Martin Donovan - Biography

Last Modified: Nov 14, 2022

Martin Donovan
Profession: Actor
Best Known For: Surviving Desire (film)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $1.5 million

Personal Details

Born on : August 19, 1957 (age 66)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Martin Paul Smith
Birth Place: Reseda, California, USA
Horoscope: Leo
Father's Name: Gayne Paul Smith
Mother's Name: Agnes Mary Regan
Siblings: 3
High School: Crespi Carmelite High School
University: Pierce College, American Theater Arts
Ethnicity: Multi-ethnic (German, Irish)
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife's Name: Vivian Lanko
Children: 2

Micah Donovan (son)
Austin Donovan (son)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.85 meter (6 feet 1 inch)
Weight: N/A
Hair Color: Salt and Pepper
Eye Color: Blue
Shoe Size: N/A
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Martin Donovan?

Martin Donovan (full name- Martin Paul Smith) is an actor by profession and American by nationality. He is best known for appearing in the films Trust, Surviving Desire, Simple Men, Flirt, Amateur, and The Book of Life.

Martin Donovan in Surviving Desire (Image: Fandor)

Martin Donovan – Age, Parents, Siblings

Martin Donovan was born on August 19, 1957, as Martin Paul Smith in Reseda, California, USA. His mother’s name is Agnes Mary Regan and his father’s name is Gayne Paul Smith. His parents raised him alongside his three siblings.

Education, Ethnicity

For education, Martin Donovan attended Crespi Carmelite High School. Following graduation, he went on to study at Pierce College for two years. He also went to American Theater Arts where he also appeared in theater plays.

His ethnicity includes German and Irish.

Martin Donovan – Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Divorce

Martin Donovan married his longtime girlfriend Vivian Lanko in 1984. With his wife, he has two children, sons Micah Donovan and Austin Donovan.

He is reluctant on talking about his personal life and has chosen to keep his privacy when it comes to his family life. There are no rumors of divorce surrounding the pair.

Martin Donovan, Vivian Lanko (Image: Getty Images)

Martin Donovan – Career

Early Days

Donovan began his career as an actor in 1982. A year later he along with his wife moved to New York City where he did odd jobs to support his family. His early roles were in the films Hard Choices (1985), At Mother's Request (1987), Surviving Desire (1991), Amateur (1994), The Opposite of Sex (1998), and Onegin (1999). Martin Donovan has also appeared in an episode(s) of the TV series South Beach (1993), and The Adventures of Pete & Pete (1993).

Films, Series

Since 2000, Martin Donovan has portrayed characters in the TV films The Great Gatsby (2000), Amy and Isabelle (2001), and RFK. His TV credits include the episode(s) of the TV series Wonderland (2000), Pasadena (2001), CSI (2003), Weeds (2005), The Dead Zone (2007), Boss (2011), Homeland (2013), Dead Still (2020). 

Other films in which Donovan starred are namely Insomnia (2002), The United States of Leland (2003), Saved! (2004), The Garage (2006), The Haunting in Connecticut (2009), Ant-Man (2015), and White Lie (2019).

Martin Donovan in Ant-Man (Image: Wiki-Fandom)


On the set of Ant-Man, Martin Donovan has worked with Jordi Mollà, Garrett Morris, Hayley Lovitt, Hannah John-Kamen, and Abby Ryder Fortson.

Martin Donovan – Awards, Nominations

He has been nominated for New York Film Critics Circle Award (1996), Screen Actors Guild Award (2005, 2019), and won Independent Spirit Awards (2015).

Martin Donovan – Net Worth, Salary

The net worth of Martin Donovan is estimated at around $1.5 million. His annual salary is not known.

Martin Donovan – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On social media sites including Twitter, Martin Donovan is followed by thousands of followers. He is absent from Facebook and Instagram.

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