Anthony Deane Rapp (born 1971) is an American actor and singer known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in the Broadway production of Rent. Following his original performance of the role in 1996, Rapp reprised it in the film version of the show and then the show's United States Tour in 2009. He also performed the role of Charlie Brown in the 1999 Broadway revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and originated the role of Lucas in the musical If/Then in 2014. His screen roles include Lieutenant Commander Paul Stamets on the television series Star Trek: Discovery.
Rapp in 2005
Anthony Deane Rapp
October 26, 1971
Rapp was born on October 26, 1971, in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in nearby Joliet, Illinois, to Mary Lee (née Baird) and Douglas Rapp. After his parents' divorce in 1974, he was raised by his mother, a trained nurse. His older brother is playwright, novelist, and filmmaker Adam Rapp. He also has an older sister.
Rapp participated in community theatre as a child and won numerous awards for his singing in junior high school. Rapp attended high school at Joliet West High School and theatre camp at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. He moved to New York in 1989 to attend New York University as a film student, but dropped out after a semester.
Rapp first performed on Broadway in 1981 in The Little Prince and the Aviator, a musical based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's novel The Little Prince. The show closed during previews. His screen debut was as a member of the starring ensemble in the 1987 film Adventures in Babysitting, directed by Chris Columbus, who would later direct him in the film version of Rent. He has appeared in several movies and Broadway shows. His notable roles includes such films as Dazed and Confused, A Beautiful Mind, School Ties, Road Trip, Six Degrees of Separation (stage and film versions), An American Family, Danny Roane: First Time Director, and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Rapp went on to play the character of Mark Cohen in the off-Broadway and original Broadway casts of Jonathan Larson's musical Rent. For his audition, Rapp sang R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion", and received his callback in September 1994. After offering him the role, Jonathan Larson wrote new songs for the production with Rapp's voice in mind. He reprised that role in the film adaptation, which was released on November 23, 2005. He returned to Rent on July 30, 2007, for a six-week run, along with original cast member Adam Pascal. The two continued in their return to Rent through October 7, 2007. Rapp and Pascal, along with fellow original cast member Gwen Stewart, reprised their roles of Mark and Roger in a national tour of Rent beginning January 6, 2009.
In 2000, Rapp released a solo CD, entitled Look Around. In 2006, he published a memoir about Rent and his relationship with his mother, Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent. The manuscript took him six years to finish because of how personal it was. Rapp developed a one-man stage show with music based on the memoir beginning in 2007, later performing it at such locations as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. A recording of the show was released on December 11, 2012, by PS Classics.
In 2005, Rapp played the doctor in the world premiere of Feeling Electric (later to become the Broadway musical Next to Normal) at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. During Next to Normal's Off-Broadway run (2008), he worked as assistant director to Michael Greif, who had directed him in Rent, and later wrote the introduction to the published script.
Rapp played the role of Lucas in If/Then, which starred fellow Rent alum Idina Menzel. If/Then played the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., and began previews on Broadway on March 5, 2014, and opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theater on March 30, 2014. In July, Rapp had to miss performances due to a knee injury and surgery. It closed on March 22, 2015. Rapp reprised the role in select performances of the 2015-2016 National Tour, along with Menzel and the rest of the main Broadway cast.
Rapp also appeared in "Psych: The Musical", an episode of the TV series Psych, which premiered on USA Network on December 15, 2013. In 2016, Rapp was cast in Star Trek: Discovery as Lt. Commander Paul Stamets, the first openly gay character in the Star Trek television series. This was Rapp's first television regular role; while he had watched some Star Trek as a child, he watched "curated lists" of episodes from the multiple series to prepare for the role.
Rapp had a close relationship with his mother, who was battling cancer during the beginning of the Off-Broadway and Broadway transfer of Rent. He would visit her on weekends. She died at age 55 in 1997. He credits her for instilling values of justice and respect in him by leading by example.
In 2012, the periodical Metro Weekly referred to Rapp as "one of the first openly gay men on Broadway". He first came out to his mother at the age of 18, and by her death in 1997 she had grown comfortable with it. During a 1997 interview with Oasis magazine, the actor explained his sexual identity as "queer" rather than "gay":
I don't want to get into labels, but I've never labeled myself except to say I'm queer. The thing that's been most important to me to be out about is that I have been in loving relationships with men ... I haven't said "I am gay." Because the truth is that I've also been in love with women, although the truth is I do think I'm primarily homosexual.
He has also identified as "bisexual" and "four-and-a-half" on the Kinsey scale. He has cited working with Larry Kramer as a young man (in Kramer's play The Destiny of Me) for his commitment to activism and "liv[ing] an open life".
Rapp is a "die hard" Chicago Cubs fan and co-hosts the podcast The Clubhouse about baseball. At the Cubs game on August 29, 2016, he threw the first pitch and sang the Star Spangled Banner. He enjoys playing poker and video games.
In late October 2017, Rapp alleged in an interview with BuzzFeed that actor Kevin Spacey made an unwanted sexual advance toward him in 1986, when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26. At the time, Rapp and Spacey were both appearing in Broadway shows – Rapp in Precious Sons, Spacey in Long Day's Journey into Night – and Spacey invited Rapp to a party at his home. At the end of the evening, an apparently drunk Spacey allegedly carried Rapp to bed and attempted to initiate sex. Rapp added that he had once allegedly met with a lawyer to discuss possible legal action, but was told there was no case worth pursuing. He had previously discussed the assault in a 2001 interview with The Advocate, but Spacey's name was redacted from publication to avoid legal disputes and public outing. Rapp was inspired to come forward in 2017 after the effects of the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations with the support of his family, boyfriend, representatives, and a lawyer.
In response, Spacey posted on Twitter that he did not remember the encounter, which had allegedly occurred 31 years before, but nevertheless said that he was "beyond horrified to hear his story" and offered Rapp the "sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior". At least 14 other accusers came forward after Rapp in 2017 ultimately costing Spacey his starring role on House of Cards and involvement in other projects. Rapp faced harassment and criticism for the accusation.
|1990||Sky High||Wes Hansen||TV movie|
|1994||Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker||Cadet Frederick G. Hodgson||TV movie|
|1996||The Lazarus Man||Verity||Episode: "Panorama"|
|1997||Spin City||Himself||Episode: "An Affair to Remember"|
|1997||The X-Files||Jeff Glaser||Episode: "Detour"|
|2000||The Beach Boys: An American Family||Van Dyke Parks||TV movie|
|2004||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Matt Spevak||Episode: "Bound"|
|2006–07||Kidnapped||Larry Kellogg||4 episodes|
|2012||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Nathan Forrester||Episode: "Lessons Learned"|
|2013||Psych||Zachary Wallace Zander aka Z||Episode: "Psych: The Musical"|
|2014||It Could Be Worse||Casting Director||Episode: "Uncharted Territory"|
|2015||Stop the Bleeding||Buster||2 episodes|
|The Knick||Dr. Thurman Drexler||2 episodes|
|2017||The Good Fight||Glenn||2 episodes|
|2017–present||Star Trek: Discovery||Lieutenant Commander Paul Stamets||Regular cast/Lieutenant Paul Stamets (Mirror) 1st season|
|2018||13 Reasons Why||Pastor||Episode: "Bye"|
|Unknown||Youth is Broken||Unknown||off-Broadway|
|1982||The Little Prince and the Aviator||The Little Prince||Broadway; never opened|
|1986||Precious Sons||Freddy||Broadway; Mar. 20 - May 10, 1986|
|1990||Six Degrees of Separation||Ben/Woody (u/s)/Doug (u/s)||Broadway; Nov. 8, 1990 - Jan. 5, 1992|
|1992||The Destiny of Me||Alexander Weeks||off-Broadway|
|1994||Trafficking in Broken Hearts||Bobby||off-Broadway|
|1995||Raised in Captivity||Dylan Taylor Sinclair/Roger||off-Broadway|
|Rent||Mark Cohen||off-Broadway; 1995|
|Bright Lights, Big City||Unknown||off-Broadway|
|1999||You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown||Charlie Brown||Broadway; Feb. 4 - Jun. 13, 1999|
|2001||Nocturne||The Son||Berkely Repertory Theatre; written by brother Adam Rapp|
|2002||Henry V||King Henry V||Commonwealth Shakespeare Company|
|2003||Hedwig and the Angry Inch||Hedwig Robinson||City Theatre|
|Private Jokes Public Places||William||off-Broadway|
|2004||Little Shop of Horrors||Seymour Krelbourn||National tour|
|2005||The 24 Hour Plays||Trisan||Broadway; special benefit production|
|2005||Feeling Electric||Dr. Madden||New York Musical Theatre Festival; earlier version of Next to Normal|
|2006||Rent||Mark Cohen||Broadway; 10th anniversary reunion concert|
|2007||Broadway; Jul. 30 - Oct. 7, 2007|
|Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell||Performer||off-Broadway|
|2007-2014||Without You||Himself||Various locations; one-man show with music based on his memoir|
|2008||Some Americans Abroad||Henry McNeil||off-Broadway|
|2009||Rent||Mark Cohen||National tour|
|2014||If/Then||Lucas||Broadway; Mar. 30, 2014 - Mar. 22, 2015|
|2015||National tour; Oct. 13, 2015 - Aug. 15, 2016|
|1987||Adventures in Babysitting||Daryl Coopersmith|
|Far From Home||Pinky Sears|
|1992||School Ties||Richard "McGoo" Collins|
|1993||Dazed and Confused||Tony Olson|
|Six Degrees of Separation||Ben|
|The Mantis Murder||Unknown|
|1999||Man of the Century||Timothy Burns|
|2000||Road Trip||Jacob Schultz|
|2001||Cruise Control||Mirror Man||Short|
|A Beautiful Mind||Bender|
|2004||Open House||Barry Farnsworth|
|2006||Danny Roane: First Time Director||Self|
|2007||Let Them Chirp Awhile||Self|
|2008||Scaring the Fish||Gene|
|2009||The Other Woman||Simon|
|2015||Not Again||Dr. Thom||Short|
|2016||Opening Night||Logan Joyce|
|Do You Take This Man||Daniel|
|1996||Rent (original Broadway cast recording)||Solos on twenty-two tracks|
|1999||You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (new Broadway cast recording)||Solos on nine tracks|
|2000||Look Around||Solo album|
|2012||Without You (original cast recording)||Solo album|
|2014||If/Then (original Broadway cast recording)||Solos on six tracks|
|2016||Acoustically Speaking: Live at Feinstein's/54 Below||Solos on fourteen tracks; live concert with Adam Pascal|
|1986||Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Actor in a Musical||Precious Sons||Won|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
|1996||Obie Award||Special Citations||Rent||Won|
|2001||ACC Award||Best Ensemble Cast||A Beautiful Mind||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2005||Stinkers Bad Movie Award||Worst Song Performance||Rent||Nominated|
|2006||Broadcast Film Critics Association Award||Best Song Performance||Nominated|
|Best Acting Ensemble||Nominated|
|OFTA Film Award||Best Adapted Music||Nominated|
|2014||Broadway.com Audience Award||Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical||If/Then||Won|
|2017||The Advocate's Person of the Year||N/A||N/A||Finalist|
A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics. The film was directed by Ron Howard, from a screenplay written by Akiva Goldsman. It was inspired by a bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-nominated 1998 book of the same name by Sylvia Nasar. The film stars Russell Crowe, along with Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg, Judd Hirsch, Josh Lucas, Anthony Rapp, and Christopher Plummer in supporting roles. The story begins in Nash's days as a graduate student at Princeton University. Early in the film, Nash begins to develop paranoid schizophrenia and endures delusional episodes while watching the burden his condition brings on wife Alicia and friends.
The film opened in the United States cinemas on December 21, 2001. It went on to gross over $313 million worldwide and won four Academy Awards, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. It was also nominated for Best Actor, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Best Original Score.It was well received by critics, but has been criticized for its inaccurate portrayal of some aspects of Nash's life, especially his other family and a son born out of wedlock. However, the filmmakers have stated that the film was not meant to be a literal representation of Nash's life.Adventures in Babysitting
Adventures in Babysitting (also known as A Night on the Town in certain countries) is a 1987 American comedy film written by David Simkins, directed by Chris Columbus (in his directorial debut), and starring Elisabeth Shue, Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan, Anthony Rapp, Penelope Ann Miller, Bradley Whitford, and brief cameos by blues singer/guitarist Albert Collins and singer-songwriter Southside Johnny Lyon.After Trek
After Trek is a live American aftershow in which host Matt Mira discusses episodes of the CBS All Access television series Star Trek: Discovery with guests, including celebrity fans, cast members, and crew from the series. It is produced by Embassy Row in association with Roddenberry Entertainment.
Inspired by previous aftershows created by Embassy Row, such as Talking Dead and Talking Bad, episodes of After Trek are released on All Access after each episode of Discovery is released. This started with that show's premiere on September 24, 2017, and ran through to its season finale on February 11, 2018. In January 2019, it was announced After Trek had been canceled and was being replaced by livestreams that CBS was distributing via Facebook Live.Blackbird (2007 film)
Blackbird is a 2007 American drama film. It was adapted from a play written by Adam Rapp.
It played at the Edinburgh Film Festival. It won "Best Narrative Feature" at the Charlotte Film Festival for writer/director Adam Rapp.Far from Home (1989 film)
Far from Home is a 1989 independent thriller film. It stars Matt Frewer, Drew Barrymore, Richard Masur, Susan Tyrrell, Jennifer Tilly, Dick Miller, and Anthony Rapp. John Spencer also appears in a cameo appearance. It centers on a divorced father who breaks down in a desert town along with his teenage daughter, forced to stay in a trailer park they attract the intentions of a troubled local who becomes dangerously fixated on one of them. The film features Barrymore's first onscreen kiss.
The film was directed by Meiert Avis, in his feature film directorial debut. Barrymore's book, Little Girl Lost, which describes her battles with addiction, was written around the same time as this film was made. The film was shot in the Black Rock Desert and in Gerlach, Nevada.John G. Young
John G. Young is an American director, producer and writer. He graduated from the State University of New York at Purchase (SUNY Purchase).
His feature films include Parallel Sons in 1995, The Reception in 2005, Rivers Wash Over Me in 2009, and bwoy in 2016, starring RENT's Anthony Rapp. He also produced Garden in 2004. Much of his work deals with the intersections of race and sexuality.
John G. Young was also a VP of Production and Editorial Director for Human Relations Media (HRM) for almost two decades, having created over one hundred award-winning programs for the company. He has also supervised a series of shorts entitled Amazing Kids of Character, Profiles in Courage and Portraits of Empathy with Human Relations Media in collaboration with Anson Schloat.Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey Fowler (born July 26, 1959) is an American actor, producer and singer. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim in the 1990s that culminated in his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the neo-noir crime thriller The Usual Suspects (1995) and an Academy Award for Best Actor for the midlife crisis-themed drama American Beauty (1999).
His other starring roles have included the comedy-drama film Swimming with Sharks (1994), the psychological thriller Seven (1995), the neo-noir crime film L.A. Confidential (1997), the drama Pay It Forward (2000), the science fiction-mystery film K-PAX (2001), the musical biopic Beyond the Sea (2004), the superhero film Superman Returns (2006), and the action film Baby Driver (2017).
In Broadway theatre, Spacey won a Tony Award in 1991 for his role in Lost in Yonkers. In 2017, he hosted the 71st Tony Awards. He was the artistic director of the Old Vic theatre in London from 2004 until stepping down in mid-2015. From 2013 to 2017, Spacey played Frank Underwood in the Netflix political drama series House of Cards. The role won him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama and two consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series.
In October 2017, Spacey was accused by actor Anthony Rapp of making a sexual advance toward him when Rapp was 14. Shortly after, numerous other men alleged that Spacey had sexually harassed or assaulted them. As a result, Netflix cut ties with him, shelved his film Gore and removed him from the last season of House of Cards. His scenes in Ridley Scott's film All the Money in the World (2017) were reshot with actor Christopher Plummer replacing his role. The next year, Spacey appeared in Billionaire Boys Club with his role unchanged.
In December 2018, he was charged with indecent assault and battery in relation to journalist Heather Unruh's accusation that he sexually assaulted her 18-year-old son.Look Around (Anthony Rapp album)
Look Around is the first full-length album by American actor/singer Anthony Rapp, known as a singer for his performance as Mark Cohen in the musical Rent and the film adaptation of the musical. It was released on October 1, 2000.Man of the Century
Man of the Century is a 1999 comedy film directed by Adam Abraham and written by Abraham and Gibson Frazier. The film stars Frazier, Cara Buono, Susan Egan, Dwight Ewell and Anthony Rapp. It is a farce about the attitudes, values, and slang displayed in the popular culture of the 1920s (and, to some extent, the early 1930s). Man of the Century was filmed in black and white. Its working title was "Johnny Twennies".Open House (2004 film)
Open House is a 2004 real estate musical film starring Hedy Burress, Ann Magnuson, Anthony Rapp, Sally Kellerman, Jenna Leigh Green and Kellie Martin, and directed by Dan Mirvish, a co-founder of the Slamdance Film Festival. It played on the film festival circuit in 2004–05 and was released on DVD through Wellspring Media. All the actors sang live on set, rather than lip synching.Rent (albums)
Rent (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is an album of music from the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent. It is produced by DreamWorks with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson. The album is a 2-disc (in its CD format) collection of every song from the musical; some small segments of narration and spoken dialogue from the play are not included in the recording. The collection ends with a studio-recorded rearrangement of the song "Seasons of Love" featuring Stevie Wonder. The album was recorded by the original Broadway cast of RENT and was released on August 27, 1996. A second one-disc album was released in 1999 containing highlights from the original cast album.Rent (musical)
Rent is a rock musical with music, lyrics, and book by Jonathan Larson, loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in Lower Manhattan's East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.
The musical was first seen in a workshop production at New York Theatre Workshop in 1993. This same Off-Broadway theatre was also the musical's initial home following its official 1996 opening. The show's creator, Jonathan Larson, died suddenly of an aortic dissection, believed to have been caused by undiagnosed Marfan syndrome, the night before the Off-Broadway premiere. The musical moved to Broadway's larger Nederlander Theatre on April 29, 1996.On Broadway, Rent gained critical acclaim and won several awards. The Broadway production closed on September 7, 2008, after a 12-year run of 5,123 performances. On February 14, 2016, the musical Wicked surpassed Rent's number of performances with a 2pm matinee, pushing Rent from the tenth- to eleventh-longest-running Broadway show. The production grossed over $280 million.The success of the show led to several national tours and numerous foreign productions. In 2005, it was adapted into a motion picture featuring most of the original cast members.Risley Residential College
Prudence Risley Residential College for the Creative and Performing Arts, commonly known as Risley Residential College, Risley Hall, or just Risley, is a program house (themed residence hall) at Cornell University. Unlike most other dormitories on campus, Risley is a residential college; house members, or "Risleyites," have some say in the administration of the residence hall, can continue to reside there as long as they are enrolled at Cornell, are encouraged to eat together at the in-house dining hall, and participate in educational activities such as guest lectures within the dormitory. The building houses 192 students, chosen by Risleyites from a number of applications, as well as one or two Artists-In-Residence ("AIRs"), who live in the building and organize regular programs in which the house members participate. Currently, Risley's Artist-In-Residence is Adam J. Boggs. Previous AIRs include Patrick Gray, Carolina Osorio-Gill, Natalie Tyler, Abraham Burickson, Gregory Halpern, and Brandon Bird. Many famous people have visited the house for intimate discussions with the Risleyites, such as Anthony Rapp, John Cleese, who hosted a question and answer session after the showing of his film A Fish Called Wanda, and Samuel R. Delany who continues to collaborate with Risley alumnus Kenneth James. .School Ties
School Ties is a 1992 American sports-drama film directed by Robert Mandel and starring Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris O'Donnell, Cole Hauser, Randall Batinkoff, Andrew Lowery and Anthony Rapp. Fraser plays the lead role as David Greene, a Jewish high school student who is awarded an athletic scholarship to an elite preparatory school in his senior year.Selda and Derek
Selda and Derek are an American songwriting duo, consisting of Selda Sahin (lyrics) and Derek Gregor (music), best known as the songwriters of the musical film Grind, starring Anthony Rapp, Claire Coffee and Pasha Pellosie. They co-wrote Eric Michael Krop's pop album "Greater Things".The Little Prince and the Aviator
The Little Prince and the Aviator is a musical with a book by Hugh Wheeler, lyrics by Don Black, and music by John Barry.Based on the classic book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the musical deviates from the original in that aviator Toni, whose plane crashes in the Sahara Desert, explicitly is real-life author Saint-Exupéry, and the plot alternates flashbacks to actual events in his life with his interaction with the fictional Little Prince, a refugee from Asteroid B-612.
Undaunted by the critical and commercial failure of the 1974 musical screen adaptation by Lerner and Loewe, A. Joseph Tandet, a co-producer of the movie who owned the rights to the story, proceeded with his plans for a Broadway production. To save money, he decided to forgo an out-of-town tryout.
Previews began on December 26, 1981 at the Alvin Theatre. Directed by Jerry Adler and choreographed by Billy Wilson, it starred Michael York as the Aviator and Anthony Rapp as the Little Prince, with Ellen Greene in a supporting role. The show closed after sixteen previews. Producer Tandent sued the Nederlander Organization, claiming they had forced him to shut down the production with their demands for more money during its final week. He eventually was awarded $1,000,000, representing two-thirds of his investment.Without You (book)
Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent is a 2006 memoir by a musical theater actor, Anthony Rapp. Later it was turned into a staged musical adaptation by the same name.