Martin Donovan

Martin Donovan

Highest Rated: 92% Insomnia (2002)

Lowest Rated: 0% Shadows & Lies (2010)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: Not Available

Most recognizable as a Hal Hartley regular, tall, lanky Martin Donovan has made an indelible impression, gaining widespread respect as one of the more underrated figures in the film industry.Born August 19, 1957, in Reseda, CA, Donovan attended the American Theater of Arts in Los Angeles before working for a number of theaters in Los Angeles and New York. Donovan's first starring role came in the 1984 drama Hard Choices, which also starred John Sayles and J.T. Walsh. 1991 marked his first collaboration with Hartley, as he starred in both Surviving Desire (made for PBS' American Playhouse) and Trust. The latter became an art house favorite, helping to establish Hartley's reputation. The following year, Donovan made his next film with Hartley, 1992's Simple Men.Following his role in Hartley's critically acclaimed Amateur (1994), Donovan performed in a steady number of films throughout the rest of the decade. For Hartley, he appeared in Flirt (1995) and The Book of Life (1999), in which he played a modern-day Christ opposite PJ Harvey's Magdalena. Other notable work for the versatile actor included his role as Nicole Kidman's consumptive confidant in The Portrait of a Lady (1996); a turn as a divorced gay father in the unsettling Hollow Reed (1996); the part of Holly Hunter's philandering husband in Living Out Loud (1998); and his triumphantly understated portrayal of Christina Ricci's too-tolerant half-brother in Don Roos' black comedy The Opposite of Sex (1998). It was this last role, in particular, that helped to thrust Donovan a little further into the spotlight, introducing him to an audience that was eager to learn more about this multi-talented, multifaceted actor.

Highest Rated Movies



86% Come to Daddy Actor 2020
43% The Art of Racing in the Rain Maxwell 2019
33% Fahrenheit 451 Commissioner Nyari 2018
25% Rememory Gordon Dunn 2017
41% Aftermath Robert 2017
83% Ant-Man Actor $138.1M 2015
78% Ned Rifle Rev. Daniel Gardner 2015
74% Inherent Vice Crocker Fenway $6.2M 2015
No Score Yet Unthinkable Jack Saunders 2014
22% Sabotage Floyd Damel $8.2M 2014
61% Nurse Larry Cook 2014
57% The Reluctant Fundamentalist Ludlow Cooper $0.6M 2013
10% Silent Hill: Revelation Douglas Cartland $17.6M 2012
73% Collaborator Director Robert Longfellow Screenwriter 2012
No Score Yet In Praise of Shadows Actor 2010
0% Shadows & Lies Victor 2010
No Score Yet Duress Richard Barnett 2009
17% The Haunting in Connecticut Peter Campbell $55.4M 2009
13% The Alphabet Killer Jim Walsh 2008
46% Wind Chill Highway Patrolman 2007
No Score Yet Masters of Horror Cliff 2007
22% The Quiet Paul Deer $0.3M 2006
34% The Sentinel William Montrose $36.3M 2006
No Score Yet The Visitation Travis Jordan 2006
No Score Yet The Garage Actor 2006
No Score Yet Day On Fire Actor 2006
0% At Last Mark Singleton 2005
61% Saved! Pastor Skip $8.8M 2004
34% The United States of Leland Harry Pollard $0.3M 2004
No Score Yet The Pornographer: A Love Story Michael 2004
39% Agent Cody Banks Dr. Connors $47.3M 2003
No Score Yet RFK John F. Kennedy 2002
92% Insomnia Hap Eckhart $67.4M 2002
No Score Yet Oprah Winfrey Presents: Amy & Isabelle Mr. Robertson 2001
No Score Yet The Great Gatsby Tom Buchanan 2001
72% Pipe Dream David Kulovic 2001
48% Onegin Prince Nikitin 1999
No Score Yet Spanish Fly Carl Livingston 1999
No Score Yet In a Savage Land Philip Spence 1999
No Score Yet The Rook John Abbott 1999
No Score Yet The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer Actor 1999
60% Heaven Robert Marling 1999
59% Living Out Loud Bob 1998
89% The Book of Life Jesus Christ 1998
No Score Yet When Trumpets Fade Captain Pritchett 1998
No Score Yet Somebody Is Waiting Director Screenwriter 1998
80% The Opposite of Sex Bill Truitt 1998
No Score Yet Rescuers: Stories of Courage---Two Couples Aart Vos 1998
45% The Portrait of a Lady Ralph Touchett 1996
80% Flirt Walter 1996
83% Hollow Reed Martyn Wyatt 1996
60% Nadja Jim 1995
78% Amateur Thomas 1995
No Score Yet American Playhouse Jude 1993
No Score Yet Scam Gordon Wexler 1993
No Score Yet Quick Herschel Brewer 1993
88% Malcolm X FBI Agent 1992
52% Death Becomes Her Screenwriter 1992
91% Simple Men Martin 1992
No Score Yet Death Dreams Director 1991
83% Trust Matthew Slaughter 1991
No Score Yet Julia Has Two Lovers Freddy 1991
74% Apartment Zero Director 1989
No Score Yet Hard Choices Josh 1986


89% Lethal Weapon
Grant Davenport 2018
78% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Dr. Archibald Newlands Captain 2018
No Score Yet Rogue
Director Richard Campbell 2017
30% Second Chance
Duke Daniels 2016
53% The Lottery
Darius Hayes 2014
85% Homeland
Leland Bennett 2013
39% The Firm
Kevin Stack 2012
81% Boss
Ezra Stone 2012
80% Unnatural History
Bryan Bartlett 2010
No Score Yet Ghost Whisperer
Tom Gordon 2008
63% Masters of Horror
Cliff 2007
No Score Yet The Dead Zone
Malcolm Janus Malcolm Harris 2006
70% Weeds
Peter 2006
No Score Yet Pasadena
Will McAllister 2005
100% Dead Still


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