Michael David Rapaport (born March 20, 1970) is an American actor and a comedian. He has acted in more than forty films since the early 1990s. For his television credits he’s best known for his roles on the television series Boston Public, Prison Break, and The War at Home.
Rapaport was born to a Jewish family in New York City, New York, the son of June Brody, a New York radio personality, and David Rapaport, a radio program manager. As a teenager he idolized actors, and fellow New Yorkers, Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken. He was expelled from high school and moved to Los Angeles, California to try stand-up comedy.
Rapaport has appeared in both dramatic and comedic roles on film and television. His movie roles include starring alongside Eddie Murphy in Metro, as a wisecracking marine biologist in Deep Blue Sea, and as a naive college student whose loneliness drives him to become a racist skinhead in Higher Learning. Many credit his breakout role with the independent film Zebrahead. His other best known film role was in True Romance as Dick Ritchie. Rapaport costarred in the Fox sitcom The War at Home, in which he played an “average Joe” type dealing with the everyday challenges of family life. The sitcom debuted in September 2005, and was cancelled in May 2007.
Rapaport previously starred in the TV drama Boston Public. He voiced Troy from August 2006’s Saints Row on Xbox 360, the sequel Saints Row 2 and Joey Leone in the popular video game Grand Theft Auto III. Rapaport had a recurring guest-starring role on several episodes of Friends in 1999 as Phoebe’s (Lisa Kudrow) police officer boyfriend, Gary. Coincidentally, Anita Barone, who plays Michael’s on-screen wife, Vicky Gold in The War at Home, also appeared in Friends. She played Ross’ ex-wife Carol for one episode, before Jane Sibbett was re-cast in the role.
He had a recurring role in My Name is Earl as Frank, a convict Earl reunites with in prison. His character was the reason for many of the things in Earl’s life, such as indirectly giving Earl his trailer and El Camino after a botched robbery with his partner, Paco. He played one of the main characters in the season 4 of Prison Break as Homeland Security Agent Don Self.
In October 2008, Rapaport announced that he is directing a documentary about legendary hip hop act, A Tribe Called Quest in collaboration with rapper Nas who will produce the project.
On November 10, 2008, TV Guide reported that Rapaport is developing a series based on the work of social workers for CBS.
Rapaport is married to Nichole Beattie and they have two children, sons Julian Ali and Maceo Shane. He revealed on VH1’s 2008 Hip Hop Honors that his son was named after Vincent Mason (nicknamed “Maseo”) of the rap group De La Soul.
Bio from Wikipedia.
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