Martin Donovan

Actor
Tall, handsome, with a long face and piercing blue eyes, Martin Donovan established himself in independent features, notably those of Hal Hartley. Usually cast as quintessential New Yorkers, the light-haired actor ... Read more »
Born: 08/19/1957 in Reseda, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (75)

Ant-Man 2015 (Movie)

Mitchell Carson (Actor)

Ned Rifle 2015 (Movie)

Rev. Daniel Gardner (Actor)

Rogue 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inherent Vice 2014 (Movie)

Crocker Fenway (Actor)

Motive 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nurse 3D 2014 (Movie)

Larry Cook (Actor)

Sabotage 2014 (Movie)

Floyd Demel (Actor)

The Lottery 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Homeland 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

King & Maxwell 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Reluctant Fundamentalist 2013 (Movie)

Ludlow Cooper (Actor)

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D 2012 (Movie)

Douglas Cartland (Actor)

Boss 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Collaborator 2010 (Movie)

Robert Longfellow (Actor)

Everything She Ever Wanted 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Unnatural History 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Weeds 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Haunting in Connecticut 2009 (Movie)

Peter Campbell (Actor)

Unthinkable 2009 (Movie)

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William Vincent 2009 (Movie)

Victor (Actor)

The Alphabet Killer 2008 (Movie)

Jim Walsh (Actor)

Wind Chill 2007 (Movie)

Highway Patrolman (Actor)

The Quiet 2006 (Movie)

Paul Deer (Actor)

The Sentinel 2006 (Movie)

William Montrose (Actor)

The Visitation 2006 (Movie)

Travis Jordan (Actor)

At Last 2005 (Movie)

Mark Singleton (Actor)

Day on Fire 2005 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

Saved! 2004 (Movie)

Pastor Skip (Actor)

The United States of Leland 2004 (Movie)

Harry Pollard (Actor)

Agent Cody Banks 2003 (Movie)

Dr Connors (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Pornographer, A Love Story 2003 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

Insomnia 2002 (Movie)

Hap Eckhart (Actor)

Pasadena 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Pipe Dream 2002 (Movie)

David Kulovic (Actor)

Amy and Isabelle 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Gatsby 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Wonderland 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Desire 1999 (Movie)

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Heaven 1999 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

In A Savage Land 1999 (Movie)

Phillip Spence (Actor)

Onegin 1999 (Movie)

Prince Nikitin (Actor)

Spanish Fly 1999 (Movie)

Carl Livingston (Actor)

The Book of Life 1999 (Movie)

Jesus Christ (Actor)

The Hunt For the Unicorn Killer 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Living Out Loud 1998 (Movie)

Bob Nelson (Actor)

Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Couples 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Opposite of Sex 1998 (Movie)

Bill Truitt (Actor)

The Hollow Reed 1997 (Movie)

Martyn Wyatt (Actor)

The Rook 1997 (Movie)

John Abbott (Actor)

Flirt 1996 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

The Portrait of A Lady 1996 (Movie)

Ralph Touchett (Actor)

Amateur 1995 (Movie)

Thomas (Actor)

Nadja 1995 (Movie)

Jim (Actor)

Quick 1993 (Movie)

Herschel Brewer (Actor)

Scam 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Flirt 1992 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

Malcolm X 1992 (Movie)

FBI Agent (Actor)

Simple Men 1992 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

Trust 1991 (Movie)

Matthew Slaughter (Actor)

Hard Choices 1986 (Movie)

Josh (Actor)

The Woman in White 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Traveller 1982 (Movie)

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At Mother's Request (TV Show)

Actor

Custody of the Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Hannibal (Tv Show)

Actor

Night Sins (TV Show)

Actor

RFK (TV Show)

Actor

Scam (Movie)

(Actor)

Surviving Desire (TV Show)

Actor

Traffic: The Miniseries (TV Show)

Actor

When Trumpets Fade (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Collaborator 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Tall, handsome, with a long face and piercing blue eyes, Martin Donovan established himself in independent features, notably those of Hal Hartley. Usually cast as quintessential New Yorkers, the light-haired actor became quickly identified for his straightforward yet unemotional portrayals. The California native, however, had begun his career as a stage actor while a student at The American Theatre Arts in L.A. Relocating to NYC in 1983, Donovan landed his first screen role alongside Margaret Klenck and John Sayles in Rick King's indie "Hard Choices" (1984). But it was his turn as Matthew Slaughter, an angry computer technician who carries around a 40-year-old grenade in Hal Hartley's quirky comedy-drama "Trust" (1990) that established him as a lead in independent films. He essayed similar types in other Hartley works including "Simple Men" (1992), as one of the men who fall under the charms of Karen Sillas' Kate, and the short "Flirt" (1993), which the director used in 1995 to anchor a triptych of variations on the same theme. As the amnesiac Thomas in "Amateur" (1994), Donovan was the film's catalyst linking the stories of a nun turned pornographer with that of a vengeful porno star.

Relationships

Vivian Lanko

Wife

EDUCATION

American Theater Arts

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2006

Co-starred in Jamie Babbit's sexually charged indie film, "The Quiet"

2005

Joined the cast of Showtime's "Weeds" playing Nancy's DEA love interest

2005

Cast in Stephen King's "Dead Zone" (USA)

2004

Feature in the drama "The United States of Leland"

2004

Cast as Pastor Skip in the dark comedy "Saved!" also starring Jena Malone

2002

Cast as Hap Eckhart in the thriller "Insomnia"

2002

Starred in the romantic comedy feature "Pipe Dreams"

2001

Had co-starring role in the fall Fox serial "Pasadena"

2000

Made TV series debut as regular on the ABC drama "Wonderland"

2000

Cast as Tom Buchanan in the BBC/A&E adaptation of "The Great Gatsby"

1998

Co-starred in "The Opposite of Sex"

1996

Breakthrough screen role in Jane Campion's film adapation of Henry James' "The Portrait of a Lady"; played the invalid Ralph Touchette

1994

Reteamed with Rick King on "Quick"

1994

Starred opposite Isabelle Huppert in Hartley's "Amateur"

1993

Co-starred in Hartley's short film "Flirt"; later incorporated into Hartley's 1995 tryptich of the same name

1992

Starred in the PBS' "American Playhouse" presentation of Hartley's "Surviving Desire" "Surviving Desire"

1992

Played supporting role in Hartley's "Simple Men"

1992

Made appearances in small roles in two special TV episodes of "The Adventures of Pete and Pete" that aired on Nickelodeon

1990

First collaboration with Hal Hartley, "Trust"

1987

TV debut in the CBS miniseries "At Mother's Request"

1984

Feature acting debut in Rick King's "Hard Choices"

1983

Moved to NYC

Joined the Cucuracha Theatre in NYC

Made stage debut while attending the American Theatre Arts in L.A.

Born and raised in Reseda, California

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with the Argentine-British Martin Donovan who wrote and directed "State of Wonder" (1983, in which he appeared) and "Apartment Zero" (1988); the Irish character actor Martin Donovan who appeared in small roles in such films as "Traveller" (1981); or the American TV writer Martin Donovan, whose credits extend from the 1960s through the early 80s.

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