They couldn’t take away his skills or what was in his head, so they took away his assets and his resources to make sure he could never work again. In order to survive, Michael enlisted the help of the only "friends" he has: Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) his trigger happy, ex-girlfriend, Sam (Bruce Campbell) a washed-out Navy SEAL who used to report to the Feds on Michael's activities, and, Jesse (Coby Bell) an ex-CIFA agent, who learned to embrace his new life as a highly-paid, private security consultant.
Michael was also forced to deal with the family he went halfway around the world to get away from — particularly his mother, Madeline (Sharon Gless) While Michael tried to solve the mystery of who burned him, he helped out whoever needed his services — usually desperate people who couldn't go to the police.
As soon as he turned 17, he left home to join the military, hoping to never come back.
Television star and USA Network's golden boy, Jeffrey Donovan - who The Los Angeles Times boasted had "charisma to burn" - was, in reality, a seasoned Shakespearean stage actor who ended up as one of the most ...
No, the 42-year-old star of the number one show on cable—the wry spy drama is that “nine times out of ten what we’re telling you is counterintuitive,” it’s easy to see his veggie brew as a metaphor. Because you don’t want to cook dill.” Anyone who’s watched , which follows a former spy named Michael Westen as he tries to figure out who issued the order (or “burn notice”) that got him expelled from his agency, will see the irony of taking cooking lessons from Donovan. Apparently the show’s writers have an ex-intelligence operative on call as a consultant. ’ And he said, ‘Protein in a cup.’ On surveillance you’re sitting in a car for 12 hours. “I rented it for research,” Donovan says of that show.
“Take a lot of parsnips and carrots, summer squash—a medley. Then you come here”—he waves a muscled arm around the stalls at Fairfax Avenue and 3rd Street—“and buy what you’re going to put in the soup: more carrots, some green beans, a little onion, some celery, more squash. His character, after all, keeps only one thing in his fridge: yogurt. “I wanted to find these kind of fish-out-of-water flawed characters who cannot escape their own circumstances.” Donovan’s Westen, like Mc Goohan’s Number Six, is consistently confronting his previous employer in search of answers (Number Six is stuck on an island; Westen is trapped in Miami).
Raised in Amesbury, Massachusetts, he grew up on welfare after his mom left his dad, taking Donovan and his two brothers (he’s in the middle) with her. He discovered acting in high school after an English teacher attempted to have him focus by making him memorize Shylock’s “Hath Not a Jew Eyes? An acting major at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, he went on to get his M. ,” a mock game show on which three contestants, one of them played by Ashton Kutcher, try in vain to describe the program. “I loved how hard it was to get there and how hard it was to come down off that mountain,” he says. I’m not stumbling out of clubs.” Of paparazzi, he says, “I don’t understand these stars who are going ‘Why won’t they leave me alone?
“There’s an entire side of Topanga that gets no cell service. I love that.” As for what else he loves, Donovan is amiably tight-lipped. ’ Well, because you’re shopping on fucking Robertson and Rodeo! Or, ‘I just can’t stand it when the paparazzi take photos of my kids.’ You’re in the Malibu playground where all the paparazzi wait for you to your child!