Michael Boatman
Full Name

Michael Patrick Boatman


Colorado Springs, Colorado


October 25, 1964



Years Active





Charlie Phillips

Michael Patrick Boatman (born October 25, 1964) is an Image Award-nominated American actor and writer. He is best 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, and as sports agent Stanley Babson in the HBO comedy series Arli$$.


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. He also played a serial killer named William Harris on the episode "Soul Mates" on Criminal Minds. 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. Most recently he has appeared as attorney Julius Cain in the CBS drama, The Good Wife. In 2010, Michael began personal training with martial arts master David Falcon at Condition X Athletics. In September 2011, Boatman appeared on the red carpet and in the audience (though not on stage) for the Comedy Central Roast of former Spin City costar Charlie Sheen. 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. Boatman portrays 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.


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Hamburger Hill Pvt. Ray Motown
1988 Running on Empty Spaulding
1988-1991 China Beach Pvt. Samuel Beckett
1990 Donor Arnold TV Movie
1991 Fourth Story Sgt. Teal TV Movie
1992 Unbecoming Age Robert
Quantum Leap Sergeant Billy Johnson Episode: "Nowhere to Run"
In the Line of Duty: Street War Robert Dayton TV Movie
1992-1993 The Jackie Thomas Show Grant Watson
1993 House of Secrets Sgt. Joe DuBois TV Movie
1994 The Glass Shield Deputy J.J. Johnson
1995 Muscle Garnet Hines
Living Single Brent Washington Episode: "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow... Dammit"
The Larry Sanders Show Greg Episode: "I Was a Teenage Lesbian"
1997 The Peacemaker CPN Beach
1998 Walking to the Waterline Marshall the Mover
1996-2002 Spin City Carter Sebastian Haywood
1996-2002 Arli$$ Stanley Babson 32 episodes
2003-2007 Law & Order Dave Seaver 2 episodes
2003-2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dave Seaver 7 episodes
2003 Less Than Perfect Ted Elliot 2 episodes
2004 Educating Lewis Joe TV Movie
Woman Thou Art Loosed Todd
CSI: Miami Wes Gallagher Episode: "Not Landing"
Yes, Dear Adam Episodes: "Couples Therapy"
2005 Scrubs Ron Laver Episode: "My Roommates"
Once Upon a Mattress The Jester TV Movie
Play Dates Stewart TV Movie
2006 Kalamazoo? Special Angel Albert
Huff Art Episode: "Maps Don't Talk"
2007 Frangela Adam TV Movie
Traveling in Packs Bob TV Movie
And Then Came Love Ted
Grey's Anatomy Doug Kendry Episode: "My Favorite Mistake"
2008 Hannah Montana Randall Harrison Episode: "Hannah in the Streets with Diamonds"
2009 A Secret Promise Lorence
Sherri Dr. Randolph Gregg 8 episodes
Warehouse 13 Professor Ed Marzotto Episode: "Pilot"
The Killing of Wendy Detective Blake
The Game Chauncey 3 episodes
Criminal Minds William Harris Episode: "Soul Mates"
2009-2012 The Good Wife Julius Cain 15 episodes
2010 Philadelphia: The Great Experiment Narrator
White Collar Russel Smith Episode: "Copycat Caffrey"
Three Chris's Walter Wayne
2011 Queen of Media Robert
The Doctor Dr. Robert Brody
The Pool Boys Donovan Tucker
Gossip Girl Russell Thorpe 8 episodes
2012 Bad Parents Gary
Hornet's Nest Richard Panessa
The Smart One Tom Holiday TV Movie
2012-2013 Anger Management Michael 31 episodes
2013 Instant Mom Charlie Philips Main role


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