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Michael David Rapaport (born March 20, 1970) is an American actor, podcast host, writer, director, comedian and media personality.[1] He has appeared in over sixty films since the early 1990s. He is arguably best known for his appearances on the podcast Pardon My Take, and for playing Dave Gold on the sitcom The War at Home. He also appeared in Boston Public, Friends, Prison Break, Justified, and Atypical Some of his notable film roles include True Romance (1993), Higher Learning (1995), Metro (1997), Cop Land (1997), Deep Blue Sea (1999), The 6th Day (2000), Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), I Am Sam (2001), Big Fan (2009), and The Heat (2013). He also directed the documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest (2011).[2][3]

Michael Rapaport
Michael Rapaport in 2013
Rapaport in 2015
Born Michael David Rapaport
(1970-03-20) March 20, 1970 (age 47)
New York City, New York U.S.
Residence Brooklyn, New York U.S.
Other names "Gringo Mandingo"
Occupation Actor
Podcast host
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Nichole Beattie (m. 2000; div. 2007)
Kebe Dunn (m. 2016)
Children 2


Early life and educationEdit

Rapaport was born in New York City, the son of June Brody, a New York radio personality, and David Rapaport, a radio executive who was the general manager of the All-Disco format at New York radio station WKTU Disco 92. He has a brother named Eric Rapaport[4][5] and an older half-sister named Claudia Lonow (née Rapaport) via his father's prior marriage. After his parents divorced, Rapaport's mom married comic Mark Lonow, who owned The Improv with Budd Friedman.[6][7]

Rapaport grew up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, near 70th and York.[8] His family is from Poland and Russia, and he is Ashkenazi Jewish. The surname Rappaport is of Italian Jewish origin.[9]

Rapaport had a hard time in school.[10] He attended Erasmus Hall High School in the 1980s and was eventually expelled from high school, although he went back and graduated from Martin Luther King High School in New York City.[11]


In 1989, Rapaport moved to Los Angeles, California when he was 19 years old to try to become a stand-up comic. Rapaport's stepfather, comic Mark Lonow, who owned The Improv with Budd Friedman, helped him get into the stand-up world. He did that for three years.[6]

His first big break into the world of acting was on the TV show, China Beach.

Rapaport 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 four of Prison Break as Homeland Security Agent Don Self.

In October 2008, Rapaport announced that he was directing a documentary about hip hop act A Tribe Called Quest.[12] The film, Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, was released in 2011 and received mostly positive reviews.[13][14]

Rapaport guest starred in the fifth season of the FX series Justified as villain Daryl Crowe Jr, kingpin of the Crowe family.

On February 12, 2010, Rapaport participated in the NBA All-Star Weekend's Celebrity Game and won the MVP for the game for his defense on football player Terrell Owens, the MVP of the last two Celebrity Games, despite scoring just four points and having only a single rebound.

On April 17, 2014, an ESPN 30 for 30 film he directed premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film was about the 1970s championship-winning New York Knicks led by Earl Monroe, Walt Frazier, and Willis Reed. Players that made it to the premiere included Monroe, Frazier, Phil Jackson, Cazzie Russell, and Dick Barnett. Bill Bradley was not able to attend due to a recent hip replacement surgery.

Rapaport is an occasional guest on the Howard Stern Show on Sirius Satellite Radio, especially when he participates in the staff's fantasy football pool.

Rapaport hosts the I Am Rapaport Stereo Podcast on the CBS Local radio network with childhood friend Gerald Moody.[4]

Other podcasts that Rapaport has appeared on include The Monday Morning Podcast with Bill Burr, Mailtime[15] and Pardon My Take by Barstool Sports,[16] The Adam Carolla Show, The Fighter and The Kid, Anna Faris is Unqualified, The Bill Simmons Podcast and its predecessor, The BS Report; The Chive Podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, His & Hers Podcast, Cari Champion's Podcast, The Joey Boots Show, The Dirty Sports Podcast and more.

On June 19, 2017, Rapaport announced on Twitter that he would be joining the popular sports satire website Barstool Sports where he will be a correspondent for the podcast Pardon My Take.

Rapaport is currently also a reporter for Fox Sports, covering the BIG3 basketball league formed by Ice Cube.[17]


Rapaport was arrested on May 18th 1997 for harassing ex-girlfriend Lili Taylor and charged with two counts of aggravated harassment. He then pleaded guilty to the charges in court and New York Supreme Court Justice Arlene Goldberg issued a protection order to keep the actor away from contacting Taylor, as well as mandating he undergo counseling sessions. He was spared jail time for his actions.[18][19][20]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2000, Rapaport married writer and producer Nichole Beattie. They have two sons. They divorced in 2007.[21][6]

In 2005, Rapaport wrote an article for Jane magazine about having to evict the actress Natasha Lyonne from a property he was renting to her during a period of heavy drug use on her part. The two have since reconciled and remain friends.[22]

In 2016, Rapaport married his long time girlfriend, actress Kebe Dunn.[23]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Zebrahead Zack
1993 Point of No Return Big Stan
1993 Poetic Justice Dockworker
1993 Money for Nothing Kenny Kozlowski
1993 True Romance Dick Ritchie
1994 The Scout Tommy Lacy
1994 Hand Gun Lenny
1994 The Foot Shooting Party Lizard Short film (also starring Leonardo DiCaprio)
1995 Higher Learning Remy
1995 The Basketball Diaries Skinhead
1995 Kiss of Death Ronnie Gannon
1995 Mighty Aphrodite Kevin
1996 Beautiful Girls Paul Kirkwood
1996 The Pallbearer Brad Schorr
1997 Metro Kevin McCall
1997 Cop Land Murray Babitch
1997 A Brother's Kiss Stingy
1997 Kicked in the Head Stretch
1998 Palmetto Donnelly
1998 Illtown Dante
1998 Some Girl Neal
1998 The Naked Man Dr. Edward Blis, Jr.
1999 Deep Blue Sea Tom Scoggins
1999 Kiss Toledo Goodbye Kevin Gower
2000 Next Friday Mailman with Tax Notice
2000 Small Time Crooks Denny
2000 The 6th Day Hank Morgan
2000 Men of Honor GM1 Snowhill
2000 Bamboozled Thomas Dunwitty
2000 Chain of Fools Hitman
2000 King of the Jungle Francis
2000 Lucky Numbers Dale
2001 Dr. Dolittle 2 Joey the Raccoon (voice)
2002 Paper Soldiers Mike E.
2002 Triggermen Tommy O'Brian
2002 Comic Book Villains Norman Link
2002 29 Palms The Cop
2003 A Good Night to Die August
2003 This Girl's Life Terry the Car salesman
2004 America Brown Daniel Brown
2004 Scrambled Eggs Drama Teacher
2005 TOM 51
2005 Hitch Ben
2006 It Aint Easy
2006 Live Free or Die Lt. Putney
2006 Special Les Franken
2006 Push Tommy G
2006 Grilled Bobby
2007 Fugly Jack
2008 Assassination of a High School President Coach Z
2009 Tom Cool
2009 Big Fan Philadelphia Phil
2009 A Day in the Life Detective Grant
2011 Inside Out Jack Small
2011 Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest Himself Documentary; also director and interviewer
2012 Should've Been Romeo Danny
2012 The Baytown Outlaws Lucky
2012 Kiss of the Damned Ben
2013 The Heat Jason Mullins
2013 Once Upon a Time in Queens Bobby DiBianco
2014 My Man Is a Loser Marty
2015 Little Boy James Busbee
2016 A Stand Up Guy Colin
2016 Chuck John Wepner
2016 Sully Pete the Bartender
2016 Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life Animation Voice (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
1990 China Beach Kravits Episode: "One Small Step"
1992 Murphy Brown Robbie Episode: "He-Ho, He-Ho, It's Off to Lamaze We Go"
1992 Middle Ages Jimmy 2 Episodes
1993 Fresh Prince of Bel Air Mike Episode: "Where There's a Will, There's a Way: Part 1"
1993 NYPD Blue Jaime Dileo Episode: "Brown Appetit"
1997 Subway Stories Jake Television film; segment: "The Listeners"
1998 E.R. Paul Canterna Episode: "Of Past Regret and Future Fear"
1998 Rude Awakening Johnny Episode: "Naked Again"
1998 Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families Szarany Television film
1999 Friends Gary 4 Episodes
2001–04 Boston Public Danny Hanson 57 Episodes (main cast, seasons 2-4)
2001 Mr. Life Television film
2001 Night Visions Harlow Winton Episode: "Darkness"
2003 Chappelle's Show Popcopy Employee Episode: "#1.1"
2004 Practice, TheThe Practice Gigi Coley Episodes: "Comings and Goings", "New Hoods on the Block"
2005–07 The War at Home Dave Gold 44 Episodes (main cast)
2006 MadTV Abraham Lincoln Episode: "#11.10"
2006 Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness DJ (voice) Television film
2007–08 My Name Is Earl Frank Stump 6 Episodes (recurring cast)
2008–09 Prison Break Don Self 22 Episodes
2009–10 Accidentally on Purpose Sully 2 Episodes
2010 Royal Pains Stanley Episode: "Big Whoop"
2010 The Line Steve Waxman Television film
2010–13 Pound Puppies Squirt, Squeak (voice) 65 Episodes
2012 40 Television film
2012 Cops Uncuffed Officer Joseph Tata Television film
2012–13 The Mob Doctor Paul Moretti 7 Episodes (recurring cast)
2014 Justified Daryl Crowe Jr. 13 Episodes (recurring cast)
2014 Raising Hope Michael Episode: "Man's Best Friend"
2015 Black-ish Jay Simmons Episode: "Switch Hitting"
2015 Louie Lenny Episode: "Cop Story"
2015 Public Morals Charlie Bullman 10 Episodes (main cast)
2015 The Big Bang Theory Kenny Fitzgerald Episode: "The Helium Insufficiency"
2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Richie Caskey Episode: "Sheltered Outcasts"
2016 Dice Bobby the Mooch Episode: "Six Grand"
2016 Crisis in Six Scenes Trooper Mike Episode: "Episode 6"
2016 Animals. Erik (voice) Episode: "Rats
2017 The New Edition Story Gary Evans Miniseries (1 part)
2017 The Guest Book Adam 2 Episodes
2017 Atypical Doug 8 Episodes
2017 WWE 365 Narrator Episode: Kevin Owens
2017 The Untitled Action Bronson Show Himself 1 Episode

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role
1996 Don't Quit Your Day Job Special Appearance #2
2001 Grand Theft Auto III Joey Leone
2006 Saints Row Troy Bradshaw
2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours Drug Dealer / Henchman
2008 Saints Row 2 Troy Bradshaw

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Works and publicationsEdit


  1. ^ Branch, Kathryn (8 July 2011). "Asked and Answered: Michael Rapaport". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (21 April 1995). "Kiss of Death". Entertainment Weekly. 
  3. ^ Colbert, Stephen (18 August 2017). "Michael Rapaport Says Jared Kushner Is A Joke" (Video). The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. 
  4. ^ a b Derdeyn, Stuart (3 May 2017). "Q&A: Michael Rapaport loves to talk". The Vancouver Sun. 
  5. ^ "Real time with My Brother Professor Eric Rapaport the REAL DICK RITCHIE #TRUEROMANCE #allrapaporteverything @emily_rapaport". michaelrapaport. 29 December 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Maron, Marc (14 March 2016). "Episode 689 - Michael Rapaport". WTF with Marc Maron. 
  7. ^ Getlen, Larry (31 March 2013). "'Parents' trap". New York Post. 
  8. ^ Takano, Hikari. "Michael Rapaport Interview". Hikari Takano. 
  9. ^ "Hip-Hop Vs. Hebrew?". Jewish Exponent. 21 January 2013. Archived from the original on 15 February 2017. 
  10. ^ Cunningham, Kim (13 February 1995). "Chatter: The Real Skinny". People. 43 (6). 
  11. ^ MacMillan, Alissa (29 October 2001). "School's Cool for Rapaport Now". New York Daily News. 
  12. ^ Dow, Danica (4 October 2008). "SOHH Exclusive: Nas & Michael Rapaport Team Up for A Tribe Called Quest Doc". Archived from the original on 8 October 2008. 
  13. ^ Samuel, S. (25 January 2011). "Michael Rapaport On Beats, Rhymes & Life, "I Really Didn't Want To F*ck This Up" –". 
  14. ^ Woods, Mecca; Rapaport, Michael (29 April 2011). "Michael Rapaport Discusses His Film Beats, Rhymes & Life @ Tribeca Film Fest" (Video). Society HAE (SHAE). 
  15. ^ Clancy, Kevin "KFC"; Rapaport, Michael (23 November 2015). "#MAILTIME: Michael Rapaport". Mailtime: The Laziest Hour of Your Day by Barstool Sports. Barstool Sports. Archived from the original (Audio podcast) on 3 June 2016. 
  16. ^ Katz, Dan; Rapaport, Michael (18 May 2016). "Pardon My Take 5-18 With Comedian Michael Rapaport" (Audio podcast). Pardon My Take. Barstool Sports. 
  17. ^ Rapaport, Michael; Iverson, Allen (25 May 2017). "Michael Rapaport interviews Allen Iverson" (Video interview). BIG3 on FS1. Fox Sports. 
  18. ^ "'I'M NOT RAPAPORT'S,' BUT LILI'S EX PERSISTS". New York Daily News. June 6, 1997. Retrieved 7 December 2017. 
  19. ^ Errico, Marcus (May 19, 1998). "Michael Rapaport Sentenced for Harassment". E! News. Retrieved 7 December 2017. 
  20. ^ "Actor ordered to stay away from girlfriend he harassed". Deseret News. May 19, 1998. Retrieved 7 December 2017. 
  21. ^ "Rapaport's wife files for legal separation". TODAY. Associated Press. 13 May 2004. 
  22. ^ Rosenfeld, Laura; Cohen, Andy; de Lesseps, Luann; Rapaport, Michael (19 May 2016). "Remember That Time Natasha Lyonne Was Michael Rapaport's Tenant?" (Video). Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen (After Show). Bravo TV. 
  23. ^ "Why Michael Rapaport won't shoot hoops with George Clooney". New York Post. 2017-10-26. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 

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