• Donovan Patton is an American actor, film writer, director, and TV host.
• He was raised in Guam, Colorado and Las Vegas with his older brother and parents.
• He is best known for his role in the children's family comedy series "Blue's Clues".
• He has appeared in over 50 movies and TV series.
• As of March 2022, Donovan's net worth stands at over $2 million.

Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthMarch 1, 1978
SpouseJackie Patton
FactHis character "Joe" on Blue's Clues (1996) was gradually introduced through a three episode story arc which had Steve going away to college. All three episodes aired back-to-back on the Nickelodeon network on April 29, 2002.

Who is Donovan Patton?

Donovan was born at Naval Air Station Agana, Guam Island USA on 1 March 1978 – his zodiac sign is Pisces, and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor, film writer, director, and TV host, who’s appeared in more than 50 movies and TV series, while he’s perhaps still known best for his portrayal of Joe in the children’s family comedy series “Blue’s Clues”. It was created by Angela Santomero and Todd Kessler, starred Steve Burns and Traci Paige Johnson, and follows the puppy Blue who’s trying to tell its owners what it wants to do; the series aired from 1996 to 2007 (Donovan joined the cast in 2002), and won five of the 39 awards for which it was nominated.

Early life and education

Donovan was raised alongside his older brother Casey by their father Michael Patton who was an Air Force meteorologist, and their mother Darlene Curtis who was employed by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Donovan’s parents divorced when he was three years old, and he and Casey moved with Darlene to Colorado, and then to Las Vegas, Nevada after Donovan had turned 12.

He became interested in acting when he was around 10, mostly because he watched movies and TV series nearly every day with his brother. Donovan was thus enrolled at Michigan’s Interlochen Arts Academy in 1992, and matriculated in 1996. He didn’t attend college, but instead chose to focus on acting.

Roles in movies

Donovan made his debut film appearance in the 1996 action drama “Dr. Ice”, but his following role didn’t come until five years later, possibly worth waiting for as he appeared in the lead role of Joe Saxton in 96 episodes of “Police Recruits” through 2004. Concurrently he found time to appear in 50 episodes of the family musical “Blue’s Clues: Meet Joe!” from 2002 through 2004, and star as Joe in the 2002 family musical “It’s Joe Time!”, as well as in the 2003 family musical “Blue’s Big Band”. In 2005, he portrayed Todd in the thriller “Black Wine”, written and directed by Ryan Rossell, the movie follows a young couple who have been driven to madness by a supernatural force.

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Donovan appeared in only two other movies in the 2000s: the 2006 family musical “Blue’s Biggest Stories” and the 2009 family comedy drama “Imagine That”.

He voiced several monsters in the critically acclaimed 2013 animated adventure comedy “Monsters University”, written and directed by Dan Scanlon, and which starred Billy Crystal, John Goodman and Steve Buscemi. It follows the monsters James P. ‘Sully’ Sullivan and Mike Wazowski who have become friends while attending Monsters University; the movie won nine of the 69 awards for which it was nominated, including two BAFTA Film nominations.

Three of Donovan’s most recent film roles have been in the 2019 short drama “The Murder”, the 2020 thriller “Psycho Escort” and another 2020 thriller “DieRy”.

Roles TV series

Donovan’s role in “Blue’s Clues” was also his debut TV series performance, and his following role came in 2011, when cast to play Bellhop in the episode “Age of Innocence” of the mystery crime drama “Blue Bloods”.

Donovan could then have been seen making a guest appearance in an episode or two of various popular series, including the comedy drama “Nurse Jackie” and the mystery crime drama “Damages”. Between 2011 and 2015, he voiced the lead character Bot in the animated family drama “Team Umizoomi”, created by Soo Kim and Michael Smith, and which also starred P. T. Walkley and Ethan Kempner. It follows Bot and his team of tiny superheroes as they’re building speedboats, creating chocolate, and fixing trains; the series was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Main Title and Graphic Design.

Three of Donovan’s most recent roles in TV series have been in five episodes of the family musical “Blue’s Clues & You” in 2019, 20 episodes of the 2021 short animated adventure “Gabby’s Dollhouse” (voice role) and the 2022 pilot episode of the animated comedy “Meet the Voxels” (voice role).

Other credits

Donovan has voiced characters in many videos games, including Joe in the 2002 “Blue’s Clues: Kindergarten”, Actor in the 2013 “Grand Theft Auto V”, and multiple characters in the 2015 “Leo Dimensions”.

He wrote and produced the 2012 short movie “It’s Not You, It’s Me”, and directed the 2021 episode “Blue’s Big Imagination” and the 2022 episode “Blue’s Dino Clues” of the series “Blue’s Clues & You”.

Donovan has made a guest appearance in a couple of talk-shows, including “Today”, “Maury” and “The Church of What’s Happening Now”.

Awards and nominations

Donovan won two Lady Filmmakers Film Festival Awards in 2014, one for Best Actor and the other for Feature Film, both for “Lies I Told My Little Sister”.

He was also nominated for a 2005 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series, for “Blue’s Clues”.

Why did he leave “Blue’s Clues”?

Many people have been wondering why Donovan left the cast of “Blue’s Cast”, but the answer to this seems to be simple: after 11 years, the series was cancelled in 2007. It had aired a total of 176 episodes since 1996, while Donovan starred in the final 50 episodes.

Love life and wife

Donovan prefers to keep the details of his private life to himself, but it’s still widely known that he’s today both a husband and a father. He exchanged vows with the non-celebrity American woman Jackie sometime in the 2000s, but neither has shared the exact date or location of the wedding. Jackie gave birth to their two children in the five years following their wedding, but she and Donovan have been keeping them away from the media’s attention, wanting their children to be able to lead normal lives.

Neither Donovan nor Jackie have spoken of any other people whom they have perhaps been with, and as of March 2022, Donovan’s married to Jackie Patton, and they have two children together.

Hobbies and other interests

Donovan’s quite active on Instagram, and is today followed by more than 35,000 people, while he’s uploaded close to 50 pictures onto the network, most of which feature Donovan spending time with his friends.

His main hobby is perhaps travelling, and Donovan has been to various US states for both work and pleasure, while he has also visited a couple of European cities, with his favorite being London, England.

Donovan is physically highly active, and has multiple training sessions at the gym every week, thus his muscular body.

He loves tasting various cuisines – his favorite food is Italian, mostly because he likes eating pizza and spaghetti.

Donovan has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Will Smith, Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, while a couple of his favorite movies include “Men in Black”, “Bad Boys” and “Bruce Almighty”.

Age, height and net worth

Donovan’s age is 44. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 6ft (1.85m) and he weighs around 165lbs (75kgs).

As of March 2022, Donovan’s net worth stands at over $2 million.

General Info

Full NameDonovan Patton
Date Of BirthMarch 1, 1978
ProfessionPresenter, Voice Actor, Singer
EducationInterlochen Center for the Arts


SpouseJackie Patton
ChildrenJones Patton, Sasha Patton
ParentsMichael Patton, Danene Curtis
SiblingsCasey Patton


NominationsKids' Choice Award for Favorite TV Actor, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s or Pre-School Children’s Series
MoviesLies I Told My Little Sister, Blue's Clues: Blue Talks, Black Wine, Beyond Belief, Blue's Clues: Blue's Big Band, Blue's Clues: Blue's Room: Beyond Your Wildest Dreams!
TV ShowsTeam Umizoomi, Blue's Clues, Blue's Room

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1Currently performing "The Complete History Of America (abridged) at The Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York to sold-out houses. [June 2004]
2Played the Bellhop in episode 115 of Blue Bloods "Age of Innocence" [February 2011]
3Cousin of Gen. George S. Patton.
4Performed two live shows with the cast of Blue's Room: Beyond Your Wildest Dreams! (2004) at Toys R Us in Times Square on the morning of September 17, 2004 to promote a Blue's Room-themed toy display.
5Mom Danene Curtis is campaign manager for a California branch of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
6Donovan graduated from Michigan's Interlochen Arts Academy in 1996.
7Dad Michael Patton is an architect.
8Brother Casey Patton is a U.S. Air Force paramedic.
9His character "Joe" on Blue's Clues (1996) was gradually introduced through a three episode story arc which had Steve going away to college. All three episodes aired back-to-back on the Nickelodeon network on April 29, 2002.
10His dances on Blue's Clues (1996) were inspired by the classic Saturday Night Live (1975) skit "Wild and Crazy Guys".
11Out of all those who auditioned, 24-year-old Donovan was chosen by test audiences to play Joe on Blue's Clues (1996) based on how well he did in his screen test with Steve Burns.




The Broken Ones2017post-productionTim Kelly
Clarence2015-2016TV SeriesMr. Reese / Weather Forecaster / Orca / ...
Creative Galaxy2016TV SeriesChef Zesty
Halo 5: Guardians2015Video GameAdditional Voices (voice)
Star Wars: The Old Republic - Knights of the Fallen Empire2015Video GameAdditional Voices (voice)
Clarence Shorts: Big Boy2015ShortMr. Reese (voice)
Lego Jurassic World2015Video Game voice
Team Umizoomi2010-2015TV SeriesBot
Lies I Told My Little Sister2014Josh Davidson
Grand Theft Auto V2013Video GameActor (voice, uncredited)
Monsters University2013Additional Voices (voice)
Beyond Belief2012ShortShaina's Dad
Pharmboy2012Mr. Morris
Damages2012TV SeriesDry Cleaning Boy at Hewes & Associates
Nurse Jackie2011TV SeriesHusband
Blue Bloods2011TV SeriesBellhop
Imagine That2009Joe (uncredited)
Blue's Clues2002-2006TV SeriesJoe
Blue's Biggest Stories2006VideoJoe
Black Wine2005Todd
Blue's Room2004TV SeriesJoe
Blue's Big Band2003VideoJoe
Blue's Clues: Meet Joe!2002VideoJoe
It's Joe Time!2002VideoJoe
Dr. Ice1996VideoWaiter


Blue's Clues2003TV Series performer - 2 episodes


Grand Theft Auto V2013Video Game additional motion capture


Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '032003TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Today2002TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2014Best ActorLady Filmmakers Film FestivalLies I Told My Little Sister (2014)
2014Best ActorLady Filmmakers Film FestivalFeature FilmLies I Told My Little Sister (2014)

Nominated Awards

2005Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SeriesBlue's Clues (1996)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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