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Also Known As: Anthony Deane Rapp Died:
Born: October 26, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, writer, director, acting teacher, photographer, coffee maker at Starbucks

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Blond, wiry and intense, this likable twentysomething actor has proven his mettle on the New York stage in a variety of genres as a child performer, juvenile and young adult. Rapp has also established a steady career as a character player in films. His greatest notoriety to date has come on the Off-Broadway and Broadway stage, acting and singing the part of Mark Cohen, the uptight aspiring filmmaker who "narrates" much of "Rent" (1996), the late Jonathan Larson's musical phenomenon, for which he shared an OBIE Award with the ensemble cast. His character was generally perceived as a surrogate for the playwright and the same was more explicitly true in "Precious Sons" (1986), George Furth's stage memoir set on Chicago's South Side in the summer of 1949. The then 14-year-old Rapp won raves for his extraordinary performance as the sensitive, dreamy youth who must choose between the theater and a conventional education and the concomitant competing wishes of his mother (Judith Ivey) and father (Ed Harris).

Blond, wiry and intense, this likable twentysomething actor has proven his mettle on the New York stage in a variety of genres as a child performer, juvenile and young adult. Rapp has also established a steady career as a character player in films. His greatest notoriety to date has come on the Off-Broadway and Broadway stage, acting and singing the part of Mark Cohen, the uptight aspiring filmmaker who "narrates" much of "Rent" (1996), the late Jonathan Larson's musical phenomenon, for which he shared an OBIE Award with the ensemble cast. His character was generally perceived as a surrogate for the playwright and the same was more explicitly true in "Precious Sons" (1986), George Furth's stage memoir set on Chicago's South Side in the summer of 1949. The then 14-year-old Rapp won raves for his extraordinary performance as the sensitive, dreamy youth who must choose between the theater and a conventional education and the concomitant competing wishes of his mother (Judith Ivey) and father (Ed Harris).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Opening Night (2014)
2.
 Other Woman, The (2009)
3.
4.
 Blackbird (2007)
6.
 Rent (2005)
7.
 Open House (2005)
8.
 A Beautiful Mind (2001) Bender
9.
 Beach Boys: An American Family, The (2000) Van Dyke Parks
10.
 Man of the Century (1999) Timothy Burns
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1978:
First role, playing the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of Oz," at Isalnd Lake Camp
1981:
Professional debut at age nine in a road tour production of "Evita"
1982:
At age 10, appeared in a Broadway musical entitled, "The Little Prince and the Aviator"
1982:
Toured with Yul Brynner in "The King and I"
1986:
At age 14, played second lead in the Broadway production of George Furth's stage memoir, "Precious Sons" with Ed Harris and Judith Ivey
1987:
Made feature film debut in "Adventures in Babysitting"
1989:
Starred in the Disney-produced TV-movie, "Sky High"; aired as part of NBC's "The Magical World of Disney"
1989:
Moved to New York City
1990:
"Came out" as bisexual at age 18 after meeting a partner
1990:
Originated the role of Ben on the New York stage in John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation"
1991:
Co-founded Mr. and Mrs. Smith Productions, a theater company
1992:
Played a substantial feature supporting role in the film, "School Ties"
1992:
Appeared Off-Broadway in "Sophistry" and "The Destiny of Me"
1993:
Recreated his stage role of Ben in the film version of "Six Degrees of Separation"
1993:
Directed the New York production of "Ursula's Permanent"; co-wrote with his brother Adam
1994:
Starred as Mark Cohen in Jonathan Larson's musical "Rent" in a limited Workshop production at the New York Theatre Workshop
1994:
Acted in his brother Adam's play, "Prosthetics and the $25,000 Pyramid," at the Workhouse Theatre
1994:
First TV-movie as an adult, a supporting role in Showtime's "Assault at West Point"
1996:
Reprised role of Mark Cohen in the Off-Broadway production of "Rent"; moved with the show to Broadway
1997:
Starred as a filmmaker in the independent film, "David Searching"
1998:
Reprised his role of Mark in the London production of "Rent"
1999:
Had featured role as a photographer in "Man of the Century"
2000:
Played supporting role in the ABC miniseries, "The Beach Boys: An American Family"
2000:
Co-starred in the feature comedy, "Road Trip"
2000:
Made cabaret performing debut at Fez in NYC (October)
2001:
Starred in West Coast premiere of brother Adam's play, "Nocture," at Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2001:
Appeared as one of the friends and colleagues of math genius John Forbes Nash in the biopic, "A Beautiful Mind"
2005:
Reprised the role of Mark Cohen for the big-screen adaptation of Jonathan Larson's Tony-winning musical, "Rent"
2006:
Had a supporting role in NBC's short-lived series, "Kidnapped"
2008:
Performed the Autobiographical, "Without You," at the Pittsburgh City Theatre
2010:
Performed "Without You" at the New York Musical Theatre Festival
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -
Joliet West High School: Joliet , Illinois - 1988

Notes

His website's address is www.anthonyrapp.com

"Anthony Rapp wants to win a Tony award. He knows snagging Broadway's highest honor could do wonders for his career, but he has another, more political reason for wanting to hear his name called when the awards are given out this year. 'Think of the visibility", he says excitedly, picturing the ceremony in his head. 'Millions of people watching me lean over and kiss the man I'm seeing--on the lips. That's a great image that I'd want to leave people with.'" --From "Star '96" by Peter Galvin in The Advocate, April 30, 1996

"I just want to keep working. I want to be respected and sought after. I want to be in a position where my name will help get something produced." --Rapp quoted in "How the Show Goes On" by Peter Galvin in Interview, June 1996

"I think I'm primarily homosexual--certainly politically, and I guess socially. But, I don't consider myself 100% gay--it's a scale. The word queer is all-encompassing: I feel like "gay" invalidates, in a way, the girlfriends that I have had as an avoidance of accepting my "true" self--which I don't think that was the case. I think I've been genuinely in love or in lust with girls and guys--they both were and are true." --Rapp quoted on his offical website (www.anthonyrapp.com)

"No matter how he labels himself, Rapp's career is thriving. 'Being queer certainly doesn't seem to have cost me anything in theatre in New York, and I've done films since I've come out", he says. 'Frankly, if people aren't going to cast me because I'm queer, then I don't want to work with them.'" --From "No People Like Show People" by Christine Champagne, Metrosource, Fall 1996

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companion:
Josh Safron. Screenwriter. Met c. 1997.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Mary Rapp. Nurse. Raised a devout Catholic; divorced from Rapp's father; battled cancer from 1992 until her death in May 1997.
brother:
Adam Rapp. Author, playwright. Co-wrote play entitled "Ursula's Permanent" with Rapp; has also written novels for children and several other plays.

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