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Jeffrey Donovan, 45, the American movie, TV and theater actor, was fortunate to have a supportive high school teacher at Amesbury High School, in the town of Amesbury, Massachusetts, where he and his twin brothers were born and brought up by their single mother, who could barely make ends meet even with welfare assistance. 

Donovan’s high school teacher and mentor, Patricia Hoyt, recognized Jeffrey’s talents and encouraged him to start a drama group at school and then got him into summer programs and on track for scholarships and a solid education. First, he gained a BA in theater at the University of Massachusetts Amherst–supporting himself as a bus driver–and then he achieved an MFA from the Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of Arts at New York University. In turn, Donovan has supported youngsters at his school through a generous arts scholarship program, which he set up in 2009. 

While at college, Jeffrey Donovan took up martial arts, gaining a black belt in karate and competing in state competitions. Aikido and Brazilian jiu-jitsu soon captured his interest too. Donovan is a fervent supporter of Red Sox baseball team, who have twice invited him to throw the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park Stadium.

Jeffrey Donovan had his first film and TV appearances in 1995 and is perhaps best know for his role as Michael Westen in the long-running TV series “Burn Notice”. He has also directed and served as executive producer, including “Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe”. Among his many film roles, Jeffrey Donovan played Robert F. Kennedy in Clint Eastwood’s powerful 2011 biographical drama, “J. Edgar”. Donovan has appeared on stage on and off Broadway and in Chicago, and in several radio plays.

Jeffrey Donovan is married to Michelle Woods. The couple recently became the proud parents of their first child*, a daughter .

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