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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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A popular and prolific character actor on television, Michael Boatman essayed an array of diverse roles, from a mournful Army mortician to an acerbic political liaison on such popular programs as "Spin City" (ABC, 1996-2002), "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009-2016) and "The Good Fight" (CBS All Access, 2017- ). Born Michael Patrick Boatman on October 25, 1964 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, he was raised by his parents - an army officer father and a mother who served as a job supervisor for disabled clients - in Chicago, Illinois. There, he developed an interest in acting, and chose it as his major at Western Illinois University. Before graduating in 1986, Boatman won the Best Supporting Actor Award in the Irene Ryan National Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Almost immediately afterwards, he earned his first feature film roles, playing a U.S. Army soldier in John Irvin's Vietnam War drama "Hamburger Hill" (1987) and a supporting turn in Sidney Lumet's Oscar-nominated drama "Running on Empty" (1988). He then segued into a three-year run as Army mortician Samuel Beckett on the critically acclaimed Vietnam War series "China Beach" (ABC, 1988-1991). When that series ran its course, Boatman...

A popular and prolific character actor on television, Michael Boatman essayed an array of diverse roles, from a mournful Army mortician to an acerbic political liaison on such popular programs as "Spin City" (ABC, 1996-2002), "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009-2016) and "The Good Fight" (CBS All Access, 2017- ). Born Michael Patrick Boatman on October 25, 1964 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, he was raised by his parents - an army officer father and a mother who served as a job supervisor for disabled clients - in Chicago, Illinois. There, he developed an interest in acting, and chose it as his major at Western Illinois University. Before graduating in 1986, Boatman won the Best Supporting Actor Award in the Irene Ryan National Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Almost immediately afterwards, he earned his first feature film roles, playing a U.S. Army soldier in John Irvin's Vietnam War drama "Hamburger Hill" (1987) and a supporting turn in Sidney Lumet's Oscar-nominated drama "Running on Empty" (1988). He then segued into a three-year run as Army mortician Samuel Beckett on the critically acclaimed Vietnam War series "China Beach" (ABC, 1988-1991). When that series ran its course, Boatman joined the cast of two short-lived series - the darkly comic "Jackie Thomas Show" (ABC, 1992-93), with Tom Arnold, and the primetime soap opera parody "Muscle" (The WB, 1995) - and starred in Charles Burnett's independent drama "The Glass Shield" (1994) as a police officer caught up in a department cover-up over a murder case involving black suspect Ice Cube. From there, he moved into a remarkably busy schedule of television and film work, starring on two popular shows at the same time - on "Spin City," he played the openly gay minority affairs liaison to New York City deputy mayor Michael J. Fox, and on "Arliss," he was the fiscally conservative advisor to sports agent Robert Wuhl - while also appearing as an Army lieutenant in the thriller "The Peacemaker" (1997) with George Clooney and Nicole Kidman. For his work on "Spin City," Boatman won the GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Association Against Defamation) Award for Best Actor and netted five NAACP Image Award nominations, while "Arliss" earned him an additional four Image nominations. When both series concluded, Boatman settled into steady work as a guest player on numerous series, including multiple appearances "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ) as defense attorney Dave Seaver, and a turn as the Jester in a "Wonderful World of Disney" (ABC, 1995-2005) production of the musical "Once Upon a Mattress" with Carol Burnett and Tracey Ullman. During this period, Boatman also launched a second career as an author, specializing in dark horror fiction; his first collection of short stories, God Laughs When You Die, was published in 2007, with a debut novel, The Revenant Road, arriving two years later at approximately the same time Boatman launched into a new cycle of consistent recurring television roles. He segued from the short-lived "Sherri" (Lifetime, 2009), starring Sherri Shepard to a six-year run as lawyer Julius Cain on "The Good Wife." Between these efforts, he also played vengeful businessman Russell Thorpe on "Gossip Girl" (The CW, 2007-2012), reunited with former "Spin City" co-star Charlie Sheen as his hapless neighbor on "Anger Management" (FX, 2012-2014) and starred opposite Tia Mowry-Hardricht in the Nickelodeon/TV Land comedy "Instant Mom" (2013-2015). In 2017, he reprised Julius Cain for multiple episodes of the "Good Wife" spin-off series, "The Good Fight."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bad Parents (2013)
3.
 Hornet's Nest (2012)
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 Pool Boys, The (2009)
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 Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004) Todd
7.
 Peacemaker, The (1997) Cpn Beach
8.
 Glass Shield, The (1994) J J Johnson
9.
 Urban Crossfire (1994)
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
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Raised in Chicago, Illinois
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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
1987:
Made film debut as a soldier in the Vietnam War drama "Hamburger Hill"
1996:
Played regular role of Carter, the openly gay member of the mayoral staff, on "Spin City" (ABC)
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Co-starred on "China Beach" as a military mortician
1990:
TV-movie debut in "Donor" (CBS)
1996:
Co-starred on "Arli$$" as a sport agent's financial advisor
2003:
Began eight-year recurring run on "Law & Order" as attorney Dave Seavers
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Recurring role as lawyer Julius Cain on "The Good Wife"
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Published first novel, <i>The Revenant Road</i>
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Reprised Julius Cain for "Good Wife" spin-off, "The Good Fight"
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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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