Jeffrey Thomas Donovan is an American actor, best known for his role in the espionage-action series ‘Burn Notice’. He began his acting career on stage and debuted on Broadway at the age of 26. A year later, he made his movie and television debuts with small roles in ‘Throwing Down’ and ‘Homicide: Life on the Street’, respectively. He worked as a supporting cast in a string of movies and TV series for several years before finally getting his first starring role in the crime drama television series ‘Touching Evil’. At 39, his portrayal of protagonist Michael Alan Westen on the spy drama show ‘Burn Notice’ made him a household name. The show ran on USA Network for seven seasons, earning him two ‘Teen Choice’ award nominations. Donovan is equally recognized for his film roles, having worked in movies like ‘Hitch, ‘Come Early Morning’, ‘Believe in Me’, ‘Changeling’, etc. Despite his success as a screen actor, he never abandoned stage and has appeared in a number of productions, ranging from classics like ‘Hamlet’ to farces like ‘Don't Dress for Dinner’.
May 11, 1968
Also Known As
Jeffrey Thomas Donovan
6'0" (183 cm)
Tisch School Of The Arts, Amesbury High School, Bridgewater State University, University of Massachusetts Amherst
The ‘Burn Notice’ star discusses his latest movie, as well as his new role on ‘Law & Order’ and the possibility of a third ‘Sicario.’. Opening in theaters and On Demand beginning June 17th is the new coming of age film ‘First Love,’ from director A.J. Edwards (‘The Better Angels’).
After over a decade off the air, Law & Order has made a welcome return with season 21 with Jeffrey Donovan among the new cast members -- Camryn Manheim, Hugh Dancy and Odelya Halevi -- to join the series as Det. Frank Cosgrove. As the NBC crime procedural returns after a brief hiatus with “Free Speech,” the former Burn Notice star opens up to ET about Cosgrove’s backstory, his dynamic within the unit and Dylan Baker’s return to the franchise.
ET has learned that Anthony Anderson will be reprising his role on season 21 of NBC's Law & Order with a one-season contractual commitment. The star will be joined by Hugh Dancy, who's tapped to play an assistant district attorney. Anderson's casting is especially timely as the actor's reign as...
Jeffrey Donovan, the star of USA's Burn Notice, is joining the cast of NBC's Law & Order revival in a lead role. The original Dick Wolf series that gave birth to a host of spinoff shows is making a return to put the spotlight on "the police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders." According to Deadline, Donovan's character will be an NYPD detective on the 21st season of Law & Order. Other alums from the franchise expected to return are Sam Waterston and Anthony Anderson.
Let’s hope NBC doesn’t burn him. According to Deadline, Jeffrey Donovan, known for his role as spy Michael Westen in Burn Notice, will be playing a lead in the revival of Law & Order from Dick Wolf and Rick Eid. It’s been 11 years since the original show was canceled, and NBC is still being very hush-hush about what it’s billing as season 21 of the crime drama. So far, we only know that Donovan will be playing a new character who works as a detective in the NYPD. The role will mark the actor’s return to television after parts in Fargo and Hulu’s Shut Eye. It’s still not clear whether the Law & Order revival will air in the 2021-22 or 2022-23 broadcast season, and no other cast members have been announced. But the show is said to follow the same format as the original, so now that we’ve got someone in the police investigating crime, we’ll be expecting to hear about the show’s other “separate yet equally important” group: the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. Law & Order alums like Sam Waterston and Anthony Anderson (who played Jack McCoy and Kevin Bernard, respectively) are reportedly in talks to return for the new season. Given the vastness of the Dick Wolf Cinematic Universe, there’s no telling who else NBC might be tracking down.
Former Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan has been tapped as a lead in NBC’s upcoming Law & Order revival. He will play a new character, an NYPD detective, on Season 21 of Dick Wolf’s venerable crime drama. Along with a couple of high-profile new cast additions, led by Donovan, the new season is expected to feature several Law & Order alums, with Sam Waterston and Anthony Anderson believed to be in talks to return.
The new installment of Law & Order, from Wolf and writer-showrunner Rick Eid, will continue the classic bifurcated format and will once again examine “the police who investigate crime and...
Chalk up one for order: Burn Notice alum Jeffrey Donovan has been cast as a cop in NBC’s upcoming revival of its original Law & Order series.
Donovan will play a New York Police Department detective, TVLine has learned. No other details about the character, including the character’s name, are available.
In September, the Peacock net announced that it was bringing back Dick Wolf’s flagship procedural and that the latest iteration would continue from where the series left off when it was cancelled. Law & Order was axed abruptly in 2010 at the end of its 20th season.
It’s not yet clear how many...
NBC’s Law & Order revival is starting to come into focus.
Burn Notice alum Jeffrey Donovan has become the first to be cast on what is being billed as the 21st season of the flagship procedural.
Revived in September with a straight-to-series order, Donovan will play a NYPD detective in the series that is expected to feature some former stars of the original. It’s unclear which stars are being eyed to revisit their characters. The original L&O featured such notable stars as Steven Hill, Jerry Orbach, S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston and Jesse L. Martin.
In addition to franchise kingpin Dick Wolf, the revival counts Rick Eid, Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski among its exec producers. Eid, who counts Wolf’s FBI, Chicago PD, L&O: SVU and serving as a co-EP on the flagship series, will serve as showrunner on the revival.
Donovan counts seven seasons as the lead on USA Network’s Burn Notice, the second season of FX’s Fargo and Hulu’s Shut Eye among his credits. He next has features National Champions due on Nov. 24 and has Surrounded, 892 and First Love lined up for 2022. He’s repped by ICM Partners, Anonymous Content and Hirsch Wallerstein.
The Law & Order revival on NBC has one of its leads. Jeffrey Donovan, best known for his role on Burn Notice, has been cast as an NYPD detective, per Deadline. No other details were revealed about his role, and there will be more additions to the cast forthcoming. Word has it that former stars Sam Waterston and Anthony Anderson have been in talks to return to the series and franchise.
Law & Order is coming back after eleven years off the air and this time with Jeffrey Donovan will star in the lead role. Variety is reporting that Donovan will be playing an NYPD detective but other information about his character is being kept under wraps. The news was announced in September that Law & Order would return for its 21st season. The popular series has spun out into iconic spin-off series, some running longer than the original run like Law & Order SVU, which has had 23 seasons so far.
We have some of the first official casting news on the upcoming Law & Order season 21 revival, and it’s someone viewers should be more than familiar with from the TV world. According to a new report from TVLine, former Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan has been cast to play a New York Police Department detective in the NBC show. However, no other news has been announced, whether it be the character’s name or personality traits.