Tate Buckley Donovan (born September 25, 1963) is an American actor and director, known for portraying Tom Shayes in Damages, Jimmy Cooper in The O.C., and the voice of the title character in the 1997 Disney animated film Hercules, the animated television series of the same name and in a few Kingdom Hearts video games.
Donovan at the Nancy Drew premiere in June 2007
Tate Buckley Donovan
September 25, 1963
Tenafly, New Jersey, U.S.
|Education||University of Southern California|
(m. 2005; div. 2008)
|Partner(s)||Sandra Bullock (1990-1994)|
Jennifer Aniston (1995–1998)
He also had supporting roles in films, such as Good Night, and Good Luck and Argo. Donovan also played Brian Sanders in Hostages and White House Chief of Staff Mark Boudreau in 24: Live Another Day. He has been a guest star in a number of television series.
He has also worked as a producer of 30 for 30 Shorts, for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Nonfiction or Reality Series.
Donovan was born in Tenafly, New Jersey, to John Timothy Donovan, a surgeon, and Eileen Frances (née McAllister), both Roman Catholics of Irish descent. Donovan is the youngest of six children. He attended Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, New Jersey, before transferring to Tenafly High School and attending the University of Southern California. He appeared on television since his teenage years.
Donovan's earliest film roles included Kevin Donaldson in SpaceCamp (1986), a recovering drug addict in Clean and Sober (1988), 1st Lieutenant Luke Sinclair in Memphis Belle (1990) and Paul Matthews in Love Potion No. 9 (1992). Donovan voiced the title character in the Disney animated film Hercules (1997). Donovan played Jesse Zousmer in the Best Picture nominated film Good Night and Good Luck (2005). In 2007, Donovan starred in the film Nancy Drew alongside Emma Roberts. Later, he played Bob Anders, one of the key supporting roles in the Oscar-winning film Argo (2012).
Donovan portrayed Joshua, the love interest of Rachel Green, on several episodes of Season 4 of Friends. He later portrayed the priest-son of a large Catholic family in Trinity (1998). He has appeared as a guest star in several television series, such as Magnum, P.I. (1986), The Guardian (2001), Mister Sterling (2003), Exposed (2003), and The O.C. (2003), where he appeared as Jimmy Cooper. From 2007-10, he portrayed Tom Shayes on Damages. In 2005, Donovan began directing episodic television when he directed an episode of The O.C.. In 2007 he guest starred on a season 6 episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. In 2009, he directed an episode of the sixth season of Medium. He also directed two episodes of Damages in its third season and an episode of Nip/Tuck in its sixth season. In 2010, Donovan directed the third episode in the sixth season of Weeds, the tenth episode in the fourth season of Gossip Girl, the fourth episode of the fifth season, and one episode of Damages from the third season. In 2011, Donovan directed the Valentine's Day-themed episode of Glee and the episode "I Kissed a Girl" in the third season. In March 2010, he joined the cast of No Ordinary Family. However, after only one season, the series was cancelled. Donovan guest appeared in the series, Red Oaks.
Donovan starred on stage with Amy Ryan in the Los Angeles production of Rabbit Hole. On Broadway, he played Alan Seymour in the 1994 Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Picnic and appeared in Amy's View with Judi Dench in 1999. Off Broadway, Donovan appeared with Glenn Fitzgerald in the 2001 production of Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan, playing the role of the crooked cop Bill. Donovan has appeared in numerous productions at the Williamstown Theater Festival, including Once in a Lifetime, Under the Blue Sky, and The Glass Menagerie. He has also appeared at the Irish Repertory Theater in New York City. In 2011, he starred with Frances McDormand in the world premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire's play Good People at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
Donovan was formerly in relationships with Sandra Bullock from 1990 to 1994 , and Jennifer Aniston beginning in 1995. Donovan and Aniston ended their relationship after two and a half years in 1998. He later married writer Corinne Kingsbury on a Malibu, California beach in 2005. They divorced in 2008.
|1984||No Small Affair||Bob|
|1986||A Case of Deadly Force||Lawrence O'Donnell Jr.|
|1988||Clean and Sober||Donald Towle|
|1988||Dangerous Curves||Chuck Upton|
|1989||Dead Bang||John Burns|
|1990||Memphis Belle||1st Lt. Luke Sinclair|
|1992||Inside Monkey Zetterland||Brent Zetterland||Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male|
|1992||Love Potion No. 9||Paul Matthews|
|1993||Ethan Frome||Reverend Smith|
|1997||The Only Thrill||Eddie|
|1997||Murder at 1600||Kyle Neill|
|1998||The Thin Pink Line||Simon|
|1998||Waiting for Woody||David||Short|
|1999||4 a.m.: Open All Night||Man||Short|
|1999||Hercules: Zero to Hero||Hercules|
|2000||Drop Back Ten||Wally Bixer|
|2000||G-Men from Hell||Mike Mattress|
|2000||The Office Party||Bill||Short|
|2000||Jesus & Hutch||Hutch||Short|
|2001||Swordfish||Senator Reisman's Assistant||Uncredited cameo|
|2001||Get Well Soon||Mark|
|2002||West of Here||Dexter Anderson|
|2005||The Pacifier||Howard Plummer|
|2005||Good Night, and Good Luck||Jesse Zousmer||Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|2006||The Lather Effect||Will|
|2007||Nancy Drew||Carson Drew|
|2007||Neal Cassady||Neal Cassady|
|2009||Wild About Harry||Harry|
|2010||Below the Beltway||Paul Gibson|
|2012||Argo||Bob Anders||Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Cast|
Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Best Cast
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
|2014||Sun Belt Express||Allen King|
|2016||Manchester by the Sea||Hockey Coach|
|2016||Elvis & Nixon||H. R. Haldeman|
|2017||It Happened in L.A.||Tom|
|2017||The Only Living Boy in New York||George|
|2017||The Upside||Carter Locke|
|2018||Blood Fest||Dr. Conway|
|TBA||What is Life Worth||Post-production|
|1984||Family Ties||Clancy||Episode: "Best Man"|
|1985||Not My Kid||Ricky||Movie|
|1985||Hill Street Blues||Shamrock||Episode: "The Life and Time of Dominic Florio Jr."|
|1985||Into Thin Air||Brian Walker||Movie|
|1985||North Beach and Rawhide||Sean Connelly||Movie|
|1986||Magnum, P.I.||R.J. Masters||Episode: "Summer School"|
|1986||A Case of Deadly Force||Lawrence O'Donnell Jr.||Movie|
|1987||Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder||Marc||Miniseries|
|1994||Tales from the Crypt||Nelson||Episode: "Operation Friendship"|
|1994||Philly Heat||Kevin Gaffney|
Segment: "Long Black Song"
|1997||Homicide: Life on the Street||Greg Kellerman||Episode: "Wu's on First"|
|1997||Ally McBeal||Ronald Cheanie||3 episodes|
|1998||Tempting Fate||Dr. Ben Creed||Movie|
|1998||Friends||Joshua Burgin||5 episodes|
|1998||Trinity||Kevin McCallister||3 episodes|
|1998||Godzilla: The Series||Lawrence Cohen (voice)||Episode: "Bird of Paradise"|
|1998–99||Hercules: The Animated Series||Hercules (voice)||58 episodes|
|2000||The Outer Limits||Tom Seymour||Episode: "Glitch"|
|2001||Max Steel||(voice)||Episode: "Spear-Carriers"|
|2001||House of Mouse||Hercules||Episode: "Jiminy Cricket"|
|2001||The Legend of Tarzan||(voice)||Episode: Tarzan and the Enemy Within"|
|2002||The Guardian||Lou Caffey||Episode: "The Innocent"|
|2003||Mister Sterling||Barry Reed||Movie|
|2003–06||The O.C.||Jimmy Cooper||39 episodes|
|2005||Silver Bells||Christy Byrne||Movie|
|2005||Painkiller Jane||Dr. Graham Knight / Lucas Insley||Movie|
|2007||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Commander Luke Nelson||Episode: "Rocket Man"|
|2007–10||Damages||Tom Shayes||36 episodes|
|2008||The Cleaner||Richard Hoffler||Episode: "Meet the Joneses"|
|2009||Head Case||Himself||Episode: "Tying the Not"|
|2010||No Ordinary Family||Mitch McCutcheon||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2013||Deception||Edward Bowers||11 episodes|
|2013–14||Hostages||Brian Sanders||15 episodes|
|2014||24: Live Another Day||Mark Boudreau||12 episodes|
|2015||Masters of Sex||Graham||Episode: "Undue Influence"|
|2016||Elementary||Wilson Trager||Episode: "Alma Matters"|
|2016||Limitless||John||Episode: "Fundamentals of Naked Portraiture"|
|2016||The Man in the High Castle||George Dixon||Season 2 (recurring role)|
|2017||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Eli Colton||Episode: "Net Worth"|
|2018||MacGyver||James MacGyver / OVERSIGHT||4 episodes|
|2019||Love You to Death||Travis Stoller||TV film|
|1988||Vietnam War Story II||Unknown||Nominated – CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie|
|1995||Never Say Goodbye AIDS Benefit by Yoko Ono||Man from Jersey||Short|
|1999||Hercules: Zero to Hero||Hercules||Voice|
|1998||Disney's Hades Challenge||Hercules|
|2006||Kingdom Hearts II||Hercules|
|2010||Kingdom Hearts Re:coded||Hercules|
|2013||Disney Magical World||Hercules|
|2014||Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix||Hercules|
|2019||Kingdom Hearts III||Hercules|
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