Harry Rapf (16 October 1880, in New York City[1] – 6 February 1949, in Los Angeles), was an American film producer.

Harry Rapf
Harry Rapf 1921.jpg
Harry Rapf in 1921
Born16 October 1880
Died6 February 1949 (aged 68)
OccupationFilm producer, film director
Years active1917-1949
Known forFilm production at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
FamilyMatthew Rapf, Maurice Rapf


Born to a Jewish family,[2] Rapf began his career in 1917, and during a 20-year career became a well-known producer of films for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He created the comedic duo Dane & Arthur featuring Karl Dane and George K. Arthur in the late 1920s.

Rapf was also one of the founding members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was entombed at Home of Peace Cemetery in East Los Angeles, California.

He had two sons: screenwriter and professor of film studies Maurice Rapf and film/television producer and screenwriter Matthew Rapf.[3]



  1. ^ 1900 census record. "Ancestry.com".
  2. ^ Rapf, Maurice (Jan 28, 1999). Back Lot: Growing Up with the Movies. Scarecrow Press. p. 15. ISBN 9780810835832.
  3. ^ "Maurice Rapf (1914-2003)". Archived from the original on 2014-12-26. Retrieved 2013-05-20.

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