Michael Rapaport

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Not to be confused with the German mathematician Michael Rapoport.
Michael Rapaport
Born Michael David Rapaport
(1970-03-20) March 20, 1970 (age 45)
Manhattan, New York, U.S
Residence Brooklyn, New York
Occupation Actor, comedian, director
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Nichole Beattie (2000-present; 2 children)

Michael David 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, Prison Break, 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 Jewish (from Poland and Russia).[2] As a teenager, he idolized actors, fellow New Yorkers, Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken. He was expelled from high school and moved to Los Angeles, California to try stand-up comedy.


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. 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.

On November 10, 2008, TV Guide reported that Rapaport is developing a series based on the work of social workers for CBS.[4]

Rapaport also provides the voice of "Squirt" on The Hub's Pound Puppies series, which premiered on October 10, 2010.

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

Personal life[edit]

Rapaport is married to Nichole Beattie and they have two children together, sons Julian Ali and Maceo Shane. His son is named after Vincent Mason (nicknamed "Maseo") of the rap group De La Soul.[5]

In 1997, after his relationship with actress Lili Taylor ended, Rapaport continued to contact Taylor without her consent. He was eventually arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated harassment. Eventually Taylor gained a restraining order against Rapaport.[6]

He was in the New York tabloids in mid-2005 as the landlord who evicted actress Natasha Lyonne from her apartment (in one of the residential buildings he owns), when he described as, among other things, "filthy."[7] Rapaport wrote an account of the matter in May 2005's issue of Jane Magazine.[8]

Rapaport has made an appearance in the music video for punk band H2O's song 'What Happened' and is close friends with lead singer Toby Morse.

He also made an appearance in the Jay-Z music video "City Is Mine."

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.


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. 
  4. ^ Michael Rapaport Doing (Social) Work for CBS" TV Guide. November 10, 2008. Retrieved on November 12, 2008.
  5. ^ VH1's 2008 Hip Hop Honors
  6. ^ Nydailynews.com
  7. ^ "Michael Rapaport Driven to Despair by Natasha Lyonne at". Hollywood.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  8. ^ "Ohnotheydidnt: Jane article by Rapaport about Lyonne". Community.livejournal.com. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 

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