PROFILE
Name:
Donovan Leitch
Birth Date:
August 16, 1968
Birth Place:
England, UK
Nationality:
British
Famous for:
His role in 'Gas Food Lodging' (1992)
BIOGRAPHY
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Gas, Food Lodging

Background:

A young supporting and sporadic lead player of the late 1980s and early 1990s, British actor/model/singer Donovan Leitch began his cinematic career as a dancer in 1984’s musical Breakin’ 2 is Electric Boogaloo, and later differentiated himself with impressive supporting roles in films The Blob (1988), Glory (1989) and I Shot Andy Warhol (1996). He is also known for his collaboration with his actress-sister, Ione Skye, in such vehicles as Allison Anders’ Gas, Food Lodging (1992), Michael Becker’s Cityscrapes: Los Angeles (1994) and Kari Skogland’s The Size of Watermelons (1996). On the small screen, the attractive, dark-haired, slightly androgynous-looking player has appeared as guest star in such series as “Life Goes On” (1990), “Sex and the City” (2000) and “Grey’s Anatomy” (2006), as well as acted telepics, including But He Loves Me (1991) and The '60s (1999). As a singer, the son of Scottish 1960s singer Donovan, Leitch, is a member of bands Camp Freddy and Nancy Boy, opposite Jason Nesmith.

Off camera, Leitch has been married to fashion beauty Kirsty Hume since 1997. They have a two-year-old child named Lilac Jean.


Son of Celebs

Childhood and Family:

In England, UK, Donovan Leitch Jr. was born on August 16, 1968. His father is Donovan Leitch Sr., a Scottish 1960s pop/folk singer, and his mother is Enid Stulberger, a New York-born Jewish supermodel. His parents divorced and both later remarried. After the divorce, he was raised in California. Donovan has a sister, Ione Skye (born September 4, 1971), who is an actress.

A Calvin Klein model, Donovan married Scotland-born model Kirsty Hume (born September 4, 1976) on September 23, 1997. The wedding took place on the banks of picturesque Loch Lomond and became an all-out fashion show in and of itself. Their first child, Lilac Jean, was born on March 21, 2004 at a home in Los Angeles.


Camp Freddy

Career:

Son of a famed Scottish folksinger and an American supermodel, Donovan Leitch, who also has worked as a model for such major agencies as Ford and Elite, kicked off his movie career as a dancer in the 1984 musical Breakin’ 2 is Electric Boogaloo, which starred Lucinda Dickey and Adolfo Quinones. The same year, he made his first TV appearance in an episode of the American comedy show “Alice.” A string of film works followed, most notably in Chuck Russell’s remake of The Blob (1988), opposite Kevin Dillon and Shawnee Smith, and Edward Zwick’s Glory (1989), starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. 1989 also saw Leitch make guest appearance in an episode of the Fox series “21 Jump Street.”

Leitch continued to appear on the small screen. After a playing Teddy on a 1990 episode of “Life Goes On,” he headlined the CBS Schoolbreak Special But He Loves Me (1991), as an insulting boyfriend, Charlie Taylor, and had a supporting role in the drama For the Very First Time (1991). He returned to film the following year and became popular with his role as Darius in director Allison Anders’ drama/romance Gas, Food Lodging (1992), a feature which starred his sister, Ione Skye, along side Brooke Adams and Fairuza Balk. He reunited with his sister for Cityscrapes: Los Angeles (1994) and The Size of Watermelons (1996).

The handsome actor offered a fine supporting performance in the biopic film I Shot Andy Warhol (1996), as Gerard Malanga, and went on to take on roles in films Mike Figgis’ One Night Stand (1997), director-writer-actor Mario Van Peebles’ Love Kills (1998), The ‘60s (1999, TV), Burt Reynolds’ vehicle Big City Blues (1999) and the comedy/romance Cherry (1999). Also in 1999, Leitch alternated with Ally Sheedy in the title role of the off-Broadway musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

After working with his sister in Men Make Women Crazy Theory (2000), Leitch could be seen acting mostly on the small screen. He appeared as a photographer named Baird Johnson in one episode of the hit HBO comedy “Sex and the City” (2000) and in 2002, he played Michael Harrod on the drama series “Girls Club” as well as landed a guest spot on “The Job.” In January 2006, Leitch guest starred as Rick Friart in “Grey’s Anatomy.”

In addition to acting and modeling, Leitch has been a singer/musician. He formed a band called “Nancy Boy” in 1994, with Jason Nesmith, son of musician and producer Mike Nesmith. He is currently the lead singer for the rock group Camp Freddy.


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