Boatman, Michael 1964–

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BOATMAN, Michael 1964–

(Michael P. Boatman, Michael Patrick Boatman)


Full name, Michael Patrick Boatman; born October 25, 1964, in Colorado Springs, CO; son of Daniel Boatman (an Army officer) and Gwendolyn Pugh (a job supervisor for the handicapped); married Myrna Forney (a lawyer), 1992; children: Jordan. Education: Western Illinois University, B.A., theatre, 1996. Avocational Interests: Collecting comic books, reading.


Agent—Gersh Agency, 232 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Manager—Sanders/Armstrong Management, 2120 Colorado Blvd., Suite 120, Santa Monica, CA 90404.



Awards, Honors:

Best Supporting Actor Award in Irene Ryan National Competition at Kennedy Center; Image Award nominations, outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, for Spin City; Image Award nominations, outstanding actor in a comedy series, 2002, 2003, both for Arli$$; GLAAD Media Award.


Film Appearances:

(As Michael Patrick Boatman) Motown (3rd Squad, 1st Platoon), Hamburger Hill, Paramount, 1987.

Spaulding, Running on Empty, Warner Bros., 1988.

Robert, Unbecoming Age (also known as The Magic Bubble), 1992.

J. J. Johnson, The Glass Shield (also known as The Johnny Johnson Trial), 1994.

(Scenes deleted) Male clinic nurse, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, 1994.

CPN Beach, The Peacemaker, DreamWorks, 1997.

Marshall the mover, Walking to the Waterline, 1998.

Todd, Woman Thou Art Loosed, Magnolia Pictures, 2004.

Special Angel Albert, Kalamazoo?, 2005.

Television Appearances; Series:

Private Sam Beckett, China Beach, ABC, 1988–91.

Grant Watson, The Jackie Thomas Show, ABC, 1992–93.

Garnet Hines, lawyer, Muscle, syndicated, 1995.

Stanley Babson, Arli$$ (also known as Arliss), HBO, 1996–2002.

Carter Sebastian Heywood, Spin City (also known as Spin), ABC, 1996—.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Arnold, Donor, CBS, 1990.

Sergeant Teal, Fourth Story (also known as Basic Deception and Deadly Identity), Showtime, 1991.

Robert Dayton, In the Line of Duty: Street War (also known as In the Line of Duty: The Two Tonys and Urban Crossfire), NBC, 1992.

Sergeant Joe DuBois, House of Secrets (also known as Conspiracy of Terror), 1993.

The jester, Once upon a Mattress, ABC, 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

(As Michael P. Boatman) Troy Canty, "The Trial of Bernhard Goetz," American Playhouse, PBS, 1988.

Host, The Vanishing Civil War (documentary), PBS, 1993.

Reader, Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives (documentary), HBO, 2003.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Private Sam Beckett, China Beach, ABC, 1988.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Dr. Robinson, "Line of Fire: Parts 1 & 2," Shades of LA, 1991.

Sergeant Billy Johnson, "Nowhere to Run—August 10, 1968," Quantum Leap, 1992.

Himself, "Roseanne vs. Jackie Thomas Sitcoms," Family Feud, 1993.

Greg, "I Was a Teenage Lesbian," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1995.

Brent Washington, "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow … Dammit," Living Single, 1995.

The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1997.

Himself "Best Rock Band," The List, VH1, 2000.

Himself, The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 2001.

Himself, "Charlie Sheen," Revealed with Jules Asner, E! Entertainment Television, 2002.

Dave Seaver, "House Calls," Law & Order, NBC, 2003.

Ted Elliot, "The Umbrella," Less Than Perfect, ABC, 2003.

Ted Elliot, "Choices," Less Than Perfect, ABC, 2003.

Himself, Celebrity Mole: Hawaii, ABC, 2003.

The View, 2003.

Dave Seaver, "Abomination," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU), NBC, 2003.

Dave Seaver, "Families," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU), NBC, 2004.

Dave Seaver, "Criminal," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU), NBC, 2004.

Wes Gallagher, "Not Landing," CSI: Miami, CBS, 2004.

Adam, "Couples Therapy," Yes, Dear, CBS, 2004.

Attorney Dave Seaver, "Obscene," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU), NBC, 2004.

Also appeared as himself, Celebrity Dish (also known as TV Guide's Celebrity Dish).

Stage Appearances:

(As Michael Patrick Boatman) Joe, Tiny Mommy, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1987–88.

(Broadway debut) Willie, Master Harold … And the Boys, Royale Theatre, 2003.

Also appeared as Tom, The Glass Menagerie, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, San Francisco, CA; in Something about That Face, Manhattan Theatre Club.


Taped Readings:

Abide with Me by E. Lynn Harris, 1999.

Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted by Barry Scheck & Others, BDD Audio, 2000.

Samaritan by Richard Price, Random House Audio, 2003.



Entertainment Weekly, April 4, 1997, p. 73.

Essence, December, 1990, p. 36.

People Weekly, April 27, 1998, p. 139; November 2, 1998, p. 160; December 2, 2002, p. 181.