|Birth Date||October 26, 1971|
|Role in Rent||Mark Cohen|
|Productions||New York Theatre Workshop production (1994)|
Anthony Deane Rapp (born October 26, 1971) is an American stage and film actor and singer best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in the Broadway production of Rent in 1996 and later for reprising the role in the film version and the Broadway Tour of Rent in 2009.
MemoirEditIn 2006 Rapp published a memoir; Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent, that recalls the events of his life in relation to the musical Rent and its writer, Jonathan Larson, as well as the death of Rapp's mother by cancer. It contains photographs of his family in addition to the text.
To say it's a dream come true doesn't do it justice, because I've never dreamed this big. The film and play stand side by side -- you get the advantage of more intimacy in the film's close-ups, and the advantage of live rock onstage.
—Anthony Rapp, on the Film Adaption of RENT
Frankly, if people aren't going to cast me because I'm queer, than I don't want to work with them.
- Has been acting since he was a young kid.
- Sang Losing My Religion by REM for his Rent audition.
- Is openly Bisexual.
- Was One of two actors to have been in both the 1994 workshop version of Rent, and the 1996 Broadway version ( the other being Daphne Rubin-Vega.)
- Was one of six to reprise their original role in the 1996 Broadway version to the 2005 film ( the others being Adam Pascal, Taye Diggs, Idina Menzel, Jesse L. Martin and Wilson Jermaine Heredia.)
- Anthony Rapp kept the famous scarf he wore as Mark in the original Broadway show. It could not be used in the film, however, because the white was too bright for the camera. Instead he wears a navy and light gray scarf.
- Also worked with Idina Menzel in the 2013 Broadway musical If/Then.