Born into a theatrical family in New York City (his mother, a Broadway costume designer; his father, a writer, painter and filmmaker), he was named after the painter Raphael. He began his acting career at the age of 4; doing several episodes of a new show for PBS called, "Sesame Street" (1969), but in fact, he was "raised in a trunk," backstage, in costume shops and rehearsal halls, from as early as he can remember.
Theater is Raphael's passion and his stage credits include work on Broadway in Ah, Wilderness with Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst; Curse of an Aching Heart with Faye Dunaway; Shadow Box with Mercedes Ruehl; Twilight of the Golds and Voices in the Dark. Extensive regional and off-Broadway credits include Picnic with Gwyneth Paltrow; Booth with Frank Langella; Hamlet, directed by Joseph Papp; and most recently, The Cherry Orchard with Annette Bening and Alfred Molina, among many others. On the big screen, he appeared in over 30 films, including appearing with Tom Cruise in Risky Business(1983), Independence Day (1996), Message in a Bottle (1999), Vision Quest (1985), Pearl Harbor (2001).
His television movie credits include Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) (TV) (with Halle Berry), Billionaire Boys Club (1987) (TV), Quicksilver Highway (1997) (TV) with Christopher Lloyd, Murder 101 (1991) (TV) with Pierce Brosnan, Final Verdict (1991) (TV) with Treat Williams, Back to Hannibal: The Return of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (1990) (TV) with Paul Winfield, Cracked Up (1987) (TV) with Edward Asner, Prison for Children (1987) (TV), A Streetcar Named Desire (1984) (TV) with Ann-Margret, to name a few. He also played attorney Jake Straka in the one-hour CBS drama, "The Guardian" (2001). In the 2011-2012 television season, Raphael can be seen in the hit series, Once Upon a Time (ABC) cast as Dr. Hopper and Jiminy Cricket. Raphael lives in Los Angeles and New York, where he helps raise his daughter Gracie (9) and son, Django (7).