Anthony Dean Rapp|
(October 26, 1971 - living) U.S.A.
Born in Joliet, Illinois, Anthony Rapp has been acting and singing professionally since he was nine years old. He began acting in his boyhood, playing Louis in a nationally-touring production of The King and I with Yul Brynner. At age 14, Anthony won an Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance in the Broadway production of Precious Sons.
He's best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer-Prize winning landmark rock opera, Rent, going with the show from Off-Broadway to Broadway to Chicago, and finishing his run in London.
Now he has embarked on his music career, beginning with the release of his debut solo cd, Look Around. Anthony is touring periodically to different regions of the US, appearing mostly at colleges and universities, playing original music and some choice cover tunes.
Anthony is also active in the queer community, having come out to himself and his parents at the age of 18. He identifies as "queer," saying, "I think I'm primarily homosexual -- certainly politically, and I guess socially. But I don't consider myself 100% gay; it's a scale. The word 'queer' is all-encompassing." Anthony is involved with LAMBDA's Marriage Project, and he invests in and supports only companies that are both gay- and environment-friendly.
He enjoys his involvement as a role model for gay youth and has spoken at various schools on queer issues. Although Rapp has had his share of relationships with both men and women, he calls his current boyfriend the "love of my life. I've never been able to love someone as openly and as fully as I do him." His lover is a cute boy named Josh.
His work include:
- Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
- Far from Home (1989)
- Grave Secrets (1989)
- School Ties (1992)
- Dazed and Confused (1993)
- Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
- Twister (1996)
- The Mantis Murder (1996)
- David Searching (1997)
- Man of the Century (1999)
- Road Trip (2000)
- A Beautiful Mind (2001)
- Paradisco (2002)
- Open House (2003)