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Michael Rapaport Biography

Danny Hanson helped students sue another teacher!
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Birthdate: March 20, 1970

Who Is Michael Rapaport?

Michael Rapaport is a face you might recognize but not be able to place. It's cuz Rapaport's had tons of cool, small roles in tons of films and TV shows. Now he's got a permanent spot as a teach on Boston Public.

Michael Rapaport Gets His Start

Michael Rapaport was born in New York City, New York. While growing up, he loved comedy and became an Eddie Murphy fan. He even used to wear gold chains and white leather outfits like Eddie did when he was on Saturday Night Live. Michael Rapaport graduated high school and headed for LA to pursue a career in stand-up comedy.

Michael Rapaport's Big Break

A guest shot on the ABC TV show China Beach in the early 90s proved to Michael Rapaport, and the world, that he could could do serious acting. Michael Rapaport landed roles in films like in films like True Romance, Beautiful Girls and landed a lead role in Higher Learning, an intense film about college and skinheads. In 2001, Michael Rapaport got a chance to work with his idol, Eddie Murphy, when he was the voice of Joey the Raccoon in Dr. Dolittle 2.

Michael Rapaport Hits Prime-Time

Michael Rapaport never left television completely and, if you're a Friends fan (who isn't?) you'll remember him as Phoebe's copper boyfriend. Michael Rapaport was the police officer who's badge she "borrowed" and who she later decided to move in with. The romance ended when he shot a bird that was chirping outside his bedroom window one morning. (Whoa - talk about not being a morning person!) In 2001, Michael Rapaport joined the cast of Boston Public. Michael Rapaport plays Danny Hanson, a teacher who relates so well to his students, he kinda acts like one. The character is a great addition to the show.

Michael Rapaport - Did U Know?
  • Michael Rapaport is the voice of Joey Leone in Grand Theft Auto 3.
  • Michael Rapaport has as a son named Samuel who was born May 2, 2000.
  • In 1998, Michael Rapaport plead guilty to aggravated harassment of his ex-GF, actress Lili Taylor.

    Michael Rapaport Says...
    "Making a character human is important - not likable or unlikable -- just well-rounded."

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