Michael Rapaport is an American actor and comedian best known for his role as Dick Ritchie in the 1993 Quentin Tarantino film True Romance; for his role in the television drama Boston Public (2001-2005); and for his leading role as Dave Gold in the television sitcom The War At Home, from 2005-2007.
In 1999 Rapaport had a four-episode recurring role as Phoebe's policeman boyfriend Gary in Friends, and he has made guest appearances on China Beach, Murphy Brown, Middle Ages, The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, NYPD Blue, ER, Rude Awakening, Night Vision, Chappelle's Show, and Mad TV.
Feature films Rapaport has appeared in include Zebrahead (1992), Point of No Return (1993), True Romance (1993), Higher Learning (1995), Kiss of Death (1995), The Basketball Diaries (1995), Mighty Aphrodite (1995), Beautiful Girls (1996), Metro (1997), Cop Land (1997), Deep Blue Sea (1999), Small Time Crooks (2000), Bamboozled (2000), Lucky Numbers (2000), The 6th Day (2000), This Girl's Life (2003), Hitch (2005), and Push (2006).
He has also lent his voice to the video games Don't Quit Your Day Job (1996), Grand Theft Auto III (2001), Saints Row (2006) and Scarface: The World Is Yours (2006).
As a youngster, Rapaport was a die-hard fan of Eddie Murphy and used to dress up like him in gold chains and white suits. He later got to work with his idol in the film Metro (1997) and on Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001).
In 1998 he pleaded guilty to aggravated harassment of actress Lili Taylor (Six Feet Under), whom he had dated. He was ordered to stay away from her and get counseling for a year.
He was in the New York tabloids in mid-2005 as the landlord who evicted actress Natasha Lyonne (American Pie) from her apartment (in one of the residential buildings he owns), which he described as, among other things, "filthy".