Michael Rapaport, once TV's favorite bumbler-with-a-heart, is now America's angriest man

While Rapaport is known for his colorful commentary on social media and his snide remarks on sportspersons these days, he used to be better known for his television roles


                            Michael Rapaport, once TV's favorite bumbler-with-a-heart, is now America's angriest man
Michael Rapaport (Getty Images)

While the number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are on the rise — the tally stands at 375,498 confirmed cases and 16,362 deaths, as per WHO — governments across the world are telling their citizens to stay inside their homes so as to flatten the curve.

However, one Hollywood actor is done being patient, and in his latest angry rant, ‘Boston Legal’ star Michael Rapaport has asked parents to get their “f***ing kids inside.”

"I was actually asked to do one, where they say 'Please stay inside, I'm so-and-so, please stay inside.' I'm not doing it," Rapaport said. "I'm not askin' 'please.' I'm telling motherf***ers, 'Stay your little punk, dirty, sh**stain ass inside.'"

While Rapaport is known for his colorful commentary on social media and his snide remarks on sportspersons — including boxer Conor McGregor and basketball player LeBron James — these days, he used to be better known for his television appearances ranging from ‘Friends’ and ‘Boston Legal’ to ‘Prison Break’ and ‘Atypical’.

Rapaport began appearing in the TV shows ‘China Beach’, ‘Murphy Brown’ ‘Middle Ages’, ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, ‘NYPD Blue’ and a slew of other shows until a bigger break came in 1994 when he made four episodes of the then-up-and-coming ‘Friends’ in which he played a goofy, but romantic, NYPD detective who dated Phoebe Buffay.

Rapaport became a household name when he played teacher, Danny Hanson for 59 episodes in ‘Boston Public’ from 2001-04, and then Dave Gold for 44 episodes in ‘The War at Home’ from 2005-07. He also had roles in ‘My Name is Earl’ from 2007-08 and ‘Prison Break’ as Don Self from 2008-09.

Michael Rapaport as Gary in 'Friends' (NBC)

The New York actor is known for his versatility in accents ranging from Jewish to Russian to Brooklyn-street, landing a variety of roles through TV, film, video games and music videos.

In 2018, Rapaport received flak for targeting singer Ariana Grande when he tweeted, “Ariana Grande is 27 acts 12, you take off those boots she hides her legs in, the cat eye make up and the genie pony tale and I think there’s hotter women working the counter at Starbucks no disrespect to Starbucks.”

Earlier that year, he became a hero in real life when he stopped a passenger on an American Airlines flight from Houston to Los Angeles from yanking open the emergency door. The passenger reportedly tried to open the emergency exit door because he said he was looking for the bathroom.

People have mixed reactions to the actor. While one person said on Reddit, “He’s like the annoying uncle that won’t shut the F00k up at family get togethers. I get a migraine trying to listen to this guy,” another wrote, “While he’s kind of a narcissistic douchebag, I think he’s very much himself. He doesn’t pretend to be anything but Rapaport. He doesn’t try to be likable or kind or anything he’s not. I find his commitment to his character endearing. And he makes a great bad guy in real life. He’s definitely honest and I love brutal honesty.”

Michael Rapaport as Doug Gardner in 'Atypical' (Netflix)

During the resurfaced Kim Kardashian-Taylor Swift-Kanye West feud, Rapaport sided with Swift as he said in another curse-filled rant, saying “The only one is still talking about it is you. Do you think we’re dumb? The only reason you’re talking about it is because your show is premiering Thursday, and you’re sub promoting your show without promoting it.”

He added, “Tell your husband next time he wants to snatch an award from somebody (to) do it to a man. Do it to a guy. Do it to the Wu-Tang Clan. Do it to one of those dudes from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.”

Rapaport also regularly calls out Donald Trump, his daughter Ivanka, as well as his wife Melania. In a now-deleted tweet, Rapaport viciously attacked the First Lady in response to a one-minute PSA that she, who had until then remained tight-lipped about the crisis, posted on her Twitter page and encouraged Americans to remain together during these difficult times.

Rapaport, who turned 50 years old in March, most recently starred in Netflix’s ‘Atypical’. While a new season might take a while to come as Netflix shut down all production activities due to the outbreak, Rapaport is sure to keep fans entertained through his regular updates and videos where he angrily calls out people during the pandemic.

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