Out 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.
His dances on "Blue's Clues" were inspired by the classic
"Saturday Night Live" skit "Wild
and Crazy Guys".
His character Joe on "Blue's Clues" 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,
Brother Casey Patton is a U.S. Air Force paramedic.
Dad Michael Patton is an architect.
Donovan graduated from Michigan's Interlochen Arts Academy in 1996.
Mom Danene Curtis is campaign manager for a California branch
of the Leukemia and Lymphoma
Favorite childhood book: Danny the Champion of the World, by
Favorite sports team: Denver Broncos
Favorite food: burritos with his mom's green chile sauce
Favorite movie: Lord of the Rings
Biggest challenge: learning to sing