Anthony Rapp

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Anthony Rapp
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Rapp in 2017
Anthony Deane Rapp

(1971-10-26) October 26, 1971 (age 51)
  • Actor
  • singer
Years active1981–present
Partner(s)Ken Ithiphol (2016–present; engaged)[1]
RelativesAdam Rapp (brother)

Anthony Deane Rapp[2] (born October 26, 1971) is an American actor and singer who originated the role of Mark Cohen in the Broadway production of Rent. Following his original performance of the role in 1996, Rapp reprised it in the film version of the show and then the show's United States Tour in 2009. He also performed the role of Charlie Brown in the 1999 Broadway revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and originated the role of Lucas in the musical If/Then in 2014. He currently plays Lieutenant Commander Paul Stamets on the television series Star Trek: Discovery.

Early life[edit]

Rapp was born on October 26, 1971, in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in nearby Joliet, Illinois,[3] to Mary Lee (née Baird) and Douglas Rapp.[4] After his parents' divorce in 1974,[3] he was raised by his mother, a trained nurse.[5] His older brother is playwright, novelist, and filmmaker Adam Rapp. He also has an older sister.[6]

Rapp participated in community theater as a child[6] and won awards for his singing in junior high school.[7] Rapp attended high school at Joliet West High School and theatre camp at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.[8] He moved to New York in 1989 to attend New York University as a film student, but dropped out after a semester.[6]


Rapp first performed on Broadway in 1981 in The Little Prince and the Aviator, a musical based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's novel The Little Prince. The show closed during previews. His screen debut was as a member of the starring ensemble in the 1987 film Adventures in Babysitting, directed by Chris Columbus, who would later direct him in the film version of Rent. He has appeared in several movies and Broadway shows. His notable roles include those in such films as Dazed and Confused, A Beautiful Mind, School Ties, Road Trip, Six Degrees of Separation (stage and film versions), An American Family, Danny Roane: First Time Director, and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.[9]

Rapp greeting fans following a 2009 performance of Rent

Rapp went on to play the character of Mark Cohen in the off-Broadway and original Broadway casts of Jonathan Larson's musical Rent. For his audition, Rapp sang R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion", and received his callback in September 1994.[7] After offering him the role, Jonathan Larson wrote new songs for the production with Rapp's voice in mind.[10] He reprised that role in the film adaptation, which was released on November 23, 2005. He returned to Rent on July 30, 2007, for a six-week run, along with original cast member Adam Pascal.[11] The two continued in their return to Rent through October 7, 2007.[12] Rapp and Pascal, along with fellow original cast member Gwen Stewart, reprised their roles of Mark and Roger in a national tour of Rent beginning January 6, 2009.[13]

Rapp in 2009 at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis

In 2000, Rapp released a solo CD, entitled Look Around. In 2006, he published a memoir about Rent and his relationship with his mother, Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent.[7] The manuscript took him six years to finish because of how personal it was.[14] Rapp developed a one-man stage show with music based on the memoir beginning in 2007, later performing it at such locations as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.[14] A recording of the show was released on December 11, 2012, by PS Classics.[15]

In 2005, Rapp played the doctor in the world premiere of Feeling Electric (later to become the Broadway musical Next to Normal) at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.[6][16] During Next to Normal's Off-Broadway run (2008), he worked as assistant director to Michael Greif, who had directed him in Rent,[17] and later wrote the introduction to the published script.[18]

Rapp played the role of Lucas in If/Then, which starred fellow Rent alum Idina Menzel. If/Then played the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., and began previews on Broadway on March 5, 2014, and opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theater on March 30, 2014. In July, Rapp had to miss performances due to a knee injury and surgery.[19] It closed on March 22, 2015. Rapp reprised the role in the 2015-2016 National Tour, along with Menzel and the rest of the main Broadway cast.[20]

Rapp also appeared in "Psych: The Musical", an episode of the TV series Psych, which premiered on USA Network on December 15, 2013. In 2016, Rapp was cast in Star Trek: Discovery as Lt. Commander Paul Stamets, the first openly gay character in the Star Trek television series.[21] This was Rapp's first television regular role; while he had watched some Star Trek as a child, he watched "curated lists" of episodes from the multiple series to prepare for the role.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Rapp (right) with Harvey Fierstein at the Annual Flea Market and Grand Auction hosted by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in September 2006

Rapp had a close relationship with his mother, who was battling cancer during the beginning of the off-Broadway and Broadway transfer of Rent. He would visit her on weekends.[7][14] She died at age 55 in 1997.[23] He credits her for instilling values of justice and respect in him by leading by example.[24]

In 2012, the periodical Metro Weekly referred to Rapp as "one of the first openly gay men on Broadway".[25][26] He first came out to his mother at the age of 18, and by her death in 1997 she had grown comfortable with it.[3] During a 1997 interview with Oasis magazine, the actor explained his sexual identity as "queer" rather than "gay":

I don't want to get into labels, but I've never labeled myself except to say I'm queer. The thing that's been most important to me to be out about is that I have been in loving relationships with men ... I haven't said "I am gay." Because the truth is that I've also been in love with women, although the truth is I do think I'm primarily homosexual.[27]

He has also identified as "bisexual"[3] and "four-and-a-half" on the Kinsey scale.[20] He has cited working with Larry Kramer as a young man (in Kramer's play The Destiny of Me) for his commitment to activism and "liv[ing] an open life".[24][28]

Rapp is a "die hard" Chicago Cubs fan and co-hosts the podcast The Clubhouse about baseball.[29] At the Cubs game on August 29, 2016, he threw the first pitch and sang the Star Spangled Banner.[30] He enjoys playing poker and video games.[18]

In November 2019, Rapp announced his engagement to his partner, Ken Ithiphol.[31] The couple has one child, born via surrogacy.[32]

Accusations against Kevin Spacey[edit]

In October 2017, Rapp alleged in an interview with BuzzFeed that actor Kevin Spacey made an unwanted sexual advance toward him in 1986, when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26. At the time, Rapp and Spacey were both appearing in Broadway shows – Rapp in Precious Sons, Spacey in Long Day's Journey into Night[33] – and Spacey invited Rapp to a party at his home. Rapp stated that at the end of the evening, an apparently drunk Spacey "picked [him] up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold", placed him on the bed, and held him down while tightening his grip on him. "He was trying to seduce me", Rapp said. "I don't know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually."[34][35] Rapp added that he had once allegedly met with a lawyer to discuss possible legal action, but was told there was no case worth pursuing.[34][36] He had previously discussed the incident in a 2001 interview with The Advocate, but Spacey's name was redacted from publication to avoid legal disputes and public outing.[37] Rapp claimed he was inspired to come forward in 2017 after the effects of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations with the support of his family, boyfriend, and representatives;[24] However, text message evidence shown during Rapp's trial against Spacey showed that Rapp had reported his allegation about Spacey to Buzzfeed before Lupita Nyong'o, who Rapp previously credited for inspiring him to come forward, made her sex abuse claim against Weinstein.[38]

In response, Spacey posted on Twitter that he did not remember the encounter, but said that he was "beyond horrified to hear his story" and offered Rapp the "sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior".[39] After the Buzzfeed article, at least 14 other people came forward to accuse Spacey of sexual misconduct,[40] ultimately leading to him losing his starring role on House of Cards and involvement in other projects.[41] Rapp faced harassment and criticism for the accusation.[42] On September 9, 2020, Rapp sued Spacey for sexual assault, sexual battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress under the Child Victims Act, which extended New York's statute of limitations for civil suits related to child sexual abuse. Rapp sought $40 million in damages.[43][44] Joining Rapp in the suit against Spacey was a man who requested to remain anonymous who accused Spacey of sexually abusing him in 1983, when he was 14 and Spacey was 23.[45] On October 20, 2022, a jury found that Spacey did not sexually abuse Rapp.[44]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Adventures in Babysitting Daryl Coopersmith
1989 Grave Secrets Jamie
Far from Home Pinky Sears
1992 School Ties Richard "McGoo" Collins
1993 Dazed and Confused Tony Olson
Six Degrees of Separation Ben
1996 Twister Tony
The Mantis Murder Unknown
1997 David Searching David
1999 Man of the Century Timothy Burns
2000 Road Trip Jacob Schultz
2001 Cruise Control Mirror Man Short
A Beautiful Mind Bender
2002 Paradisco L'ami américain Short
2004 Open House Barry Farnsworth
2005 Rent Mark Cohen
Winter Passing Dean
2006 Danny Roane: First Time Director Self
2007 Let Them Chirp Awhile Self
Blackbird Unknown
2008 Scaring the Fish Gene
2009 The Other Woman Simon
2012 Junction Connor
2014 Grind Vincent Short
2015 Not Again Dr. Thom Short
2016 Opening Night Logan Joyce
Do You Take This Man Daniel
bwoy Brad
2022 Scrap Ben


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Sky High Wes Hansen TV movie
1994 Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker Cadet Frederick G. Hodgson TV movie
1996 The Lazarus Man Verity Episode: "Panorama"
1997 Spin City Himself Episode: "An Affair to Remember"
1997 The X-Files Jeff Glaser Episode: "Detour"
2000 The Beach Boys: An American Family Van Dyke Parks TV movie
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Matt Spevak Episode: "Bound"
2006–07 Kidnapped Larry Kellogg 4 episodes
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Nathan Forrester Episode: "Lessons Learned"
2013 Psych Zachary Wallace Zander aka Z Episode: "Psych: The Musical"
2014 It Could Be Worse Casting Director Episode: "Uncharted Territory"
2015 Stop the Bleeding Buster 2 episodes
The Knick Dr. Thurman Drexler 3 episodes
2017-2018 The Good Fight Glenn 3 episodes
2017–present Star Trek: Discovery Lt. Commander Paul Stamets Regular cast/Lieutenant Paul Stamets (Mirror) 1st and 3rd season
2018 13 Reasons Why Pastor Episode: "Bye"
2019 Carpool Karaoke: The Series Himself Episode: "Star Trek: Discovery Cast"
2019 Rent: Live Himself Cameo[46]
2020 Equal Harry Hay Docuseries[47]
2021 Celebrating America Himself Virtual Concert for the Inauguration of Joe Biden[48]


Year Production Role Notes
1981–1982 The Little Prince and the Aviator The Little Prince Broadway; never opened
1982 Youth is Broken Unknown Off-Broadway
Evita Children's Chorus member Regional, became National Tour[49]
The King and I Louis National Tour[49]
1986 Precious Sons Freddy Broadway; Mar. 20 – May 10
1990–1992 Six Degrees of Separation Ben Broadway; Nov. 8, 1990 – Jan. 5, 1992
1992 The Destiny of Me Alexander Weeks Off-Broadway
1993 Sophistry Jack Kahn Off-Broadway
1994 Trafficking in Broken Hearts Bobby Off-Broadway
1995 Raised in Captivity Dylan Taylor Sinclair/Roger Off-Broadway
Rent Mark Cohen Off-Broadway
1996–1997 Broadway
1997 National Tour
1998 West End, London
Bright Lights, Big City Unknown Off-Broadway
1999 You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown Charlie Brown Broadway; Feb. 4 – Jun. 13
2001 Nocturne The Son[50] Berkeley Repertory Theatre; written by brother Adam Rapp
2002 Henry V King Henry V Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
2003 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig Robinson City Theatre[51]
Private Jokes Public Places William Off-Broadway
2004 Little Shop of Horrors Seymour Krelbourn National tour
2005 The 24 Hour Plays Trisan Broadway; special benefit production
2005 Feeling Electric Dr. Madden New York Musical Theatre Festival; earlier version of Next to Normal
2006 Rent Mark Cohen Broadway; 10th anniversary reunion concert
2007 Broadway; Jul. 30 – Oct. 7
Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell Performer Off-Broadway
2007–2014 Without You Himself One-man show with music based on his memoir
2008 Some Americans Abroad Henry McNeil Off-Broadway
2009 Rent Mark Cohen National tour
2012 POP! Andy Warhol City Theatre
2014–2015 If/Then Lucas Broadway; Mar. 30, 2014 – Mar. 22, 2015
2015–2016 National tour; Oct. 13, 2015 – Aug. 15, 2016


Year Title Notes
1996 Rent (original Broadway cast recording) Solos on twenty-two tracks
1999 You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (new Broadway cast recording) Solos on nine tracks
2000 Look Around Solo album
2012 Without You (original cast recording) Solo album
2014 If/Then (original Broadway cast recording) Solos on six tracks
2016 Acoustically Speaking: Live at Feinstein's/54 Below Solos on fourteen tracks; live concert with Adam Pascal

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2019 Star Trek Online: Awakening Paul Stamets


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1986 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical Precious Sons Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Musical Nominated
1996 Obie Award Special Citations Rent Won
2001 ACC Award Best Ensemble Cast A Beautiful Mind Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2005 Stinkers Bad Movie Award Worst Song Performance Rent Nominated
2006 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Best Song Performance Nominated
Best Acting Ensemble Nominated
OFTA Film Award Best Adapted Music Nominated
2014 Audience Award Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical If/Then Won
2017 The Advocate's Person of the Year Finalist[52]


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