Rapaport in 2013
|Born||Michael David Rapaport
March 20, 1970
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Residence||Brooklyn, New York|
|Occupation||Actor, director, podcast host, comedian|
|Spouse(s)||Nichole Beattie (m. 2000–07)|
Michael David Rapaport (born March 20, 1970) is an American actor, podcast host, director and comedian. He has acted in more than forty films since the early 1990s. His best known roles on television are Boston Public, Friends, The War at Home, Prison Break, and Justified. Some of his film roles include True Romance (1993), Higher Learning (1995), Cop Land (1997), Deep Blue Sea (1999), The 6th Day (2000), Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), Big Fan (2009), and The Heat (2013).
Rapaport was born in New York City, the son of June Brody, a New York radio personality, and David Rapaport, a radio executive who was the general manager of the All-Disco format at New York radio station WKTU Disco 92. He grew up on the east side of Manhattan. He has a brother named Erik Rapaport. His family is from Poland and Russia, and he is Jewish.
He was expelled from high school and moved to Los Angeles, California when he was 19 years old to try to become a stand-up comic. His half-sister is Claudia Lonow via his father, David Rapaport, although she took her stepfather's surname. Rapaport's mother remarried comic Mark Lonow, who owned the Improv with Budd Friedman, which helped him get into the stand-up world.
In 1998, Rapaport pleaded guilty to aggravated harassment of his former girlfriend, actress Lili Taylor. He was spared jail time, but sentenced to mandatory counseling, and a protection order was enforced. 
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. 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 hosts the I Am Rapaport Stereo Podcast on the CBS Local network with childhood friend Gerald Moody. Other podcasts that Rapaport has appeared on include The Monday Morning Podcast with Bill Burr, Mailtime and Pardon My Take by Barstool Sports, The Adam Carolla Show, The Fighter and The Kid, Anna Faris is Unqualified, The Bill Simmons Podcast and its predecessor, The BS Report; The Chive Podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, His & Hers Podcast, Cari Champion's Podcast, The Joey Boots Show, The Dirty Sports Podcast and more.
Rapaport played manager Gary in The New Edition Story, the New Edition biopic shown on BET from January 24 to 26, 2017.
|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||Lizard||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|
|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|
|2016||A Stand Up Guy||Colin|
|2016||Sully||Pete the Bartender|
|2016||Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life||Animation Voice (voice)||
|1990||China Beach||Kravits||Èpisode: "One Small Step"|
|1992||Murphy Brown||Robbie||Episode: "He-Ho, He-Ho, It's Off to Lamaze We Go"|
|1992||Middle Ages||Jimmy||2 episodes|
|1993||Fresh Prince of Bel Air||Mike||Episode: "Where There's a Will, There's a Way: Part 1"|
|1993||NYPD Blue||Jaime Dileo||Episode: "Brown Appetit"|
|1997||Subway Stories||Jake||Television film; segment: "The Listeners"|
|1998||E.R.||Paul Canterna||Episode: "Of Past Regret and Future Fear"|
|1998||Rude Awakening||Johnny||Episode: "Naked Again"|
|1998||Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families||Szarany||Television film|
|2001–04||Boston Public||Danny Hanson||57 episodes (main cast, seasons 2-4)|
|2001||Mr. Life||Television film|
|2001||Night Visions||Harlow Winton||Episode: "Darkness"|
|2003||Chappelle's Show||Popcopy Employee||Episode: "#1.1"|
|2004||Practice, TheThe Practice||Gigi Coley||Episodes: "Comings and Goings", "New Hoods on the Block"|
|2005–10||The War at Home||Dave Gold||112 episodes (main cast)|
|2006||MadTV||Abraham Lincoln||Episode: "#11.10"|
|2006||Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness||DJ (voice)||Television film|
|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||Episode: "Big Whoop"|
|2010||The Line||Steve Waxman||Television film|
|2010–13||Pound Puppies||Squirt, Squeak (voice)||65 episodes|
|2012||Cops Uncuffed||Officer Joseph Tata||Television film|
|2012–13||The Mob Doctor||Paul Moretti||7 episodes (recurring cast)|
|2014||Justified||Daryl Crowe Jr.||13 episodes (recurring cast)|
|2014||Raising Hope||Michael||Episode: "Man's Best Friend"|
|2015||Black-ish||Jay Simmons||Episode: "Switch Hitting"|
|2015||Louie||Lenny||Episode: "Cop Story"|
|2015||Public Morals||Charlie Bullman||10 episodes (main cast)|
|2015||The Big Bang Theory||Kenny Fitzgerald||Episode: "The Helium Insufficiency"|
|2016||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Richie Caskey||Episode: "Sheltered Outcasts"|
|2016||Dice||Bobby the Mooch||Episode: "Six Grand"|
|2016||Crisis in Six Scenes||Trooper Mike||Episode: "Episode 6"|
|2016||Animals.||Erik (voice)||Episode: "Rats|
|2017||The New Edition Story||Gary Evans||Miniseries (1 part)|
|2017||The Guest Book||3 Episodes|
|1996||Don't Quit Your Day Job||Special Appearance #2|
|2001||Grand Theft Auto III||Joey Leone|
|2006||Saints Row||Troy Bradshaw|
|2006||Scarface: The World Is Yours||Drug Dealer / Henchman|
|2008||Saints Row 2||Troy Bradshaw|
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.
- Snoop Dogg "Lavender (Nightfall remix)"
- "Michael Rapaport Biography (1970-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- "Hip-Hop Vs. Hebrew?". Jewish Exponent.
- Maron, Marc (14 March 2016). "Episode 689 - Michael Rapaport". WTF with Marc Maron. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
- Errico, Marcus (19 May 1998). "Michael Rappaport Sentenced for Harassment". eonline.com. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
- Dow, Danica (2008-10-04). "Nas & Michael Rapaport Team Up For A Tribe Called Quest Doc". Sohh.Com. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- Radio, KFC. "#MAILTIME: Michael Rapaport - Mailtime: The Laziest Hour of Your Day". www.podcastone.com. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
- "Pardon My Take 5-18 With Comedian Michael Rapaport". Barstool Sports. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Michael Rapaport.|
- 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