Boatman studied acting at Western Illinois, in which he played a assortment 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 12 months Boatman won the prestigious Irene Ryan theater award for greatest supporting actor, during the finals competition at the Kennedy Center.
In 1986, Boatman moved to Chicago, where he studied acting with Jane Brody, a popular acting teacher and casting director. Later that identical year, he auditioned for and won the role of “Motown” in the critically acclaimed Vietnam step 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 3 seasons.
|Day of Birth||25-October-1964|
|Place of Birth||Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.|