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

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Character actor Michael Rapaport essayed larger-than-life figures on both sides of the law in countless features and television series for more than two decades, earning critical praise for dramatic work in "True Romance" (1993) and "Justified" (FX, 2010-15) and comic turns in "Mighty Aphrodite" (1995) while also cultivating an impressive second career as a documentarian, most notably with "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest" (2011). Born Michael David Rapaport on March 20, 1970 in New York City, he came from a family of broadcasters: his mother, June Brody, was an on-in personality, while his father was radio executive David Rapaport, who transformed the venerable WKTU into an all-disco format in the mid-1970s. After graduating from high school, Rapaport headed west to try his hand at stand-up comedy, but found greater success as an actor on television and in features, beginning in 1992 with "Zebrahead," an independent drama about the tensions created by a romance between black and white teenagers (N'Bushe Wright and Rapaport, respectively). However, his New York heritage and streetwise screen persona translated more directly to "wiseguy" roles - working class types ("Money...

Character actor Michael Rapaport essayed larger-than-life figures on both sides of the law in countless features and television series for more than two decades, earning critical praise for dramatic work in "True Romance" (1993) and "Justified" (FX, 2010-15) and comic turns in "Mighty Aphrodite" (1995) while also cultivating an impressive second career as a documentarian, most notably with "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest" (2011). Born Michael David Rapaport on March 20, 1970 in New York City, he came from a family of broadcasters: his mother, June Brody, was an on-in personality, while his father was radio executive David Rapaport, who transformed the venerable WKTU into an all-disco format in the mid-1970s. After graduating from high school, Rapaport headed west to try his hand at stand-up comedy, but found greater success as an actor on television and in features, beginning in 1992 with "Zebrahead," an independent drama about the tensions created by a romance between black and white teenagers (N'Bushe Wright and Rapaport, respectively). However, his New York heritage and streetwise screen persona translated more directly to "wiseguy" roles - working class types ("Money for Nothing," 1993), small-time crooks ("Hand Gun," 1994), and second bananas in comedies like "The Pallbearer" (1996) and "Kicked in the Head" (1997). His ability to enliven supporting roles in features like the Quentin Tarantino-penned "True Romance" (1993), which cast him as Christian Slater's hapless roommate, and as a student seduced by white supremacy in John Singleton's "Higher Learning" (1997), quickly established Rapaport as a talented player in both comic and dramatic fare. For a period of time in the late '90s, Rapaport was a ubiquitous presence in major features, playing a sweet if slow-minded boxer in Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite" (1995), a police officer wanted by corrupt fellow lawmen in James Mangold's "Cop Land," and a doomed engineer pursued by intelligent sharks in "Deep Blue Sea" (1998), among other roles. His big screen cooled in the new millennium, though there were still high-profile turns in films like "The 6th Day" (2000) and Spike Lee's "Bamboozled" (2000); however, television offered more consistent and diverse work, including a recurring turn as a cop boyfriend to Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) on "Friends" (NBC, 1994-2004) and an amiable convict on "My Name is Earl" (NBC, 2005-09), two seasons on David E. Kelley's "Boston Public" (Fox, 2000-04) as teacher Danny Hanson, and two seasons as the star of "The War at Home" (Fox, 2005-07) as an opinionated Long Island insurance salesman. During this period, Rapaport also parlayed his long-standing interest in hip-hop music into "Beats, Rhymes & Life" (2011), a critically praised documentary about the ground-breaking rap trio A Tribe Called Quest. He helmed a second documentary, "When the Garden Was Eden" (2014), about the New York Knicks in the 1970s, for ESPN's "30 for 30" (2009- ), as was a 2016 short, "Hard-Lovin' Woman," about actress Juliette Lewis's pursuit of a music career, and Rapaport also enjoyed notoriety as an outspoken basketball and culture commentator for Fox Sports and through his own podcast, I Am Rapaport. However, acting continued to remain his primary career, and he maintained steady work as earthy characters in features like "The Heat" (2013), the boxing biopic "Chuck" (2016), with Liev Schreiber, and Clint Eastwood's "Sully" (2016). He was also a ubiquitous presence on television, both as a series regular on dramas like "Public Morals" (TNT, 2015) and a guest player, most notably in the fifth season of "Justified" (FX, 2010-2015) as the malevolent head of a Florida organized crime family, and as a fictional music manager in "The New Edition Story" (BET, 2017).

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 Chuck (2017)
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 Sully (2016)
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 Stand Up Guy, A (2016)
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 Little Boy (2015)
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 Last I Heard (2013)
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1992:
Cast as a recurring character on the short-lived critically acclaimed comedy-drama series "Middle Ages"
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
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
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
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Moved to Los Angeles
2000:
Co-starred in Woody Allen's "Small Time Crooks"
1992:
Feature debut, starred in "Zebrahead"
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"
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Was kicked out of seven schools in NYC
2001:
Joined the cast of "Boston Public" (Fox) as an idealistic teacher with unorthodox methods of instruction
2000:
Portrayed a TV executive in Spike Lee's black comedy "Bamboozled"
1998:
Starred in Nick Gomez's "illtown"
1993:
Cast as Christian Slater's roomate, Dick Ritchie, in "True Romance"
1996:
Co-starred as a boxer paired with working girl Mira Sorvino in Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite"
1995:
Played a college student inovlved with a white power group in John Singleton's "Higher Learning"
2014:
Appeared as Florida mob boss Daryl Crowe, Jr on fifth season of "Justified"
2017:
Featured as music manager Gary Evans in "The New Edition Story"
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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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