Michael Rapaport

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Not to be confused with the German mathematician Michael Rapoport.
Michael Rapaport
Born Michael David Rapaport
(1970-03-20) March 20, 1970 (age 45)
Manhattan, New York, U.S
Residence Los Angeles & NYC
Occupation Actor and Director
Years active 1990–Present
Spouse(s) Nichole Beattie (2000-2006; 2 children Julian Ali & Maceo Shane)

Michael David Rapaport (born March 20, 1970) is an American actor and director. He has acted in dozens of films, including True Romance, Beautiful Girls, Higher Learning and Mighty Aphrodite since his film debut in the Sundance Award-winning film Zebrahead. His best known roles on television are Boston Public, Prison Break, Friends, The War at Home, Justified and guest starring on Louie. He will next be seen in the TNT show Public Morals created by actor-director Edward_Burns.

Rapaport is also an acclaimed documentary filmmaker, directing Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, ESPN's 30 for 30 and When The Garden Was Eden.

Early life[edit]

Rapaport was born on March 20, 1970 in New York City. He was raised on the Upper Eastside of Manhattan by his parents, David Rapaport and June Brody. He grew up with dreams of playing professional basketball. He was not involved with acting as youth but was an avid movie watcher and television viewer. He speaks of being influenced by going to theaters in New York and seeing films such as Raging Bull, Rocky and Saturday Night Fever multiple times. He was also inspired by TV shows such as Happy Days and Welcome Back Kotter. Rapaport's father was the General Manager of New York City's popular radio station WKTU Disco 92, which is the first radio station in the city to play all disco and R&B, and eventually rap music. Rapaport was very influenced when his father brought home The Sugar Hill Gang's record "Rappers Delight". Rapaport credits the early work of Eddie Murphy as the main inspiration for his brief career as a stand-up comic during 1989-1993. Rapaport's parents both live in New York.


Rapaport broke out as an actor in the 1993 Sundance Film Festival Award-winning film Zebrahead. Since then he has appeared in over 50 films and shows. As a film actor he has done accomplished work in films such as True Romance, Beautiful Girls, Mighty Aphrodite, Cop Land, Higher Learning, Small Time Crooks, Metro, Men of Honor, Deep Blue Sea, and Hitch.

Rapaport's first ever job as a professional actor was in the TV show "China Beach". He went on to star in TV shows such as Boston Public, Friends (where he played Gary the Cop who was Phoebe's boyfriend) and the final season of Prison Break, where he portrayed Agent Don Self. Rapaport starred in Fox TV's "The War at Home" for two seasons. He also appeared in the pilot episode of Comedy Central's The Chapelle Show in the "Pop Copy" sketch.

Rapaport has appeared on the highly acclaimed FX network show Justified, where he played Daryl Crowe Jr.. He also appeared on FX's "Louie" in the episode titled "Cop Story" and on ABC's Black-ish. He will next appear on TNT's Public Morals, created by Edward Burns, where he will play Charlie Bullman.

In 2011 Rapaport premiered his directorial debut Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest at the Sundance Film Festival. The film documents the origins of the legendary influential rap group A Tribe Called Quest. The film was distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, received rave reviews and eventually went on the win the prestigious Producers Guild Award for Best Documentary of 2011 along with winning the Los Angeles Film Festival's Audience Award. The film is certified "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes. It is considered one of the best music documentaries of the new millennium by IndieWire.

In 2013, at the Tribeca Film Festival, Rapaport premiered his second documentary feature, When The Garden Was Eden, as part of ESPN's Emmy Award Winning 30 for 30 series. The film documents the New York Knicks 1970 and 1973 Championship Teams, which included NBA Hall of Fame players Walt "Clyde" Frazier, Willis Reed, Bill Bradley, Earl "The Pearl" Monroe and Phil Jackson. When The Garden Was Eden, along with the ESPN "30 for 30" series, went on the win the Sports Emmy in 2015.

Rapaport now hosts a popular podcast, I AM RAPAPORT: STEREO PODCAST. The name of the podcast was inspired by the play "I'm Not Rapaport". It can be found at http://www.iamrapaport.com, iTunes, TuneIn and Stitcher. It's co-hosted by Gerald Moody and produced by Miles M. Davis & Jordan Winter.

Personal life[edit]

Rapaport was married to Nichole Beattie and they have two children together, sons Julian Ali (Middle name is after Muhammad Ali) and Maceo Shane. Maceo is named after James Brown's saxophone player Maceo Parker and Vincent Mason (nicknamed "Maseo") of the rap group De La Soul.[1] The couple divorced in 2007 and shares custody of the children in Los Angeles.


Music video appearances[edit]


  1. ^ VH1's 2008 Hip Hop Honors

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