Van Miller
Status: Deceased
Role: Main antagonist
Age: 50
Date of birth: 1963
Date of death: 2013
Cause of death: Shot in the back of the head by Mickey Donovan
Nationality: American
Residence(s): Los Angeles
Affiliation: FBI - Mickey Donovan (Formerly)
Profession: FBI agent
Marital status: Single
Played by: Frank Whaley
Seasons: 1

Van Miller was an ambitious FBI agent in the Los Angeles branch of the FBI. He attempted numerous times to bring down Ray Donovan and his criminal associates through Mickey Donovan and serves as the main antagonist of the first half of Season 1.

Early life Edit

Nothing is known about Miller's early life, but it can be assumed that he was born or at least grew up in Los Angeles and eventually joined the FBI.

Ray DonovanEdit

Season OneEdit

After the release of former Boston mobster Mickey Donovan, who happens to be the estranged father of Ray Donovan, a "fixer" for the rich and famous, Miller seeks to use Mickey in order to bring down Ray and his boss Ezra Goldman.

Van Miller showed up at Terry‘s boxing gym with a mission and a fierce attitude, something which Mickey did not appreciate and he quickly started resenting him, but Miller blackmails Mickey into helping him build a case against Ray.

Ray found out about Miller's investigation and tried to blackmail him with a video of Miller appearing to drive under the influence, but Miller continues his investigation regardless.

After some failures, Miller orders Mickey to call and set up a meeting with A-list celebrity star Sean Walker, who is revealed to have been the real killer of Ray's girlfriend and the reason Mickey was in prison. Mickey is hesitant because of the movie deal he made with Walker earlier. But Van Miller makes it clear Mickey doesn't really have a choice, so he set him up with a wire and sent him in to get all the details about the murder in Boston. Once Mickey is done, Miller invites him in his house to celebrate their victory.


Mickey goes to the meeting which is in Van Miller’s basement office and the two listen to the confession tape, after which they pour themselves drinks and chat. Mickey discovers from Miller that no one in the FBI knows about the sting Van Miller set up, and while Miller repeatedly gloats (with his back turned) his victory by saying "Who has the upper hand now, Ray?" to a photo of Ray, attached to a board of pictures of Ray and his associates, Mickey in a sudden impulsive nature takes out his handgun and shoots Van Miller in the back of the head, instantly killing him. Mickey then calmly leaves Miller's home with the Walker confession tape.


FBI agent Frank Barnes was the first to discover Miller's corpse and immediately suspected Ray of killing him. It did not took long for Ray to discover that Mickey killed Miller and he sent Patrick Sullivan after Mickey which causes severe consequences for both of them. In Season 2, Ed Cochran tried to nail Mickey and before Mickey's release, Cochran revealed that he knows that Mickey killed Miller.


  • He is Mickey Donovan's second kill in the series.

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