Martin Donovan
American actor
Martin Donovan
Martin Donovan is an American film, stage and television actor. He has had a long collaboration with director Hal Hartley, appearing in many of Hartley's films, such as Trust (1990), Surviving Desire (1991), Simple Men (1992), Flirt (1993), Amateur (1994), and The Book of Life (1998; in which he played Jesus). Donovan played Peter Scottson, a DEA agent, on Showtime's cable series Weeds, before his character was eliminated from the show.
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'The Adventures Of Pete And Pete' Anniversary: The Creators Tell All
Huffington Post - over 3 years
On Nov. 28, 1993, Nickelodeon debuted a show that ran for only three seasons. It was last seen in reruns a decade ago, its third season never appeared on DVD, and it has yet to appear on any streaming service. So why has every recent reunion of the cast of "The Adventures of Pete and Pete" turned into a sold-out, rapturously received event? It can't be just because both leads are redheads (though that cannot be discounted as a factor). Thanks to nostalgia and a stellar reputation that's still spreading via word of mouth, the fan base of "The Adventures of Pete and Pete," a goofy, heartwarming and surreal show about two red-headed brothers and their lovably strange world, shows no signs of going away. "The kids in the show were off the beaten path a little bit -- the kids that we were portraying," co-creator Chris Viscardi said in an interview conducted at San Diego Comic-Con last July. "I don't know if we necessarily knew, 'That's who we're targeting,' but that's who we clearly ...
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“Homeland’s” Martin Donovan: Does Dick Cheney sleep at night?
Salon.com - over 3 years
Martin Donovan -- the brilliant actor first acclaimed two decades ago for his starring turns in Hal Hartley's films "Trust," "Amateur" and "Simple Men" -- has most recently been elevating premium cable shows like "Weeds" and "Boss" with his intense presence. On Sunday, he made his debut on "Homeland" as Leland Bennett, a mysterious Washington lobbyist and power player -- warning, lots of spoilers ahead, starting now -- working for the Iranian terrorist mastermind behind the deadly bombing at the CIA. Bennett, recognizing an opportunity with the CIA appearing to turn on Claire Danes' character Carrie Mathison, tries to work her for inside information. Bennett is the kind of Washington player who works only for his next paycheck. He reminded me of no one more than the ever-unctuous and repugnant Lanny Davis, whose client list of dictators and evildoers recently expanded to add the hated Alex Rodriguez. Donovan's been a must-watch for years, and we got him on the phone yesterday from V ...
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Meet The New Faces Of 'Homeland'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Homeland" has added Martin Donovan and Shaun Toub for Season 3, The Huffington Post has confirmed. Donovan will play Bennett, a partner at a DC law firm. Toub will play Majid Javadi, a Middle Eastern intelligence officer. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the casting news. Donovan's recent TV credits include "Boss" and "King & Maxwell." Toub has appeared on "Lost," "Chuck" and "NCIS." "Homeland" stars Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin and Mandy Patinkin will all return for the third season on Showtime. Diego Klattenhoff, who was a series regular during Season 2, may recur. The cast of "Homeland" Season 3 will also include Joanna Merlin, Nazanin Boniadi, Amy Morton, Lawrence Clayton and Tracy Letts. "Homeland" executive producer Alex Gansa revealed some details about the new season in a May interview on ABC's "This Week." "The issue in this season is, what happens if it were learned that a major attack on the United States was sponsored by a st ...
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Caryn James: Movie Review, The Reluctant Fundamentalist: Mira Nair's Mirror of American-Pakistani Relations
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
In a Lahore cafe, the Pakistan-born, Princeton-educated hero of Mira Nair's The Reluctant Fundamentalist tells an American reporter about his reaction to the World Trade Center attacks. Changez (Riz Ahmed) was as horrified as anyone - but at first there was an instinctive smile, simple "awe," as he puts it, at the audacity of "arrogance brought low." The journalist, Bobby Lincoln, (Liev Schreiber) responds with a glare of pure, restrained fury. We have seen Changez as a man whose only brutality is this admission of "awe" - it's a moment of ruthless intellectual honesty, not a wish for violence. Bobby has no patience for such nuances and has only Changez' word to go on. Who can blame him for being outraged? And in that confrontation we find the soul of Nair's thoughtful, beautifully textured drama, a story of distrust, misunderstanding and harsh socio-political realities - a mirror of American-Pakistani relations themselves. Like the best politically charged films, tho ...
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Maureen Ryan: 'Hell On Wheels' Review: Does The Series Pick Things Up In Season 2?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"Game of Thrones" has been off the air for a few months, but a few shows arriving in coming weeks should satisfy TV's scantily clad hooker quota. In fact, with the return of AMC's "Hell on Wheels" and the debuts of "Copper" and "The Crimson Petal and the White" -- a trio of hardscrabble dramas set in the 19th Century -- the next few weeks are starting to look like Tribute to Old-Timey Prostitutes Month. In other words, attractive women in random states of undress -- also a feature of the returning Starz series "Boss" -- should be especially easy to find (not that they were in danger of going out of style, of course). Let's take the shows -- most of which are discussed in one of this week's Talking TV podcasts -- one by one in order of their arrivals, shall we? "Hell on Wheels," 9 p.m. ET Sunday, AMC The second season of this Western finds it marginally better paced and the characters moderated a bit from the broad archetypes seen in Season 1, but I still find lit ...
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Review: 'Collaborator' could have used some help
LATimes - over 4 years
The would-be thriller plods along instead of creating tension and menace. Martin Donovan, a consistently fine and busy actor in films ("The Opposite of Sex," "Insomnia") and on TV ("Weeds,""Boss"), adds screenwriter and director to his resume with disappointing results in the somber, would-be thriller "Collaborator."
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Martin Donovan talks Collaborator
Monsters and Critics - over 4 years
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Movie Review: ‘Collaborator,’ Martin Donovan’s Directing Debut
NYTimes - over 4 years
In Martin Donovan’s hostage drama, “Collaborator,” a mentally disturbed neighbor holds a childhood acquaintance captive.
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K5 Picks Up Mira Nair’s ‘Reluctant Fundamentalist’ For International Sales
Deadline Hollywood - almost 5 years
Political thriller The Reluctant Fundamentalist is based on Mohsin Hamid’s novel and stars Kate Hudson, Riz Ahmed, Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber, Martin Donovan and Om Puri. Nair is directing from a script by Hamid, Ami Boghani and William Wheeler. The story follows a young Pakistani man chasing corporate success on Wall Street, who ultimately finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis and the call of his family’s homeland. The film received financing from the Doha Film Institute and is a Cine Mosaic and Mirabai Film production. Lydia Dean Pilcher is producing. Filming took place in Atlanta, Delhi, Istanbul, New York City and Lahore. K5’s New York head of acquisitions, Erica Motley, acquired the film alongside Oliver Simon. K5 co-founding partner Daniel Baur, Josh Grode for DFI and Lydia Dean Pilcher for Cine Mosaic negotiated the deal. K5 will launch international sales and show footage in Cannes.
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Saturday’s Highlights: Stand-Up Specials on Comedy Central
LATimes - almost 5 years
Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 22 - 28 in PDF format TV listings for the week of April 22 - 28 in PDF format are also available here This week's TV Movies STAND-UP SPECIALS are featured on Comedy Central. Up first is Patton Oswalt, above, at 10 p.m., then Paul F. Tompkins is on at 11 p.m. SERIES Escape Routes: Miami is the setting for this fourth leg of the competition. Rossi Morreale hosts (8 p.m. NBC). The Firm: To ensure the safety of Abby (Molly Parker), who’s been kidnapped by Kevin Stack’s (Martin Donovan) men, Mitch (Josh Lucas) agrees to trade evidence with him in this new episode (9 p.m. NBC). Live From Daryl’s House:  Finger Eleven performs in this new episode (11 p.m. KTLA). SPECIALS  Dick Clark: American Music Pioneer: A tribute to the “American Bandstand” host and rock pioneer. (7 p.m. TV Guide) MOVIES Undercover Bridesmaid:  A security guard posing as a bridesmaid falls for a groomsman in this 2012 TV movie starring B ...
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Martin, Donovan - Butler Eagle (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
Alexandra Martin and Colin Donovan were united in marriage on July 11 at St. Mary's Star of the Sea in Largs, Scotland. Father Eamon Flynn officiated. A reception followed at the Brisbane House Hotel. The bride is the daughter of Stephen and Patricia
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OFFBEAT: Drury Lane's 'Sweeney Todd' a dark and sinfully satisfying audience ... - nwitimes.com
Google News - over 5 years
Singer-songwriter Gary Chapman and actor Martin Donovan are 54. Singer Ivan Neville is 52. Actor Eric Lutes ("Caroline in the City") is 49. Actor John Stamos is 48. Musician/manager Robby Vinton (son of Bobby Vinton) is 47. Actress Kyra Sedgwick and
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Become A COLLABORATOR With Us - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Martin Donovan's COLLABORATOR is that film. My guess is you did not get over to the Czech Republic last month to see it. But you know what? It will be playing around the USA this fall. Soon we should be announcing those next steps, and then the ones
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Softball World Series a hit in Roxana - Coastal Point
Google News - over 5 years
“This year has been one of the most exciting competitions we've had,” said District III Director Martin Donovan. “We're seeing competitive teams. They're getting better and better each year. It's always nice to see new teams each year, too, like Italy
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Senior Softball World Series swings into action - Sussex Countian
Google News - over 5 years
“Every region in the world is represented here,” District III World Series Coordinator Martin Donovan said during opening ceremonies. “This is truly a World Series.” The series is one of eight held by Little League and is for girls age 13-16
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Martin Donovan
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 56
    In 2014 he starred in the Lifetime post-apocalyptic series The Lottery. In 2010, Donovan wrote, directed and starred in Collaborator, portraying a once-successful playwright who is taken hostage while visiting his mother and childhood home. Donovan married actress Vivian Lanko in 1984; they have two sons.
    More Details Hide Details They lived in New York City for many years before relocating to Vancouver, Canada.
  • 2011
    Age 53
    In 2011 he took a major role in the Starz original drama series Boss.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 49
    In 2007 he appeared in the suspense horror film Wind Chill.
    More Details Hide Details Other recent film appearances include The United States of Leland, The Opposite of Sex, Living Out Loud, In a Savage Land, Hollow Reed, Onegin, and Nadja. Donovan had 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 starred in Shadows and Lies. Donovan made his television series début in Peter Berg's Wonderland. His recent TV credits include Masters of Horror (episode "Right to Die"); the FX telefilm RFK and the Fox series Pasadena. Other television credits are The Great Gatsby, and HBO's When Trumpets Fade.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1983
    Age 25
    In 1983, he and his wife, Vivian, moved to New York City, where he took odd jobs like installing drapery to support his family.
    More Details Hide Details He joined the off-off-Broadway Cucaracha Theater on Greenwich Street. Donovan has appeared in fourteen episodes of the Showtime television series Weeds, which stars Mary-Louise Parker, for which he was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by An Ensemble in a Comedy Series. He has also acted with Parker in Saved! Pipe Dream and The Portrait of A Lady. In The Portrait of A Lady, he won the National Society of Film Critics' Award for best supporting actor. In 2009, he starred opposite Virginia Madsen in The Haunting in Connecticut. Recently he was seen in The Sentinel with Kiefer Sutherland and Michael Douglas as well as The Quiet with Edie Falco.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Born
    Born on August 19, 1957.
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