Michael Rapaport

Michael Rapaport Biography

Michael David Rapaport (born March 20, 1970) is an American actor, podcast host, director and comedian. He has acted in more than forty films since the early 1990s. His best known roles on television are Boston Public, Friends, The War at Home, Prison Break, and Justified.

Early life

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 grew up on the east side of Manhattan. He has a brother named Erik Rapaport. His family is from Poland and Russia, and he is Jewish.

He was expelled from high school and moved to Los Angeles, California when he was 19 years old to try to become a stand-up comic. His half-sister is Claudia Lonow via his father, David Rapaport, although she took her stepfather's surname. Rapaport's mother remarried comic Mark Lonow, who owned the Improv with Budd Friedman, which helped him get into the stand-up world.


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 four of Prison Break as Homeland Security Agent Don Self.

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

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 4 points and having 1 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 consisted of: Earl Monroe, Walt Frazier, Phil Jackson, Cazzie Russell, and Dick Barnett. Bill Bradley was not able to come because of a 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 network with childhood friend Gerald Moody. Other podcasts that Rapaport has appeared on Mailtime and Pardon My Take by Barstool Sports, The Adam Carolla Show (2x), The Fighter and The Kid (3x), 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.



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 producer
2011 The Saints of Mount Christopher
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
2015 Untitled Vanessa Del Rio Film Mickey Pre-production
2016 A Stand Up Guy Colin
2016 The Bleeder Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1990 China Beach Kravits 1 episode
1992 Murphy Brown Robbie 1 episode
1992 Middle Ages Jimmy 2 episodes
1993 Fresh Prince of Bel Air Mike 1 episode
1993 NYPD Blue Jaime Dileo 1 episode
1997 Subway Stories Jake TV Movie
1998 E.R. Paul Canterna 1 episode
1998 Rude Awakening Johnny 1 episode
1998 Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families Szarany TV Movie
1999 Friends Gary 4 episodes
2001-2004 Boston Public Danny Hanson 57 episodes (main cast, seasons 2-4)
2001 Mr. Life TV Movie
2001 Night Visions Harlow Winton 1 episode
2003 Chappelle's Show Popcopy Employee 1 episode
2004 ' Gigi Coley Episodes: "Comings and Goings", "New Hoods on the Block"
2005-2007 The War at Home Dave Gold 44 episodes (main cast)
2006 MadTV Abraham Lincoln 1 episode
2006 Thugaboo: Sneaker Madness DJ TV Movie; voice
2007-2008 My Name Is Earl Frank Stump 6 episodes (recurring cast)
2008-2009 Prison Break Don Self 22 episodes
2009-2010 Accidentally on Purpose Sully 2 episodes
2010 Royal Pains Stanley 1 episode
2010 The Line Steve Waxman TV Movie
2010-2013 Pound Puppies Squirt, Squeak 64 episodes Minor role

2012 40 8 TV Movie
2012 Cops Uncuffed Officer Joseph Tata TV Movie
2012-2013 The Mob Doctor Paul Moretti 7 episodes (recurring cast)
2014 Justified Daryl Crowe Jr. 13 episodes (recurring cast)
2014 Raising Hope Michael 1 episode
2015 Black-ish Jay Simmons 1 episode
2015 Louie Lenny 1 episode
2015 Public Morals Charlie Bullman 10 episodes (main cast)
2015 The Big Bang Theory Kenny Fitzgerald 1 episode
2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Richie Caskey 1 episode
2016 Dice Bobby the Mooch 1 episode
2016 Crisis in Six Scenes

Video game

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

Music video appearances

  • Frank Zappa: Civilization, Phaze III (1994) - Act Two, playing Moon Zappa's black-acting "boyfriend" in skits.
  • Talib Kweli: Cameo in "Waiting for the DJ" (2002)
  • High & Mighty: The Highlite Zone - "How to Rob an Actor" (2003)
  • Ludacris' music video for the song "Runaway Love"; he portrayed the victimizer of "Lisa""?the first child depicted in the song. (2006)
  • Jay-Z "The City is Mine"
  • H2O's "What Happened?"
  • Jaylib "McNasty Filth"
  • Masta Ace "A Long Hot Summer"; portrays Ace's prison cell mate in a number of skits.

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