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David Rappaport

Simon McKay in The Wizard

Photos David Rappaport Birth name: David Stephen Rappaport
Birth date: 1951/11/23
Date of death : 1990/05/02 (39 years old)
Birth place : Londres (Angleterre)
Height: 1.19 m

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Biography for David Rappaport

Britisher David Rappaport earned more roles and respect than most guys his size (or ANY size for that matter) who attempted a professional acting career. Afflicted with dwarfism (he was 3' 11"), he was often typecast in bizarre, sometimes silly and demeaning roles; but, like others before him, including well-known actor Michael Dunn, he rose above it all and proved himself a talent to be reckoned with. He was born David Stephen Rappaport on November 23, 1951, in London and showed musical prowess at an early age. He learned how to play both the drums and the accordion, which helped him out financially during the lean years. He studied psychology at the University of Bristol in 1969 and graduated with a degree while developing a side interest in theatre, performing in plays and revues. Following graduation he married his college girlfriend, Jane, and had a son, Joe, the following year. He gave school teaching a try but left in 1977 to focus on his first love--acting. Returning to England, he built up his reputation on TV and developed celebrity status. He acted in and wrote for the program "Beyond the Groove" and performed in a couple of children's series to boot. Film showcases for David came unexpectedly with the scene-stealing role of Randall, the ringleader of a motley group of time-traveling thieves, in Time Bandits (1981), and in The Bride (1985) as Rinaldo, a little man who befriends a giant. American audiences got a good taste of David's charm and razor-sharp wit with the popular but short-lived series "The Wizard" (1986) as Simon, the inventor of odd and exciting toys who derived great pleasure out of being a good samaritan. He followed this with the attention-getting role of slick attorney Hamilton Skylar in a few episodes of "L.A. Law." However, personal unhappiness and acute depression set in during this time. On May 2, 1990, he took his own life, shooting himself in the chest with a .38 caliber revolver he had bought 15 days earlier. The 38-year-old actor was buried at the Waltham Abbey cemetery in England.


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Title Role
Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990) Serie TV (voice) MAL (1990)
Luigi's Ladies (1989) Luigi
Peter Gunn (1989) (TV) Speck
Le Magicien (1986) Serie TV Simon McKay
Bride, The (1985/I) Rinaldo the Midget
Unfair Exchanges (1984) (TV)
Monaco Franze - Der ewige Stenz (1983) Serie TV
Jigsaw (1982) Serie TV O-Man
Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1982) Sage
Tiswas (1974) Serie TV Shades (1981-82)
Time Bandits (1981) Randall
Q5 (1969) Serie TV Little Dave (1980)
Cuba (1979) Jesus
Mysteries (1978) The Midget


Nearly died whilst filming The Bride (1985/I), when the circus tent caught fire and David was left suspended by a rope in the 'Big Top'. The Special Effects man, who was outside the tent, couldn't hear all the shouting and kept David high in the air as the tent was burning around him. Finally he was let down. The large tent only took four minutes to be completely destroyed.

Died of gunshot wound to chest in apparent suicide in a San Fernando Valley park at age 39.

Was "Minister for Foreign Affairs" of the "People's Republic of Frestonia", a collection of squats in West London that declared independence from the UK in 1977 in order to gain publicity for their (successful) fight against eviction & demolition. [See Passport to Pimlico (1949)]

At the time of his death, he was preparing to guest star in the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) episode, "The Most Toys."


Pouvoir regarder dans les yeux d'un enfant à l'age de 30 ans est la chose la plus dingue que je connaisse !

J'ai voulu débuter ma carrière d'acteur au moment le plus critique de ma vie : j'avais une femme et un enfant ! Mais je me suis dit que se serait maintenant ou jamais, je me suis donc lancé


Spouse : Jane (1975 - ?) (divorced) 1 child

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