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Also Known As: Michael P Boatman, Michael Patrick Boatman Died:
Born: October 25, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Profession: actor

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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, 1996-2002). 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"...

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, 1996-2002). 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).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bad Parents (2013)
3.
 Hornet's Nest (2012)
4.
 Pool Boys, The (2009)
5.
6.
 Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004) Todd
7.
 Peacemaker, The (1997) Cpn Beach
8.
 Urban Crossfire (1994)
9.
 Glass Shield, The (1994) J J Johnson
10.
 House of Secrets (1993) Sergeant Joe Dubois
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1995:
Appeared in regular role on syndicated sitcom "Muscle"; first teaming with actor Alan Ruck
1987:
Feature film debut, "Hamburger Hill", billed as Michael Boatman
1996:
Played regular role of Carter, the openly gay member of the mayoral staff, on "Spin City" (ABC)
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Raised in Chicago, Illinois
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Had regular role of morgue attendent Sam Beckett on the acclaimed ABC drama "China Beach"
1990:
TV-movie debut in "Donor" (CBS)
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Won Best Supporting Actor Award in the Irene Ryan National Competition while an undergraduate
1995:
Had featured role in the film "The Glass Shield"
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Moved to L.A.
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Moved to NYC
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Was regular on "The Jackie Thomas Show" (ABC), starring Tom Arnold
1987:
Appeared in "Tiny Mommy" at Playwrights Horizons in New York, billed as Michael Patrick Boatman
2004:
Cast in "Woman Thou Art Loosed" based on the self-help novel by T.D. Jakes
1988:
Had early TV role in "American Playhouse" offering "The Trial of Bernhard Goetz" (PBS), billed as Michael P Boatman
1996:
Was regular on first season of the HBO sitcom "Arli$$"
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Education

Western Illinois University: Macomb, Illinois - 1986

Notes

Boatman on Carter, his "Spin City" character: "I love that this guy, like everyone else in the office, is kinda screwed up. They're all losers in the emotional realm. Why should Carter be any different?" --in Entertainment Weekly, April 4, 1997.

"For a black actor, it seems to take twice as long to get recognition no matter what you do." --Michael Boatman in Daily News, June 7, 1995.

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wife:
Myrna Boatman. Attorney. Met in 1990; married in 1992.

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father:
Daniel Boatman. Retired Army officer.
mother:
Gwendolyn Pugh. Job supervisor for handicapped. Divorced from Boatman's father c. 1966.
daughter:
Jordan Boatman. Born on October 6, 1996.

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