Michael Rapaport Biography

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Born: March 20, 1970


Date of Birth: March 20, 1970

Born in New York, Michael Rapaport has became one of Hollywood's hardest-working and most versatile supporting/character actors. Rapaport began as a stand-up comedian, but turned to acting after landing a guest-starring role in a 1990 episode of the ABC television drama China Beach. Rapaport's portrayal of a Jewish teen struggling to survive in an African-American-dominated Detroit neighborhood while romantically involved with a black girl in Zebrahead earned him considerable acclaim and a nomination for an Independent Feature Project Spirit Award.

After that, Rapaport did a bit more television work and his career remained low key until 1993 when he suddenly burst back onto the screen in four major films: True Romance, Point of No Return, Money for Nothing and Poetic Justice. Some of Rapaport's notable subsequent roles include that of a college student who mistakenly attempts to find his niche by becoming a skinhead in John Singleton's Higher Learning (1995), and that of a slightly dim prizefighter set up for a blind date with a goodhearted hooker in Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite (1995).

In 1998, Rapaport co-starred in the Showtime cable network's black comedy series about the zany world of substance abuse recovery programs Rude Awakening. That year Rapaport also appeared in the films Palmetto, Men and The Naked Man. On the personal side, Rapaport was dating Lili Taylor and in May 1998, pleaded guilty to aggravated harrassment and was ordered to stay away from her and to be in counseling for a year.

In 1999, Rapaport appeared in Renny Harlin's shark action flick Deep Blue Sea and as an investment advisor impersonating a Mafia Godfather in Kiss Toledo Goodbye. In 2000, he married Nichole Beattie and they have two children together, but they have since separated. He landed a steady job as Danny Hanson on the TV series Boston Public in 2001, and continued to do a variety of independent films during hiatus. In 2005 he appeared in a supporting role in the big budget flick Hitch, starring Will Smith.

He married Nichole Beattie in 2000, and they have two sons together, but they have since filed for divorce.


Only in New York (2009)
The Deported (2009)
Assassination of a High School President (2009)
The Saints of Mt. Christopher (2008)
Big Fan (2009)
Tom Cool (2009)
A Day in the Life (2007)
Scarface: The World Is Yours (2006)
Grilled (2006)
Push (2006)
Live Free or Die (2006)
Special (2006)
It Ain't Easy (2006)
The Sky Is Green (2005)
The Other Side (2005)
Hitch (2005)
America Brown (2004)
This Girl's Life (2003)
Death of a Dynasty (2003)
A Good Night to Die (2003)
29 Palms (2002)
Triggermen (2002)
Paper Soldiers (2002)
King of the Jungle (2001)
Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001) (voice)
The 6th Day (2000)
Men of Honor (2000)
Bamboozled (2000)
Chain of Fools (2000)
Lucky Numbers (2000)
Small Time Crooks (2000)
Kiss Toledo Goodbye (1999)
Deep Blue Sea (1999)
Men (1998)
Palmetto (1998)
The Naked Man (1998)
Cop Land (1997)
Kicked in the Head (1997)
A Brother's Kiss (1997)
Metro (1997)
Illtown (1996)
The Pallbearer (1996)
Beautiful Girls (1996)
Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Kiss of Death (1995)
Higher Learning (1995)
The Scout (1994)
Handgun (1994)
Money for Nothing (1993)
Poetic Justice (1993)
Point of No Return (1993)
True Romance (1993)
Zebrahead (1992)

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