Anthony Rapp has been acting and singing professionally since he was nine years old. With an extensive list of achievements, Rapp is best known for originating the role of ‘Mark Cohen’ in Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award-winning rock opera, Rent, for which he shared an OBIE Award with the rest of the cast. He reprised his role in Chris Columbus’ film version opposite other members of the original cast.
Anthony can currently be seen in the national tour of If/Then, having previously starred in the Broadway production from the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal. He joined former Rent cast member Idina Menzel in this romantic and original musical about how choice and chance collide and how we learn to love the fallout. Additional Broadway credits include the revival of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation. His Broadway debut was in Precious Sons with Judith Ivey and Ed Harris, for which he received an Outer Critics Circle award and a Drama Desk nomination. Other theater credits include Raised In Captivity (Vineyard Theatre), Trafficking in Broken Hearts (Atlantic), Some Americans Abroad (Second Stage), Dedalus Lounge (Interart Theatre Annex), and the national tour of Little Shop of Horrors.
Anthony has been featured in a number of iconic feature films ranging from dramas like the Oscar-award winning A Beautiful Mind, Six Degrees of Separation, and The Other Woman opposite Natalie Portman, to comedies like Dazed and Confused with Matthew McConaughey and Road Trip directed by Todd Phillips. He will next be seen starring with fellow-Broadway favorite Cheyenne Jackson in the upcoming film Opening Night. Additional film credits include Junction, Adventures in Babysitting, School Ties, Man of the Century, and David Searching. He also appeared in Winter Passing, a film written and directed by his brother, Adam Rapp.
A writer as well, Anthony penned Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent (Simon & Schuster) about his struggle to balance the demands of life in the theatre with his responsibility to his family during his mother’s battle with cancer. He recently adapted the book into a one-man show entitled “Without You” which he has performed on stages both nationally and internationally.
On television, Rapp has appeared in The X-Files, The Beach Boys: An American Family, Kidnapped, Law & Order: SVU, and Psych.
In 2000, he released his debut album, Look Around. He has performed his music in clubs and colleges throughout the country.
Rapp is proud to support and continue to help raise funds for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Friends in Deed.
Little known Fact: Anthony Rapp is an avid poker player.