Martin Donovan most recently wrapped a pivotal role opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Inherent Vice, the much-anticipated Paul Thomas Anderson adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel. Donovan was last seen on the big screen in the March release of David Ayer’s action drama Sabotage, in which he plays Arnold Schwarzenegger’s DEA supervisor.
Prior to that, Donovan appeared in Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist alongside Liev Schreiber, as well as the award-wining TriBeCa Films release Collaborator, which he wrote, directed and starred in with David Morse and Olivia Williams. The film played festivals worldwide and garnered several awards, among them the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Award for Best Film as well as Best Actor for David Morse at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Morse was also nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Actor.
On the small screen, Donovan recurs in season two of DirecTv’s Rogue with Thandie Newton and Cole Hauser, and directed an episode that will air this fall. Prior to that, he recurred in season 3 of Homeland as powerful D.C. attorney Leland Bennett, as well as in both seasons of the Starz series Boss playing Kelsey Grammer’s confidant and political fixer Ezra Stone.
Other television credits include the Showtime series Weeds, in which Donovan played Mary-Louise Parker’s love interest, and was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by An Ensemble in a Comedy Series, and HBO’s harrowing World War II drama When Trumpets Fade. He made his television series regular debut in Peter Berg’s critically acclaimed drama series Wonderland.
Donovan’s other notable film credits include the nuclear blackmail thriller Unthinkable, opposite Samuel L. Jackson; Shadows and Lies, with James Franco; the top grossing A Haunting in Connecticut; The Sentinel, opposite Keifer Sutherland and Michael Douglas; and The United States of Leland, with Ryan Gosling and Don Cheadle. He also played Al Pacino’s police partner in Chris Nolan’s Insomnia for Warner Bros. and starred again with Mary-Louise Parker in MGM’s Saved! The 1990’s saw Donovan starring in a long list of independent and/or international films including Don Roos’ black comedy The Opposite of Sex, Living Out Loud, In a Savage Land, Onegin, Heaven and Hollow Reed.
In Jane Campion’s 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. He has also enjoyed a long association with celebrated director Hal Hartley, and will soon join Parker Posey, James Urbaniak, and Liam Aiken in Ned Rifle, the conclusion to the Grim Family Trilogy, which includes Henry Fool and Fay Grimm.
Donovan resides in Vancouver, Canada with his wife and two sons.
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