Michael Rapaport

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Not to be confused with the German mathematician Michael Rapoport.
Michael Rapaport
Born Michael Gendry Rapaport
(1970-03-20) March 20, 1970 (age 45)
New York, New York, United States
Residence L.A. & NYC Gloom Tombs, United States
Other names The Gringo Mandingo, The Albino Rhino, The White Arsenio Hall
Occupation Actor, Director, Podcast Host
Years active 1989–present
Children 2

Michael Rapaport (born March 20, 1970) is an American actor, director and comedian. He has acted in more than forty films since the early 1990s. His best known roles on television are Boston Public, Bear In The Big Blue House, Friends, The War at Home, and Justified.

Early life[edit]

Rapaport was born in Manhattan, New York City, the son of June Brody, a New York radio personality, and David Rapaport, a radio executive noted for bringing the All-Disco format to New York radio.[1] His family is from Poland and Russia, and he is Jewish.[2] As a teenager, he idolized fellow New York actors Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken. He was expelled from high school and moved to Los Angeles, California to try stand-up comedy. Michael Rapaport and his best friend/co-host of the I AM RAPAPORT: STEREO PODCAST Gerald Moody aka the Black Ed McMahon have been podcasting since 1983.


Rapaport has appeared in both dramatic and comedic roles on film and television. His movie roles include starring alongside Eddie Murphy in Metro, as a wisecracking marine biologist in Deep Blue Sea, and as a naive college student whose loneliness drives him to become a racist skinhead in Higher Learning. Many credit his breakout role with the independent film Zebrahead. His other best known film role was in True Romance as Dick Ritchie. A lesser known film, he has memorable monologue in "Beautiful Girls" , referencing the same. Rapaport costarred in the Fox sitcom The War at Home, in which he played an "average Joe" type dealing with the everyday challenges of family life. The sitcom debuted in September 2005, and was cancelled in May 2007.

Rapaport previously starred in the TV drama Boston Public. He voiced Troy Bradshaw from August 2006's Saints Row on Xbox 360, the sequel Saints Row 2 and Joey Leone in the popular video game Grand Theft Auto III. Rapaport had a recurring guest-starring role on several episodes of Friends in 1999 as Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow) police officer boyfriend, Gary. Coincidentally, Anita Barone, who plays Michael's on-screen wife, Vicky Gold in The War at Home, also appeared in Friends. She played Ross' ex-wife Carol for one episode, before Jane Sibbett was re-cast in the role.

He had a recurring role in My Name is Earl as Frank, a convict Earl reunites with in prison. His character was the reason for many of the things in Earl's life, such as indirectly giving Earl his trailer and El Camino after a botched robbery with his partner, Paco. He played one of the main characters in the season four of Prison Break as Homeland Security Agent Don Self.

In October 2008, Rapaport announced that he was directing a documentary about legendary hip hop act, A Tribe Called Quest.[3] The film Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest was released in 2011 and received mostly positive reviews.

Rapaport guest starred in the fifth season of the FX series Justified as villain Daryl Crowe Jr, kingpin of the Crowe family.

On February 12, 2010, Rapaport participated in the NBA All-Star Weekend's Celebrity Game and won the MVP for the game for his defense on football player Terrell Owens, the MVP of the last two Celebrity Games, despite scoring just 4 points and having 1 rebound.

On April 17, 2014, an ESPN 30 for 30 film he directed premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival sponsored by AT&T. The film was about the 1970s championship-winning New York Knicks led by Earl Monroe, Walt Frazier, and Willis Reed. Players that made it to the premiere consisted of: Earl Monroe, Walt Frazier, Phil Jackson, Cazzie Russell, and Dick Barnett. Bill Bradley was not able to come because of a hip replacement surgery.

Rapaport is an occasional guest on the Howard Stern Show on Sirius Satellite Radio, especially when he participates in the staff's fantasy football pool. Stern enjoys talking with Rapaport about his passion for the sport. By coincidence, Rapaport's father David was an executive on the same radio station where Stern spent many years in New York radio, 92.3 K-Rock, WXRK (now WBMP (FM), although the elder Rapaport was at the station when it was called WKTU, several years before Stern's arrival.

Rapaport hosts the I AM RAPAPORT: STEREO PODCAST on the CBS LOCAL network.

Podcast Hall of Fame Nominee Episodes include: Episode 99 with Danny Aiello (November 3rd, 2015 aka Aiello Day) & Episode 114 aka the Raging Bull 35th Anniversary Episode, hosted by Rapaport starring Martin Scorsese, Max Kellerman, Juliette Lewis, Nick Turturro, John Turturro, Jim Breuer, Adam Carolla, The Dirty Sports, Danny Aiello and Jake LaMotta.

Other podcasts that Rapaport has appeared on The Adam Carolla Show (2x), The Fighter and The Kid (3x), Anna Faris is Unqualified, The Chive Podcast, WTF with Marc Maron (unaired), His & Hers Podcast, Cari Champion's Podcast & more.

Rapaport was also awarded the 2015 Guest of the Year on The Fighter and the Kid podcast.

The MVP(odcaster) campaign is officially underway.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Zebrahead Zack
1993 Point of No Return Big Stan
1993 Poetic Justice Dockworker
1993 Money for Nothing Kenny Kozlowski
1993 True Romance Dick Ritchie
1994 The Scout Tommy Lacy
1994 Hand Gun Lenny
1994 The Foot Shooting Party Short film (also starring Leonardo DiCaprio)
1995 Higher Learning Remy
1995 The Basketball Diaries Skinhead
1995 Kiss of Death Ronnie Gannon
1995 Mighty Aphrodite Kevin
1996 Beautiful Girls Paul Kirkwood
1996 The Pallbearer Brad Schorr
1997 Metro Kevin McCall
1997 Cop Land Murray Babitch
1997 A Brother's Kiss Stingy
1997 Kicked in the Head Stretch
1998 Palmetto Donnelly
1998 Illtown Dante
1998 Some Girl Neal
1998 The Naked Man Dr. Edward Blis, Jr.
1999 Deep Blue Sea Tom Scoggins
1999 Kiss Toledo Goodbye Kevin Gower
2000 Next Friday Mailman with Tax Notice
2000 Small Time Crooks Denny
2000 The 6th Day Hank Morgan
2000 Men of Honor GM1 Snowhill
2000 Bamboozled Thomas Dunwitty
2000 Chain of Fools Hitman
2000 King of the Jungle Francis
2000 Lucky Numbers Dale
2001 Dr. Dolittle 2 Joey the Raccoon Voice
2002 Paper Soldiers Mike E.
2002 Triggermen Tommy O'Brian
2002 Comic Book Villains Norman Link
2002 29 Palms The Cop
2003 A Good Night to Die August
2003 This Girl's Life Terry the Car salesman
2004 America Brown Daniel Brown
2004 Scrambled Eggs Drama Teacher
2005 TOM 51
2005 Hitch Ben
2006 It Aint Easy
2006 Live Free or Die Lt. Putney
2006 Special Les Franken
2006 Push Tommy G
2006 Grilled Bobby
2007 Fugly Jack
2008 Assassination of a High School President Coach Z
2009 Tom Cool
2009 Big Fan Philadelphia Phil
2009 A Day in the Life Detective Grant
2011 Inside Out Jack Small
2011 Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest Himself Documentary; also director and producer
2011 The Saints of Mount Christopher
2012 Should've Been Romeo Danny
2012 The Baytown Outlaws Lucky
2012 Kiss of the Damned Ben
2013 The Heat Jason Mullins
2013 Once Upon a Time in Queens Bobby DiBianco
2014 My Man Is a Loser Marty
2015 Little Boy James Busbee
2015 Untitled Vanessa Del Rio Film Mickey Pre-production
2016 A Stand Up Guy Colin Completed
2016 The Bleeder Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1990 China Beach Kravits 1 episode
1992 Murphy Brown Robbie 1 episode
1992 Middle Ages Jimmy 2 episodes
1993 Fresh Prince of Bel Air Mike 1 episode
1993 NYPD Blue Jaime Dileo 1 episode
1997 Subway Stories Jake TV Movie
1998 E.R. Paul Canterna 1 episode
1998 Rude Awakening Johnny 1 episode
1998 Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families Szarany TV Movie
1999 Friends Gary 4 episodes
2001–04 Boston Public Danny Hanson 57 episodes (main cast, seasons 2-4)
2001 Mr. Life TV Movie
2001 Night Visions Harlow Winton 1 episode
2003 Chappelle's Show Popcopy Employee 1 episode
2006 MadTV Abraham Lincoln 1 episode
2004 Practice, TheThe Practice Gigi Coley Episodes: "Comings and Goings", "New Hoods on the Block"
2005–07 The War at Home Dave Gold 44 episodes (main cast)
2006 Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness DJ TV Movie; voice
2007–08 My Name Is Earl Frank Stump 6 episodes (recurring cast)
2008–09 Prison Break Don Self 22 episodes
2009–10 Accidentally on Purpose Sully 2 episodes
2010 Royal Pains Stanley 1 episode
2010 The Line Steve Waxman TV Movie
2010–13 Pound Puppies Squirt 64 episodes
2012 40 8 TV Movie
2012 Cops Uncuffed Officer Joseph Tata TV Movie
2012–13 The Mob Doctor Paul Moretti 7 episodes (recurring cast)
2014 Justified Daryl Crowe Jr. 13 episodes (recurring cast)
2014 Raising Hope Michael 1 episode
2015 Black-ish Jay Simmons 1 episode
2015 Louie Lenny 1 episode
2015 Public Morals Charlie Bullman 10 episodes (main cast)
2015 The Big Bang Theory Kenny 2 episodes

Video game[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Grand Theft Auto III Joey Leone Voice
2006 Saints Row Troy Bradshaw Voice
2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours Drug Dealer / Henchman Voice
2008 Saints Row 2 Troy Bradshaw Voice

Music video appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "Michael Rapaport Biography (1970-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  2. ^ Jewishexponent.com
  3. ^ Dow, Danica (2008-10-04). "Nas & Michael Rapaport Team Up For A Tribe Called Quest Doc". Sohh.Com. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 

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