Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Every Disney Hero Has a Voice Hercules Tate Buckley

Every Disney Hero Has a Voice
Tate Buckley
September 25th, 1963

Tate Buckley Donovan (born September 25, 1963) is an American actor. He is known for his role in the FX drama Damages, as Tom Shayes, and for his role as Jimmy Cooper in the American teen drama television series The O.C.. He voiced the title character Hercules in Disney's thirty-fifth animated feature film, in the animated television series and in the video game Kingdom Hearts II.

Early life

Tate Buckley Donovan, the youngest of seven children, was born in New York, the son of Eileen (née McAllister) and J. Timothy Donovan, who was a surgeon. He attended Dwight-Englewood School, in Englewood, New Jersey (graduates of which include Brooke Shields, Anthony Bourdain and Mira Sorvino), before transferring to a public high school in Tenafly, New Jersey, and has been appearing on television since his teens. He attended the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, where he met his now long-time friends Grant Heslov and George Clooney. Donovan is of Irish heritage. He was cousins to Brian Fitzsimons and now cousins (uncle) with Ava Fitzsimons Charolette.


Film career

His earliest film roles included teenager Kevin Donaldson, in SpaceCamp (1986), co-starring Lea Thompson and Kate Capshaw; in the 1988 film Clean and Sober, he played a recovering drug addict, costarring with Michael Keaton and Kathy Baker.

Television career

Donovan played the role of Joshua, the boyfriend of Jennifer Aniston's character, Rachel Green, in a few episodes of Season 4 of the sitcom Friends. He played the priest-son of a large Irish Catholic family in the short-lived NBC drama Trinity (1998). He has appeared as a guest star in several series such as The Guardian (2001), Mister Sterling (2003), Exposed (2003) and The O.C. (2003), where he appeared as Jimmy Cooper. From 2007 to 2010 he played lawyer Tom Shayes on the series Damages.
In March 2010, Donovan joined the cast of the ABC pilot No Ordinary Family. The series ran through 2010-11 season; however it was canceled after only one season.
Donovan began directing episodic television in 2005, when he directed an episode of The O.C.. Then, in 2009, he directed an episode of the sixth season of Medium. He also directed two episodes of Damages in its second season and an episode of Nip/Tuck in its sixth season. In 2010, he directed the third episode in the sixth season of Showtime's hit show Weeds, "A Yippity Sippity"; the tenth episode of Gossip Girl's fourth season; as well as the fourth episode of fifth season; and one episode of Damages (Season 3). In 2011, he directed the Valentine's Day-themed episode of Glee and the episode I Kissed a Girl in the third season.

Stage career

He starred on stage with Amy Ryan in the Los Angeles production of Rabbit Hole. On Broadway, Donovan appeared as Alan Seymour in the revivial of Picnic in 1994; he also appeared opposite Dame Judi Dench in Amy's View (1999). Off Broadway, Donovan appeared with Glenn Fitzgerald in the 2001 production of Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan, playing the role of the crooked cop Bill. Donovan has appeared in numerous productions at the Williamstown Theater Festival, including Once in a Lifetime, Under the Blue Sky and The Glass Menagerie. Donovan has also appeared at the Irish Repertory Theater in New York City.

Music career

He had a regular gig with an traditional-Irish band called The Descendants, with whom he released an album titled Wake Amusements. Donovan plays the bodhrán and fiddle.

Other professional work

As of May 2011, Donovan voices radio and video advertising for PNC Financial Services. Donovan has also volunteered as an actor with the Young Storytellers Program.

Personal life

Donovan was formerly engaged to Sandra Bullock (1994) and to Jennifer Aniston. He married Corinne Kingsbury in a Catholic ceremony on a Malibu, California beach, in 2005. Kingsbury and Donovan divorced in 2008.

Political activism

In 2008, Donovan announced his support and campaigned for Barack Obama in the U.S. presidential election of 2008.
Donovan is currently supporting Barack Obama for re-election in the 2012 presidential election.


  • No Small Affair (1984)
  • North Beach and Rawhide (1985) (TV)
  • Into Thin Air (1985) (TV)
  • Not My Kid (1985) (TV)
  • SpaceCamp (1986)
  • Magnum, P.I. - Episode: "Summer School" (1986) (TV)
  • A Case of Deadly Force (1986) (TV)
  • Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder (1987) (mini) TV Series
  • Dangerous Curves (1988)
  • Vietnam War Story II (1988)
  • Clean and Sober (1988)
  • Dead Bang (1989)
  • Rising Son (1990/I) (TV)
  • Memphis Belle (1990)
  • Little Noises (1991)
  • Love Potion No. 9 (1992)
  • Equinox (1992)
  • Inside Monkey Zetterland (1992)
  • Ethan Frome (1993)
  • Holy Matrimony (1994)
  • Partners (1995) TV Series
  • America's Dream (1996) (TV)
  • Homicide: Life on the Street
  • The Only Thrill (1997)
  • Ally McBeal (1997)
  • Hercules (1997) (voice of Hercules)
  • Murder at 1600 (1997)
  • Tempting Fate [1998] [TV]
  • Thin Pink Line, The (1998)
  • Godzilla: The Series (1998)
  • Waiting for Woody (1998)
  • October 22 (1998)
  • Trinity (1998) TV Series
  • Hercules: The Animated Series (1998) TV Series
  • Friends (1998)
  • Tempting Fate (1998) (TV)
  • 4 a.m.: Open All Night (1999)
  • Hercules: Zero to Hero (1999)
  • Jesus & Hutch (2000)
  • Office Party, The (2000)
  • G-Men from Hell (2000)
  • Outer Limits- Episode: Glitch (2000)
  • Drop Back Ten (2000)
  • Get Well Soon (2001)
  • Swordfish (2001)
  • House of Mouse (2001) TV Series
  • West of Here (2002)
  • Exposed (2003/I)
  • Mister Sterling (2003) TV Series
  • Scrubs (2003) TV Series
  • The O.C. (2003–2007) TV Series
  • Silver Bells (2005)
  • Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
  • The Pacifier (2005)
  • Kingdom Hearts II (2006) (video game)
  • Neal Cassady (2007)
  • Nancy Drew (2007) as Carson Drew
  • Shooter (2007)
  • Damages (2007–2010) TV Series
  • Gossip Girl (2010)
  • Below the Beltway (2010)
  • No Ordinary Family (2010)
  • Glee (2011)

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