Martin Donovan

Martin Donovan

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1957-08-19 · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, USA

70 Movies · 22 TV shows

Also Known As: 마틴 도노반

Biography

Martin Donovan (born Martin Paul Smith; August 19, 1957) is an American actor. He has had a long collaboration with director Hal Hartley, appearing in many of his films, such as Trust (1990), Surviving Desire (1991), Simple Men (1992), Flirt (1993), Amateur (1994), and The Book of Life (1998), starring as Jesus Christ in the latter. Donovan also played Peter Scottson on Showtime's cable series Weeds. He made his writing/directorial debut with the film Collaborator (2011).

Personal Life

Donovan married actress Vivian Lanko in 1984; they have two sons. They lived in New York City for many years before relocating to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Early Life

Donovan was born Martin Paul Smith in Reseda, California, to Roman Catholic middle-class parents, Agnes Mary (Regan) and Gayne Paul Smith. He and his three siblings were raised Catholic.He graduated from Crespi Carmelite High School and attended Pierce College for two years. He attended American Theater Arts, a combined conservatory and theater company in Los Angeles, where he appeared in the plays Richard's Cork Leg by Brendan Behan and Private Life of the Master Race by Bertold Brecht. In 1983, he and his wife, Vivian, moved to New York City, where he took odd jobs like installing drapery to support his family. He joined the off-off-Broadway Cucaracha Theater on Greenwich Street.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

3 Movies
Crisis

Crisis

8
2021
Three stories about the world of opioids collide: a drug trafficker arranges a multi-cartel Fentanyl smuggling operation between Canada and the U.S., an architect recovering from an OxyContin addictio...
Percy

Percy

6.5
2021
There is a fight going on between big business and the little guy when a big biotech company takes a farmer to court because of their genetically modified seeds in his field.
Redemption Day

Redemption Day

5.5
2021
A person is trying to save another person.

2020.

2 Movies
Tenet

Tenet

7.35
2020
The Protagonist has only one word, Tenet, and is fighting for the survival of the entire world.
Come to Daddy

Come to Daddy

6
2020
After receiving a letter from his estranged father, Norval travels to his dad's oceanfront home for what he hopes will be a positive experience. He should have known the truth about his old man before...

2019.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Nancy Drew

Nancy Drew

4.5
2019
Nancy Drew was drawn into a supernatural murder mystery when she left her hometown for college.
White Lie

White Lie

2019
The person is faking cancer. A university dance major, who faked her diagnosis, has transformed into a campus celebrity surrounded by a supportive community, a close-knit group of friends, and a carin...
The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain

4
2019
A family dog with a near-human soul and a philosopher's mind looks at his life through the lessons learned by his human owner.

2018.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Carter

Carter

6
2018
An actor is home. He is trying to solve crimes with a police detective.
Status Update

Status Update

10
2018
After being uprooted by his parents' separation and unable to fit into his new hometown, a teenager stumbles upon a magical app that causes his social media updates to come true.
Indian Horse

Indian Horse

2018
Saul is a great native hockey player who overcomes racism in the 1970s.
Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

6.6
2018
A fireman who is supposed to destroy all books begins to question his task in an oppressive future.

2017.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams

3.5
2017
An anthology of ambitious, moving tales was inspired by Philip K Dick's short stories.
The Lost Wife of Robert Durst

The Lost Wife of Robert Durst

2017
Young and wide-eyed, Kathie falls in love with charming yet quirky real estate scion Robert Durst, only to find their marriage turning stranger, darker and more disturbing as time goes on.
Aftermath

Aftermath

6
2017
A fatal plane crash changed the lives of Roman and Jake. Jake lost his mind because he was the air traffic controller who failed to avert the nightmare, while Roman lost his wife and daughter in the a...
Rememory

Rememory

4
2017
The invention that could record and play a person's memory was discovered by the widow of a wise professor.

2016.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon

5.9
2016
A former Navy SEAL lands a job as a police officer in Los Angeles and is working with a veteran detective to maintain a low stress level in his life.
TV
DC's Legends of Tomorrow

DC's Legends of Tomorrow

6.17
2016
When heroes are not enough. People who are legends are what the world needs. Having seen the future, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and vill...
All at Once

All at Once

2016
A young up and coming artist in New York city has his life and dreams forever altered when the tragic events of 9/11 take the lives of his two best friends and he accepts guardianship of the couple's ...

2015.

2 Movies
Ant-Man

Ant-Man

6.45
2015
Scott Lang, the master thief with the ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Doctor Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular A...
Ned Rifle

Ned Rifle

6
2015
Ned wants to kill his father. His aims are frustrated by Susan, whose connection to Henrypredates his arrival in the lives of the Grim family.

2014.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Sabotage

Sabotage

6.08
2014
John "Breacher" Wharton is the leader of the task force. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done, until one-by-one, the team member...
Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice

6.23
2014
The disappearance of an ex- girlfriend was investigated by a detective named Larry "Doc" Sportello.
TV
The Lottery

The Lottery

3.5
2014
A world staring down the barrel of impending extinction is set in a future when women have stopped having children. A national lottery is held to decide the surrogates after 100 embryos are successful...

2013.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Motive

Motive

5.31
2013
In order to uncover the motive of each murder, a team of investigators led by homicide detective Angie Flynn set out to find the killer's connection to the victim. The killer is shown to viewers befor...
Nurse 3-D

Nurse 3-D

2013
A nurse with a sinister side, Abby Russell has a secret life in which she targets and punishes dishonest men.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

6
2013
The American Dream has been destroyed.

2012.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D

Silent Hill: Revelation 3D

6.15
2012
Heather Mason and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn't fully understand, Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, Heather discovers she's not who she...
TV
The Firm

The Firm

4
2012
Mitchell McDeere brought down a prestigious Memphis law firm that was used as a front for the Chicago mob, and his life was never the same. Mitch and his family emerged from isolation after a difficul...

2011.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Boss

Boss

6.15
2011
Farhad Safinia created Boss. The mayor of Chicago has been diagnosed with dementia.
Collaborator

Collaborator

2011
A playwright whose marriage and career are in a free fall has an explosive run-in with his former neighbor, a right-wing ex-con.

2010.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Unnatural History

Unnatural History

2010
Teenager Henry Griffin acquired many skills through years of travelling the world with his anthropologist parents. Sent to live with his uncle and cousin in Washington DC, and with the help of his cou...
Years Later: The Unbelievable Truth and Its Consequences

Years Later: The Unbelievable Truth and Its Consequences

2010
A series of impromptu interviews with Hal Hartley, Adrienne Shelly, and some of Hartley's other most frequent collaborators on his style, career, and process.
Shadows & Lies

Shadows & Lies

2010
After four years in exile, WilliamVincent returned to New York City to rescue a woman he barely knows, Ann, from a vague crime syndicate that first brought them together.
Unthinkable

Unthinkable

7
2010
The United States. A convert to Islam is sending it. There is a tape showing him in three nondescript storage rooms, each of which may contain a nuclear bomb set to explode in less than a week. An FBI...

2009.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
The Spirit Box

The Spirit Box

2009
Shelby and Becca try out a little seance with a homemade spirit box and get into contact with the spirit of a deceased class mate. She warns them that she didn't commit suicide, but was in fact murder...
TV
Everything She Ever Wanted

Everything She Ever Wanted

2009
Based on the Ann Rule novel, about a woman who for decades killed family members who dared to cross her.
Everything She Ever Wanted

Everything She Ever Wanted

2009
The novel is about a woman who killed family members who dared to cross her.
Duress

Duress

2009
With nightmares of his wife's recent suicide and struggling to mend his relationship with his only daughter, Richard is caught as a witness to the violence of Abner Solvie. He is plagued by his involv...
The Haunting in Connecticut

The Haunting in Connecticut

6.02
2009
When the Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut, they discover that their charming Victorian home was once a funeral parlor and that the owner's son served as a demonic messenger.

2008.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Fear Itself

Fear Itself

2008
A television series broken down into thirteen separate sixty-minute films from premiere horror writers and directors.
The Alphabet Killer

The Alphabet Killer

10
2008
Based on the true story of double killings occurring in Rochester, NY during the 80's and the troubled police officer determined to solve them, with or without the help of her department.

2007.

2 Movies
Right to Die

Right to Die

2007
When a car accident puts his wife into a coma, a man reluctantly pulls the plug only to realize her spirit has turned against the living.
Wind Chill

Wind Chill

2007
Two people are sharing a vehicle. They are preyed upon by the ghosts of people who have died when they break down.

2006.

4 Movies
The Garage

The Garage

2006
A mechanic at his father's garage in the late 1970s, Matt dreams of leaving his small town existence and pursuing grander ambitions. But strong feelings for a new girlfriend and deep family ties may p...
The Visitation

The Visitation

2006
Three years ago, when his beloved wife was murdered, the former Father lost his faith in God. The son of the newcomer and veterinary Morgan Elliot survived a car accident without a scratch, as did a p...
Day On Fire

Day On Fire

2006
Day on Fire is an American film which was produced by Lodestar Entertainment and filmed in New York City and Israel in 2006. It is written and directed by Jay Anania, stars Academy Award winner Olympi...
The Sentinel

The Sentinel

2006
An assassination attempt was made on the president. He must clear his name and foil another assassination attempt while on the run from an FBI agent.

2005.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
TV
Weeds

Weeds

6.02
2005
A mom is selling weed to support her family after her husband's death.
TV
Ghost Whisperer

Ghost Whisperer

6.63
2005
She tries to help the dead communicate with their loved ones when she receives intense and confusing messages. Conflicts are preventing the spirits from passing over most of the time, which is why Mel...
TV
Masters of Horror

Masters of Horror

2005
Masters of Horror is an informal social group of international film writers and directors specializing in horror movies and an American television series created by director Mick Garris for the Showti...
The Quiet

The Quiet

2005
After her father's death, Dot moves in with her godparents. The Deers' daughter, who is hostile to her father, is willing to tell her secrets to her stepsister, including the fact that she wants to ki...

2004.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Traffic

Traffic

2004
Traffic: The Miniseries is a three-part feature on the United States cable channel USA Network in 2004 featuring an ensemble cast portraying the complex world of drugs, their distribution, the associa...
Saved!

Saved!

5.89
2004
Mary is about to enter her senior year at American Eagle Christian High School with her friends Hilary and Veronica and formed a girl group called the Christian Jewels. Dean thinks Mary is gay.

2003.

2 Movies
Agent Cody Banks

Agent Cody Banks

5.69
2003
Someone was recruited by the U.S. To become a special agent in the government, a nerdy teenager has to get closer to a cute girl, Natalie, in order to learn about an evil plan hatched by her father. H...
The United States of Leland

The United States of Leland

6
2003
Leland Fitzgerald was sentenced to death for the murder of a mentally disabled boy, who was also his brother. Pearl Madison, a teacher at the prison, decided to write about Leland's case as the commun...

2002.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
RFK

RFK

2002
Robert Kennedy had to rise to the challenge of leading his country and carrying on his brother's vision of what America could be after John's death.
Insomnia

Insomnia

5.86
2002
Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the murder of a teen.
TV
The Dead Zone

The Dead Zone

5.73
2002
Johnny Smith had psychic abilities after a coma.
Pipe Dream

Pipe Dream

2002
The writer whose script he stole builds on his ruse to get her movie made after a lonely plumbing man poses as a movie director to meet women.

2001.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Amy & Isabelle

Amy & Isabelle

2001
In 1971, in a small town in Maine, an odd and lonely secretary raises her daughter alone. She doesn't have a lot of friends. When her daughter is attracted to her mathematic teacher, the world falls a...
TV
Pasadena

Pasadena

2001
Pasadena is an American primetime soap opera originally broadcast in the U.S. from September to November 2001 on Fox.

2000.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows
Custody of the Heart

Custody of the Heart

2000
A man serves his wife with divorce papers and charges her with being a bad mother.
TV
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

6.83
2000
A team of forensic investigators in Las Vegas are trained to solve criminal cases by combing the crime scene, collecting irrefutable evidence and finding the missing pieces that solve the mystery.
Desire

Desire

2000
An affair between a pianist and a teacher begins to disintegrate when girls from her school turn up missing.
TV
Wonderland

Wonderland

2000
Peter Berg directed a 2000 ABC television drama called "Wonderland". From the perspectives of both the doctors and patients, it depicted daily life in a mental institution. The first two episodes of t...
The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

2000
Daisy Buchanan is a rich married cousin of stock broker Nick Carraway.

1999.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

6.06
1999
Sexually-based heinous offenses are considered by the criminal justice system. In New York City, the detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Specia...
Onegin

Onegin

1999
The opulent St is located in the middle of the city. Eugene Onegin is a man who is lacking in empathy, who suffers from melancholy, and is from the Empire period. Lensky introduced the young girl to O...
Heaven

Heaven

1999
A struggling architect, being sued for divorce by his wife and struggling with booze and gambling, finds work remodeling a friend's strip club. He met a stripper with violent visions of the future. Th...
In a Savage Land

In a Savage Land

1999
Two anthropologists married to each other go to an island off of Papua New Guinea for field research in pre-World War II. Eventually the war breaks out and many lives are disrupted and complicated.

1998.

5 Movies
The Opposite of Sex

The Opposite of Sex

1998
A 16-year-old girl is having sex with her half-brother's boyfriend.
Rescuers: Stories of Courage – Two Couples

Rescuers: Stories of Courage – Two Couples

1998
Two fact-based tales about citizens who risked everything, including their lives, to save Holocaust victims.
When Trumpets Fade

When Trumpets Fade

1998
In WWII Western Germany, Private David Manning reluctantly leaves behind a mortally wounded fellow soldier and searches for survivors from his platoon, only to find out from his commanding officer tha...
Living Out Loud

Living Out Loud

1998
After fifteen years of marriage, Judith Moore found out her husband was having an affair with a younger woman. Judith can't decide what to do with her life until she goes to a night club to see singer...
The Book of Life

The Book of Life

1998
The end of the millenium has taken on a certain significance in modern day prophecies. What happens if Jesus Christ has second thoughts about the Apocalypse? It is December 31, 1999 and New Year's Eve...

1997.

1 Movie
Night Sins

Night Sins

1997
A female FBI investigator takes over jurisdiction in Dear Lake, a small northern town just as a young boy is abducted. Her investigation leads to a bigger series of abductions and murders dating back ...

1996.

2 Movies
The Portrait of a Lady

The Portrait of a Lady

1996
Ms. Isabel is not afraid to challenge the status quo. Her cousin wrote her into her father's will. She befriends a cynical intellectual and romancing an art enthusiast along the way. The advantage of ...
Hollow Reed

Hollow Reed

1996
Following the break-up of his marriage after revealing his homosexuality, GP Martin Wyatt loses custody of his son Oliver to his now ex-wife Hannah and her new partner Frank. It is not long, however, ...

1995.

1 Movie
Flirt

Flirt

1995
In New York, Berlin and Japan, the situation is the same. Someone has to decide if they want to be with a partner who is coming home. There are other people involved, an ex-partner and someone else in...

1994.

3 Movies
Amateur

Amateur

1994
A man wakes up in an alley, bleeding and with no memory of who he is. He stumbles into a coffee shop and is befriended by a charitable ex-nun who is failing in her attempts to write marketable pornogr...
The Rook

The Rook

1994
Martin Donovan plays John Abbott, a church investigator looking into a murder. The world is similar to England in the mid to late 1800s but with odd touches such as primitive computers etc. The sets a...
Nadja

Nadja

1994
The story is about a vampire in New York City. In the wake of their father's death, members of a family of vampire are trying to come to terms with each other. They are being hunted. The nephew of Van...

1993.

2 Movies
Scam

Scam

1993
A female con-artist who sweet-talks wealthy men targeted by her violent boyfriend, then drugs them and makes off with their money, is being watched by another man. He wants to rip off a crime lord by ...
Quick

Quick

1993
A female assassin named "Quick" is hired to bring in a Mafia accountant, who is under police protection. Double crossed by the mafia, she takes her hostage to California to retrieve $3M that he took b...

1992.

2 Movies
Simple Men

Simple Men

1992
Bill is bitter about being double-crossed by the women he loved, and vows to seduce the next woman he sees. Dennis is equally determined to find their missing father, who has been in hiding for 20 yea...
Surviving Desire

Surviving Desire

1992
Jude, a college professor, is obsessed with Sophie, his student. She, in turn, is intrigued by his scholarly charm. Flirtation turns to lust and the two become lovers.

1991.

1 Movie
Seeds of Tragedy

Seeds of Tragedy

1991
Coca leaves making their way from Peru to Downtown Los Angeles.

1990.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Law & Order

Law & Order

5.83
1990
A murder is followed by a police investigation and prosecution.
Trust

Trust

1990
After being thrown away from home, pregnant high school dropout Maria meets Matthew, a highly educated and extremely moody electronics repairman. The two begin an unusual romance built on their sense ...

1985.

1 Movie
Hard Choices

Hard Choices

1985
A teenaged boy goes for a ride with his brother and the brother's friends, who proceed to rob a store and murder the clerk. They are caught and, despite the young boy's protestations, he is convicted ...
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