|Is||Actor Television actor Film actor Comedian Internet personality Podcaster Film director|
|From||United States of America|
|Field||Film, TV, Stage & Radio Humor Internet|
|Birth||20 March 1970, New York City, New York, USA; Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA|
|Residence||Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA; New York City, New York, USA; Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA|
Michael David Rapaport (born March 20, 1970) is an American actor and comedian. He has appeared in over sixty films since the early 1990s, and starred on the sitcom The War at Home. He also appeared in Boston Public, Friends, Prison Break, Justified, Atypical, and The Big Bang Theory. His notable film roles include True Romance (1993), Higher Learning (1995), Metro (1997), Cop Land (1997), Deep Blue Sea (1999), The 6th Day (2000), Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), Big Fan (2009), and The Heat (2013). He also directed the documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest (2011).
Early life and education
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 has a brother named Eric Rapaport and an older half-sister named Claudia Lonow (née Rapaport) via his father's prior marriage. After his parents divorced, Rapaport's mother married comic Mark Lonow, who owned The Improv with Budd Friedman.
Rapaport grew up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, near 70th and York. He is Ashkenazi Jewish; his family is originally from Poland and Russia.
Rapaport had a hard time in school. He attended Erasmus Hall High School in the 1980s but was expelled, although he went back and graduated from Martin Luther King High School in New York City.
In 1989, Rapaport moved to Los Angeles, California when he was 19 years old to try to become a stand-up comic. Rapaport's stepfather, comic Mark Lonow, who owned The Improv with Budd Friedman, helped him get into the stand-up world. He did that for three years.
His big break in acting was on the TV series China Beach.
Rapaport 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 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 was named the MVP because of his defense on football player Terrell Owens, the MVP of the last two Celebrity Games, despite scoring just four points and having only a single 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.
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.
Rapaport hosts the I Am Rapaport Stereo Podcast on the CBS Local radio 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, 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.
On June 19, 2017, Rapaport announced on Twitter that he would be joining the popular sports satire website Barstool Sports where he will be a correspondent for the podcast Pardon My Take. On February 18, 2018, Rapaport was fired from Barstool Sports after making a rude comment toward their fan base.
Rapaport is currently also a reporter for Fox Sports, covering the BIG3 basketball league formed by Ice Cube. He is also the narrator of the WWE 365 series on WWE Network.
In 2000, Rapaport married writer and producer Nichole Beattie. They have two sons. They divorced in 2007.
In 2005, Rapaport wrote an article for Jane magazine about having to evict the actress Natasha Lyonne from a property he was renting to her during a period of heavy drug use on her part. The two have since reconciled and remain friends.
In 2016, Rapaport married his long time girlfriend, actress Kebe Dunn.
In June 2018, Rapaport, while on an American Airlines flight from Houston to Los Angeles, stopped another passenger from opening an emergency door mid-flight.
Rapaport was arrested on May 18, 1997 for harassing ex-girlfriend Lili Taylor and charged with two counts of aggravated harassment. He then pleaded guilty to the charges in court and New York Supreme Court Justice Arlene Goldberg issued a protection order to keep the actor from contacting Taylor, as well as mandating that he undergo counseling sessions.
|1993||Point of No Return||Big Stan|
|Money for Nothing||Kenny Kozlowski|
|True Romance||Dick Ritchie|
|1994||The Scout||Tommy Lacy|
|The Foot Shooting Party||Lizard||Short film (also starring Leonardo DiCaprio)|
|The Basketball Diaries||Skinhead|
|Kiss of Death||Ronnie Gannon|
|1996||Beautiful Girls||Paul Kirkwood|
|The Pallbearer||Brad Schorr|
|Cop Land||Murray Babitch|
|A Brother's Kiss||Stingy|
|Kicked in the Head||Stretch|
|The Naked Man||Dr. Edward Blis, Jr.|
|1999||Deep Blue Sea||Tom Scoggins|
|Kiss Toledo Goodbye||Kevin Gower|
|2000||Next Friday||Mailman with Tax Notice|
|Small Time Crooks||Denny|
|The 6th Day||Hank Morgan|
|Men of Honor||GM1 Snowhill|
|Chain of Fools||Hitman|
|King of the Jungle||Francis|
|2001||Dr. Dolittle 2||Joey the Raccoon (voice)|
|2002||Paper Soldiers||Mike E.|
|Comic Book Villains||Norman Link|
|29 Palms||The Cop|
|2003||A Good Night to Die||August|
|This Girl's Life||Terry the Car Salesman|
|2004||America Brown||Daniel Brown|
|Scrambled Eggs||Drama Teacher|
|2006||It Aint Easy|
|Live Free or Die||Lt. Putney|
|2008||Assassination of a High School President||Coach Z|
|Big Fan||Philadelphia Phil|
|A Day in the Life||Detective Grant|
|2011||Inside Out||Jack Small|
|Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest||Himself||Documentary; also director and interviewer|
|2012||Should've Been Romeo||Danny|
|The Baytown Outlaws||Lucky|
|Kiss of the Damned||Ben|
|2013||The Heat||Jason Mullins|
|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|
|Sully||Pete the Bartender|
|Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life||Animation Voice (voice)|
|1990||China Beach||Kravits||Episode: "One Small Step"|
|1992||Murphy Brown||Robbie||Episode: "He-Ho, He-Ho, It's Off to Lamaze We Go"|
|Middle Ages||Jimmy||2 episodes|
|1993||Fresh Prince of Bel Air||Mike||Episode: "Where There's a Will, There's a Way: Part 1"|
|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"|
|Rude Awakening||Johnny||Episode: "Naked Again"|
|Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families||Szarany||Television film|
|2001–2004||Boston Public||Danny Hanson||57 episodes (main cast, seasons 2-4)|
|2001||Mr. Life||Television film|
|Night Visions||Harlow Winton||Episode: "Darkness"|
|2003||Chappelle's Show||Popcopy Employee||Episode: "#1.1"|
|2004||The Practice||Gigi Coley||Episodes: "Comings and Goings", "New Hoods on the Block"|
|2005–2007||The War at Home||Dave Gold||44 episodes (main cast)|
|2006||MadTV||Abraham Lincoln||Episode: "#11.10"|
|Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness||DJ (voice)||Television film|
|2007–2008||My Name Is Earl||Frank Stump||6 episodes (recurring cast)|
|2008–2009||Prison Break||Agent Donald "Don" Self||22 episodes|
|2009–2010||Accidentally on Purpose||Sully||2 episodes|
|2010||Royal Pains||Stanley||Episode: "Big Whoop"|
|The Line||Steve Waxman||Television film|
|2010–2013||Pound Puppies||Squirt, Squeak (voice)||65 episodes|
|Cops Uncuffed||Officer Joseph Tata||Television film|
|2012–2013||The Mob Doctor||Paul Moretti||7 episodes (recurring cast)|
|2014||Justified||Daryl Crowe Jr.||13 episodes (recurring cast)|
|Raising Hope||Michael||Episode: "Man's Best Friend"|
|2015||Black-ish||Jay Simmons||Episode: "Switch Hitting"|
|Louie||Lenny||Episode: "Cop Story"|
|Public Morals||Charlie Bullman||10 episodes (main cast)|
|The Big Bang Theory||Kenny Fitzgerald||Episode: "The Helium Insufficiency"|
|2016||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Richie Caskey||Episode: "Sheltered Outcasts"|
|Dice||Bobby the Mooch||Episode: "Six Grand"|
|Crisis in Six Scenes||Trooper Mike||Episode: "Episode 6"|
|Animals.||Erik (voice)||Episode: "Rats"|
|2017||The New Edition Story||Gary Evans||Miniseries (3 episodes)|
|The Guest Book||Adam||2 episodes|
|White Famous||Teddy Snow||8 episodes (recurring cast)|
|WWE 365||Narrator||Episode: "Kevin Owens"|
|The Untitled Action Bronson Show||Himself||Episode: "Michael Rapaport, José Enrique"|
|2017–present||Atypical||Doug Gardner||Main Cast|
|2018||WWE 365||Narrator||Episode: "AJ Styles"|
|2019||The Simpsons||Mike Wegman||Episode: "Go Big or Go Homer"|
|1996||Don't Quit Your Day Job||Special Appearance #2|
|2001||Grand Theft Auto III||Joey Leone|
|2006||Saints Row||Troy Bradshaw|
|Scarface: The World Is Yours||Drug Dealer / Henchman|
|2008||Saints Row 2||Troy Bradshaw|
|2018||NBA 2K19||Coach Darren Stackhouse|
- 1994: Frank Zappa: "Civilization, Phaze III" – Act Two, playing Moon Zappa's "boyfriend" in skits
- 1998: Jay-Z: "The City is Mine"
- 2002: Talib Kweli: Waiting for the DJ – cameo
- 2003: High & Mighty: The Highlite Zone – "How to Rob an Actor"
- 2003: Jaylib: "McNasty Filth"
- 2004: Masta Ace: "A Long Hot Summer" – Ace's prison cellmate
- 2006: Ludacris: "Runaway Love" – victimizer of "Lisa," the first child depicted in the song
- 2008: H2O: "What Happened?"
- 2017: Snoop Dogg: "Lavender (Nightfall Remix)"
- 2017: Sean Price: "Dead or Alive" (featuring Bernadette Price)
Works and publications
- Rapaport, Michael (2017). This Book Has Balls. New York: Touchstone. ISBN 978-1-501-16031-8. OCLC 975365440.