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)

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] and for his role as Jimmy Cooper in The O.C..[2] He voiced Hercules in the animated feature film, in the animated television series, 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 on Hostages. Donovan's most recent television role was that of White House Chief of Staff Mark Boudreau on 24: Live Another Day.

Early life[edit]

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


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, he 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.[8]

Television career[edit]

Donovan played Joshua, the boyfriend of Rachel Green on several episodes of Season 4 of Friends. He later played the priest-son of a large 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 2007-10 he played lawyer Tom Shayes on the series Damages.[8]

In March 2010, Donovan joined the cast of the ABC pilot No Ordinary Family.[9] The series was canceled after only one season.[10]

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 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[11][12] 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.[citation needed]

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 in relationships[13] with Sandra Bullock (1994) and Jennifer Aniston. He married writer Corinne Kingsbury in a Catholic ceremony on a Malibu, California, beach, in 2005. Kingsbury and Donovan divorced in 2008.[14]

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.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
1984 No Small Affair Bob
1985 North Beach and Rawhide Sean Connelly Television movie
1985 Not My Kid Ricky Television movie
1986 SpaceCamp Kevin Donaldson
1986 A Case of Deadly Force Lawrence O'Donnell Jr. Television movie
1987 Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder Marc Television movie
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 movie
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 movie
1997 The Only Thrill Eddie
1997 Hercules Hercules
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 movie
1999 4 a.m.: Open All Night Man Short film
1999 Hercules: Zero to Hero Hercules
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 movie
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


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

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