Michael Rapaport

Born March 20, 1970

Michael Rapaport has been around since 1990 as part of our pop-culture. Starting with China Beach, he has appeared on TV, on the big screen, been pumped into your ear on his own podcast and is a documentarian in his own right. You hear that very New York accent and you have to look around and wonder if it is Rapaport that you are hearing.

Noteworthy

  • ER – Literally just watched this as my wife and I are burning through ER on Hulu. Rapaport is an injured man that wants to see his daughter. You drift in and out of his story throughout the show. May have been the first thing I saw him in back in the day. Damn, he is a good actor.
  • Friends – Phoebe’s boyfriend for a while. Probably the longest running relationship until Paul Rudd shows up at the end of the show. He is a New York cop. He might have been born to play this role.
  • When Garden Was Eden – Rapaport’s documentary on the Knick’s championship runs in the 1970s. Very well directed and a hell of a good watch.

So to compare the Beatles, obviously, the Beatles are the Beatles, but in hip-hop terms, Tribe is the Beatles. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five are the Beatles. Big Daddy Kane is Jimi Hendrix. It means that much to people that grew up with it.

-Michael Rapaport

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