Rapp in 2005
Anthony Deane Rapp|
October 26, 1971
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Anthony Deane Rapp (born October 26, 1971) is an American actor and singer known for originating 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 Broadway 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. His screen roles include Lieutenant Paul Stamets on the television series Star Trek: Discovery.
Rapp was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in nearby Joliet, Illinois, the son of Mary Lee (née Baird) and Douglas Rapp. After his parents' divorce in 1974, he was raised by his mother, a trained nurse. His older brother is playwright, novelist, and filmmaker Adam Rapp. He also has an older sister.
Rapp participated in community theater as a child and won numerous awards for his singing in junior high school. Rapp attended high school at Joliet West High School and theatre camp at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. He moved to New York in 1989 to attend New York University as a film student, but dropped out after a semester.
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 includes 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.
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. After offering him the role, Jonathan Larson wrote new songs for the production with Rapp's voice in mind. 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. The two continued in their return to Rent through October 7, 2007. 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.
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. The manuscript took him six years to finish because of how personal it was. 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. A recording of the show was released on December 11, 2012 by PS Classics.
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. During Next to Normal's Off-Broadway run (2008), he worked as assistant director to Michael Greif, who had directed him in Rent, and later wrote the introduction to the published script.
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. It closed on March 22, 2015. Rapp reprised the role in select performances of the 2015-2016 National Tour, along with Menzel and the rest of the main Broadway cast.
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. Paul Stamets, the first openly gay character in the Star Trek television series. 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.
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.  She died at age 55 in 1997. He credits her for instilling values of justice and respect in him by leading by example.
In 2012, the periodical Metro Weekly referred to Rapp as "one of the first openly gay men on Broadway". He first came out to his mother at the age of 18, and by her death in 1997 she had grown comfortable with it. 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". He has also identified as "bisexual" and "four-and-a-half" on the Kinsey Scale. 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".
Rapp is a "die hard" Chicago Cubs fan and co-hosts the podcast The Clubhouse about baseball. At the Cubs game on August 29, 2016, he threw the first pitch and sang the Star Spangled Banner. He enjoys playing poker and video games.
Accusations against Kevin Spacey
In late 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 A Long Day's Journey into Night - and Spacey invited Rapp to a party at his home. At the end of the evening, an apparently drunk Spacey physically carried Rapp to bed and attempted to initiate sex. Rapp added that he had once met with a lawyer to discuss possible legal action, but was told there was no case worth pursuing. He had previously discussed the assault in a 2001 interview with The Advocate, but Spacey's name was redacted from publication to avoid legal disputes and public outing. Rapp was inspired to come forward in 2017 after the effects of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations with the support of his family, boyfriend, representatives, and a lawyer.
In response, Spacey posted on Twitter that he did not remember the encounter, which had allegedly occurred 31 years before, but nevertheless 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". At least 14 other accusers came forward after Rapp in 2017, ultimately costing Spacey his starring role on House of Cards and involvement in other projects. Rapp faced harassment and criticism for the accusation, such as from comedian Dave Chappelle in his Netflix stand-up special The Bird Revelation.
|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||2 episodes|
|2017||The Good Fight||Glenn||2 episodes|
|2017–present||Star Trek: Discovery||Lieutenant Paul Stamets||Regular cast/Lieutenant Paul Stamets (Mirror) 1st season|
|2018||13 Reasons Why||Pastor||Episode: "Bye"|
|Unknown||Youth is Broken||Unknown||off-Broadway|
|1982||The Little Prince and the Aviator||The Little Prince||Broadway; never opened|
|1986||Precious Sons||Freddy||Broadway; Mar. 20 - May 10, 1986|
|1990||Six Degrees of Separation||Ben/Woody (u/s)/Doug (u/s)||Broadway; Nov. 8, 1990 - Jan. 5, 1992|
|1992||The Destiny of Me||Alexander Weeks||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; 1995|
|Bright Lights, Big City||Unknown||off-Broadway|
|1999||You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown||Charlie Brown||Broadway; Feb. 4 - Jun. 13, 1999|
|2001||Nocturne||The Son||Berkely 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|
|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, 2007|
|Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell||Performer||off-Broadway|
|2007-2014||Without You||Himself||Various locations; one-man show with music based on his memoir|
|2008||Some Americans Abroad||Henry McNeil||off-Broadway|
|2009||Rent||Mark Cohen||National tour|
|2014||If/Then||Lucas||Broadway; Mar. 30, 2014 - Mar. 22, 2015|
|2015||National tour; Oct. 13, 2015 - Aug. 15, 2016|
|1987||Adventures in Babysitting||Daryl Coopersmith|
|Far From Home||Pinky Sears|
|1992||School Ties||Richard "McGoo" Collins|
|1993||Dazed and Confused||Tony Olson|
|Six Degrees of Separation||Ben|
|The Mantis Murder||Unknown|
|1999||Man of the Century||Timothy Burns|
|2000||Road Trip||Jacob Schultz|
|2001||Cruise Control||Mirror Man||Short|
|A Beautiful Mind||Bender|
|2004||Open House||Barry Farnsworth|
|2006||Danny Roane: First Time Director||Self|
|2007||Let Them Chirp Awhile||Self|
|2008||Scaring the Fish||Gene|
|2009||The Other Woman||Simon|
|2015||Not Again||Dr. Thom||Short|
|2016||Opening Night||Logan Joyce|
|Do You Take This Man||Daniel|
|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|
Awards and nominations
|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||Broadway.com Audience Award||Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical||If/Then||Won|
|2017||The Advocate's Person of the Year||N/A||N/A||Finalist|
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