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David Rakoff (1964–2012)

David Rakoff was born on November 27, 1964 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as David Benjamin Rakoff. He was an actor and writer, known for Capote (2005), The New Tenants (2009) and State by State (2008). He died on August 9, 2012 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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Capote Ben Baron
The New Tenants
State by State
State by State Himself
Bad Bosses Go to Hell
Bad Bosses Go to Hell Publishing Boss


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 2009 The New Tenants (Short)
 2009 Snake 'n' Bacon (TV Movie)
 2005 Capote
Ben Baron
 1997 Bad Bosses Go to Hell (Short)
Publishing Boss
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 2009 The New Tenants (Short) (adaptation)
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 2012 Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (Documentary) (special thanks)
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 2001-2012 The Daily Show (TV Series)
- Robert Pattinson (2012) ... Himself
- David Rakoff (2010) ... Himself
- David Rakoff (2006) ... Himself
- David Rakoff (2005) ... Himself
- David Rakoff (2001) ... Himself
 2012 This American Life Live! (TV Movie)
 2010 Florent: Queen of the Meat Market (Documentary)
 2010 The Naturalized (Documentary)
 2008 State by State (Video short)
 2008 This American Life Live! (TV Movie)
 2007 CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival (TV Series)
- The Sky Is Falling (2007) ... Himself
 2001-2006 Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series)
Himself / Himself - Guest
- Episode #14.37 (2006) ... Himself - Guest
- Episode dated 24 July 2001 (2001) ... Himself
 2006 The 2nd Annual Quill Awards (TV Special)
 2001-2005 Late Night with Conan O'Brien (TV Series)
- Episode #13.11 (2005) ... Himself
- Episode #9.133 (2002) ... Himself
- Episode #9.13 (2001) ... Himself
- Episode #8.151 (2001) ... Himself

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Contributor to "This American Life," on Public Radio. See more »

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[on oncoming death, from his novel 'Love, Honor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish'] 'A new fierce attachment to all of this world now pierced him. It stabbed like a deity-hurled lightning bolt, lancing him, sent from above, left him giddy and tearful. It felt like young love'. See more »


He was raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in East Asian Studies from Columbia University in 1986 in New York City. He lived as a translator in Japan until he was diagnosed with cancer. He returned to Canada and remained there until the early 1990s. See more »

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