ANTHONY RAPP, American singer and actor, born; an American film and stage actor best known for originating the role of Mark Cohen in the Broadway production of Rent in 1996 and later for reprising the same role in the film version. He also performed the role of Charlie Brown in the 1999 Broadway revival of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. Rapp, a self-identified “queer,” is an advocate in show business for LGBT rights. He was born in Chicago, where he attended high school at Joliet West High School in Joliet and theater camp at the prestigious Michigan Interlochen Arts Academy. Rapp’s brother is playwright, novelist, and filmmaker Adam Rapp.