Donovan at the Nancy Drew premiere, July 2007
|Born||Tate Buckley Donovan
September 25, 1963
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Corinne Kingsbury (November 26, 2005-2008)|
Tate Buckley Donovan (born September 25, 1963) is an American actor. He is currently starring in the FX drama Damages, as "Tom Shayes." Prior to this, he was known for his role as "Jimmy Cooper" in the American teen drama television series The O.C. He has also been the voice of "Hercules," a title character from the 1997 film of the same name, in the animated television series and in the video game Kingdom Hearts II.
Donovan, the youngest of seven children, was born in New York City, New York, the son of Eileen (née McAllister) and J. Timothy Donovan, who was a surgeon. He attended Dwight-Englewood School, in Englewood, New Jersey (graduates of which include Brooke Shields, Anthony Bourdain and Mira Sorvino), before transferring to a public high school, in Tenafly, New Jersey, and has been appearing on television since his teens. He attended the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, where he met his now long-time friends Grant Heslov and George Clooney. Donovan is of Irish heritage.
His earliest films included as teenage science whiz "Kevin Donaldson," in SpaceCamp (1986), co-starring Lea Thompson and Kate Capshaw; at the other end of the spectrum was the 1988 film, Clean and Sober, in which he played a recovering drug addict, costarring with Michael Keaton and Kathy Baker. A filmography is indicated below which shows a progression of roles.
Donovan played the role of, "Joshua," the boyfriend of Jennifer Aniston's character, "Rachel Green," in a few episodes of Season 4 of the sitcom Friends. He played the priest-son of a large Irish Catholic family in the short-lived NBC drama, Trinity (1998). More recently, he has appeared as a guest star in several series such as, The Guardian (2001), Mister Sterling (2003), Exposed (2003) and in the The O.C. (2003), where he appeared as, "Jimmy Cooper."
He starred on stage with Glenn Fitzgerald in Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero and with Amy Ryan in the L.A. production of Rabbit Hole. On Broadway, Donovan appeared in the revivial of "Picnic" in 1994; he also appeared opposite actress Dame Judi Dench in "Amy's View" (1999), and in 1994, as Alan Seymour in "Picnic." Off Broadway, Donovan appeared in the 2001 production of Lobby Hero by award-winning playwright and screenwriter 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." Donovan has also appeared at the Irish Repertory Theater, in New York City.
Donovan was formerly engaged to Sandra Bullock (1994) and to Jennifer Aniston. He also dated British socialite Plum Sykes (in 2000), actress Whitney Allen (2001), Rebecca Miller and Lauren Graham, who was on the television series, Gilmore Girls. He married Corinne Kingsbury in a Catholic ceremony on a Malibu, California beach, in 2005. Kingsbury and Donovan divorced in 2008.
Donovan has also volunteered as an actor with the Young Storytellers Program.