Donovan in 2011
Martin Paul Smith
August 19, 1957
Reseda, California, U.S.
Martin Donovan (born Martin Paul Smith; August 19, 1957) is an American actor. He has had a long collaboration with director Hal Hartley, appearing in many of his films, such as Trust (1990), Surviving Desire (1991), Simple Men (1992), Amateur (1994), Flirt (1995), and The Book of Life (1998), starring as Jesus Christ in the latter. Donovan also played Peter Scottson on Showtime's cable series Weeds. He made his writing/directorial debut with the film Collaborator (2011).
He graduated from Crespi Carmelite High School and attended Pierce College for two years. He attended American Theater Arts, a combined conservatory and theater company in Los Angeles, where he appeared in the plays Richard's Cork Leg by Brendan Behan and Private Life of the Master Race by Bertold Brecht. In 1983, he and his wife, Vivian, moved to New York City, where he took odd jobs like installing drapery to support his family. He joined the off-off-Broadway Cucaracha Theater on Greenwich Street.
Donovan has appeared in fourteen episodes of the Showtime television series Weeds, which stars Mary-Louise Parker, for which he was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by An Ensemble in a Comedy Series. He has also acted with Parker in Saved!, Pipe Dream and The Portrait of a Lady. For the latter film, he won the National Society of Film Critics' Award for best supporting actor.
In 2009, he starred opposite Virginia Madsen in The Haunting in Connecticut. Recently he was seen in The Sentinel with Kiefer Sutherland and Michael Douglas as well as The Quiet with Edie Falco. In 2007 he appeared in the suspense horror film Wind Chill. Other recent film appearances include The United States of Leland, The Opposite of Sex, Living Out Loud, In a Savage Land, Hollow Reed, Onegin, and Nadja.
Donovan had a long association with celebrated director Hal Hartley, starring in several of his films including Amateur which was selected for both the Cannes and New York Film Festivals. Other Hartley collaborations are Simple Men, which was also an official Cannes selection; Trust, Surviving Desire, Flirt and The Book of Life, which was shown at the New York Film Festival. Donovan starred in Shadows and Lies. As well as Hal Hartley, Donovan has also appeared in films directed by Spike Lee, Christopher Nolan and Paul Thomas Anderson.
Donovan made his television series début in Peter Berg's Wonderland. His recent TV credits include Big Little Lies (season 2) and Dead Still. Other television credits are The Great Gatsby, HBO's When Trumpets Fade, the Fox series Pasadena and the FX telefilm RFK. In 2011 he took a major role in the Starz original drama series Boss. In 2014 he starred in the Lifetime post-apocalyptic series The Lottery.
|1987||At Mother's Request||Det. Rogen||TV movie|
|1992||Malcolm X||FBI Agent||a.k.a. X (USA: poster title)|
|Simple Men||Martin||a.k.a. Uomini semplici (Italy)|
|1993||Quick||Herschel Brewer||a.k.a. Crossfire (UK: video box title)|
|Scam||Gordon Wexler||TV movie|
|South Beach||Spencer Robinson||TV series|
Episode: "School for Scandal"
|The Adventures of Pete & Pete||TV series|
Episodes: "Apocalypse Pete" and "Space, Geeks, and Johnny Unitas"
|1994||The Rook||John Abbott|
|1996||The Portrait of A Lady||Ralph Touchett||National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor|
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor(2nd place)
|Hollow Reed||Martyn Wyatt|
|1997||Night Sins||Paul Garrison||TV movie|
|1998||Rescuers: Stories of Courage - Two Couples||Aart Vos||TV movie|
Segment: "Aart and Johtje Vos"
|When Trumpets Fade||Capt. Roy Pritchett|
|The Opposite of Sex||Bill Truitt|
|Living Out Loud||Robert Nelson|
|The Book of Life||Jesus Christ|
|1999||In a Savage Land||Dr. Phillip Spence|
|The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer||Richard DiBenedetto||TV movie|
|The Great Gatsby||Tom Buchanan||TV movie|
|Custody of the Heart||Dennis Raphael||TV movie|
|Wonderland||Dr. Neil Harrison||8 episodes|
|2001||Amy and Isabelle||Peter Robertson||TV movie|
|Pasadena||Will McAllister||13 episodes|
|Insomnia||Detective Hap Eckhart|
|Pipe Dream||David Kulovic|
|RFK||John F. Kennedy||TV movie|
|2003||The United States of Leland||Harry Pollard|
|Agent Cody Banks||Dr. Connors|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Dr. Archibald Newlands||TV series|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Howard Delhomme||TV series|
Episode: "After the Show"
|2004||The Pornographer: A Love Story|
|Traffic||Brent Delaney||TV miniseries|
|Dark Shadows||Roger Collins||Unaired TV pilot|
|White Like Me||Gus|
|2005||At Last||Mark Singleton|
|The Quiet||Paul Deer|
|Weeds||Peter Scottson||14 episodes|
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2005)
|2006||The Visitation||Travis Jordan|
|The Garage||Adult Matt|
|The Sentinel||William Montrose|
|Day on Fire||Walter Evering|
|Law & Order||Robert White||TV series|
Episode: "Cost of Capital"
|2007||The Dead Zone||Malcolm Janus||6 episodes|
|Masters of Horror||Cliff Addison||TV series|
Episode: "Right to Die"
|Wind Chill||Highway Patrolman|
|Ghost Whisperer||Tom Gordon||4 episodes|
|2008||The Alphabet Killer||Jim Walsh|
|2009||The Haunting in Connecticut||Peter Campbell|
|2010||Unnatural History||Bryan Bartlett|
|Shadows and Lies||Victor|
|2011||Collaborator||Robert Longfellow||Written and directed by Martin Donovan|
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival: FIPRESCI Prize
|Boss||Ezra Stone||10 episodes|
|2012||Silent Hill: Revelation 3D||Douglas Cartland|
|The Firm||Kevin Stack||recurring role|
|The Reluctant Fundamentalist||Ludlow Cooper|
|2013||Rogue||Richard Campbell||TV series|
|Homeland||Leland Bennett||3 episodes|
|Ned Rifle||Rev. Daniel Gardner|
|Inherent Vice||Crocker Fenway|
|2016||Legends of Tomorrow||Zaman Druce||Recurring role|
|Indian Horse||Jack Lanahan|
|Lethal Weapon||Grant Davenport||TV series|
Episode: "Wreck the Halls"
|2019||Big Little Lies||Martin Howard||3 episodes|
|The Art of Racing in the Rain||Maxwell|
|White Lie||Doug Arneson|
|2020||Dead Still||Bushrod Whacker||TV series|
|2021||Firefly Lane||Wilson King||2 episodes|
- "Martin Donovan profile at". Filmreference.com. 1957-08-19. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
- "For an Art-House Regular, a Wider World". The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2014.
- Levy, Emanuel (1997-01-06). "U.S. crix make 'Waves' best pic, Murphy actor Crix awards to 'Waves'". Variety. Retrieved 2021-02-03.
- Martin Donovan at IMDb