Sep. 25th, 1963
Tenafly, New Jersey, USA
Tate Donovan's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2007 - Fired!
2007 - Nancy Drew
2007 - Shooter
2005 - The Pacifier
2005 - Good Night, and Good Luck
2001 - Swordfish
1998 - October 22
1997 - Murder at 1600
1997 - Hercules
1994 - Holy Matrimony
1992 - Love Potion No. 9
1990 - Memphis Belle
1989 - Dead Bang
1988 - Clean and Sober
1986 - Space Camp
Guest TV Roles
Commander Luke Nelson
Lawrence Cohen (Voiced)
Tate 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).
Born to a large family in Tenafly, New Jersey, 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 He then appeared in several independent features as sullen, withdrawn types before following up with a role in the Disney family comedy, _Holy Matrimony (1994).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 (I) 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).
- Was considered for the role of George McFly in _Back to the Future (1985)_ (qv).
- He is hoping to become a television director, and is learning how to do it by "trailing" the directors on his series _"The O.C." (2003)_ (qv).
- In addition to fiddling, he can sing and play the bodhran (a hand-held Irish drum). He used to play a regular gig with a local band in Los Angeles.
- Attended Dwight-Englewood High School in New Jersey, the same school attended by 'Brooke Shields' (qv), 'Mira Sorvino' (qv) and 'Lesley Gore' (qv).
- (2000) Dated socialite Plum Sykes.
- Is the youngest of six children in an Irish-Catholic fmily.
- (2001) Dated actress 'Whitney Allen' (qv).
- He plays the fiddle. Displayed this skill on the _"The New Tom Green Show" (2003)_ (qv).