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    • Tate campaigned for Barack Obama in his bid to win the Presidency. He traveled across the country speaking at universities and campaign rallies. He also helped at phone banks, making calls to voters to promote Obama.

    • Tate admits to getting starstruck around politicians.

    • Tate listens to National Public Radio (NPR) regularly.

    • Tate is working on the indie movie Below The Beltway. The political drama is currently filming in the Washington D.C. area. (6.10.09)

    • Tate confesses to once being busted for skinny-dipping with a girlfriend.

    • Tate and actress Amy Ryan have worked together several times. They appeared together in the film Neal Cassady and an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. The two also took to the stage for the play Rabbit Hole at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in 2006.

    • Tate won the celebrity division of the Nautica Malibu Triathlon in 2003, 2004 and 2005. The Malibu Triathlon, a charity event, includes a half-mile swim, 18-mile bike ride, and 4-mile run. Tate placed first in the run all three times he won.

    • Tate is good friends with actor Eric Stoltz. The two have worked together on three movies - Memphis Belle, Jesus & Hutch and The Lather Effect. They also appeared together in Homicide: Life on the Street and Partners on television and were both cast in the plays, The American Plan and The Glass Menagerie, off-Broadway.

    • Tate starred in a thirteen-minute short film called "Tony" in 2008. It was directed by longtime friend Grant Heslov and produced by George Clooney and Heslov. It was made for The Responsibility Project.

    • In 2003, Tate read the book The Teammates by David Halbertstam for its audio release.

    • Tate's father, a urologist, died from bladder cancer. Since his death, Tate has been an active supporter and spokesperson of BCAN (Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network).

    • Tate voiced Hercules in the video game Kingdom Hearts II. He took over Sean Astin who voiced Hercules in the original game.

    • Tate once was romantically involved with Jennifer Aniston, and, coincidentally, her character Rachel Greene on the show Friends.

    • Tate's ex-wife, Corinne, then his fiance, ran the last two miles of the New York Marathon with Tate. She was wearing jeans and Chuck Taylors.

    • Before his races, Tate eats McCann's Irish oatmeal with banana slices.

    • Tate enjoys drinking Guinness.

    • Tate owns an Airedale/Terrier/Lab mix named Goode. He enjoys running with his dog.

    • Tate has worked with the Roundabout and Manhattan Theater Companies both on and off Broadway.

    • Tate starred alongside Dame Judi Dench in Amy's View and in Lobby Hero, both Broadway productions.

    • Tate Donovan attended USC.

    • Tate used to sing and play the bodhran (an Irish hand-held drum) for a local band in L.A.

    • Tate enjoys fiddling with The McGuffins, a traditional Irish band. He has also performed on The New Tom Green Show

    • Tate is good friends with George Clooney.

    • Tate attended Dwight-Englewood High School, along with Brooke Shields, Lesley Gore, and Mira Sorvino.

    • Tate is the youngest of six children.

    • He has been romantically connected to Plum Sykes and Whitney Allen.

    • He has been engaged to both Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Aniston.

    • He is an Irish Catholic.

    • A year after he left the show (as a permanent cast member), Donovan directed an episode of The OC (The Game Plan).

    • Participated in the 2005 ING New York City Marathon - finish time was 3:28:49. He placed 2,646th out of 37,000.

    • He released a CD called "Wake Amusements" with his band ''The Decadents''

    • He has become a television director, directing episodes of The O.C. and Damages, shows on which he also acts.

    • His height is 6' (1.83 m).

    • Tate has dated Lauren Graham, from the show, Gilmore Girls.

    • Tate married Corinne Kingsbury in Malibu on November 26, 2005. Courts granted a divorce to Tate in August of 2008. The couple had no children.

  • Quotes

    • Tate: I was really inspired by people who ran with blind runners. Man that's something I'd like to do. I feel like I did my marathon for myself, but I would like to maybe do that (run with a blind person) the next time around. Not worry about time and my performance and just do it for someone else.

    • Tate: (about what motivates him to run)
      Being able to have dessert basically. That and those moments of endorphin release when you can pretend that you're a Kenyan winning the 10,000 meter at the Olympics.

    • Tate: My favorite part of running is finding a great little patch of nature to run through, a little bit of forest or the beach. Nothing's better than a forest run as far as I'm concerned. You just feel at once totally alive and ancient. Human beings have been doing this for four million years. It feels great.

    • Tate: (About the music he listens to while running)
      It's been funny since I've been training for the marathon I don't want to go fast, I just want to go long and slow. I've been listening to a lot of classical piano music oddly enough. I listen to Coldplay and Van Morrison. You know what I really love? I listen to a lot of African music. I just pretend I'm one of these great Kenyan runners and I'm just grooving to these great traditional African songs.

    • Tate: A career in showbiz is like a distance run. You have to have patience and pace yourself.

    • Tate: Why do I run? It's the best form of exercise. It's totally the core of being in shape. I really feel so good--anytime after the first mile. You start fantasying. You start thinking about things. You start mulling over problems you have. It's a wonderful meditation of sorts.

    • Tate Donovan: (on his film Love Potion Number Nine) It's a movie about that one true love everyone is supposed to have. But I don't know if I believe in that.

    • Tate: When I told everybody I was doing Hercules, they felt really sorry for me. They thought I was so down on my luck that I was having to do extra work on the TV series Hercules.

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