Martin Donovan: biography, filmography, personal life
His creative path, Martin Donovan began inNew York. Since then, he has been known for his work in numerous theatrical productions, as well as in more than eighty full-length films and TV shows. In 2011, he became known as a screenwriter and film director. Martin Donovan is a laureate of several awards and prizes.
August 19, 1957 was born American actor,director and screenwriter Martin Donovan. Brief biography of him further. The real name is Smith. He was born in the city of Rezede, California. His parents are middle class, and Martin Donovan is one of their four children. Parents gave the son a Catholic upbringing.
The first stage work of the young actor was participation in the school music play "Farewell, Bird".
Being already an adult, Martin Donovan a couple of yearsI studied at Pierce College, Los Angeles. After that, he simultaneously studied at the theater conservatory and performed in a theater company. He played in two productions: "Private life of the race of gentlemen" Brecht and Richard "s Cork Leg on the play by Irish writer Bien Brandon.
In 1983, Martin Donovan, along with his wifemoved to New York. He wants to start a career as a film actor. At first, waiting for the invitations to listen, Martin had to be interrupted by occasional sub-jobs. It is known that he worked as an installer of draperies to provide his young family.
Later he becomes a member of the theatrical company Theater Cacaracha.
To start a creative career, Martin Smith replacedhis surname on the rarer and became known as Martin Donovan. Films with his participation went out regularly, although he is more known as an actor in the background.
"Portrait of a Lady" (1996) - a screen version of the same namethe book of American writer Henry James. The film tells of the difficult fate of the young girl Isabelle Archer. She is at the center of manipulation and intrigue, deployed by influential people. In this drama Martin Donovan performed the role of Ralph Tachita, a fan of the main character. For his work, the actor received the National Film Critics Award in the nomination "Best Supporting Actor", and the film itself became the best picture of the 1996 Venice Film Festival.
"Pasadena" (2001) - an underestimated series in the genredramatic detective. In the center of the narrative is the wealthiest family of Pasadena - McAlister. The main heroine of Lily, the heir of the family, lived a beautiful and serene life, until a brutal murder occurred in their house. Wanting to get to the truth, the girl finds out a lot of dark secrets of her family. Martin Donovan played the role of the father of the main character, Will McAllister.
"Shoals" (2005) - a series that tells about everyday lifea simple American housewife. She is busy raising two difficult teenage children. Being a widow and being unable to provide for a family, the main character decides to engage in an unusual business for herself - drug trafficking. Things are unexpectedly good, and customers of the new dealer are friends and neighbors. Black humor and intense dramatic plot made the series one of the most commercially successful projects of the Showtime channel. Martin Donovan played the role of Peter Scottson, a drug control agent. As a member of the cast, Donovan was nominated for the SAG award in the "Outstanding acting of the comedy series".
"Ghosts in Connecticut" (2009) - a horror filmdirected by Peter Cornwell, which is based in part on real events. Martin Donovan plays one of the family members forced to move closer to the hospital in which their son Matt is. The family spends huge money on hopeless treatment, and meanwhile in the new house something mysterious and even ominous begins to occur. The family has to turn to the priest for help.
"Onegin" (1999) - the famous English-languagescreen version of the novel in verse. The film is a free retelling of the plot of the novel. The main characters speak prose, and the poetic form is used only in letters. Martin Donovan played the role of Prince Nikitin, Tatiana's husband and cousin Eugene Onegin.
Directing and scenario activity
In 2011, Martin Donovan made his debut as adirector and screenwriter. His first work was the film "Employee". The work tells about the hard days of playwright Robert Langfello. In his family life, discord, the creative crisis does not allow writing. The last work was defeated by critics. He can not write anything worthy. The protagonist is plunging deeper into despair, and at this moment a new man bursts into his life. A neighbor named Gus.
In 1984, Martin Donovan married Vivian Lanco, a young actress. A couple has two sons. At the moment the family lives in Vancouver, Canada.
Martin Donovan did not play so much in his lifenotable roles, but for each of his work he comes with care and attention. Now the actor retired to devote himself more to the family and children.