Ray Donovan Bio, Age, Height, Family, Wife, Salary, Net worth

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Ray Donovan is an American television crime drama series created by Ann Biderman for Showtime. The twelve-episode first season premiered on June 30, 2013. The pilot episode broke viewership records, becoming the biggest premiere of all time on Showtime. On February 4, 2020, Showtime cancelled the series after seven seasons, though on February 24, 2021, the network announced a feature-length film to conclude the storyline, to premiere in 2022.

The drama is set primarily in Los Angeles, California (during seasons 1–5) and primarily in New York City, New York (during seasons 6–7). The main character, Ray Donovan, is a professional “fixer” arranging bribes, payoffs, threats, crime-scene clean-up, and other illegal activities to protect his (usually) celebrity clients. Good at his job, he is also normally devoted to his children and brothers, but has a complicated relationship with his wife. He experiences problems when his menacing father, Mickey Donovan (Jon Voight), is unexpectedly released from prison, as the FBI attempts to bring him and his associates down.

Episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 12 June 30, 2013 September 22, 2013
2 12 July 13, 2014 September 28, 2014
3 12 July 12, 2015 September 27, 2015
4 12 June 26, 2016 September 18, 2016
5 12 August 6, 2017 October 29, 2017
6 12 October 28, 2018 January 13, 2019
7 10 November 17, 2019 January 19, 2020

Cast and characters

Main

  • Liev Schreiber as Raymond “Ray” Donovan
  • Paula Malcomson as Abigail “Abby” Donovan, Ray’s wife (seasons 1–5)
  • Eddie Marsan as Terrence “Terry” Donovan, Ray’s older brother. A former boxer who has Parkinson’s disease
  • Dash Mihok as Brendan “Bunchy” Donovan, Ray’s younger brother. Identifies himself as a sexual anorexic
  • Pooch Hall as Daryll Weisbrod, Ray’s younger biracial half-brother (via Mickey and Claudette). A professional boxer, trained by Terry, he also drives limos
  • Steven Bauer as Avi Rudin, Ray’s right-hand man. Former IDF soldier and ex–Mossad agent (seasons 1–5)
  • Katherine Moennig as Lena Burnham, Ray’s investigative assistant
  • Kerris Dorsey as Bridget Donovan, Ray’s daughter
  • Devon Bagby as Conor Donovan, Ray’s son (seasons 1–6)
  • Jon Voight as Michael “Mickey” Donovan, Ray’s father
  • Susan Sarandon as Samantha “Sam” Winslow, Ray’s new boss (recurring season 5; season 6)
  • Graham Rogers as Jacob “Smitty” Smith, Bridget’s boyfriend turned husband. (recurring season 5; seasons 6–7).

Recurring

  • Elliott Gould as Ezra Goldman (seasons 1–3)
  • Peter Jacobson as Lee Drexler (seasons 1–3)
  • Denise Crosby as Debra “Deb” Goldman (seasons 1–5)
  • William Stanford Davis as Potato Pie (seasons 1–5)
  • Ambyr Childers as Ashley Rucker (seasons 1–2, 4)
  • Josh Pais as Stuart “Stu” Feldman (seasons 1–2, 4, 6–7)
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph as Claudette (seasons 1–2, 7)
  • Paul Michael Glaser as Alan (seasons 1–2, 7)
  • Austin Nichols as Thomas “Tommy” Wheeler (seasons 1–4, 7)
  • Brooke Smith as Frances Simpson (seasons 1–3)
  • Michael McGrady as Frank Barnes (seasons 1–5)
  • Craig Ricci Shaynak as Kenneth “Tiny” Benson (seasons 1–2)
  • Octavius J. Johnson as Marvin Gaye Washington (seasons 1–2)
  • Frank Whaley as FBI Agent Van Miller (season 1)
  • Johnathon Schaech as Sean Walker (season 1)
  • James Woods as Patrick “Sully” Sullivan (season 1)
  • Rosanna Arquette as Linda (season 1–2)
  • Kwame Patterson as Re-Kon (seasons 1–2)
  • Mo McRae as Deonte Frasier (seasons 1–2)
  • Jay Thomas as Marty Grossman (seasons 1–3, 5)
  • Hank Azaria as Ed Cochran (seasons 2–4)
  • Sherilyn Fenn as Donna Cochran (season 2)
  • Ann-Margret as June Wilson (season 2)
  • Kip Pardue as FBI Agent Thomas Volcheck (season 2)
  • Andrea Bogart as Megan Volchek (season 2)
  • Wendell Pierce as Ronald Keith (seasons 2–3)
  • Crispin Alapag as Pablo Ramirez (season 2)
  • Vinessa Shaw as Kate McPherson (season 2)
  • Jeryl Prescott as Cherry (season 2)
  • Omar Dorsey as Cookie Brown (season 2)
  • Jamie Donnelly as Peggy Shaugnessy (season 2)
  • Eion Bailey as Steve Knight (season 2)
  • Brian Geraghty as Detective Jim Halloran (season 2)
  • Steph DuVall as Shorty (season 2)
  • Heather McComb as Patty (season 2)
  • Jayne Taini as Harriet Greenberg (seasons 2–5)
  • Ian McShane as Andrew Finney (season 3)
  • Katie Holmes as Paige Finney (season 3)
  • Guy Burnet as Casey Finney (season 3)
  • Jason Butler Harner as Varick Strauss (season 3)
  • Leland Orser as Father Romero (seasons 3–4)
  • Michael Hyatt as Detective Sheila Muncie (seasons 3–4)
  • Christy Williams as Michelle (season 3)
  • Nick Kent as Davros Minassian (season 3)
  • Ken Davitian as Vartan Minassian (season 3)
  • Grace Zabriskie as Mrs. Minassian (season 3)
  • Shree Crooks as Audrey (season 3)
  • Aaron Staton as Greg Donellen (seasons 3–4)
  • Alyssa Diaz as Teresa (seasons 3–6)
  • Lulu Brud as Lauren (seasons 3 and 6)
  • Fairuza Balk as Ginger (season 3)
  • Bronson Pinchot as Flip Brightman (season 3)
  • Embeth Davidtz as Sonia Kovitzky (season 4)
  • Richard Brake as Vlad (season 4)
  • Stacy Keach as The Texan (season 4)
  • Pasha D. Lychnikoff as Ivan Belikov (season 4)
  • Ismael Cruz Córdova as Hector Campos (season 4)
  • Lisa Bonet as Marisol Campos (season 4)
  • Dominique Columbus as Damon Bradley (seasons 4–5)
  • Tom Wright as Punch Hoffman (seasons 4–5)
  • Derek Webster as Jackson Holt (seasons 4–5)
  • Tara Buck as Maureen Dougherty Donovan (seasons 4–5)
  • Raymond J. Barry as Dmitri Sokolov (season 4)
  • Ted Levine as Little Bill Primm (season 4)
  • Gabriel Mann as Jacob Waller (season 4)
  • Paula Jai Parker as Sylvie Starr (season 4)
  • C. Thomas Howell as Dr. Brogan (seasons 5–6)
  • Donald Faison as Antoine A’Shawn Anderson (seasons 5–6)
  • Rhys Coiro as Rob Heard (season 5)
  • Lili Simmons as Natalie James (season 5)
  • Michel Gill as Doug Landry (season 5)
  • Brian J. White as Jay White (seasons 5–6)
  • Kim Raver as Dr. Bergstein (season 5)
  • James Keach as Tom (season 5)
  • Jordan Mahome as Damon’s father (season 5)
  • Adina Porter as Vicki Delgatti (season 5)
  • Ryan Dorsey as Duquesne “Dime Bag” Baker (season 5)
  • Keir O’Donnell as George Winslow (seasons 5–6)
  • Jake Busey as Acid Man/Chef Dave (season 5)
  • Billy Miller as Todd Dougherty (season 5)
  • Ryan Radis as Beckett (season 5)
  • Domenick Lombardozzi as NYPD Sgt. Sean “Mac” McGrath (season 6)
  • Kate Arrington as Amber McGrath (seasons 6–7)
  • Tony Curran as NYPD Lt. Mikey “Rad” Radulovic (season 6)
  • Lola Glaudini as Anita Novak (season 6)
  • Gerard Cordero as Big Al (season 6)
  • Sandy Martin as Sandy Donovan (seasons 6–7)
  • Alexandra Turshen as Justine Smith (season 6)
  • Zach Grenier as Mayor Ed Feratti (seasons 6–7)
  • Alan Alda as Dr. Arthur Amiot (seasons 6–7)
  • Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Detective Perry (season 7)
  • Louisa Krause as Liberty Larson (season 7)
  • Michael Esper as Adam Rain (season 7)
  • Josh Hamilton as Kevin Sullivan (season 7)
  • Kerry Condon as Molly Sullivan (season 7)
  • Clay Hollander as Johnathan Walker Hanson (season 7)
  • Keren Dukes as Jasmine (season 7)
  • Peter Gerety as James Sullivan (season 7)
  • Kevin Corrigan as Declan Sullivan (season 7)
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Cancellation and feature-length film

On February 4, 2020, Showtime cancelled the series after seven seasons.

The series was cancelled without any advance warning, leaving fans and showrunner, David Hollander, in shock. Season 8 was supposed to have been the final season, and Hollander already had a plan in place creatively for the story.

A week later, Liev Schreiber wrote on his Instagram account that due to fans’ support and activity in media, there was a possibility for Ray Donovan to return. The decision to cancel the series was reportedly for political reasons amid the recent merger between CBS, which owns Showtime, and Viacom, which “did not recognize the power of the fan base and social media”. On August 19, Schreiber commented on his Instagram that “an RD finale/movie” was being written.

On February 24, 2021, Showtime announced a feature-length film to conclude the storyline, to premiere in 2022, with David Hollander directing it and co-writing with Schreiber. The network brought them the idea of a movie after fans’ outrage. The two-hour format gave them an ability “to work in very cinematic language”. In June 2021, Chris Petrovski had joined the cast as Sean Walker, the young verison of a character who appeared in the series’ first season.

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Home media

The first season was released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 10, 2014. The second season was released on both media on May 26, 2015 and the third one on December 29, 2015. Further seasons were released only on DVD. The fourth season saw a release on December 27, 2016, the fifth season on January 30, 2018, the sixth one came out on April 9, 2019, and the seventh season on May 5, 2020.

Reception

Rotten Tomatoes evaluation by season
Season 1 2 3 4 5 6
Rating 76 73 77 50 100 60

Ray Donovan has received positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives the first season a rating of 77% based on reviews from 43 critics, with the site’s consensus stating: “Ray Donovan moves quickly between genres and tones, with Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight’s performances making the whiplash worth it”. Metacritic gives the first season a weighted average score of 75 out of 100, based on reviews from 36 critics, indicating “generally positive reviews”.

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Tim Goodman, writing for The Hollywood Reporter, said that “Showtime has another gem on their hands” and the casting of Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight was “gold”.

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Recipients Result Ref.
2013 Critics’ Choice Television Awards Most Exciting New Series Ray Donovan Won
2014 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Jon Voight Nominated
Critics’ Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jon Voight Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Liev Schreiber Nominated
Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Jon Voight Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jon Voight Nominated
Writers Guild of America Awards Best New Series Ray Donovan Nominated
2015 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Liev Schreiber Nominated
Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Jon Voight Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Liev Schreiber Nominated
2016 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Liev Schreiber Nominated
Best Television Series – Drama Ray Donovan Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama Liev Schreiber Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Liev Schreiber Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jon Voight Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series David Hollander Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One-Hour) Harrison Marsh, Robert Edmondson, R. Russell Smith Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Hank Azaria Won
2017 Canadian Society of Cinematographers Awards TV Series Cinematography Robert McLachlan Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Liev Schreiber Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Hank Azaria Nominated

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