Jeffrey Donovan

Actor
Television star and USA Network's golden boy, Jeffrey Donovan - who The Los Angeles Times boasted had "charisma to burn" - was, in reality, a seasoned Shakespearean stage actor who ended up as one of the most ... Read more »
Born: 05/10/1968 in Amesbury, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (30)

Extinction 2015 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Burn Notice 1995 - 2000, 2008 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

J. Edgar 2011 (Movie)

Robert Kennedy (Actor)

Hindsight 2009 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Changeling 2008 (Movie)

Captain J.J. Jones (Actor)

Believe In Me 2007 (Movie)

Clay Driscoll (Actor)

Crossing Jordan 2007 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order 1995 - 2000, 2007 (Tv Show)

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Come Early Morning 2006 (Movie)

Cal Percell (Actor)

Monk 2006 (Tv Show)

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Threshold 2006 (Tv Show)

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Yes, Dear 2006 (Tv Show)

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CSI: Miami 2005 (Tv Show)

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Hitch 2005 (Movie)

Vance (Actor)

Touching Evil (USA) 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Purpose 2001 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

Bait 2000 (Movie)

Julio (Actor)

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 2000 (Movie)

Jeff (Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Millennium 1995 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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Spin City 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

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The Beat 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Sleepers 1996 (Movie)

Addison (Actor)

Throwing Down 1996 (Movie)

Pete Gully (Actor)

Inside Out 1993 (Movie)

Katz (Actor)

Critical Choices (TV Show)

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Fargo (Tv Show)

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When Trumpets Fade (TV Show)

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Witness to the Mob (TV Show)

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Biography

Television star and USA Network's golden boy, Jeffrey Donovan - who The Los Angeles Times boasted had "charisma to burn" - was, in reality, a seasoned Shakespearean stage actor who ended up as one of the most promising action stars in years. Frequently alternating between stage and screen, it became obvious to TV programmers that Donovan had a penchant for wisecracking and intelligently wacky characters, particularly law enforcement types. He was also believably brutish when called for, which attracted both male and female viewers alike to shows like "Touching Evil" (USA Network, 2004) and "Burn Notice" (USA Network, 2007- ), as he effectively portrayed gun-wielding, troubled and unpredictable heroes in the vein of Bruce Willis and other multi-layered action stars before him. He transferred that quality over to the big screen, where he delivered strong turns in the thriller "Hindsight" (2008) and Clint Eastwood's acclaimed period drama, "Changeling" (2008). But it was his starring role as the blacklisted spy, Michael Westen, on "Burn Notice" that propelled the actor to stardom and earned him a place at the table as one of television's top leading men.

Relationships

Nancy Matthews

Mother

Michelle Woods

Companion
Announced engagement June 2012

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst , Massachusetts

Bridgewater State College

Bridgewater , Massachusetts

Milestones

2011

Portrayed Robert Kennedy in the biographical drama "J. Edgar," starring Leonardo DiCaprio; again directed by Eastwood

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Action Adventure

2008

Cast opposite Angelina Jolie in Clint Eastwood's "Changeling," as a corrupt police officer

2007

Played the lead on the USA Network series "Burn Notice"

2007

Cast in a recurring role on NBC's "Crossing Jordan"

2006

Starred in "Believe in Me" opposite Samantha Mathis and Bruce Dern

2006

Co-starred with Ashley Judd in the film "Come Early Morning"

2005

Appeared in the romantic comedy "Hitch" starring Will Smith and Eva Mendes

2004

Played the lead on the short-lived USA Network series "Touching Evil"

2000

Co-starred in "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2"

2000

Series debut in a regular role, the UPN police drama "The Beat"

1997

Appeared briefly on the daytime soap "Another World" (NBC)

1994

Made his film debut in "Throwing Down"

Made acting debut in the Broadway production of "An Inspector Calls"

Bonus Trivia

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Donovan was arrested by Miami Beach police on suspicion of drunk driving on July 12, 2009. The 41-year-old actor was reportedly pulled over after he swerved to avoid hitting a police car from behind, and he then allegedly refused to take a Breathalyzer test. According to reports, which cited the official arrest report, Donovan told officers after failing a field sobriety test, "I really think I'm only borderline and not too drunk. The only mistake I made tonight was taking Benadryl with three glasses of wine."

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