JEFFREY DONOVAN BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Jeffrey Donovan was born on May 11th, 1968 in Amesbury, Massachusetts. He has said that his family struggled financially during his youth years, however, he did attend school and managed to not only graduate from Amesbury High School, but go on to college.
He enrolled at the University of Massachusetts-Amhert and also went on to study further at Bridgewater State College finally earning a MFA in drama from New York University. After college he began finding work as a stage actor and during the early 90's was also receiving some small appearance on film and television.
His first role was in 1995 in the film, "Throwing Down" followed by small supporting roles in the films, "Sleepers" (1996) and "Catherine's Grove" (1997). He also received some small appearances on such television series as, "Homicide: Life on the Street" "(1995), "The Pretender" (1997-1998) and "Spin City" (1999).
Jeffrey continued working steady but got his real big break in 2004 when he was cast in the television movie, "Touching Evil". It was this role that established him in good standings with USA Network. Although the series did not last very long, they recognized not only his talent as an actor but also her charisma and level of sophistication on set around his co-workers.
After he appeared with Will Smith in the film, "Hitch" (2005) and had a recurring role on the series, "Crossing Jordan" (2007). He was then cast in his biggest role yet as the lead in the hit television series, "Burn Notice" (2010-2012). He also appeared in the film, "J Edgar" in 2011 starring Leonardo DiCapria in the lead role and his career remains strong and heading in the right direction.
Along with his work in film and television, he has returned to perform in the theater in 2005 in a production of, "Hamlet" and on Broadway in the play, "A View from the Bridge" and "Inspector Calls". He has also participated in a number of off-Broadway productions such as, "Thing's You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight", "The Glory of Living", "Troilus and Cressida", "Skyscraper" and "Freedomland".
In addition to his acting, he is also into martial arts which he has studied for over twenty years. He has a black belt in karate and also enjoys in his free time golfing and scuba diving. Donovan currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
2011 J. Edgar
2011 Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe
2007 Final Draft
2007 Crossing Jordan
1995-2007 Law & Order
2006 Believe in Me
2006 Yes, Dear
2006 Come Early Morning
2005 CSI: Miami
2004 Touching Evil
2004 Sam & Joe
2000 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
2000 The Beat
1999 Spin City
1998 When Trumpets Fade
1998 Witness to the Mob
1997-1998 The Pretender
1997 Catherine's Grove
1997 Vegas Vacation
1996 Critical Choices
1995 Homicide: Life on the Street
1995 Throwing Down