According to Donnovan's biography, his father was a policeman. However, Donnovan is not linked to anyone in his family tree, so, it is unknown who the father might be. A Sim from Sunset Valley, Christopher Steel, shares the surname and facial features with him.
According to Donnovan's family biography, Donnovan got famous when he was featured on the cover of the annual "Hot Desert Cops" calendar, despite having the Never Nude trait. It is wondered whether Donnovan will stay on the correct side of the law or if the fame will lead him to other way around.