Born in Oakland, California, Pappas has lived in Los Angeles since 1974 , for the most part in Hollywood. He began working in theatre as a teenager in the Bay Area, working within the improvisation theatre community, primarily at The Committee in San Francisco, where he learned the improvisational style of the late Del Close. He attended Grant High School and Laney Jr. College in Oakland and San Francisco State University, before leaving for L.A. to work with Paul Sills. He is an award winning actor with two Drama-Logue awards, one for Greg Suddeth's "Very Cherry and Extra Clean " and, Gilbert Girion's"Word Crimes." He received an L.A. Weekly best actor award for Girion's"Bad Country." His plays have been staged at Equity Waiver theatres in L.A. and for the Padua Hills Playwrights Festival at Cal State Northridge. His paintings have been exhibited in Hollywood and Long Beach. He lives in Long Beach with his wife Caren.