Michael Carmine (March 6, 1959 – October 14, 1989) was an American actor.
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.
|1986||Band of the Hand||Ruben|
|1987||Batteries Not Included||Carlos|
|1989||Leviathan||Tony “DeJesus” Rodero|
|1989||Longtime Companion||Alberto||Final film role|
|1982||Hill Street Blues||Car Thief||Episode: “Some Like It Hot-Wired”|
|Screaming Youth||Episode: “The Shooter”|
|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”|