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|Born||Michael Gendry Rapaport
March 20, 1970
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|
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.
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. His family is from Poland and Russia, and he is Jewish. 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. 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.
|1993||Point of No Return||Big Stan|
|1993||Money for Nothing||Kenny Kozlowski|
|1993||True Romance||Dick Ritchie|
|1994||The Scout||Tommy Lacy|
|1994||The Foot Shooting Party||Short film (also starring Leonardo DiCaprio)|
|1995||The Basketball Diaries||Skinhead|
|1995||Kiss of Death||Ronnie Gannon|
|1996||Beautiful Girls||Paul Kirkwood|
|1996||The Pallbearer||Brad Schorr|
|1997||Cop Land||Murray Babitch|
|1997||A Brother's Kiss||Stingy|
|1997||Kicked in the Head||Stretch|
|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||Chain of Fools||Hitman|
|2000||King of the Jungle||Francis|
|2001||Dr. Dolittle 2||Joey the Raccoon||Voice|
|2002||Paper Soldiers||Mike E.|
|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|
|2006||It Aint Easy|
|2006||Live Free or Die||Lt. Putney|
|2008||Assassination of a High School President||Coach Z|
|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|
|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|
|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||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||Public Morals||Charlie Bullman||10 episodes (main cast)|
|2015||The Big Bang Theory||Kenny||2 episodes|
|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
- Frank Zappa: Civilization, Phaze III (1994) - Act Two, playing Moon Zappa's black-acting "boyfriend" in skits.
- Talib Kweli: Cameo in "Waiting for the DJ" (2002)
- High & Mighty: The Highlite Zone - "How to Rob an Actor" (2003)
- Ludacris' music video for the song "Runaway Love"; he portrayed the victimizer of "Lisa"—the first child depicted in the song. (2006)
- Jay-Z "The City is Mine"
- H2O's "What Happened?"
- Jaylib "McNasty Filth"
- Masta Ace "A Long Hot Summer"; portrays Ace's prison cell mate in a number of skits.
- "Michael Rapaport Biography (1970-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- Dow, Danica (2008-10-04). "Nas & Michael Rapaport Team Up For A Tribe Called Quest Doc". Sohh.Com. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- Michael Rapaport at The Tribeca Film Festival - VIDEO INTERVIEW - Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest
- Michael Rapaport at the Internet Movie Database
- Michael Rapaport on Twitter