In his maiden role as a film director Tate Donovan reached into the world of tennis for a first-person account of Arthur Ashe’s personal life in “Arthur and Johnnie.” The 2013 documentary was part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series from brother Johnnie Ashe’s perspective, and won a Primetime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program category. Donovan, whose acting career has spanned more than 30 years, is best known for portraying Tom Shayes in FX’s “Damages,” Jimmy Cooper in Fox’s “The O.C.” (2003-2007) and the voice of the title character in the Disney animated film Hercules (1997). He also had key supporting roles in films such as “Good Night, and Good Luck” (2005) and the Oscar-winning Best Picture “Argo” (2012). Early in his career, Donovan made five appearances on “Friends” in 1998 as Rachel’s ex-boyfriend Joshua. The youngest of seven children, Donovan is an alum of USC’s School of Dramatic Arts. The California native once had a regular gig with traditional Irish band The Descendants, with whom he released an album titled “Wake Amusements”. He plays the bodhran and fiddle.