Brian Boitano


Brian Boitano : biography

22 October 1963 –


Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
1993–1994 Carousel Waltz Appalachian Spring/Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland Elegy For Harp And StringsLee Holdridge
1987–1988 Les Patineurs (Meyerbeer) Silent movie Napoleon (Carmine Coppola / Francis Ford Coppola) Adventures of Don Juan from the Errol Flynn movie Parlami d’amore Mariu (Italian love song)

Celebrity and popular culture career

What Would Brian Boitano Do?

A caricature of Boitano as a superhero appears as a semi-recurring character in the cartoon series South Park. The movie South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999), features a musical number titled "What Would Brian Boitano Do?". Boitano also appears in a 1995 Christmas cartoon that was a prototype of South Park, entitled The Spirit of Christmas, in which the boys are more excited to meet him than either Jesus Christ or Santa Claus. The name of the song is a parody of the popular slogan What Would Jesus Do?.

Food Network show

On August 23, 2009, Food Network debuted a new series entitled What Would Brian Boitano Make?, which borrows both its name and opening musical theme from the South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut song. The show features Boitano preparing meals for his friends. The series has been picked up for a ten-episode second season.

Television and film appearances

  • Boitano won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Don Jose in Carmen on Ice.
  • An animated likeness of Boitano appears in the 1995 South Park short animated film, The Spirit of Christmas: Jesus vs Santa. In addition an animated portrayal of Boitano appears in the South Park Movie Bigger Longer and Uncut.
  • He was featured in the Super Bowl XXVI halftime show "Winter Magic" along with Gloria Estefan and Dorothy Hamill.
  • Boitano had a cameo in the 2007 film Blades of Glory as a world skating federation judge.
  • He and fellow figure skater Michelle Kwan had a cameo as themselves in the 2005 Disney film, Ice Princess, appearing as commentators during the Sectionals competition.
  • He appeared on Giada at Home for one episode.
  • He appeared on Fox Business Network’s Stossel, episode "Spontaneous Order" (2/10/11).
  • An animated likeness of Boitano appears in the South Park Film "Bigger, Longer, and Uncut" and is also mentioned multiple times in a song.