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Jeffrey Donovan



A seasoned Shakespearean stage actor, Massachusetts native Jeffrey Donovan possesses precisely the kind of steely eyed gaze that made him an ideal candidate to portray a former government agent struggling to piece his life back together in the tense USA Network series Burn Notice.



Donovan attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, continuing his studies in New York University's Acting Graduate program, and after receiving his MFA, it was time to put his skills to the ultimate test. Frequently alternating between the stage and the screen in the 1990s, Donovan appeared in episodes of Law & Order, Homicide: Life on the Street, The Pretender, and Spin City while nurturing a feature career with supporting roles in such films as Sleepers and Catherine's Grove. A part in the eagerly anticipated 2000 sequel Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 gave Donovan increased exposure, though it was his role in the 2004 made-for-television crime thriller Touching Evil that marked the beginning of the actor's fruitful collaboration with the USA Network. Cast as a detective whose close brush with death gave him an uncanny ability to peer into the criminal mind, Donovan was a hit with viewers and critics, and went on to reprise the role in the short-lived series that followed.



While network executives may not have given Touching Evil quite enough time to find a solid viewing audience, they did recognize Donovan's onscreen charisma. After a memorable supporting role in the 2005 Will Smith comedy Hitch and numerous television appearances (including a recurring role in the popular NBC series Crossing Jordan), the USA Network gave the actor a second shot by casting him as the lead in Burn Notice. By this point, Donovan was on the verge of bona fide screen stardom, with substantial roles in such dramatic features as the 2006 sports drama Believe in Me pointing toward success for Donovan as well as Burn Notice. Donovan would also appear in several successful films over the years, like Changeling and J.Edgar.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
64% LBJ
  • John F. Kennedy
2016
94% Sicario
  • Steve Forsing
2015
25% Extinction
  • Jack
2015
43% J. Edgar
  • Robert Kennedy
2011
No Score Yet Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
2011
62% Changeling
  • Capt. J.J. Jones
2008
60% Believe in Me
  • Clay Driscoll
2007
83% Come Early Morning
  • Cal
2006
69% Hitch
  • Vance
2005
80% Sam and Joe
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Purpose
  • Robert
2002
13% Book of Shadows - Blair Witch 2
  • Jeff
2000
26% Bait
  • Julio
2000
No Score Yet When Trumpets Fade
  • Bobby
1998
No Score Yet Catherine's Grove
  • Thomas Mason
1997
74% Sleepers
  • Addison
1996

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Todd Kendrick
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
38% Shut Eye
2016
  • Charlie Haverford
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Eddie Nicodos
No Score Yet The Pretender
1996-2000
  • Kyle
Monk
2002-2009
  • Steve Wagner
98% Fargo
2014-2015
  • Dodd Gerhardt
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
86% Burn Notice
2007-2013
  • Michael Westen
  • Director

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