Jeffrey Donovan


Jeffrey Donovan Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Donovan has just finished a run at the Royal George Theatre, Chicago, where he appeared in the acclaimed theatrical production Don't Dress for Dinner.

    • Under the new agreement with his Burn Notice bosses, Donovan will be paid $125,000-$150,000 an episode, a big bump from the $55,000 he used to make.

    • Opening in Chicago August 2007, Come Early Morning stars Jeffrey Donovan, along with Ashley Judd, and Diane Ladd. It is written and directed by Joey Lauren Adams.

    • Jeffrey performed in The Glory of Living directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and co-starring Oscar winner Anna Paquin.

    • Jeffrey appeared in Amy Freed's Pulitzer Prize runner-up play Freedomland, which was first shown off Broadway.

    • His mother has always been very supportive of his desire to be an actor. She told him " follow his dreams and follow his heart and don't let anybody else disappoint him."

    • Jeffrey's mother, Nancy Matthews, and his two brothers brought him up. He has said that the close-knit family were "incredibly poor."

    • After graduating Donovan headed to New York with $75 in his pocket and dreams of acting. He entered New York University's graduate school for actors. Donovan had to compete with a thousand applicants to be admitted to the master's of fine arts program.

    • When Jeffrey first came to LA he was stuck up at gun point and robbed in broad daylight.

    • He says his best present was a BMX bike with killer wheels, when he was 13 years old.

    • His five favorite musicians are Jet, Incubus, Miles Davis, Radiohead, and Beth Orton.

    • In 2003 at the Method Fest, he won best supporting actor for his role in Sam and Joe.

    • Jeffery Donovan not only starred in, but also produced Searching for Certainty, Mike O'Malley's play, in Los Angeles

    • Jeffery Donovan appeared as Hamlet in the Wang Center's production on Boston Common in 2005 to rave reviews.

    • Jeffery Donovan made his film debut in Throwing Down, the grand prize winner at Hampton's International Film Festival.

    • In 1994, Jeffrey made his Broadway debut in the play An Inspector Calls.

    • Jeffrey was on his high school's football and tennis teams.

    • Jeffrey was the first president of his high school's drama club.

    • In Jeffrey's high school yearbook, he wrote this about what he planned to do after graduating: "Go to college and get a degree in acting, perform in the theater, and make a lot of money."

    • Jeffrey was on the cover of "Entertainment Weekly" Issue 564 for his part in the movie "Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows"

    • Jeffrey attended UMass Amherst and Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts. When Jeffrey attended college, he drove the campus bus in the mornings to help pay his way.

    • As of 2006, Jeffrey lives in Los Angeles.

    • He graduated from New York University's Graduate Acting Program, where he received an MFA.

    • He is 6' 1" (1.85 m).

  • Quotes

    • On his diy skills
      Donovan:I actually do my own renovations. I designed and built a 100-foot split-cedar rail fence to enclose my property. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done. Don't recommend doing it alone. I also built a 100-square-foot back porch. Again, don't recommend doing it alone.

    • On the danger of acting on stage
      Donovan: ...there's no hiding. And if you're supposed to be funny and you get no laughs-there's instant feedback for you.

    • On his January 2009 stage appearance in Chicago
      Donovan:I've always wanted to do theater in Chicago. Chicago is a big theater town-and, in some ways, I think this city is savvier and smarter than New York. Sometimes, I think it's a little too chic to go to theater in New York these days.

    • (On being asked what inspired him to be an actor)
      Jeffrey: I loved the attention as a child and thought, "what a great way to make a living."

    • Jeffrey: What would surprise a lot of people about me… I'm a gardener! I have a green thumb. I really like to get into the shrubs, the bushes, and really cultivate.

    • (On what is his favourite role to date).
      Jeffrey: It'd have to be this. I mean, in Burn Notice I get to play a spy, I get to be funny, I get to have hot chicks all around me. And I get to be really smart, which is a stretch, but I pull it off.

    • Jeffrey: The most fun I've had on Burn Notice, I think it would have to be working with China Chow and Lucy Lawless.

    • Jeffrey: Believe it or not, I don't own a TV. Crazy huh? I'm not a big movie-goer either. I just feel like I'm watching work. I am always outside and couldn't care less about what's on TV these days.

    • Jeff: (On whether he likes film, stage or TV work the best.) Stage is my favorite, but I can't live on wood alone.

    • Jeffrey: I could never say I'm going to do bigger and better things because that would negate what I've already accomplished, and I don't want to do that.

    • Jeffrey: (On a play he was in.) All I do is say the lines. I couldn't be funny without the rhythm, timing, and talent of every actor on that stage.

    • Jeffrey Donovan: I don`t think an actor`s job is to be recognized. I think an actor`s job is to facilitate the writing in a way that changes the way people think. No other business does that.

    • Jeffrey Donovan: It is so important to me how different I am in the plays I do. I never want people to go, 'Oh, that`s him again.' I want them to go, 'I loved the guy who played Marco in A View From the Bridge,' then come see this and go, 'I loved the guy who played Gene,' and not know it`s the same guy. That`s what I want.