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  • Real name : Jeffrey T. Donovan
  • Place of birth : Amesbury
  • Date of birth : 11/05/1968

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Jeffrey Donovan (1968)

Jeffrey T. Donovan

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Jeffrey Donovan is an American television, film and stage actor. He plays the lead Michael Westen on the American cable television series, Burn Notice. Notable starring roles in film include: Hitch, Believe in Me, Changeling, and Come Early Morning. He portrayed Robert F. Kennedy in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar .

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 early life
Donovan was born in Amesbury, Massachusetts and raised, along with two brothers, by their mother. Of his childhood, Donovan recalled:
I grew up really poor. We grew up on welfare – a single mom with three boys. We didn't have anything. Christmas would come around, she’d rewrap gifts she’d given us before. We moved about 10 times in my childhood. When you come home from school and the lights don’t go on, you think: We're moving! You can't pay electric bills on welfare. We became very frugal.

At Amesbury High School, he was mentored by teacher Patty Hoyt. She aided him in starting a drama club and then found him a private scholarship, enabling him "to participate in a summer program that helped pave the way for his acting career." He attended Bridgewater State University before transferring to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he graduated with a BA in theatre. He went on to earn his MFA from New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts.

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 Television
Donovan has appeared in CSI: Miami, Spin City, Monk, Witchblade, The Pretender, Homicide: Life on the Street, and Law & Order. In the short-lived TV series Threshold, Donovan portrayed the antihero Dr. Sloan. In Crossing Jordan he was cast in the recurring role of William Ivers.

In 2004, he received his first leading role in the American remake of the British television series Touching Evil opposite Vera Farmiga on the USA Network. Since 2007, he has starred as the lead in Burn Notice, Michael Westen, a spy who was cast off and now is trying to return to his prior spy career. Donovan made his directorial debut directing the Burn Notice episode, "Made Man", which first aired on June 17, 2010. He also directed a prequel film starring co-star Bruce Campbell, titled Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe, which first aired on USA Network on April 17, 2011.

 Theatre
Donovan has also performed on the stage including the eponymous role Hamlet, A View from the Bridge as Marco, An Inspector Calls and Off-Broadway in Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight as Gene, The Glory of Living as Clint, regionally in Toys in the Attic as Julian Berniers, On the Waterfront as Terry, Oedipus as Teiresias and Freedomland as Seth. From October 2008 until spring 2009, Jeffrey starred in the comedy farce Don't Dress for Dinner in Chicago. Also performances on the radio: On the Waterfront as Terry, Frozen and Grapes of Wrath.

 personal life
Donovan and his companion, Kathryn Kovarik, a writer, have three sons.[http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/realestate/chi-jeffrey-donovan-snoop-1123nov23,0,7365531.story]

He has over twenty years of martial arts experience. In college the actor competed and earned his black belt in karate. Since then he has also studied aikido for over six years and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

On July 3, 2009, Donovan, a Red Sox fan who first visited Fenway as a child, threw the ceremonial first pitch at the baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park. On July 3, 2010, Donovan once again threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park, this time between the Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles.

On July 12, 2009 Donovan was arrested in Miami for allegedly driving under the influence; two years later Donovan and Miami prosecutors reached a plea deal for reckless driving.

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