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Michael Boatman



Versatile supporting and occasional leading actor Michael Boatman has worked steadily on stage, screen, and television since making his feature film debut playing Motown in Hamburger Hill (1987). Fans of the late-'90s ABC sitcom Spin City will recognize him for playing Carter, while those who loved the ABC drama China Beach will remember him for playing the caustic but funny Private Sam Beckett.



Though born in Colorado Springs, CO, Boatman was raised in Chicago. His initial interest in acting as a teen was purely mercenary, in that he thought it might be a way to meet girls. He proved to have a knack for acting and went on to study theater at Western Illinois University, where he played leads in a variety of classic dramas. He won a Best Supporting Actor Award after competing in the Irene Ryan National Competition at the Kennedy Center.



Following the filming of Hamburger Hill, Boatman spent 18 months in New York establishing his acting credentials off-Broadway. The role of Private Beckett lured him to Los Angeles and he remained on China Beach for its entire run. Other television appearances include guest shots on The Larry Sanders Show and Living Single, as well as co-starring roles in such made-for-TV movies as Donor and Conspiracy of Terror. In 1994, Boatman played the lead in the film The Glass Shield.



Boatman is also recognizable for his work on the long-running HBO series Arli$$; his role as uptight CFO Stanley Babson would earn him nominations for four Image Image Awards. The actor continued to work in a supporting capacity throughout the mid-2000s, appearing in feature films including Woman, Thou Art Loosed (2004), Once Upon a Mattress (2005), and 2007's And Then Came Love. However, Boatman found more success on the small screen for his work on Sherri, the Lifetime comedy series starring Sherri Shepherd, and in the role of attorney Julius Cane in CBS' The Good Wife. In 2012, Boatman worked with Charlie Sheen in a recurring role for the television series Anger Management.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Homeless Billionaire
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Bad Parents
  • Gary
2012
No Score Yet Divas
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet My Father's Will
  • Actor
2009
17% And Then Came Love
  • Ted
2007
No Score Yet Kalamazoo?
  • Special Angel Albert
2006
No Score Yet Once Upon a Mattress
  • Court Jester
2005
50% Woman Thou Art Loosed
  • Todd
2004
No Score Yet Street War
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Unchained Memories: Slave Narratives
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives
  • Actor
2002
41% The Peacemaker
  • CPN Beach
1997
64% The Glass Shield
  • J.J. Johnson
1994
No Score Yet Urban Crossfire
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet In the Line of Duty: Street War
  • Robert Dayton
1992
No Score Yet Fourth Story, (Basic Deception)
  • Sergeant Teal
1991
85% Running on Empty
  • Spaulding
1988
No Score Yet China Beach
  • Pvt. Sam Beckett
1988
100% Hamburger Hill
  • Motown
1987

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Wes Gallagher
71% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Doug Kendry
No Score Yet Gossip Girl
2007-2012
  • Russell Thorpe
21% Anger Management
2012
  • Michael
No Score Yet Scrubs
2001-2010
  • Ron
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Dave Seaver Marion Seaver
67% Sherri
2009
  • Dr. Gregg
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
  • FBI Director Keith Doherty
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • William Harris
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Julius Cain
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Dave Seaver
75% Warehouse 13
2009-2014
  • Edward Marzotto

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