Jeffrey Donovan

06/26/2018 – Jeffrey Donovan – “Sicario: Day Of The Soldado” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Regency Village Theatre – Westwood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: David Gabber /

Birth Name: Jeffrey Thomas Donovan

Place of Birth: Amesbury, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 11, 1968

Ethnicity: Irish, Scottish, French-Canadian

Jeffrey Donovan is an American actor. His roles include Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, Burn Notice, Hitch, Changeling, Come Early Morning, J. Edgar (2011), Fargo, Honest Thief, Wrath of Man, and Law & Order.

He is the son of Nancy Matthews. His uncle, mother’s brother, Don Matthews, worked as a coach in the CFL (Canadian Football League). He was known as “The Don.” Jeffrey is married to Michelle Woods, with whom he has four children.

Jeffrey’s maternal grandfather was Fred/Frederick Keith Hunt Matthews (the son of Arthur Frederick Matthews and Mary Edith Donald). Jeffrey’s grandfather Fred was a steel mill worker, who was born in Shrewsbury, Worcester, Massachusetts, to parents from Prince Edward Island, Canada. Jeffrey’s great-grandfather Arthur was the son of Henry Jay Matthews and Mary Jane Weeks. Jeffrey’s great-grandmother Mary was the daughter of Benjamin Bearsto Donald and Christy Anne Simpson.

Jeffrey’s maternal grandmother was Ida Mary/Marie Marguerite Babin (the daughter of Jean-Baptiste/John Baptiste Babin and Annie I. Walsh). Ida was from Tracadie, New Brunswick, Canada. Jean-Baptiste was the son of Antoine Babin and Marie Rose Vautour.

Sources: Marriage record of Jeffrey’s maternal grandparents, Fred/Frederick Keith Hunt Matthews and Ida Mary/Marie Marguerite Babin –

Birth record of Jeffrey’s maternal grandfather, Fred/Frederick Keith Hunt Matthews –

Marriage record of Jeffrey’s maternal great-grandparents, Arthur Frederick Matthews and Mary Edith Donald –

Death record of Jeffrey’s maternal great-grandfather, Jean-Baptiste/John Baptiste Babin –

3 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    His imdb profile claims this:

    “He has Irish, Scottish, and French-Canadian ancestry. His maternal grandparents were born in Canada; his grandfather was from Prince Edward Island, and his grandmother was from Tracadie, New Brunswick.”

    Can anyone find where this claim comes from?

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