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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).Rapaport's film career took off in 1993 with appearances in four diverse projects, including the delirious Quentin Tarantino-scripted crime adventure "True Romance". Playing the edgy actor friend of Christian Slater, Rapaport held his own amid the formidable ensemble. He also had a small role in writer-director John Singleton's "Poetic Justice" that year. Rapaport graduated to a major role in Singleton's "Higher Learning" (1995) playing a not entirely unsympathetic Midwestern college student who becomes a skinhead in a misguided effort to forge an identity for himself. Later that year, he won praise for his role as a not-too-bright boxer being set up with a prostitute in Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite". In Ted Demme's "Beautiful Girls"...

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).

Rapaport's film career took off in 1993 with appearances in four diverse projects, including the delirious Quentin Tarantino-scripted crime adventure "True Romance". Playing the edgy actor friend of Christian Slater, Rapaport held his own amid the formidable ensemble. He also had a small role in writer-director John Singleton's "Poetic Justice" that year. Rapaport graduated to a major role in Singleton's "Higher Learning" (1995) playing a not entirely unsympathetic Midwestern college student who becomes a skinhead in a misguided effort to forge an identity for himself. Later that year, he won praise for his role as a not-too-bright boxer being set up with a prostitute in Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite". In Ted Demme's "Beautiful Girls" (1996), Rapaport was Matt Dillon's roommate who was fixated on models. He appeared in supporting roles in "The Pallbearer" (1996), "A Brother's Kiss" (1997) and headlined Nick Gomez's "illtown" (1998).

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 Last I Heard (2013)
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 Inside Out (2011)
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 Big Fan (2009)
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 Live Free or Die (2006)
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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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