MICHAEL BOATMAN Biography - Other artists & entretainers


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As Carter, the Mayor’s Special Assistant for Minority Affairs, Michael Boatman is once more showcasing his versatile acting ability. Michael can also be seen this season on the cable comedy series, “Arli$$"; and will be in the forthcoming DreamWorks feature film, “Peacemaker,” with George Clooney and Nicole Kidman.


Michael was born in Colorado Springs but grew up in Chicago, the oldest of three children. He first became involved in theater to meet girls at school, and later became a member of the speech team, participating in competitions. He studied theater at Western Illinois University, playing major roles in plays ranging from “Purlie Victorious” to “The Seagull” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” He performed at the Kennedy Center in the Irene Ryan National Competition, for which he won the Best Supporting Actor Award. After graduation, he worked for a casting director for a month and was then cast as Motown in “Hamburger Hill,” which was shot in the Philippines, and which, Michael notes, was the first film job for nearly every actor in the movie, including himself.