Michael Boatman

Actor
This tall, black, shaven-headed character actor of TV and film projects both poignancy and mischievous intelligence with ease. Michael Boatman is best recalled as Private Samuel Beckett, the soldier who ran the morgue ... Read more »
Born: 10/25/1964 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Filmography

Actor (31)

Instant Mom 2013 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Parents 2014 (Movie)

Gary (Actor)

The Good Wife 2009 - 2010, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hornet's Nest 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pool Boys 2008 (Movie)

Donovan Tucker (Actor)

And Then Came Love 2007 (Movie)

Ted (Actor)

Huff 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Woman Thou Art Loosed 2004 (Movie)

Todd (Actor)

Arli$$ 1996, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Mole Hawaii 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living Single 1995 - 1996, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Quantum Leap 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spin City 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Peacemaker 1997 (Movie)

CPN Beach (Actor)

Muscle 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Glass Shield 1995 (Movie)

J J Johnson (Actor)

House of Secrets 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Jackie Thomas Show 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Vanishing Civil War 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Un-Becoming Age 1993 (Movie)

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China Beach 1987 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Running on Empty 1988 (Movie)

Spaulding (Actor)

Hamburger Hill 1987 (Movie)

Motown (Actor)

Donor (TV Show)

Actor

Fourth Story (TV Show)

Actor

House of Secrets (Movie)

Sgt. Joe DuBois (Actor)

Once Upon a Mattress (TV Show)

Actor

The Trial of Bernhard Goetz (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This tall, black, shaven-headed character actor of TV and film projects both poignancy and mischievous intelligence with ease. Michael Boatman is best recalled as Private Samuel Beckett, the soldier who ran the morgue, in the critically-acclaimed ABC series "China Beach" (1988-1991), and, more recently, as Carter, the gay mayoral advisor, on "Spin City" (ABC, 1996- ). The actor's career received a boost when he performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and won a Best Supporting Actor award in the prestigious Irene Ryan National Competition while still an undergraduate. Boatman also landed a supporting role as a grunt soldier in the Vietnam drama "Hamburger Hill" (1987). After landing in NYC and appearing in a couple of stage productions, he landed the role on "China Beach". Boatman--who has been variously billed as Michael Patrick Boatman, Michael Boatman and Michael P Boatman--has also been a regular on "The Jackie Thomas Show" (ABC, 1992-93), as a writer, on the syndicated froth "Muscle" (1995), which first teamed him with "Spin City" co-star Alan Ruck, and the HBO series "Arli$$" (1986). He had a key role as one of the youths shot on the New York subway in "The Trial of Bernhard Goetz" ("American Playhouse" PBS, 1988) and was a recent police academy graduate in Charles Burnett's "The Glass Shield" (1994) and as a US Army corporal in "The Peacemaker" (1997).

Relationships

Myrna Boatman

Wife
met in 1990 married in 1992

Daniel Boatman

Father

Jordan Boatman

Daughter
born on October 6, 1996

Gwendolyn Pugh

Mother
divorced from Boatman's father c. 1966

EDUCATION

Western Illinois University

Macomb , Illinois 1986

Milestones

2004

Cast in "Woman Thou Art Loosed" based on the self-help novel by T.D. Jakes

1996

Played regular role of Carter, the openly gay member of the mayoral staff, on "Spin City" (ABC)

1996

Was regular on first season of the HBO sitcom "Arli$$"

1995

Appeared in regular role on syndicated sitcom "Muscle"; first teaming with actor Alan Ruck

1995

Had featured role in the film "The Glass Shield"

1990

TV-movie debut in "Donor" (CBS)

1988

Had early TV role in "American Playhouse" offering "The Trial of Bernhard Goetz" (PBS), billed as Michael P Boatman

1987

Feature film debut, "Hamburger Hill", billed as Michael Boatman

1987

Appeared in "Tiny Mommy" at Playwrights Horizons in New York, billed as Michael Patrick Boatman

Moved to L.A.

Raised in Chicago, Illinois

Moved to NYC

Won Best Supporting Actor Award in the Irene Ryan National Competition while an undergraduate

Had regular role of morgue attendent Sam Beckett on the acclaimed ABC drama "China Beach"

Was regular on "The Jackie Thomas Show" (ABC), starring Tom Arnold

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