Tate Donovan

Actor, Still photographer, Musician
Actor-director Tate Donovan began his career in front of the camera while barely out of his teens, only to discover a second vocation as a television director some 20 years later. Blessed with boyish good looks and a ... Read more »
Born: 09/25/1963 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (70)

Elementary 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Elvis & Nixon 2016 (Movie)

Haldeman (Actor)

Limitless 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Manchester By The Sea 2016 (Movie)

Hockey Coach (Actor)

The Mysteries of Laura 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Masters of Sex 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

24: Live Another Day 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

About Ray 2014 (Movie)

Craig (Actor)

Hostages 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Neal Cassady 2014 (Movie)

Neal Cassady (Actor)

Deception 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Argo 2012 (Movie)

Bob Anders (Actor)

Ally McBeal 1995 - 1998, 2002 - 2003, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Damages 1995 - 1996, 2002 - 2003, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1995 - 1997, 2002 - 2003, 2006 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

No Ordinary Family 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The O.C. 1995 - 1996, 2002 - 2007, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Head Case 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Cleaner 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fired! 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Nancy Drew 2007 (Movie)

Carson Drew (Actor)

Shooter 2007 (Movie)

Russ Turner (Actor)

American Primitive 2006 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Painkiller Jane 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Exposed 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Good Night, And Good Luck 2005 (Movie)

Jesse Zousmer (Actor)

The Lather Effect 2005 (Movie)

Will (Actor)

The O.C.: Obsess Completely 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pacifier 2005 (Movie)

Howard Plummer (Actor)

Welcome To The OC: A Day in the Life 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Mister Sterling 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Disney's House of Mouse 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

The Guardian 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Well Soon 2001 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

G-Men From Hell 2000 (Movie)

Mike Mattress (Actor)

Drop Back Ten 1999 (Movie)

Wally Bixer (Actor)

4am - Open All Night 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Invasion America 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

The Only Thrill 1998 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

Hercules 1997 (Movie)

of Hercules (Voice)

Movie Surfers: Go Inside Disney's "Hercules" 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder At 1600 1997 (Movie)

Kyle Neil (Actor)

October 22 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Partners 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Philly Heat 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Holy Matrimony 1994 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

Equinox 1993 (Movie)

Richie Nudd (Actor)

Ethan Frome 1993 (Movie)

Reverend Smith (Actor)

Inside Monkey Zetterland 1993 (Movie)

Brent Zetterland (Actor)

Little Noises 1992 (Movie)

Elliott (Actor)

Love Potion #9 1992 (Movie)

Paul Matthews (Actor)

Memphis Belle 1990 (Movie)

Luke Sinclair (Actor)

Dead Bang 1989 (Movie)

John Burns (Actor)

Vietnam War Story 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Clean & Sober 1988 (Movie)

Donald Towle (Actor)

Dangerous Curves 1988 (Movie)

Chuck (Actor)

Space Camp 1986 (Movie)

Kevin (Actor)

No Small Affair 1984 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

A Case of Deadly Force (TV Show)

Actor

America's Dream (TV Show)

Actor

Into Thin Air (TV Show)

Actor

North Beach and Rawhide (TV Show)

Actor

Not My Kid (TV Show)

Actor

Rising Son (TV Show)

Actor

Silver Bells (TV Show)

Actor

Tempting Fate (TV Show)

Actor

Trinity (TV Show)

Actor
Director (6)

Madam Secretary 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Glee 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Gossip Girl 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Nip/Tuck 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Weeds 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Medium 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

Actor-director Tate Donovan began his career in front of the camera while barely out of his teens, only to discover a second vocation as a television director some 20 years later. Blessed with boyish good looks and a winning smile, Donovan made early feature film appearances in modest offerings like the teenage sci-fi adventure "Space Camp" (1986). Supporting roles in "Clean and Sober" (1988) and "Memphis Belle" (1990) offered more adult material and paved the way for Donovan's first starring role in the romantic-comedy "Love Potion No. 9" (1992), co-starring Sandra Bullock. Behind the scenes, Bullock became one of several A-list actresses Donovan would become romantically involved with, followed by the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Lauren Graham. He starred alongside Jon Cryer in the short-lived sitcom "Partners" (Fox, 1995-96) then voiced the Greek demigod "Hercules" (1997) for the Disney animated feature. During his time as a regular cast member on the teen drama "The O.C." (Fox, 2003-07), Donovan began to segue into directorial work, a dual role he continued during his three-year stint on the legal drama "Damages" (FX, 2007-2010; Audience Network, 2011- ). Multi-talented and ambitious, Donovan's willingness to diversify assured him the kind of job security rarely enjoyed in the unpredictable professional landscape of Hollywood.

Relationships

Whitney Allen Actor

Companion
Dated 2001 No longer together

Jennifer Aniston Actor

Companion
Began dating November 1995 Engaged 1995-96 Ended relationship April 1998

Sandra Bullock Actor

Companion
Met while filming "Love Potion No. 9" (1992) Briefly engaged Ended relationship after four years together

J. Donovan

Father

Lauren Graham Actor

Companion
Met 2002 when they appeared together in the play "Once in a Lifetime" No longer together

Corinne Kingsbury Executive Story Editor

Wife
Married Nov. 26, 2005 Divorced 2008

Eileen McAllister

Mother

Plum Sykes Actor

Companion
Dated 2000 No longer together

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California
Met long-time friends Grant Heslov and George Clooney

Milestones

2012

Cast in political thriller "Argo," directed by Ben Affleck

2011

Directed the Valentine's themed episode of "Glee" (Fox)

2010

Cast in the Broadway production of David Lindsay-Abaire's "Good People"

2010

Directed an episode of the Showtime series "Weeds" in the sixth season

2009

Began directing episodes of "Damages" (FX)

2007

Cast as Tom Shayes, a partner at the firm of Glenn Close's Patty Hewes on FX legal drama "Damages"

2007

Cast as the title character's father in the big-screen adaptation of "Nancy Drew"

2005

Made directing debut with an episode of "The O.C." (Fox)

2005

Starred in the George Clooney directed "Goodnight, and Good Luck," a 1950s-era drama that chronicled broadcaster Edward R. Murrow’s campaign to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy

2003

Portrayed Jimmy Cooper on Fox teen drama "The O.C."

2001

Appeared in off-Broadway production of "Lobby Hero"

1999

Featured in the Broadway production of "Amy's View," starring Judi Dench

1998

Played the love interest of Jennifer Aniston's Rachel on a few episodes of NBC sitcom "Friends"

1998

Returned to series TV playing a priest in an Irish Catholic family in "Trinity" (NBC)

1997

Provided the voice for Disney's animated feature "Hercules"; also voiced the character for ABC animated TV spin-off "Hercules: The Wonder Boy Years"

1996

Played memorable guest role on "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC) as the brother of Det. Kellerman (Reed Diamond)

1995

Co-starred with Jon Cryer on Fox sitcom "Partners"

1994

Made Broadway debut in the Roundabout revival of "Picnic" opposite Ashley Judd

1992

Landed first leading role in "Love Potion No. 9"

1990

First film in a featured role, "Memphis Belle"

1988

Worked as a still photographer on two wildlife documentaries for "Mutual of Omaha's Spirit of Adventure"

1986

Episodic TV debut, "Magnum, P.I." (CBS)

1985

TV-movie debut, "Not My Kid" (CBS)

1984

Feature acting debut, "No Small Affair" opposite Jon Cryer

Raised in Tenafly, NJ

Bonus Trivia

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Donovan played the fiddle with traditional Irish band The McGuffins.

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