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Also Known As: Died:
Born: March 20, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, comedian

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A versatile, young, blond performer, Rapaport segued smoothly from standup comedy to acting with a 1990 guest shot on ABC-TV's "China Beach" and a starring role in "Zebrahead" (1992) as a white high schooler involved in a tense interracial relationship. For the latter, he garnered good notices and an Independent Feature Project Spirit Award nomination. More TV work followed including a recurring role on the fleeting but acclaimed comedy-drama "Middle Ages" (CBS, 1992).

A versatile, young, blond performer, Rapaport segued smoothly from standup comedy to acting with a 1990 guest shot on ABC-TV's "China Beach" and a starring role in "Zebrahead" (1992) as a white high schooler involved in a tense interracial relationship. For the latter, he garnered good notices and an Independent Feature Project Spirit Award nomination. More TV work followed including a recurring role on the fleeting but acclaimed comedy-drama "Middle Ages" (CBS, 1992).

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 Last I Heard (2013)
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 Little Boy (2012)
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 Inside Out (2011)
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 Big Fan (2009)
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Was kicked out of seven schools in NYC
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Moved to Los Angeles
1989:
Performed standup comedy at The Improv on Melrose Avenue in L.A. for two-and-a-half years (date approximate)
1990:
TV acting debut, a guest shot on "China Beach"
1992:
Feature debut, starred in "Zebrahead"
1992:
Cast as a recurring character on the short-lived critically acclaimed comedy-drama series "Middle Ages"
1993:
Had featured role in "True Romance"
1996:
Cast a boxer in Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite"
1998:
Starred in Nick Gomez's "illtown"
1998:
Co-wrote and co-produced the short film "Trouble Spot", about baldness; directed and co-written with actor Paul Schulze
1999:
Guest-starred on several episodes of "Friends," (NBC) as Phoebe's (Lisa Kudrow) police officer boyfriend, Gary
2000:
Co-starred in Woody Allen's "Small Time Crooks"
2000:
Portrayed a TV executive in Spike Lee's black comedy "Bamboozled"
2001:
Joined the cast of "Boston Public" (Fox) as an idealistic teacher with unorthodox methods of instruction
2005:
Cast in the Fox sitcom "The War at Home," playing an <i>average Joe</i> type dealing with the everyday challenges of family life
2007:
Co-starred in Gregg Kavet and Andy Robin's crime comedy "Live Free or Die"
2007:
Joined the cast of NBC's "My Name Is Earl" in a recurring role
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Education

Erasmus Hall High School: Brooklyn , New York -
Martin Luther King High School: New York , New York -

Notes

"I got kicked out of seven schools in New York City. The first time was third grade, which is hard to do. I was a bona fide, smart-mouth class clown. From the school's point of view, I was worse than the guys stabbing people, as long as they did it quietly."--Michael Rapaport quoted in "Chatter" by Kim Cunningham in People, February 13, 1995.

Rapaport claims to have seen "Saturday Night Fever" 50 times.

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companion:
Lili Taylor. Actor. Together from summer 1996 to spring 1997; Taylor complained to police that Rapaport was harrassing her after their break-up and he was arrested on May 18, 1997; he pled guilty in 1998 and agreed to therapy and no contact with Taylor for three years in lieu of jail time.
wife:
Nichole Beattie. Journalist. Married on January 15, 2000; announced separation in May 2004.

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father:
David Rapaport. Radio program manager. Worked at WKTU "Disco 92" in NYC.
mother:
June Brodie.
son:
Julilan Ali Rapaport. Born on May 2, 2000; mother, Nichole Beattie.

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