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Michael Rapaport

A true New Yorker through and through, Michael Rapaport was born in Manhattan, to June Brody, a radio personality, and David Rapaport, a radio program manager. He is of Polish Jewish and Russian Jewish descent. Rapaport 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 New York 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. Rapaport married writer Nicole Beatty in 2000, and they have two children.

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Mar 20, 1970 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series China Beach 1988-04-26
Latest Project:
Series Black-ish 2014-09-24

5 wins & 8 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Louie
Poster of Justified
Poster of Prison Break
Poster of Friends
Black-ish Unknown 2014-09-24
The Queen Latifah Show Unknown 2013
The Arsenio Hall Show Unknown 2013-09-09
The Mob Doctor Paul Moretti 7 episodes, 2012-2013 2012
The Haunting Of Himself 2012-10-27
Justified Unknown 2010-03-16
Louie Unknown 2010-06-29
Raising Hope Unknown 2010-09-01
Royal Pains Unknown 2009-06-04
Accidentally on Purpose Unknown 2009
30 for 30 Himself 2009-10-06
Celebrity Ghost Stories Unknown 2008-10-25
The Bronx Bunny Show Unknown 2007-03-01
Prison Break Unknown 2005-08-29
My Name Is Earl Unknown 2005-09-20
The War at Home Dave Gold 44 episodes, 2005-2007 2005-09-11
Chappelle's Show Unknown 2003-01-22
Dinner for Five Unknown 2001-07-06
Night Visions Unknown 2001-07-12
Boston Public Danny Hanson 59 episodes, 2001-2004 2000-10-23
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Friends Unknown 1994-09-22
NYPD Blue Unknown 1993-09-21
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Unknown 1990-09-10
China Beach Unknown 1988-04-26
Murphy Brown Unknown 1988-11-14