1. Donovan was born Martin Paul Smith in Reseda, California, to Roman Catholic middle-class parents, Gayne Paul Smith and Agnes Mary Regan.
2. He graduated from Crespi Carmelite High School and attended Pierce College for two years.
3. In 1983, he and his wife, Vivian, moved to New York City, where he took odd jobs like installing drapery to support his family.
4. 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.
5. He has also acted with Parker in Saved!, Pipe Dream and The Portrait of A Lady.
6. In 2009, he starred opposite Virginia Madsen in The Haunting in Connecticut.
7. Recently he was seen in The Sentinel with Kiefer Sutherland and Michael Douglas as well as The Quiet with Edie Falco.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. His recent TV credits include Masters of Horror ; the FX telefilm RFK and the Fox series Pasadena.
12. In 2011 he took a major role in the Starz original drama series Boss.
13. 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.
14. They lived in New York City for many years before relocating to Vancouver, Canada.