Martin Donovan

Full / Real Name: Martin R. Smith
Born: 19 August 1957 (62 years old)
Gender: Male



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Martin Donovan is an American actor best known for his collaboration with director Hal Hartley, appearing in many of his films including Trust (1990), Surviving Desire (1991), Simple Men (1992), Flirt (1993), Amateur (1994) and The Book of Life (1998).

He also starred as Bryan Bartlett in the short-lived adventure series Unnatural History (2010) and as political advisor Ezra Stone in the STARZ Original political drama series Boss, in 2011.

Donovan's appearance in all episodes of season two of Weeds playing Mary-Louise Parker's love interest continued a string of collaborations with Parker, including Saved!, the romantic comedy Pipe Dream and Jane Campion's The Portrait of A Lady.

Donovan appeared in Unthinkable with Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Sheen. Other film appearances include the Matthew Ryan Hope-directed The United States of Leland with Kevin Spacey and Don Cheadle, The Sentinel opposite Kiefer Sutherland and Michael Douglas, Wind Chill with Emily Blunt and Ashton Holmes, and The Quiet opposite Edie Falco.

Donovan also starred opposite Al Pacino in director Chris Nolan's Insomnia, as well as in Agent Cody Banks. Other film credits include the critically acclaimed The Opposite of Sex, as well as Living Out Loud, In A Savage Land, Onegin, Heaven, Hollow Reed and Nadja.

In The Portrait of a Lady Donovan played Nicole Kidman's doomed cousin and admirer for which he won the National Society of Film Critics Award for best supporting actor.

Donovan has enjoyed a long association with celebrated director Hal Hartley, starring in several of his films, including Amateur, which was selected for both the Cannes and New York Film Festivals.

Other Hartley collaborations are Simple Men, which was also an official Cannes selection, Trust, Surviving Desire, Flirt and The Book of Life, which was shown at the New York Film Festival.

Donovan's TV credits include starring in Masters of Horror: Right to Life for Showtime, the FX telefilm RFK, and the Fox series Pasadena.

Other television credits include Amy and Isabelle, Ghost Whisperer, The Great Gatsby and HBO's When Trumpets Fade.

Donovan made his television series regular début in the critically acclaimed drama series Wonderland.

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