Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$10 million
Date Of BirthMay 11, 1968
SpouseMichelle Woods
FactCurrently lives in Denver, Colorado.
PaymentsEarned $135,000 /episode (2009-10) from Burn Notice (2007)

Jeffrey Donovan was born on May 11, 1968, in Amesbury, Massachusetts. His father, Richard, was a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and his mother, Nancy, was an administrator at the university. Donovan has two brothers, Brian and Mark. Donovan attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history. He then earned a master’s degree in fine arts from the Yale School of Drama.

Donovan began his acting career in the early 1990s, appearing in several Off-Broadway productions. He made his film debut in 1996, appearing in the independent film “Swingers.” Donovan’s breakout role came in 1998, when he was cast as Michael Weston in the USA Network series “Burn Notice.” The show ran for seven seasons and made Donovan a household name.

In addition to “Burn Notice,” Donovan has appeared in numerous films and television shows. He has starred in the films “Come Early Morning” (2006), “Changeling” (2008), and “Safe House” (2012). He has also guest-starred on such television shows as “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2002), “CSI: Miami” (2004), and ” Monk” (2006).

Donovan has been married to actress Michelle Woods since 2005. The couple has two children together. Donovan is a supporter of the Democratic Party. He has donated money to the campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Donovan is 6 feet tall and has blue eyes.

General Info

Full NameJeffrey Donovan
Net Worth$10 million
Date Of BirthMay 11, 1968
Height1.83 m
ProfessionTelevision producer, Actor, Television Director
EducationUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst, Tisch School of the Arts, Amesbury High School, Bridgewater State University


SpouseMichelle Woods
ChildrenClaire Donovan
SiblingsMichael Donovan, Sean Donovan


NominationsTeen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Action
MoviesSicario, Changeling, Extinction, J. Edgar, Hitch, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, Come Early Morning, Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe, Believe in Me, Sleepers, When Trumpets Fade, LBJ, Bait, Witness to the Mob, Critical Choices, Hindsight, Purpose, Soldado, Touching Evil, Final Draft
TV ShowsBurn Notice, The Beat, Touching Evil

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Burn Notice (2007)$250,000 /episode (2013)
Burn Notice (2007)$135,000 /episode (2009-10)


1I'm not a big movie-goer. I just feel like I'm watching work. I am always outside and couldn't care less about what's on TV these days. (2004)
2I met with Matt Nix. The script was sent to me from USA, they wanted to work with me again. Bonnie Hammer and Jeff Wachtel, they had done Touching Evil (2004) with me. So I went and met with Matt and did a couple of scenes for him. He basically said, "You're my guy". And that was it. It wasn't that I was that great, it was my take on the material. I didn't know all my lines, I didn't have everything right. He just saw my angle on it and my angle was: Bring levity to a serious situation and be real serious about something that's real casual [on landing Burn Notice (2007)].
3My mom raised us three boys by herself on welfare. It's not worse than anybody else's life. We had to make ends meet. My parents were divorced, so my father wasn't really in my life. We grew up like most kids, just wanting things. [on growing up]
4Asked about his martial arts training in a TV Guide interview (8 Aug 2008) he said: I have a black belt in karate and six years of aikido and about a year of Brazilian jujitsu."


1His uncle, Don Matthews, worked as a coach in the CFL (Canadian Football League). Don was the brother of Jeffrey's mother, Nancy Matthews.
2In Amesbury, Massachusetts receiving an award at his former high school, Amesbury High. [May 2009]
3Jeffrey and his wife, Michelle Woods, became the parents of their first child, a daughter [December 18, 2012].
4Engaged to model Michelle Woods [June 25, 2012].
5A big fan of the Boston Red Sox.
6Plays "Michael Westen" on Burn Notice (2007), performed with actor Michael Weston in Final Draft (2003).
7He has Irish, Scottish, and French-Canadian ancestry. His maternal grandparents were born in Canada; his grandfather was from Prince Edward Island, and his grandmother was from Tracadie, New Brunswick.
8Has studied martial arts for over twenty years and has a black belt in Shotokan karate. Has six years of experience in Brazilian jujitsu and Aikido, and is a certified SCUBA diver.
9Has admitted in interviews that he grew up very poor.
10Graduated from Amesbury High School in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Attended University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts. Graduated from New York University's Graduate Acting Program, where he received an MFA.
11Enjoys gardening and golf.
12Currently lives in Denver, Colorado.




Soldado2017/IIfilmingSteve Forsing
Shot Caller2016post-production
LBJ2016John F. Kennedy
Shut Eye2016TV SeriesCharlie Haverford
Fargo2015TV SeriesDodd Gerhardt
Sicario2015Steve Forsing
Burn Notice2007-2013TV SeriesMichael Westen
J. Edgar2011Robert Kennedy
Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe2011TV MovieMichael Westen
Changeling2008Captain J.J. Jones
Crossing Jordan2007TV SeriesWilliam Ivers
Law & Order1995-2007TV SeriesJacob Reese / Edward Nicodos
Monk2006TV SeriesSteve Wagner
Believe in Me2006Clay Driscoll
Yes, Dear2006TV SeriesFan #2
Threshold2006TV SeriesDr. Julian Sloan
Come Early Morning2006Cal, Cal Percell
Enemies2006TV Series
CSI: Miami2005TV SeriesTodd Kendrick
Touching Evil2004TV SeriesDetective David Creegan
Touching Evil2004TV MovieDetective Inspector Dave Creegan
Sam & Joe2004Eric
Final Draft2003Pascal (as Jeff Donovan)
Witchblade2002TV SeriesDaniel Germaine
Purpose2002Robert Jennings
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 22000Jeffrey Patterson
The Beat2000TV SeriesBrad Ulrich
Spin City1999TV SeriesTom
When Trumpets Fade1998TV MovieBobby
Witness to the Mob1998TV MovieAgent #1
The Pretender1997-1998TV SeriesKyle
Catherine's Grove1997Thomas Mason
Vegas Vacation1997Hotel Employee (uncredited)
Millennium1997TV SeriesBobby Webber
Critical Choices1996TV MovieRandy
Homicide: Life on the Street1995TV SeriesNewton Dell / Miles Dell
Throwing Down1995Pete Gulley
Another World1964TV SeriesDwayne 'Popper' Collins (1997)


Burn Notice2009-2013TV Series producer - 63 episodes
Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe2011TV Movie executive producer


Burn Notice2010-2013TV Series 3 episodes
Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe2011TV Movie


Live with Kelly and Michael2009-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Chew2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The View2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2010TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Changeling - Partners in Crime: Bringing Changeling to the Screen2009Video documentary shortHimself
Partners in Crime: Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie2009Video documentary shortHimself
The Sharon Osbourne Show2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest

Archive Footage

Fargo2015TV SeriesDodd Gerhardt
The Pretender1998-1999TV SeriesKyle


Won Awards

2003Best Supporting ActorMethod FestSam & Joe (2004)

Nominated Awards

2011Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actor: ActionBurn Notice (2007)
2010Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice TV Actor: ActionBurn Notice (2007)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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