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Anthony Rapp
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| birth_place = Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Actor | singer}}| yearsactive = 1981–present| relatives = Adam Rapp (brother)}}Anthony Deane RappTWEET, albinokid, Anthony Rapp, 6174998713, 29 November 2009, Someone was messing with my wiki page, I discovered. My middle name is Deane. With an e. RT @Hails224 Is your middle name Dean or Mortimer?, (born October 26, 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).

Early life

Rapp was born on October 26, 1971, in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in nearby Joliet, Illinois,WEB,weblink Life in the Rapp family, April 24, 2016, The Advocate (LGBT magazine), The Advocate, Here Media, Los Angeles, California, October 14, 1997, March 3, 2016,weblink" title="">weblink live, to Mary Lee (née Baird) and Douglas Rapp.WEB, Michael, Buckley,weblink Stage to Screens: Chatting with Playwright and Screenwriter Adam Rapp, Playbill (magazine), Playbill, Playbill Inc., New York City, February 20, 2006, March 6, 2012, November 29, 2016,weblink" title="">weblink live, After his parents' divorce in 1974, he was raised by his mother, a trained nurse.NEWS, David, Wiegand,weblink From musical to memoir, actor Anthony Rapp comes up with dramatic making-of 'Rent' story and moving personal one, San Francisco Chronicle, Hearst Corporation, san Francisco, California, February 21, 2006, July 25, 2018, 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.BOOK, Anthony, Rapp, Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent,weblink registration, Simon & Schuster, New York City, 2006, 978-0-7432-6976-6, 309, Rapp attended high school at Joliet West High School and theatre camp at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.NEWS, Jodie, Jacobs,weblink Rapp Session: Catching up with Anthony Rapp, who has progressed from the footlights of Joliet West to a starring role in 'Rent', Chicago Tribune, Tronc, Chicago, Illinois, January 4, 1998, July 25, 2018, 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.Anthony Rapp's official website {{webarchive|url= |date=March 5, 2007 }}(File:Anthony Rapp 2009.jpg|thumb|Rapp greeting fans following a 2009 performance of Rent)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.BOOK, Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent, Rapp, Anthony, Simon & Schuster, 2006, 978-0743269773, 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.NEWS, Brian Scott, Lipton, Pascal and Rapp Extend Rent Engagement Until October 7,weblink TheaterMania, August 21, 2007, 2008-06-11,weblink" title="">weblink June 29, 2008, dead, mdy-all, The two continued in their return to Rent through October 7, 2007.MAGAZINE, Kenneth, Jones, Robert Simonson, Robert, Simonson, Pascal and Rapp, Bohemian Heroes for a New Generation of Rent-Heads, Extend to Oct. 7,weblink Playbill (magazine), Playbill, Playbill Inc., New York City, August 21, 2007, June 11, 2008, dead,weblink" title="">weblink February 22, 2008, 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.MAGAZINE, Kenneth, Jones, Playbill News: Pascal and Rapp Will Tour in Rent in 2009,weblink Playbill (magazine), Playbill, Playbill Inc., New York City, February 28, 2008, June 11, 2008, dead,weblink" title="">weblink June 23, 2008, File:Anthony Rapp 06-07-09.jpg|thumb|Rapp in 2009 at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MissouriMissouriIn 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 (book)|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.WEB, Christopher, Wallenberg,weblink Anthony Rapp revisits his own past onstage in 'Without You', The Boston Globe, June 16, 2012, May 3, 2018, 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.WEB, Adam, Hetrick,weblink Exclusive Listen: Anthony Rapp's Without You Released On Disc Dec. 11, Playbill (magazine), Playbill, Playbill Inc., New York City, December 11, 2012, March 3, 2018, 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.PODCAST,weblink Episode 13: Anthony Rapp, Theater People, Patrick Hinds, June 15, 2014, May 4, 2018, WEB, Kenneth, Jones,weblink Rapp & Spanger Help Spark Premiere of Feeling Electric Sept. 14-24 in NYMF, Playbill (magazine), Playbill, Playbill Inc., New York City, September 14, 2005, May 4, 2018,weblink" title="">weblink January 15, 2016, During Next to Normal's Off-Broadway run (2008), he worked as assistant director to Michael Greif, who had directed him in Rent,WEB, Michael, Gioia,weblink From Then, Till Now: Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp and Michael greif Reunite in New Musical If/Then, Playbill (magazine), Playbill, Playbill Inc., New York City, March 4, 2014, May 4, 2018, 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.MAGAZINE, Adam, Hetrick,weblink Knee Injury Sidelines Anthony Rapp from Broadway's If/Then, Playbill (magazine), Playbill, Playbill Inc., New York City, July 9, 2014, May 3, 2018, It closed on March 22, 2015. Rapp reprised the role in 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.MAGAZINE, James, Hibberd,weblink Star Trek: Discovery casts 3 actors, adds gay character, Entertainment Weekly, Meredith Corporation, New York City, November 29, 2016, May 3, 2018, 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.WEB,weblink Exclusive Interview: Discovery's Anthony Rapp,, September 21, 2017, May 3, 2018,

Personal life

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.NEWS, Gavron Stevens, Darlene,weblink Aids Education Activist Mary Lee Rapp, Chicago Tribune, Tronc, Chicago, Illinois, May 25, 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".NEWS,weblink Rapp Star, Metro Weekly, April 12, 2012, Doug, Rule, June 26, 2014, MAGAZINE, Dennis, Hensley,weblink From Rent to Russell, The Advocate (LGBT magazine), The Advocate, Here Media, Los Angeles, California, January 8, 2002, June 26, 2014, 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":}}He has also identified as "bisexual" and "four-and-a-half" on the Kinsey scale.WEB, Shane, Leuck,weblink 5Q: If/Then, Lavender (magazine), Lavender, March 3, 2016, May 3, 2018, 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".WEB, Daniel, Reynolds,weblink Anthony Rapp Reveals How He Found the Courage to Talk About Kevin Spacey, The Advocate (LGBT magazine), The Advocate, Here Media, Los Angeles, California, March 30, 2018, May 3, 2018, WEB,weblink Anthony Rapp Is Honored To Make Star Trek Television History, CBS, February 2, 2018, May 3, 2018, Rapp is a "die hard" Chicago Cubs fan and co-hosts the podcast The Clubhouse about baseball.WEB,weblink The Clubhouse Website, The Clubhouse, May 4, 2018, At the Cubs game on August 29, 2016, he threw the first pitch and sang the Star Spangled Banner.WEB,weblink Chicago Cubs tweet, Twitter, August 29, 2016, May 4, 2018, He enjoys playing poker and video games.WEB, Claire, H,weblink Anthony Rapp discusses 'Rent,' writing and 'Next to Normal', Stage Door Dish, June 13, 2018, May 4, 2018, In November 2019, Rapp announced his engagement to his partner Ken. TWEET, albinokid, 1193408372814553088, 9 November 2019, So something happened tonight. I asked Ken if he would marry me and he said yes. I am so very happy and I’m so very thrilled to share this news.,

Accusations against Kevin Spacey

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 â€“ Rapp in Precious Sons, Spacey in Long Day's Journey into NightMAGAZINE, Joanna, Robinson,weblink Kevin Spacey Responds to Alleged Sexual Misconduct [Updated], Vanity Fair (magazine), Vanity Fair, Condé Nast, New York City, October 29, 2017, August 25, 2018,  â€“ and Spacey invited Rapp to a party at his home. At the end of the evening, an apparently drunk Spacey picked up Rapp, placed him on a bed and attempted to initiate sex.NEWS, Halle, Kiefer,weblink Actor Anthony Rapp says Kevin Spacey tried to seduce him when he was 16,, New York Media, New York City, October 29, 2017, October 31, 2017, 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.NEWS, Kimberly, Nordyke, 'Star Trek' star claims Kevin Spacey made a pass at him at age 14,weblink The Hollywood Reporter, Eldridge Industries, Los Angeles, California, October 29, 2017, October 29, 2017, NEWS, Kate, Feldman, October 29, 2017, Anthony Rapp accuses Kevin Spacey of trying to seduce him when he was 14,weblink New York Daily News, Tronc, New York City, October 29, 2017, 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.MAGAZINE, Daniel, Reynolds,weblink Why did the Advocate redact Kevin Spacey's name in 2001?, The Advocate (LGBT magazine), The Advocate, Here Media, Los Angeles, California, October 31, 2017, May 3, 2018, 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, and representatives.In response, Spacey posted on Twitter that he did not remember the encounter, but 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".NEWS, Riddhima, Kanetkar, Kevin Spacey: Sexual advances on teenaged Anthony Rapp was ‘Inappropriate drunken behavior’,weblink International Business Times, Newsweek Media Group, New York City, October 29, 2017, October 29, 2017, After the Buzzfeed article, at least 14 other people came forward to accuse Spacey of sexual misconduct,WEB, Maria, Puente,weblink Kevin Spacey scandal: A complete list of the 15 accusers, USA Today, Gannett Company, Mclean, Virginia, November 7, 2017, May 3, 2018, ultimately costing him his starring role on House of Cards and involvement in other projects.WEB, Bryan, Bishop,weblink Netflix fires Kevin Spacey from House of Cards, The Verge, Vox Media, New York City, November 3, 2017, May 3, 2018, Rapp faced harassment and criticism for the accusation.MAGAZINE, Daniel, Reynolds,weblink Anthony Rapp breaks silence on Kevin Spacey to call out harassers, The Advocate (LGBT magazine), The Advocate, Here Media, San Francisco, California, December 2, 2017, May 3, 2018,

Acting roles

Television{| class"wikitable sortable"

!Year!Title!Role!Notes|1990|Sky High|Wes HansenTelevision film>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 GlaserDetour (The X-Files)>Detour"|2000| (The Beach Boys: An American Family)|Van Dyke Parks|TV movie|2004| (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)|Matt Spevak|Episode: "Bound"|2006–07Kidnapped (TV series)>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 episodesThe Knick (TV series)>The Knick|Dr. Thurman Drexler|3 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"|2019|(Carpool Karaoke: The Series)|Himself(Star Trek: Discovery) castmates Mary Wiseman (actress)>Mary Wiseman, Doug Jones, and Sonequa Martin-Green|2019|(Rent: Live)|HimselfFIRST=DANIELLEWORK=VARIETYACCESSDATE=JANUARY 27, 2019, ">

Theatre{| class"wikitable sortable"

!Year!Production!Role!Notes| Unknown|Youth is Broken| Unknown|off-Broadway|1981Evita (musical)>Evita |Children's Chorus memberLAST=ESPOSITOTITLE=ANTHONY RAPP, EPISODE #82 OF QUEERY WITH CAMERON ESPOSITODATE=APRIL 14, 2019, April 16, 2019, |1981-1982|The Little Prince and the Aviator |The Little Prince|Broadway; never opened|1982|The King and I|Louis|National Tour|1986|Precious Sons |Freddy|Broadway; Mar. 20 - May 10, 1986|1990Six Degrees of Separation (play)>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|1993|Sophistry|Jack Kahn|off-Broadway| 1994|Trafficking in Broken Hearts|Bobby| off-Broadway1995|Raised in Captivity|Dylan Taylor Sinclair/Roger|off-BroadwayRentMark Cohen|off-Broadway; 1995|1996|Broadway; 1996–97|1997|National Tour1998|West End|Bright Lights, Big City|Unknown|off-Broadway|1999|You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown|Charlie Brown|Broadway; Feb. 4 - Jun. 13, 1999|2001|NocturneWORK=THE ADVOCATEACCESSDATE=MAY 3, 2018, |Berkely Repertory Theatre; written by brother Adam Rapp|2002Henry V (play)>Henry V|King Henry V|Commonwealth Shakespeare Company2003Hedwig and the Angry Inch (musical)>Hedwig and the Angry Inch|Hedwig RobinsonCity Theatre (Pittsburgh)>City TheatreKENNETH>LAST=JONESTITLE=ANTHONY RAPP IS HEDWIG IN PITTSBURGH RESIDENT PREMIERE OF ANGRY INCH, MAY 1-JUNE 15DATE=MAY 1, 2003, May 8, 2018, |Private Jokes Public Places| William|off-Broadway|2004Little Shop of Horrors (musical play)>Little Shop of Horrors|Seymour Krelbourn|National tour|2005|The 24 Hour Plays|Trisan|Broadway; special benefit production|2005Next to Normal>Feeling Electric|Dr. Madden|New York Musical Theatre Festival; earlier version of Next to Normal|2006RentMark Cohen|Broadway; 10th anniversary reunion concert2007|Broadway; Jul. 30 - Oct. 7, 2007(Spalding Gray>Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell)|Performer|off-Broadway|2007-2014Without You (book)#Stage Adaptation>Without You|Himself|Various locations; one-man show with music based on his memoir|2008|Some Americans Abroad|Henry McNeil|off-Broadway|2009Rent (musical)>Rent|Mark Cohen|National tour|2012|Pop!|Andy WarholCity Theatre (Pittsburgh)>City Theatre|2014If/ThenLucas|Broadway; Mar. 30, 2014 - Mar. 22, 2015|2015|National tour; Oct. 13, 2015 - Aug. 15, 2016">

Film{| class"wikitable"

!Year!Title!Role!Notes|1987|Adventures in Babysitting|Daryl Coopersmith|1989|Grave Secrets|Jamie|Far from Home (1989 film)>Far from Home|Pinky Sears||1992|School Ties|Richard "McGoo" Collins|1993Dazed and Confused (film)>Dazed and Confused|Tony Olson|Six Degrees of Separation (film)>Six Degrees of Separation|Ben| 1996Twister (1996 film)>Twister|Tony||The Mantis Murder|Unknown||1997|David Searching|David||1999|Man of the Century|Timothy Burns||2000Road Trip (film)>Road Trip|Jacob Schultz|2001|Cruise Control|Mirror Man|ShortA Beautiful Mind (film)>A Beautiful Mind|Bender||2002|Paradisco|L'ami américain|Short|2004Open House (2004 film)>Open House|Barry Farnsworth|2005Rent (film)>Rent|Mark Cohen||Winter Passing |Dean|| 2006|(Danny Roane: First Time Director) |Self|2007|Let Them Chirp Awhile |Self|Blackbird (2007 film)>Blackbird|Unknown||2008|Scaring the Fish |Gene||2009The Other Woman (2009 film)>The Other Woman|Simon||2012Junction (film)>Junction|Connor||2014|Grind|Vincent|Short|2015|Not Again|Dr. Thom|Short2016|Opening Night|Logan Joyce||Do You Take This Man|Daniel||bwoy|Brad|">

Discography{| class"wikitable"

!Year!Title!Notes|1996Rent (musical)>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|2000Look Around (Anthony Rapp album)>Look Around|Solo album|2012Without You (book)>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">

Video games{| class"wikitable sortable"

!Year!Title!Role!Notes| 2019(Star Trek Online>Star Trek Online: Awakening)| Paul Stamets|


  • (Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent) (Simon & Schuster, 2006)

Awards and nominations{| class"wikitable" style"width:95%;"

! style="width:5%;"| Year! style="width:20%;"| Award! style="width:45%;"| Category! style="width:20%;"| Nominee! style="width:10%;"| Result1986|Outer Critics Circle Award| Outstanding Actor in a MusicalPrecious Sons | {{won}}|Drama Desk AwardDrama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical>Outstanding Actor in a Musical| {{nom}}|1996|Obie Award|Special CitationsRent (musical)>Rent | {{won}}2001|ACC Award|Best Ensemble CastA Beautiful Mind| {{nom}}|Screen Actors Guild AwardScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture>Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture| {{nom}}|2005Stinkers Bad Movie Awards>Stinkers Bad Movie Award|Worst Song PerformanceRent| {{nom}}2006 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award|Best Song Performance| {{nom}}|Best Acting Ensemble| {{nom}}| OFTA Film Award|Best Adapted Music| {{nom}}|2014| Audience Award|Favorite Featured Actor in a Musical|If/Then| {{won}}|2017The Advocate (LGBT magazine)>The Advocate{{'}}s Person of the Year| {{N/A}}| {{N/A}}Finalist}}BY ADVOCATE.COM EDITORS >URL=HTTPS://WWW.ADVOCATE.COM/PEOPLE/2017/12/22/PERSON-YEAR-TRANSGENDER-AMERICANS?PG=2#ARTICLE-CONTENT PUBLISHER=ADVOCATE.COM ACCESSDATE=2017-12-25,



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