Matthew Rapf

Matthew Rapf (October 22, 1920 – December 11, 1991) was an American film and television producer and screenwriter. He was best known for producing The Loretta Young Show, Ben Casey, and Kojak.

Matthew Rapf
Born(1920-10-22)October 22, 1920
New York, New York
DiedDecember 11, 1991(1991-12-11) (aged 71)
Malibu, California
Resting placeHillside Memorial Park
Alma materDartmouth College
OccupationFilm and television producer, screenwriter
Spouse(s)Carol Rapf
RelativesMaurice Rapf (brother)


Matthew Rapf was born in New York City on October 22, 1920,[1][2] the son of film producer Harry Rapf. His brother Maurice was a screenwriter and professor.[3]

After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1942, he served as a lieutenant (junior grade) in the U.S. Navy during World War II.[2][4] Returning to civilian life, he followed in his father's and brother's footsteps into filmmaking and was hired by MGM to be part of a production group headed by Charles Schnee.[5] His first credit was for writing and producing the 1948 Western Adventures of Gallant Bess.[6] In 1952 he wrote and produced the noir film The Sellout.[7] After this he worked primarily as a producer, on films such as Big Leaguer[8] and Half a Hero.

Rapf next moved into television, signing a long-term contract with NBC in 1955,[9] and producing series for them such as The Great Gildersleeve, Frontier, Jefferson Drum, and Ben Casey.[4]

In 1973 he produced the TV film The Marcus-Nelson Murders, starring Telly Savalas as police lieutenant Theo Kojak. Though it had not originally been intended as a pilot, it became the basis of one of Rapf's most successful series, Kojak.[10] He would be nominated for three Emmy Awards for his work on the film and show.[11]

He was married to prominent real estate agent Carol Rapf.[12]

Matthew Rapf died in Malibu on December 11, 1991, after a bout of influenza.[2][4]





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  4. "Matthew Rapf, Producer, 71". The New York Times. December 18, 1991. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
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  10. "Movie of the Week becomes a regular". The Anniston Star. Los Angeles. AP. July 18, 1973. Retrieved April 10, 2019 via
  11. "Matthew Rapf". Emmy Awards. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  12. "Rapf, Carol". Los Angeles Times. August 24, 2000. p. B12. Retrieved April 10, 2019 via
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