Michael Boatman Bio, Birthday, Family, Education, Spouse, Children and Career

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Michael Boatman Biography

Michael Boatman (Michael Patrick Boatman) is an American actor and writer.

Michael Boatman

He is known for his roles as New York City Mayoral Aide Carter Heywood in the ABC sitcom Spin City, as U.S. Army Specialist Samuel Beckett in the ABC drama series China Beach, as 101st Airborne soldier Motown in the Vietnam War movie Hamburger Hill, and as sports agent Stanley Babson in the HBO sitcom Arli$$.

Michael Boatman Age

Michael was born on 25 October, 1964, Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States, he is 59 years old as of 2023.

Michael Boatman Family

He is the son of Gwendolyn Boatman Pugh, a job supervisor for the handicapped, and Daniel Boatman, an army officer.

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Michael Boatman Education

Boatman is a graduate of Western Illinois University and received its “Alumni Achievement Award” in 1997.

Boatman studied acting at Western Illinois University, where he played a variety of roles including Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Purlie in Purlie Victorious.

He was a member of the student sketch comedy troupe ‘Shock Treatment’, which performed at local bars and nightclubs. During his senior year, Boatman won the prestigious Irene Ryan theater award for the best-supporting-actor during the finals competition at the Kennedy Center.

Michael Boatman Relationship

His wife is Myrna Forney. They got married in the year  1992.

Michael Boatman Kids

He has four kids including Mackenzie Boatman and Jordan Boatman.

Michael Boatman Career

Acting Career

In 1986, Boatman moved to Chicago, where he studied acting with Jane Brody, a popular acting teacher, and casting director. Later that same year, he auditioned for and won the role of “Motown” in the critically acclaimed Vietnam action drama, Hamburger Hill.

That same year he appeared in Running on Empty with River Phoenix, and The Trial of Bernard Goetz for the PBS American Playhouse series. In 1988, he auditioned for the pilot episode of the Vietnam era television drama, China Beach.

He went on to play Samuel Beckett, the mortician in the China Beach mortuary, for the next three seasons. He later co-starred on The Jackie Thomas Show with Tom Arnold and the short-lived WB series Muscle. In 1996, he landed a role on the ABC sitcom, Spin City, playing “Carter”, the irascible, openly gay minority affairs liaison.

For his work on Spin City, he was nominated for five NAACP Image Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy. He also won the GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Association Against Defamation) award for Best Actor.

At the same time, he was on Spin City, Boatman played the role of “Stanley Babson”, the anal-retentive chief financial officer on the HBO original series Arliss and starred on both series simultaneously until they were canceled in 2002. For his work on Arliss Boatman was nominated for four Image Awards, also for Best Supporting Actor.

He played the lead role in the critically acclaimed Charles Burnett drama, The Glass Shield. Later, he appeared in the feature films The Peacemaker, with George Clooney and Nicole Kidman, and Woman Thou Art Loosed, and in several made-for-TV movies.

Michael Boatman also narrated in the WPA slave narratives in the HBO film Unchained Memories, in 2003.

In 2007, Boatman co-starred in the feature films, The Killing of Wendy (2008), American Summer and My Father’s Will.

He has had many notable guest appearances, including five episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Less Than Perfect, Yes, Dear, Scrubs, CSI: Miami, Hannah Montana and Grey’s Anatomy. Boatman guest starred in the mystery/drama Warehouse 13, in July 2009.

In 2009, he joined the cast of the Lifetime comedy series Sherri, starring Sherri Shepherd. The series is based on Shepherd’s life experiences as a divorced single mom, actress and stand up comedian. Boatman plays ‘Doctor Randy Gregg’, Sherri’s son’s pediatrician and Sherri’s love interest.

More recently he has appeared as attorney Julius Cain in ‘The Good Wife’. In 2011, Boatman guest-starred as Russell Thorpe on Gossip Girl, along with Tika Sumpter, who played his daughter Raina.

In 2012, Boatman became a recurring character in the FX original series Anger Management, reuniting with his former Spin City co-star Charlie Sheen as Sheen’s next door neighbor Michael.

Beginning in late September 2013, he began co-starring in Nick at Nite’s new series Instant Mom, alongside Tia Mowry-Hardrict. In 2016 Boatman recurred on the CBS All Access drama The Good Fight, reprising the role of attorney Julius Cain, the character he played on The Good Wife. He was promoted to series regular in the second season.


Boatman is also a screenwriter and novelist. Sometimes writes in the splatterpunk horror genre. Splatterpunk is a divisive genre that offends as much as it entertains. Joe Lansdale praised his first collection with “Michael Boatman writes like a visitor from hell. Someone out on short term leaves for bad behavior. I love this stuff. He’s one of the new, and more than promising, writers making his mark, and a dark and wonderful mark it is.”

Many multi-author anthologies feature at least one of his short stories. They include Sick Things: An Anthology of Extreme Creature Horror Until Someone Loses an Eye, Sages and Swords, Badass Horror and Christmas in Hell. He has been published in Weird Tales, Horror Garage and Red Scream.

He introduced Cyber-Pulp Halloween 3.0 which was published by Cyber-pulp Books. His Born Again from Eulogies II: Tales From the Cellar received an Honorable Mention from Ellen Datlow in The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Six. Michael’s first collection of short stories, God Laughs When You Die, was published by Dybbuk Press on October 23, 2007. His humorous horror novel, The Revenant Road, was published by Drollerie Press in 2009.

Michael Boatman Filmography


  • 1987 Hamburger Hill
  • 1988 Running on Empty
  • 1992 Unbecoming Age
  • 1994 The Glass Shield
  • 1995 Muscle Garnet Hines
  • 1997 The Peacemaker
  • 1998 Walking to the Waterline
  • 2004 Woman Thou Art Loosed
  • 2006 Kalamazoo?
  • 2007 And Then Came Love
  • 2009 A Secret Promise
  • 2009 The Killing of Wendy
  • 2010 Three Chris’s
  • 2011 Queen of Media
  • In 2011 The Doctor
  • 2011 The Pool Boys
  • 2012 Bad Parents
  • 2012 Hornet’s Nest

Television Series

  • 1988–1991 China Beach
  • 1992 Quantum Leap
  • 1992–1993 The Jackie Thomas Show
  • 1995 Living Single
  • 1995 The Larry Sanders Show
  • 1996–2002 Spin City
  • 1996–2002 Arli$$
  • 2003–2007 Law & Order s
  • 2003–2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • 2003 Less Than Perfect
  • 2004 CSI: Miami
  • 2004 Yes, Dear
  • 2005 Scrubs
  • 2006 Huff
  • 2007 Grey’s Anatomy
  • 2008 Hannah Montana
  • 2009 Sherri
  • In 2009 Warehouse 13
  • 2009 The Game
  • 2009 Criminal Minds
  • 2009–2015 The Good Wife
  • 2010 Philadelphia: The Great Experiment
  • 2010 White Collar
  • 2011 Gossip Girl
  • 2012–2014 Anger Management
  • 2013–2015 Instant Mom
  • 2016–2017 Madam Secretary
  • 2017–present The Good Fight

Television Films

  • 1990 Donor
  • 1991 Fourth Story
  • 1992 In the Line of Duty: Street War
  • 1993 House of Secrets
  • 2004 Educating Lewis
  • 2005 Once Upon a Mattress
  • 2005 Play Dates
  • 2007 Frangela
  • 2007 Traveling in Packs
  • 2012 The Smart One

Michael Boatman  Books

Here are some of Boatman’s Books;

  • Last God Standing
  • Who Wants to be The Prince of Darkness?
  • Revenant Road
  • God Laughs When You Die
  • 13: A Collection of Horror and Weird Fiction
  • Lords of Justice

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