artist, comedian
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Corinne Kingsbury (2005–2008; divorced)
Parent(s) John Timothy Donovan
Eileen Frances

Tate Buckley Donovan (born September 25, 1963) is an American actor, director, voice artist, and comedian, 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 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]


Year Title Role Notes
1984 No Small Affair Bob
1985 North Beach and Rawhide Sean Connelly Television film
1985 Not My Kid Ricky Television film
1986 SpaceCamp Kevin Donaldson
1986 A Case of Deadly Force Lawrence O'Donnell Jr. Television film
1987 Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder Marc Television film
1988 Dangerous Curves Chuck Upton
1988 Vietnam War Story II Unknown Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1988 Clean and Sober Donald Towle
1989 Dead Bang John Burns
1990 Rising Son Des Television film
1990 Memphis Belle 1st Lt. Luke Sinclair
1991 Little Noises Elliott
1992 Love Potion No. 9 Paul Matthews
1992 Equinox Richie Nunn
1992 Inside Monkey Zetterland Brent Zetterland Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
1993 Ethan Frome Reverend Smith
1994 Holy Matrimony Peter
1996 America's Dream David Television film
1997 The Only Thrill Eddie
1997 Hercules Hercules Voice
1997 Murder at 1600 Kyle Neill
1998 The Thin Pink Line Simon
1998 Waiting for Woody David Short film
1998 October 22 Peter
1998 Tempting Fate Dr. Ben Creed Television film
1999 4 a.m.: Open All Night Man Short film
1999 Hercules: Zero to Hero Hercules Voice
2000 Jesus & Hutch Hutch Short film
2000 The Office Party Bill Short film
2000 G-Men from Hell Mike Mattress
2000 Drop Back Ten Wally Bixer
2001 Get Well Soon Mark
2001 Swordfish Senator Reisman's Assistant Uncredited
2002 West of Here Dexter Anderson
2003 Exposed Bob Smith
2003 Mister Sterling Barry Reed
2005 Silver Bells Christy Byrne Television film
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck Jesse Zousmer Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2005 The Pacifier Howard Plummer
2007 Neal Cassady Neal Cassady
2007 Nancy Drew Carson Drew
2007 Shooter Russ Turner
2010 Below the Beltway Paul Gibson
2012 Argo Bob Anders Hollywood 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


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Magnum, P.I. R.J. Masters Episode: "Summer School"
1994 Tales from the Crypt Nelson Episode: "Operation Friendship"
1995–1996 Partners Owen 22 episodes
1997 Homicide: Life on the Street Greg Kellerman Episode: "Wu's on First"
1997 Ally McBeal Ronald Cheanie 3 episodes
1998 Godzilla: The Series Lawrence Cohen Episode: "Bird of Paradise"
1998 Friends Joshua Burgin 5 episodes
1998 Trinity Kevin McCallister 3 episodes
1998–1999 Hercules: The Animated Series Hercules 45 episodes
2000 Outer Limits Tom Seymour Episode: "Glitch"
2001 House of Mouse Hercules Episode: "Jiminy Cricket"
2002 The Guardian Lou Caffey Episode: "The Innocent"
2003–2007 The O.C. Jimmy Cooper 38 episodes
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Commander Luke Nelson Episode: "Rocket Man"
2007–2010 Damages Tom Shayes 36 episodes
2010 No Ordinary Family Mitch McCutcheon Episode: "Pilot"
2013 Deception Edward Bowers 11 episodes
2013–2014 Hostages Brian Sanders 15 episodes
2014 24: Live Another Day Mark Boudreau 12 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Kingdom Hearts II Hercules Voice
2010 Kingdom Hearts Re:coded Hercules Voice
2014 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Hercules Voice


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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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