Actor Michael Carmine

Michael Carmine (March 6, 1959 – October 14, 1989) was an American actor.

Early life

Carmine was born in Flatbush, Brooklyn. He graduated from the High School of Performing Arts at the age of sixteen, and went on to study acting at the California Institute of the Arts.


He made his first film appearance as an extra in the disaster film Rollercoaster (1977) and played his first speaking part on Hill Street Blues in 1982. A small role in Brian De Palma’s Scarface (1983) was followed by the role of Snake in Michael Mann’s television series Miami Vice, which led to his first major role in Mann’s Band of the Hand (1986), directed by Paul Michael Glaser.

On stage, Carmine appeared in both Broadway and Off-Broadway productions of Reinaldo Povod’s play Cuba and His Teddy Bear. He also played Papo in Povod’s La Puta Vida.

Carmine went on to appear in supporting roles in the films Batteries Not Included (1987) and Leviathan (1989). In his final role, he played an AIDS patient in the drama film Longtime Companion (also 1989).


Carmine died of AIDS-related complications on October 14, 1989. He was 30 years old.



Year Title Role Notes
1985 Invasion U.S.A. Tonio
1986 Band of the Hand Ruben
1987 Batteries Not Included Carlos
1989 Leviathan Tony “DeJesus” Rodero
1989 Longtime Companion Alberto Final film role


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Hill Street Blues Car Thief Episode: “Some Like It Hot-Wired”
Screaming Youth Episode: “The Shooter”
1982 M*A*S*H Patient Episode: “Bombshells”
1983 ABC Afterschool Special Vato Loco Episode: “But It’s Not My Fault”
1985 Search for Tomorrow Rollo 8 episodes
1985–1987 Miami Vice Mikey “Snake” 2 episodes
1987 Leg Work Marcus Episode: “Peaches”
1987–1988 Crime Story Louie Rivera 2 episodes
1988 Tour of Duty Rudy Morales Episode: “Soldiers”

External Links

Actor Michael Carmine – Wikipedia

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