Anthony Rapp Biography, Career, Family, Partner and Net Worth

 Who is Anthony Rapp?

Anthony Deane Rapp is a famous American professional actor and singer who originated the role of Mark Cohen in the Broadway production of Rent. After his original performance of the role in 1996, he reprised it in the movie version of the show and then the show’s United States Tour in 2009. Rapp 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. He currently portrays Lieutenant Commander Paul Stamets on the television series Star Trek: Discovery.

Anthony Rapp Career

In 1981, he first performed on Broadway in The Little Prince and the Aviator, a musical based on Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s novel The Little Prince. The show ended during previews. Rapp’s screen debut was as a member of the starring ensemble in the 1987 movie Adventures in Babysitting, directed by Chris Columbus, who would later direct him in the film version of Rent. He has also appeared in several films and Broadway shows. Rapp’s notable roles consist of those in films including Dazed and Confused, School Ties, A Beautiful Mind, Road Trip, Six Degrees of Separation (stage and film versions), The Beach Boys: An American Family, Danny Rose: First Time Director, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

He then 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, he sang R.E.M.’s ”Losing My Religion” and earned his callback in September 1994. Following offering him the role, Jonathan Larson wrote new songs for the production with Rapp’s voice in mind. Rapp reprised the role in the film adaptation, which was launched on November 23, 2005. On July 30, 2007, he returned to Rent, for a six-week run together with original cast member Adam Pascal. The duo went on with their return to Rent until October 7, 2007. Rapp and Pascal alongside fellow initial cast member Gwen Stewart, reprised their roles of Mark and Roger in a national tour of Rent starting January 6, 2009.

2010 to 2015

Rapp launched a solo CD, entitled Look Around in 2000. 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 complete due to how personal it was. He then developed a one-man stage show with music based on the memoir starting in 2007, later performing it at locations such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, On December 11, 2012, a recording of the show was launched by PS Classics.

He then played the doctor in the world premiere of Feeling Electric in 2005 at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. During Next to Normal’s Off-Broadway run (2008), Rapp served as an assistant director to Michael Greif, who had directed him in Rent, and later wrote the introduction to the published script. Rapp then portrayed the role of Lucas in If/Then, which starred fellow Rent alum, Idina Menzel. If/Then played at the National Theatre in Washington D.C., started previews on Broadway on March 5, 2014, and opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theater on March 30, 2014.

2015 to present

He then had to miss performances because of a knee injury and surgery in July. On March 22, 2015, it closed, and he reprised the role in the 2015-2016 National Tour, together with Menzel and the rest of the main Broadway cast. He also appeared in ”Psych: The Musical”, an episode of the TV series Psych, which premiered on USA Network on December 15, 2013. Rapp was then cast in Star Trek: Discovery as Lt. Commander Paul Stamets, the first openly gay character in the Star Trek television series in 2016. This was his first television regular role, while he had watched some Star Trek as a child, he watched ”curated lists” of episodes from the many series to prepare for the role.

A photo of Anthony Rapp
A photo of Anthony Rapp

How old is Anthony Rapp?

Anthony Deane Rapp is aged 50 as of 2021, having been born on October 26, 1971, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. He shares his birthday with famous people including Hillary Clinton, Drew Gooden, Seth MacFarlane, Ranger Ortiz, Keith Urban, CM Punk, Emilia Clarke, Uhuru Kenyatta, Rita Wilson, Dylan McDermott, Tom Cavanagh, and Allie DeBerry, among others.

Anthony Rapp Family

Who are Anthony Rapp’s parents?

Anthony Deane Rapp was born in Chicago, Illinois to Douglas Rapp and Mary Lee and brought up in nearby Joliet, Illinois. His parents divorced in 1974 and he was brought up by his mother, who was a trained nurse. His mother died in 1997 at the age of 55 from cancer, which she was battling for a very long time. Rapp had a very close relationship with his mother and credits her for instilling values of justice and respect in him.

Does Anthony Rapp have siblings?

Rapp was born into a family of three children the last born and youngest. He has two older siblings, a brother Adam Rapp and a sister Anne Rapp. Adam is a playwright, novelist, and filmmaker.

Anthony Rapp Education

Rapp studied at his hometown junior high school where he took part in community theater as a child, winning awards for his singing. He then joined Joliet West High School and theatre camp at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. In 1989, he went to New York to join New York University as a film student but dropped out following just one semester.

Anthony Rapp Interests

Rapp is also into music and singing apart from acting and has sung various songs in films and in theatres. He is a ”die hard” Chicago Cubs fan and co-hosts the podcast The Clubhouse about baseball. On August 29, 2016, at the Cubs game, Rapp threw the first pitch and sang the Star-spangled Banner. He also enjoys playing poker and video games.

Anthony Rapp Partner

Rapp explained his sexual identity as ”queer” rather than ”gay” during a 1997 interview with Oasis magazine. He also identifies as ”bisexual” and ”four-and-a-half” on the Kinsey scale. Rapp revealed his engagement to his partner, Ken Ithiphol in November 2019, having dated from 2016.

He is currently in a case of alleged sexual assault by actor Kevin Spacey, which happened in 1986 when he was 14, and Spacey was 26. Rapp came forward in 2017 after inspiration from his family, boyfriend, and representatives.

Anthony Rapp Children

Rapp is queer and has not been married in his life and does not have any children of his own to date.

Anthony Rapp Height

Rapp has a well-built, muscular, and physically fit body adding up to an impressive height of 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) and a weight of 65 kg (143 lbs).

Anthony Rapp Net Worth

American professional actor and singer, Rapp has been active in the film industry from 1981 to the present. He has appeared in numerous films and sang several songs gathering an accumulative net worth of approximately $6 million as of 2022.



1987Adventures in BabysittingDaryl Coopersmith 
1989Grave SecretsJamie 
Far from HomePinky Sears 
1992School TiesRichard “McGoo” Collins 
1993Dazed and ConfusedTony Olson 
Six Degrees of SeparationBen 
The Mantis MurderUnknown 
1997David SearchingDavid 
1999Man of the CenturyTimothy Burns 
2000Road TripJacob Schultz 
2001Cruise ControlMirror ManShort
A Beautiful MindBender 
2002ParadiscoL’ami américainShort
2004Open HouseBarry Farnsworth 
2005RentMark Cohen 
Winter PassingDean 
2006Danny Roane: First Time DirectorSelf 
2007Let Them Chirp AwhileSelf 
2008Scaring the FishGene 
2009The Other WomanSimon 
2015Not AgainDr. ThomShort
2016Opening NightLogan Joyce 
Do You Take This ManDaniel 


1990Sky HighWes HansenTV movie
1994Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson WhittakerCadet Frederick G. HodgsonTV movie
1996The Lazarus ManVerityEpisode: “Panorama”
1997Spin CityHimselfEpisode: “An Affair to Remember”
1997The X-FilesJeff GlaserEpisode: “Detour”
2000The Beach Boys: An American FamilyVan Dyke ParksTV movie
2004Law & Order: Special Victims UnitMatt SpevakEpisode: “Bound”
2006–07KidnappedLarry Kellogg4 episodes
2012Law & Order: Special Victims UnitNathan ForresterEpisode: “Lessons Learned”
2013PsychZachary Wallace Zander aka ZEpisode: “Psych: The Musical”
2014It Could Be WorseCasting DirectorEpisode: “Uncharted Territory”
2015Stop the BleedingBuster2 episodes
The KnickDr. Thurman Drexler3 episodes
2017-2018The Good FightGlenn3 episodes
2017–presentStar Trek: DiscoveryLieutenant/Lt. Commander Paul StametsRegular cast/Lieutenant Paul Stamets (Mirror) 1st and 3rd season
201813 Reasons WhyPastorEpisode: “Bye”
2019Carpool Karaoke: The SeriesHimselfOne episode, with Star Trek: Discovery castmates Mary Wiseman, Doug Jones, and Sonequa Martin-Green
2019Rent: LiveHimselfCameo
2020EqualHarry HayDocuseries
2021Celebrating AmericaHimselfVirtual Concert for the Inauguration of Joe Biden
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