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Also Known As: Tate Buckley Donovan Died:
Born: September 25, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, still photographer, musician

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Argo (2012)
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 Shooter (2007)
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 Nancy Drew (2007)
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 Fired! (2006)
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 Pacifier, The (2005) Cast
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 Silver Bells (2005)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Tenafly, NJ
1984:
Feature acting debut, "No Small Affair" opposite Jon Cryer
1985:
TV-movie debut, "Not My Kid" (CBS)
1986:
Episodic TV debut, "Magnum, P.I." (CBS)
1988:
Worked as a still photographer on two wildlife documentaries for "Mutual of Omaha's Spirit of Adventure"
1990:
First film in a featured role, "Memphis Belle"
1992:
Landed first leading role in "Love Potion No. 9"
1994:
Made Broadway debut in the Roundabout revival of "Picnic" opposite Ashley Judd
1995:
Co-starred with Jon Cryer on Fox sitcom "Partners"
1996:
Played memorable guest role on "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC) as the brother of Det. Kellerman (Reed Diamond)
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"
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)
1999:
Featured in the Broadway production of "Amy's View," starring Judi Dench
2001:
Appeared in off-Broadway production of "Lobby Hero"
2003:
Portrayed Jimmy Cooper on Fox teen drama "The O.C."
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
2007:
Cast as the title character's father in the big-screen adaptation of "Nancy Drew"
2007:
Cast as Tom Shayes, a partner at the firm of Glenn Close's Patty Hewes on FX legal drama "Damages"
2009:
Began directing episodes of "Damages" (FX)
2010:
Directed an episode of the Showtime series "Weeds" in the sixth season
2010:
Cast in the Broadway production of David Lindsay-Abaire's "Good People"
2011:
Directed the Valentine's themed episode of "Glee" (Fox)
2012:
Cast in political thriller "Argo," directed by Ben Affleck
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Education

University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Donovan plays the fiddle with the traditional Irish band The McGuffins

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companion:
Sandra Bullock. Actor. Met while co-starring in "Love Potion No. 9"; together four years; engaged briefly; no longer together.
companion:
Jennifer Aniston. Actor. Began dating November 1995; separated in April 1998.
companion:
Whitney Allen. Actor. Dated 2001; no longer together.
companion:
Lauren Graham. Actress. Met in 2002, when they appeared together in the play "Once in a Lifetime"; no longer together.
companion:
Plum Sykes. Socialite. Dated in 2000; no longer together.
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father:
J Timothy Donovan. Retired surgeon.
mother:
Eileen Donovan.

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