Anthony Rapp

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Anthony Rapp
Anthony Rapp 2006.jpg
Rapp in 2006
Born Anthony Deane Rapp
(1971-10-26) October 26, 1971 (age 45)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1981–present

Anthony Rapp[1] (Born October 26, 1971)[2] is an American stage and film actor and singer best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in the Broadway production of Rent in 1996 and later for reprising the role in the film version and the Broadway Tour of Rent 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.

Early life[edit]

Rapp was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Joliet, Illinois,[2] the son of Mary Lee (née Baird) and Douglas Rapp.[3] After his parents' divorce, he was raised by his mother, a trained nurse.[4]

Rapp attended high school at Joliet West High School and theatre camp at Interlochen Arts Camp. In junior high school, Rapp won numerous awards for his singing.[5] His older brother is playwright, novelist, and filmmaker Adam Rapp.


Rapp first performed on Broadway in 1981 in the musical The Little Prince and the Aviator, a musical based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's novel The Little Prince. The show closed during previews. He also appeared in the 1987 film Adventures in Babysitting, which was directed by Chris Columbus. Columbus would later direct Rapp 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.[6]

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.[5] After being offered the role, Jonathan Larson wrote new songs for the production with Rapp's voice in mind.[7] He reprised that role in the film adaptation, which was released on November 23, 2005.

Rapp in 2009 at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri

In 2000, Rapp released a solo CD, entitled Look Around. He returned to Rent on July 30, 2007, for a six-week run, along with original cast member Adam Pascal.[8] Rapp and Adam Pascal continued in their return to Broadway's Rent through October 7 at the Nederlander Theatre.[9]

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.[10][11]

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. It closed on March 22, 2015. Rapp reprises 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 the television episode Psych: The Musical, which premiered on USA Network on December 15, 2013.

Personal life[edit]

In 2012, the periodical, Metro Weekly, referred to Rapp as "one of the first openly gay men on Broadway".[12][13] 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 things 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...".[14]

Acting roles[edit]


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 1 episode
1997 The X-Files Jeff Glaser 1 episode
2000 The Beach Boys: An American Family Van Dyke Parks TV movie
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Matt Spevak 1 episode
2006–07 Kidnapped Larry Kellogg 4 episodes
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Nathan Forrester 1 episode
2013 Psych: The Musical Z 1 episode (TV special)
2014 It Could Be Worse Casting Director 1 episode
2015 Stop the Bleeding Buster 2 episodes
The Knick Dr. Thurman Drexler 2 episodes
2017 Star Trek: Discovery Lieutenant Stamets Regular Cast


Year Production Role Notes
Unknown Youth is Broken Unknown off-Broadway
1981 Evita Unknown Regional
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
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; 1995
1996 Broadway; 1996–97
1997 National Tour
1998 West End
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 Unknown Berkely Repertory Theatre
2002 Henry V King Henry V Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
2003 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hedwig Robinson Brighton Fringe
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
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
2008 Without You Anthony Rapp International tour; 2008 - 2011
Some Americans Abroad Henry McNeil off-Broadway
2009 Rent Mark Cohen National tour
2012 Pop! Unknown City Theatre
Without You Anthony Rapp West End
2014 If/Then Lucas Broadway; Mar. 30, 2014 - Mar. 22, 2015
2015 National tour; Oct. 13, 2015 - Aug. 15, 2016


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
Happy Endings 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


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


Start Date End Date Title # of shows Notes
January 10, 2011 New York Town Hall 1 With Adam Pascal
Apr 12, 2012 Highline Ballroom 1 With Adam Pascal
November 23, 2012 November 24, 2012 54 Below 2
October 20, 2014 Emelin Theatre 1
March 30, 2015 B.B. King Blues Club and Grill 1 With Adam Pascal, Mandy Gonzalez, Lindsay Mendez, Marcus Paul James, and Telly Leung


Release Title Notes
2006 Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent Published by Simon & Schuster

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


  1. ^ "Twitter / Anthony Rapp: Someone was messing with m". 2009-11-29. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Life in the Rapp family". The Advocate. October 14, 1997. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved April 24, 2016. 
  3. ^ Buckley, Michael (2006-02-20). "Stage to Screens: Chatting with Playwright and Screenwriter Adam Rapp". Playbill. Archived from the original on November 29, 2016. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  4. ^ Wiegand, David (February 21, 2006). "From musical to memoir, actor Anthony Rapp comes up with dramatic making-of 'Rent' story and moving personal one". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  5. ^ a b Rapp, Anthony (2006). Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 309. ISBN 0-7432-6976-4. 
  6. ^ Anthony Rapp's official website Archived March 5, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Rapp, Anthony (2006). Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0743269773. 
  8. ^ Brian Scott Lipton (August 21, 2007). "Pascal and Rapp Extend Rent Engagement Until October 7". TheaterMania. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  9. ^ Kenneth Jones; Robert Simonson (August 21, 2007). "Pascal and Rapp, Bohemian Heroes for a New Generation of Rent-Heads, Extend to Oct. 7". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2008-02-22. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  10. ^ Kenneth Jones (February 28, 2008). "Playbill News: Pascal and Rapp Will Tour in Rent in 2009". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  11. ^ Rent tour schedule Archived August 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Rule, Doug (April 12, 2012). "Rapp Star". Metro Weekly. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  13. ^ Hensley, Dennis (January 8, 2002). "From Rent to Russell". Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Anthony Rapp: Rent-able role model". Oasis Magazine (Interview). Interview with Jeff Walsh. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 

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