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Subject: Archive: David Rappaport, May 2, 1990

Diminutive actor
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Date Posted: Sunday, May 03, 11:56:24am

LOS ANGELES -- David Rappaport, the diminutive actor who starred in the brief television series 'The Wizard' and most recently appeared in 'L.A. Law,' was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said Thursday.

Rappaport, 38, had attempted suicide March 4 and had received some counseling after the incident, said his publicist, Joel Parker.

The 3-foot, 11-inch British-born actor had been engaged to be married next Tuesday in London to a woman Parker would identify only as Eliza.

'We're saddened by the loss of a wonderful man and a great actor,' Parker said. 'His death is a very sad thing.'
Rappaport played the cunning maverick attorney Hamilton Scheyler in three episodes of the popular 'L.A. Law' television series last November, and in March had filmed a guest appearance in the television series, 'Star Trek: The Next Generation.'

'L.A. Law' co-producer Rick Wallace said, 'We are all pretty shocked. Our cast and crew loved him.
'The thing we thought of him was how vital he was and how extraordinary he was as a human being,' Wallace said.

Rappaport's body was found by a jogger in Laurel Canyon Park about 200 yards off Mulholland Drive about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, police Cmdr. William Booth said.

'He was dead of a gunshot wound we believe was self-inflicted,' Booth said.

Rappaport was shot once in the chest, police said, adding a gun was found nearby.

The Coroner's Office planned an autopsy for Friday.
Rappaport was reported missing at 10 p.m. Tuesday by his manager, Frankie Leigh, who had met with the actor Monday afternoon. Leigh said the actor had been depressed recently.

Authorities said that on March 4 paramedics found Rappaport unconscious and not breathing inside a car near his Hollywood home.

A hose connected to the car's exhaust pipe had been placed inside the car 'in an obvious attempted suicide,' detective Russell Kuster said.

Leigh denied the March 4 incident was a suicide attempt and attributed the incident to fatigue from working too hard.
Rappaport was also known for his roles in the motion pictures 'Time Bandits' and 'The Bride.'

A memorial was tentatively planned for Sunday at the Synagogue for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. A funeral was scheduled for Tuesday in London.

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