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Riley Mapel

Riley Mapel

Facts of Riley Mapel

Full Name:Riley Mapel
Country:United States
Eye ColorBlue
Hair ColorBlack
Birth PlaceLos Angeles, California
EducationLACC's Acting Academy
FatherWilliam Mapel
MotherMare Winningham
SiblingsPatrick Mapel, Jack Mapel, Happy Atticus Mapel, and Calla Louise Mapel
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Riley Mapel was the eldest son of Mare Winningham who is an American actress and singer-songwriter and an eight-time Emmy Award nominee and awarded by Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries for Amber Waves in 1980 and George Wallace in the year 1998.

Riley Mapel was born on 27th November 1981 in Los Angeles, California, the United States of America. His horoscope was Sagittarius. Riley was the son of Mare Winningham (mother) and William Mapel (father). The late actor studied acting at the LACC’s Acting Academy. Riley had dark brown eyes color with black hair color.

Parents’ Separation and Other Family

His mother has been married three times in her life. His parents married in the year 1981. They were married as husband and wife for almost 6 years. But his mother previously married Martinez for one year (1981–81). After his parents’ divorce, Riley’s mother fell in love with Jason Trucco and finally married in the year 2008. However, their relationship didn’t last long, and finally ended their relationship with divorce in 2012.

Riley grew up along with siblings Patrick Mapel, Jack Mapel, Happy Atticus Mapel, and Calla Louise Mapel. He was a nephew of Patrick Winningham.

Riley Mapel
Caption: Riley Mapel’s mother, Mare Winningham(Photo: Metro Biography)

Riley held an American nationality and belonged to a white ethnical background. He was studying acting at LACC’s Acting Academy when he committed suicide. He was a grandson of Marilyn Jean Maloney (grandmother) and Sam Neal Winningham (grandfather).

Mare Winningham Son Riley Mapel Cause of Death

He passed away on 14th August 2005 at the age of 23 in Los Angeles, the United States after he reportedly committed suicide. Riley was studying acting at LACC’s Acting Academy at the time. Riley was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills).

Riley Mapel's Grave
Caption: Riley Mapel’s Grave

However, the details of his death were not published as it was not in the best interests of the family. His parents chose to grieve in privacy.

Net Worth of Riley Mapel Mother

Riley Mapel was only 23 at the time of his death. Therefore, his net worth and salary are not of much significance. Meanwhile, his mother Mare has an estimated net worth of around $1.5 million.

Her main source of income includes her salary and earnings from her career as an actress and a singer-songwriter. Riley might have lived a lavish lifestyle with his family before his death.

Was Riley Mapel Married?

Riley Mapel was never married nor known to be in any kind of relationship. He did not have any children who can follow his footsteps. However, he never became part of controversies when he was single. That’s why he is always remembered by his parents because he was a decent person.


Regarding his career, Riley’s profession is not revealed, although he wanted to become an actor. If he was alive, he would have done some memorable works. However, He came to the media spotlight because of his mother, Mare Winningham.

His mother, Mare is an American actress and singer-songwriter and an eight-time Emmy Award nominee and awarded by Outstanding Supporting Actress. She first started to sing and write songs in the year 1976 and the year 1977.

Later, Mare got a chance to sing on The Gong Show. She soon bagged an acting contract with Meyer Mishkin and was told to say three lines in James at the age of 15. She starred in the short-lived drama called The Young Pioneers in the year 1978.

Mare soon got exposure and started getting more acting roles on TV and her career also took off. Again, she took to TV roles and starred in a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie called Love is Never Silent.

Mare also continued to do TV roles such as in ER and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. As regards her music, she has released 4 albums and also done some singing roles in movies.