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Martin Donovan Biography

Birth Name:
Martin Paul Smith
Birth Place:
Reseda, California, United States
Profession
Actor, director, producer, screenwriter

Fast Facts

  • First role was in a high-school production of Bye Bye Birdie
  • Worked odd jobs, including installing draperies, to help support his family when they moved to New York City
  • Has appeared in a number of director Hal Hartley's productions, including Trust (1990), Simple Men (1992), Surviving Desire (1993), Amateur (1994), Flirt (1995) and The Book of Life (1998)
  • Donovan once interviewed Hartley for Bomb Magazine in 1991
  • Has costarred with Mary-Louise Parker several times, including in The Portrait of a Lady (1996), Pipe Dream (2002), Saved! (2004) and the Showtime series Weeds
  • Song "Martin Donovan," written by Jeffrey Nothing and performed by Mushroomhead, is about him; he's referenced in "Crackstatic" by Ron Hawkins and the Rusty Nails and "Martin Donovan in Trust" by Herman Dune

Awards

  • 2019Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2015Independent Spirit Awards-Robert Altman Award: winner
  • 2006Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1996National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actor: winner

Relationships

  • Gayne Paul Smith -- Father
  • Agnes Mary Regan -- Mother
  • Austin Donovan -- Son
  • Micah Donovan -- Son