Anthony Rapp

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Star on The Other Woman


10/26/1971, Joliet, Illinois

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  • Anthony Rapp was born on 26 October 1971 in Joliet, Illinois. He was raised by his mother and had an older brother and sister, Anne and Adam, a playwright. Anthony also lived with a cousin, Rachel, whom his mom adopted. He attended high school at Joliet West High School in Joliet and theatre camp at Michigan Interlochen Arts Academy. He continues to teach master classes there, and at Interlochen Arts AcademyAnthony was interested in becoming an actor for as long as he could remember. He started singing and acting professionally at the age of 9. He first performed on Broadway in 1981, at the age of ten, in The Little Prince and the Aviator. In 1987, Anthony stared in the movie Adventures in Babysitting. He went on to appear in many movies, best known for A Beautiful Mine, Dazed and Confused, and Six Degrees of Seperation, and shows. In 1993, Anthony auditioned for the role of Mark in a 3 week workshop for a new play, RENT. He then went on to star in the off-Broadway version, the Broadway version, also opening the show in Chicago and London. He won an OBIE Award with the rest of the original cast for his performance. In 2005, RENT was made into a movie by Revolution Studios and Sony Pictures and Anthony played Mark yet again, making him the only cast member to follow RENT from the workshops to the film. He had a very strong relationship with Jonathon Larson who wrote many of the the RENT songs especially for his voice. Anthony appears in the RENT DVD special feature "No Day But Today" and can be heard on the RENT DVD commentary along with costar Adam Pascal and director Chris Columbus. Because he has been with the show so long, he is considered to be the unoffical RENT spokesman. Anthony preformed in a RENT 10th Anniversary Benefit where then entire Original Broadway Cast came back for one special preformance on 4/24/2006. Tickets cost $1000 and the event took place at the Nederlander Theatre. In 2000, Anthony released a CD, entitled Look Around. He doesnt know what genre to call it, so he named it alternapop. He is also currently the head of a band named AlbinoKid. Anthony's musical infulences include The Cure, The Smiths, OMD, New Order, Crowded House, Talking Heads, Prince, Cyndi Lauper, the B-52s, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, REM, Nirvana, U2, Radiohead, Superchunk, the Beatles, Cole Porter and George Gershwin.Anthony is bisexual and has been publicly out since 1992. He says he prefers guys over girls, but has had very fullfilling relationships with girls. He's an advocate in show business for LGBT rights and he considers himself a role model for young people strugging with their sexuality. Anthony's partner, Rodney, and him live together and have three cats. They are currently in the process of adopting a kid.In 2006, Rapp released a book about his experiences with RENT and his mother's death. It is entitled Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical RENT. Over spring 2005, he traveled across the country doing book signings.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Anthony Rapp



    Birth Place:

    Joliet, Illinois

    Also Known As

    Anthony Dean Rapp

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  • Quotes (5)

    • Anthony Rapp: (About releasing his CD) I'm very excited about this new chapter in my artistic life, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing how people respond to my music.

    • Anthony Rapp: (About the production of his CD) I'm lucky enough to be working with co-songwriters and producers who share my broad tastes -- Joe Pisapia, John Keaney, and Michael Corbett. They found a fantastic gang of musicians to make our songs as full and authentic and alive as possible.

    • Anthony Rapp: The music I'm making is influenced by all of those people, I think. So it's a little hard for me to pin it down. Some of it is a little noisy, some of it quiet, some jazzy, some sort of post-punk. I think all of it has a pop sensibility at its heart, though; hooks are very important to me. I've taken to calling my music 'alternapop,' the closest label I could find that fits.

    • Anthony Rapp: (About his musical influences) It's a pretty eclectic mix of people, but what they all have in common to me is a strong commitment to truly singable, original melodies, and lyrics with lots of guts and heart.

    • Anthony Rapp (About shooting the movie Rent): "It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And now to have it twice in a lifetime by getting to do the film, well, I donĀ“t know what to say, except, thank you Chris Columbus."

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    • In 2002, Anthony was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for A Beautiful Mind.

    • Anthony says he doesn't have a biggest fear since his mother died except being left in a small dark space for a long time.

    • Anthony's favorite Broadway show is "Angels in America".

    • In the movie Rent, Anthony performed in Seasons of Love, Rent, You'll See, Today 4 U, The Tango: Maureen, Life Support, Another Day, Will I?, Santa Fe, La Vie Boheme, I'll Cover You: Reprise, Goodbye Love, What You Own, and Finale B.

    • Anthony's only musical experience before the Broadway show Rent was "The Babysitting Blues" in Adventures in Babysitting.

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