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Born: May 11, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Amesbury, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Hindsight (2009)
3.
 Changeling (2008)
4.
 Believe In Me (2006)
5.
6.
 Hitch (2005) Cast
8.
 Bait (2000)
9.
 When Trumpets Fade (1998) Bobby
10.
 Critical Choices (1996) Randy Pitzer
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Made acting debut in the Broadway production of "An Inspector Calls"
1994:
Made his film debut in "Throwing Down"
1997:
Appeared briefly on the daytime soap "Another World" (NBC)
2000:
Series debut in a regular role, the UPN police drama "The Beat"
2000:
Co-starred in "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2"
2004:
Played the lead on the short-lived USA Network series "Touching Evil"
2005:
Appeared in the romantic comedy "Hitch" starring Will Smith and Eva Mendes
2006:
Co-starred with Ashley Judd in the film "Come Early Morning"
2006:
Starred in "Believe in Me" opposite Samantha Mathis and Bruce Dern
2007:
Cast in a recurring role on NBC's "Crossing Jordan"
2007:
Played the lead on the USA Network series "Burn Notice"
2008:
Cast opposite Angelina Jolie in Clint Eastwood's "Changeling," as a corrupt police officer
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Action Adventure
2011:
Portrayed Robert Kennedy in the biographical drama "J. Edgar," starring Leonardo DiCaprio; again directed by Eastwood
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Education

Bridgewater State College: Bridgewater , Massachusetts -
University of Massachusetts Amherst: Amherst , Massachusetts -
New York University: New York , New York -

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