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Born: August 19, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Reseda, California, USA Profession: actor

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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. ...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Ned Rifle (2015)
2.
 Nurse 3-D (2014)
4.
 Collaborator (2011)
5.
 William Vincent (2010)
6.
 Unthinkable (2010)
8.
9.
 Wind Chill (2007)
10.
 Visitation, The (2006)
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Born and raised in Reseda, California
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Made stage debut while attending the American Theatre Arts in L.A.
1983:
Moved to NYC
1984:
Feature acting debut in Rick King's "Hard Choices"
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Joined the Cucuracha Theatre in NYC
1987:
TV debut in the CBS miniseries "At Mother's Request"
1990:
First collaboration with Hal Hartley, "Trust"
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
1993:
Co-starred in Hartley's short film "Flirt"; later incorporated into Hartley's 1995 tryptich of the same name
1994:
Starred opposite Isabelle Huppert in Hartley's "Amateur"
1994:
Reteamed with Rick King on "Quick"
1996:
Breakthrough screen role in Jane Campion's film adapation of Henry James' "The Portrait of a Lady"; played the invalid Ralph Touchette
1998:
Co-starred in "The Opposite of Sex"
2000:
Cast as Tom Buchanan in the BBC/A&E adaptation of "The Great Gatsby"
2000:
Made TV series debut as regular on the ABC drama "Wonderland"
2001:
Had co-starring role in the fall Fox serial "Pasadena"
2002:
Cast as Hap Eckhart in the thriller "Insomnia"
2002:
Starred in the romantic comedy feature "Pipe Dreams"
2004:
Feature in the drama "The United States of Leland"
2004:
Cast as Pastor Skip in the dark comedy "Saved!" also starring Jena Malone
2005:
Cast in Stephen King's "Dead Zone" (USA)
2005:
Joined the cast of Showtime's "Weeds" playing Nancy's DEA love interest
2006:
Co-starred in Jamie Babbit's sexually charged indie film, "The Quiet"
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Education

American Theater Arts: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

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.

"I have a lot of anger about government, cultures dictating how you're supposed to live and behave. It's something I inherited from my mother, this Irish thing about the establishment and imperialism and oppression. You know, 'Fuck the English.'" --Donovan quoted in Time Out New York, December 19, 1996-January 2, 1997.

"To think about what rewards your work might bring other than the work itself, that's bad voodoo" --Donovan in Premiere, January 1997.

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wife:
Vivian Lanko. Actor.

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