Date of Birth: August 19, 1957
Place of Birth: Reseda, California
Height: 6’1″
Relations: Wife: Vivian Lanko; 2 sons

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Martin recently appeared in season two of the critically acclaimed Showtime television series Weeds playing Mary-Louise Parker’s love interest for which he was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by An Ensemble in a Comedy Series.  This continues a string of collaborations with Ms. Parker including MGM’s Saved!, the romantic comedy Pipe Dream and Jane Campion’s The Portrait of A Lady.

This year he will be seen opposite Virginia Madsen in A Haunting in Connecticut. Recently he was seen in The Sentinel with Keifer Sutherland and Michael Douglas as well as the unsettling family drama The Quiet with Edie Falco. 2007 also included the suspense horror film Wind Chill with Emily Blunt and Ashton Holmes.

Other recent film appearances are in the Matthew Ryan Hope-directed The United States of Leland with Ryan Gosling and Don Cheadle.  Martin also starred opposite Al Pacino in director Chris Nolan’s Insomnia for Warner Bros. as well as MGM’s 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 Martin played Nicole Kidman’s doomed cousin and admirer for which he won the National Society of Film Critic’s 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.

Martin’s most recent TV credits include starring in the Masters of Horror: Right to Life for Showtime; the FX telefilm RFK and the Fox series Pasadena.  Other television credits are Amy and Isabelle, The Great Gatsby, and HBO’s harrowing World War II drama When Trumpets Fade.  Donovan made his television series regular début in Peter Berg’s critically acclaimed drama series Wonderland.

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Random Notes

  • Mercedes ad clarification
  • Songs about Martin Donovan.
  • Interview with MD on The Bob Rivers Show (search for MD’s name)
  • To my surprise, there’s a “sighting” of MD in The Awful Truth column on eonline. “Martin Donovan, chatting away on his cell at Dean & DeLuca. InWhySee. Black jeans, leather jacket, looking good and looking like he was waiting for someone to finish the shopping inside.”