Michael Rapaport

Michael Rapaport

Mar. 20th, 1970
Born in
New York City, New York, USA
6' 3 1/2

Michael Rapaport's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Prison Break TV Show
Prison Break
My Name Is Earl TV Show
My Name Is Earl
Justified TV Show
The War at Home TV Show
The War at Home
Public Morals (2015) TV Show
Public Morals (2015)
Boston Public TV Show
Boston Public
Dinner for Five TV Show
Dinner for Five
Crisis in Six Scenes TV Show
Crisis in Six Scenes

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Little Boy
2014 - My Man Is a Loser
2013 - The Heat
2012 - Kiss of the Damned
2011 - Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest
2011 - Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest
2009 - Big Fan
2008 - Assassination of a High School President
2006 - Grilled
2006 - Push
2006 - Live Free or Die
2005 - Hitch
2003 - 29 Palms
2003 - A good night to die
2003 - This Girl's Life
2002 - Paper Soldiers
2001 - Dr. Dolittle 2
2000 - The 6th Day
2000 - Men of Honor
2000 - Next Friday
2000 - Bamboozled
2000 - Chain of Fools
2000 - Small Time Crooks
2000 - Lucky Numbers
1999 - Deep Blue Sea
1998 - The Naked Man
1998 - Palmetto
1997 - Metro
1997 - Cop Land
1996 - Beautiful Girls
1996 - The Pallbearer
1995 - Mighty Aphrodite
1995 - Kiss of Death
1995 - Higher Learning
1995 - The Basketball Diaries
1994 - The Scout
1993 - True Romance
1993 - Money for Nothing
1993 - Poetic Justice
1993 - Point of No Return

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Paul Moretti
DJ (Voiced)
Erik (Voiced)
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A true New Yorker through and through, Michael Rapaport, the son of a radio program manager, may have moved to Los Angeles to try stand-up comedy following high school graduation (which came after a series of expulsions), but he never lost, forgot nor deserted his roots. It's embedded in his work and is a major part of his low-keyed charm and ongoing appeal. His early idols were also New Yorkers ('Robert De Niro', 'Christopher Walken', etc.). He toiled only briefly in L.A. Within a short amount of time Michael moved from the live comedy stage to working in front of a camera. The two developed an immediate rapport. A guest spot on the TV series China Beach (1988) led to a starring role in the quirky interracial indie Zebrahead (1992), which clinched it for him. This, in turn, led to a string of standout parts in films, such as 'Christian Slater's pal in True Romance (1993), an edgy collegiate-turned-skinhead in Higher Learning (1995) and a sympathetic none-too-bright boxer in 'Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite (1995), all enabling him to build up a higher profile. In later years he managed to show his ease at offbeat comedy, demonstrating a kid-like, goofy charm as 'Lisa Kudrow's cop boyfriend for a few episodes on Friends (1994) and as teacher Danny Hanson on Boston Public (2000). Lately he has formed his own production company, Release Entertainment, in search of that one big breakout role that could nab top stardom for him. In 2000 Michael's writer/girlfriend 'Nicole Beatty' bore him a son. They married that same year.

  • Dated 'Lili Taylor (I)' (qv).
  • As a youngster, he was a die-hard fan of 'Eddie Murphy (I)' (qv) and used to dress up like him in gold chains and white suits. He later got to work with his idol in the film _Metro (1997)_ (qv) and on _Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001)_ (qv).
  • (May 1998) Pleaded guilty to aggravated harassment of 'Lili Taylor (I)' (qv). Ordered to stay away from her and get counseling for a year.
  • Lives in New York.
  • Has a son named Julian Ali, born in 2000.
  • With his height (6' 4"), he once entertained the thought of being a basketball player.
  • Has a son named Maceo Shane, born in 2002. He named his son after 'P.A. Pacemaster Mase' (qv) aka Maseo of 'De La Soul' (qv).

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