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Actor Tate Donovan Explores Impact Of NFL On Iran Hostages In New Film

Actor Tate Donovan played a key role as Bob Anders, one of the Americans caught up in the Iran hostage crisis in 2012’s Best Picture Argo. Now, Donovan has returned to the subject matter, directing the new NFL Network documentary American’s Game and the Iran Hostage Crisis. From Smokehouse Productions, the film tells the story of how bits and pieces of football news helped the American hostages stay connected to their home and families during their more than year-long captivity.

This January marks the 35th anniversary of the hostages’ release, and Donovan’s film airs January 19th at 8 p.m. on NFL Network.

Also a Broadway and Williamstown Theater Festival vet in our region, Tate Donovan’s television and film career includes stints on Masters of Sex, 24, Hostages, Deception, The O.C., and as the voice of Hercules.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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