Who Is Michael Rapaport? Actor Slammed Ariana Grande's Appearance

Those who follow singer Ariana Grande on social media probably scratched their heads collectively Wednesday thinking, who is Michael Rapaport? Especially fans younger than Grande.

Rapaport 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."

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.

New @iamrapaport is Live:https://t.co/Xr6sFd7WP4 pic.twitter.com/wRCCyxYGxa

— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) December 19, 2018

First, a quick clarification. Grande is 25, not 27. That means just two years ago she was half the age of Rapaport, who's now 48. In 1994, when Grande was 1, Rapaport was in the then-biggest role of his young career, a four-series stint on "Friends" — when Rapaport was just 24.

For those who don't know Rapaport, here's a rundown on the New York native who moved to Los Angeles to dabble in stand-up comedy, and eventually migrated back to his hometown and take roles in his native surroundings.

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 up-and-coming "Friends," in which he played a goofy, but romantic, NYPD detective who dated Phoebe.

Rapaport chipped away in his career with other TV shows and started gaining more notoriety with 59 episodes in "Boston Public" from 2001-04, and then "War at Home" (a TV series) from 2005-07, "My Name is Earl" from 2007-08 and "Prison Break" as Don Self from 2008-09. More recently he has appeared in "The Guest Book" and WWE 365.

Rapaport has worked in sports radio and TV, and he has hosted various podcasts over the last few years. Sure, he popped in for cameos on "ER," "Law & Order" and "The Big Bang Theory.' But who is Rapaport?

He's a New York actor who parlayed his multi-lingual accent that ranges from Jewish to Russian to Brooklyn-street, landing a smorgasbord of roles through TV, film, video games and music videos.

Rapaport has continued his aim at comedy through social media, but his remarks this week against Grande sparked a firestorm of backlash. Here are some of the responses to his Grande bashing.

For starters, she’s 25 so good job w the fact checking. Second, it’s almost 2019 and you’re tearing down women based on their appearance like it’s 1995, which is the last time you were even relevant. You’re just looking for relevance, but this ain’t the way to get it. Ty, next.

— alexa (@inmybloodgrande) December 19, 2018