Tate Donovan


Date Of Birth

September 25, 1963


Tate Donovan was born Tate Buckley Donovan on September 25, 1963 in Tenafly, New Jersey. He moved to Los Angeles and attended USC where he met several fellow actors like Grant Heslov and George Clooney, who have become his longtime friends. As a teenager, he appeared on several television shows. His big break came in 1990 when he was cast as a charismatic but self-centered co-pilot in the memorable period film, Memphis Belle.

Donovan is also a talented musician who plays the fiddle and the hand-held Irish drum, the bodhran. He also belongs to a band called The Decadents and their CD is entitled “Wake Amusements”. But he has had more success in his acting career, starting out early with SpaceCamp in 1986 and Clean and Sober in 1988. This was followed by roles in Dead Bang, Little Noises, Love Potion No. 2 and Equinox. In 1995, he appeared on the TV series Partners, but became more known for his appearances on Ally McBeal and Friends.

Aside from acting, he’s also voiced the character Hercules in the Disney animated film and series. Other roles of his include those in the short-lived drama Trinity, Murder at 1600, October 22 and Godzilla: The Series. He was also in the movie Swordfish, before being known for his guest stints on The O.C. and Mister Sterling. In 2005, he starred in The Pacifier and voiced characters for the video game Kingdom Hearts II. He played Carson Drew on the movie version of Nancy Drew, as well as playing lawyer Tom Shayes on the series Damages. In 2010, Donovan joined the cast of the ABC show No Ordinary Family, where he portrays a mysterious pilot.

In addition to film and television, he has starred on several stage productions. He was in Kenneth Lonergan’s Lobby Hero and in the Los Angeles production of Rabbit Hole. He has also several Broadway credits, including Picnic and Amy’s View.

In 2013, Donovan was cast in the NBC drama Deception and the CBS pilot Hostages. At present, he is part of the cast of the FOX limited series 24: Live Another Day.

Place of Birth

Tenafly, New Jersey, USA

Birth Name

Tate Buckley Donovan



Fun Facts

Donovan was engaged to actress Jennifer Aniston from 1995 to 1996.
He is the youngest of six children in an Irish-Catholic family.


2014 24: Live Another Day
2013 Deception
2013 Hostages (TV series)
2012 Argo
2010 Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (Video Game)
2010 No Ordinary Family (TV series)
2010 Below the Beltway
2007-2010 Damages (TV series)
2009 American Primitive
2008 Tony (short)
2008 The Cleaner (TV series)
2007 Neal Cassady
2007 Nancy Drew
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV series)
2007 Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix (Video Game)
2007/I Shooter
2003-2006 The O.C. (TV series)
2006 The Lather Effect
2005 Kingdom Hearts II (Video Game)
2005 Painkiller Jane (TV movie)
2005 Silver Bells (TV movie)
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck.
2005 The Pacifier
2003 Exposed
2003 Mister Sterling (TV series)
2002 The Guardian (TV series)
2002 West of Here
2001 Get Well Soon
2001 The Legend of Tarzan (TV series)
2001 Swordfish
2001 House of Mouse (TV series)
2001 Max Steel (TV series)
2000 G-Men from Hell
2000 The Outer Limits (TV series)
2000 Drop Back Ten
2000 The Office Party (short)
2000 Jesus & Hutch (short)
1998-1999 Hercules (TV series)
1999 4 a.m.: Open All Night (short)
1999 Hercules: Zero to Hero (video)
1998 Godzilla: The Series (TV series)
1998 October 22
1998 Trinity (TV series)
1998 The Thin Pink Line
1998 Friends (TV series)
1998 Tempting Fate (TV movie)
1998 Waiting for Woody (short)
1997 Ally McBeal (TV series)
1997 Disney Sing-Along-Songs: Zero to Hero (video)
1997 Hercules
1997 Murder at 1600
1997 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV series)
1997 Hercules (Video Game)
1997 The Only Thrill
1995-1996 Partners (TV series)
1996 America's Dream (TV movie)
1995 Never Say Goodbye Aids Benefit by Yoko Ono (video short)
1994 Tales from the Crypt (TV series)
1994 Holy Matrimony
1994 Philly Heat (TV series)
1993 Ethan Frome
1992 Love Potion No. 9
1992 Equinox
1992 Inside Monkey Zetterland
1992 Little Noises
1990 Memphis Belle
1990 Rising Son (TV movie)
1989 Dangerous Curves
1989 Dead Bang
1988 Clean and Sober
1988 Vietnam War Story II (video)
1987 Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder (TV mini-series)
1986 SpaceCamp
1986 A Case of Deadly Force (TV movie)
1986 Magnum, P.I. (TV series)
1985 North Beach and Rawhide (TV movie)
1985 Into Thin Air (TV movie)
1985 Hill Street Blues (TV series)
1985 Not My Kid (TV movie)
1984 Family Ties (TV series)
1984 No Small Affair




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"When I told everybody I was doing Hercules, they felt really sorry for me. They thought I was so down on my luck that I was having to do extra work on the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995).

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