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Tate Donovan

Tate Buckley Donovan began making television appearances while still in his teens, most often cast as angst-ridden high schoolers in such made-for-TV films such as Not My Kid (1985) and Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder (1987).Donovan was born to a large family in Tenafly, New Jersey, the son of Eileen Frances (McAllister) and John Timothy Donovan, a surgeon. He is of Irish descent. Donovan moved to Los Angeles to be closer to the television industry while he attended college at USC, where he also met several fellow actors who became longtime friends, such as Grant Heslov and George Clooney, with whom he still parties with to this day (he also had a fairly substantial part in their smash film, Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005). Although not quite as active as his friend Clooney in the romantic arena, confirmed bachelor Donovan has been engaged to both film star Sandra Bullock and television icon Jennifer Aniston, and has dated a diverse group of women such as socialite Plum Sikes (2000), stage actress Whitney Allen (2001) and television actress Lauren Graham, whom he met when they both appeared in the play "Once in a Lifetime" at the Williamstown Theater Festival in 2002. After graduating from college, Donovan gained prominent notice for his portrayal of the charismatic yet self-centered co-pilot in the ensemble period drama Memphis Belle (1990). Prior to that, Donovan had appeared as the cocky elder camper in SpaceCamp (1986) and as a recovering drug addict in Clean and Sober (1988). His first leading role was in the charming but minor Love Potion No. 9 (1992), costarring Bullock, to whom he became engaged (their relationship ended in 1994). He then appeared in several independent features as sullen, withdrawn types before following up with a role in the Disney family comedy, Holy Matrimony (1994). He returned to Disney for perhaps his highest-profile effort to date, the animated Hercules (1997), for which he provided the voice for the adult version of the title character. His small-screen work has included a Cable ACE-nominated turn in the HBO series Vietnam War Story II (1988). He joined the parade of film stars who turned to sitcoms, heading the cast of Partners (1995) opposite Jon Cryer. When that failed to catch on, he joined with his "Memphis Belle" co-stars Eric Stoltz and Reed Diamond to play three brothers in a memorable episode of NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and had a recurring role as a client and potential love interest for Calista Flockhart's titular lawyer Ally McBeal (1997). Switching networks, he had a recurring role as a love interest opposite his then-girlfriend Jennifer Aniston in NBC's Friends (1994) and donned clerical garb to play 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 shows such as The Guardian (2001), as well as Mister Sterling (2003) and in the new show The O.C. (2003).

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Sep 25, 1963 In Tenafly, New Jersey, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Magnum, P.I. 1980-12-11
Latest Project:
Series Bloodline 2015-03-20

4 wins & 7 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Glee
Poster of Gossip Girl
Poster of Damages
Poster of Friends
Bloodline Unknown 2015-03-20
24: Live Another Day Mark Boudreau 12 episodes, 2014 2014-05-05
Madam Secretary Unknown 2014-09-21
Deception Edward Bowers 11 episodes, 2013 2013-01-07
Hostages Brian Sanders 15 episodes, 2013-2014 2013-09-23
The Good Guys Unknown 2010-05-19
No Ordinary Family Unknown 2010-09-28
Glee Unknown 2009-05-19
Watch What Happens: Live Unknown 2009-06-16
The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-05-14
The Cleaner Unknown 2008-07-15
Gossip Girl Unknown 2007-09-19
Damages Tom Shayes 39 episodes, 2007-2010 2007-07-24
Ace of Cakes Unknown 2006-08-17
Medium Unknown 2005-01-03
Weeds Unknown 2005-08-07
Nip/Tuck Unknown 2003-07-22
The O.C. Jimmy Cooper 39 episodes, 2003-2006 2003-08-05
Disney's the Legend of Tarzan Unknown 2001-09-03
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown 2001-09-30
The Guardian Unknown 2001-09-25
Hercules Hercules / ... 65 episodes, 1998-1999 1998-08-31
Godzilla: The Series Unknown 1998-09-12
Ally McBeal Unknown 1997-09-08
The Outer Limits Unknown 1995-03-26
Friends Unknown 1994-09-22
Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown 1993-01-31
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Tales from the Crypt Unknown 1989-06-10
Family Ties Unknown 1982-09-22
Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
Magnum, P.I. Unknown 1980-12-11