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Tate Donovan



With his handsome, everyman looks and strong abilities on stage and screen, actor Tate Donovan has endured to become one of the most talented actors that no one recognizes. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing; with previous girlfriends such as Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Aniston and solid performances in Clean and Sober (1988) and Memphis Belle (1990), it's readily apparent that he has the charm to match his talent.



A Tenafly, NJ, native who took up acting in his teens, Donovan's early screen appearances came with troubled teen roles in such efforts as Not My Kid and Into Thin Air (both 1985), as well as a memorable appearance in the 1986 sci-fi adventure Space Camp. A move to Los Angeles found Donovan closer to the world of film production while he pursued his higher education at U.S.C., and it was there that he made the acquaintance of longtime friends such as George Clooney. A post-collegiate role in Memphis Belle (1990) proved that Donovan was indeed honing his skills in front of the camera to good effect, and following an appearance as a recovering drug addict in Clean and Sober (1988), he took his first leading role in the 1992 romantic comedy Love Potion No. 9.



Though a relationship with that film's co-star, Sandra Bullock, would result in an engagement, the couple parted ways two short years later, and Donovan began a series of appearances in such art-house efforts as Ethan Frome (1993). A role in the Buena Vista comedy Holy Matrimony (1994) found Donovan getting in good with the folks at Disney, and in three short years he would be providing the voice for the eponymous character in the animated Disney adventure Hercules. More success came in the late '90s with appearances in the popular television series Ally McBeal and Friends, and in addition to a memorable appearance in Homicide: Life on the Street, Donovan gained even more exposure when he was spotted around Tinseltown with high-profile squeeze Jennifer Aniston. Though such later efforts as The Office Party (2000) and Exposed (2002) went largely unseen, Donovan returned to the small screen in 2003 with supporting roles in the series The O.C. and Mister Sterling. Over the coming years, Donovan would continue to appear in several projects, including movies like The Pacifier, Shooter, and Argo, as well as TV series like The O.C. and Damages.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
77% Elvis & Nixon
  • H.R. Haldeman
2016
45% About Ray
  • Craig
2015
No Score Yet Sun Belt Express
  • Allen King
2014
96% Argo
  • Bob Anders
2012
No Score Yet Below the Beltway
  • Paul Gibson
2010
No Score Yet American Primitive (Once in a Very Blue Moon)
  • Harry
2009
No Score Yet Neal Cassady
  • Neal Cassady
2007
50% Nancy Drew
  • Carson Drew
2007
48% Shooter
  • Russ Turner
2007
No Score Yet The Lather Effect
  • Will
2006
44% Fired!
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Painkiller Jane
  • Dr. Graham Knight
2005
No Score Yet Silver Bells
  • Christopher Byrne
2005
93% Good Night, And Good Luck
  • Jesse Zousmer
2005
20% The Pacifier
  • Howard Plummer
2005
No Score Yet Exposed
  • Bob Smith
2003
No Score Yet West of Here
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Into Thin Air
  • Brian
2002
No Score Yet G-Men From Hell
  • Mike Mattress
2001
No Score Yet Jesus and Hutch
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Hercules: Zero to Hero
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet October 22
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet The Only Thrill
  • Eddie
1998
No Score Yet Tempting Fate
  • Dr. Ben Creed
1998
83% Hercules
  • Hercules
1997
34% Murder at 1600
  • Kyle Neil
1997
No Score Yet America's Dream
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Holy Matrimony
  • Peter
1994
71% Inside Monkey Zetterland
  • Brent Zetterland
1993
56% Ethan Frome
  • Rev. Smith
1993
27% Love Potion No. 9
  • Paul Matthews
1992
33% Equinox
  • Nudd
1992
No Score Yet Little Noises
  • Elliott
1991
75% Memphis Belle
  • Luke Sinclair
1990
No Score Yet Rising Son
  • Des
1990
33% Dead Bang
  • John Burns
1989
No Score Yet Vietnam War Story 2
  • Actor
1989
58% Clean and Sober
  • Donald Towle
1988
No Score Yet Dangerous Curves
  • Chuck
1988
40% SpaceCamp (Space Camp)
  • Kevin
1986
No Score Yet A Case of Deadly Force
  • Lawrence O'Donnell Jr.
1986
No Score Yet Not My Kid
  • Ricky
1985
67% No Small Affair
  • Bob
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Ron Cheanie Richard Cheanie Ronald Cheanie Cheanie
75% 24: Live Another Day
2014
  • Mark Boudreau
57% Limitless
2015-2016
  • John
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Commander Luke Nelson
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
  • Director
68% No Ordinary Family
2010-2011
  • Mitch McCutheon
67% The Good Guys
2010
  • Director
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
57% Hostages
2013-2014
  • Brian Sanders
No Score Yet The O.C.
2003-2007
  • Director
  • Jimmy Cooper Jimmy
96% Damages
2007-2012
  • Director
  • Tom Shayes
No Score Yet 30 for 30
2009
  • Director
No Score Yet Gossip Girl
2007-2012
  • Director
22% The Mysteries of Laura
2014-2016
  • Actor
70% Glee
2009-2015
  • Director
77% Weeds
2005-2012
  • Director
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
  • Director
95% Elementary
2012
  • Wilson Trager
79% Nip/Tuck
2003-2010
  • Director
38% Deception
2013
  • Edward Bowers

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