Anthony Rapp

Active - 1987 - 2016  |   Born - Oct 26, 1971 in Joliet, Illinois, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Comedy Drama, Musical, Thriller

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A film and stage actor who got his big break as one of the original cast members of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway production of Rent, Anthony Rapp has appeared as a supporting actor in a number of films. Born in the Chicago suburb of Joliet on October 26, 1971, Rapp had acting aspirations even as a young child, and at the age of ten, he managed to land the title role in a Broadway production of The Little Prince. Unfortunately, the show didn't make it to opening night, but Rapp subsequently found work in a touring company of The King and I, and at the age of 14, he won an Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance in the Broadway production of Precious Sons.

Rapp made his film debut at the age of 15 with a lead role in Adventures in Babysitting (1987). After graduating from high school, he moved to New York City and attended NYU until he dropped out to pursue film work in California. He appeared in supporting roles in such features as Dazed and Confused and Six Degrees of Separation (both 1993) and did some directing and scriptwriting, but it was not until he was cast as the narrator of Rent that his career began to take off. The play's success guaranteed Rapp both steady work and new opportunities, and he stayed with the production until 1998, closing it in London's West End. He also continued to appear on the big and small screens, doing guest stints on such shows as The X-Files and popping up in character roles in such films as Road Trip (2000), which cast him as an unctuous college student.

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  • At age 10, was set to star in the Broadway musical The Little Prince and the Aviator opposite Michael York, but the show was shut down after 16 preview performances and never officially opened.
  • Childhood friends with Andy Dick; the two met while doing a production of Oliver! together in school.
  • Originated the role Mark Cohen in the Broadway production of Rent in 1996.
  • Released a solo album, Look Around, in 2000.
  • Penned his autobiography, Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent, in 2006; he later toured in a one-man musical based on it.
  • Appeared in a musical episode of Psych in 2013, playing the episode's main villain.
  • Part of the Board of Directors for Friends in Deed charity that assists victims of AIDS and cancer.