Richard O'Brien



Richard O'Brien
  • Birth Name: Richard Timothy Smith
  • Birth Place: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 03/25/1942, Aries
  • Profession: Actor; composer; screenwriter
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Richard O'Brien Fast Facts:
  • Moved to New Zealand in 1952 when his father purchased a sheep farm.
  • Left school at 15 to enroll in a three-year dairy-farming course.
  • Changed his name from Smith to O'Brien (his maternal grandmother's maiden name) because there was already an established actor named Richard Smith.
  • Appeared in London stage productions of Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar in the early 1970s.
  • Got his start in films as a stuntman.
  • Wife Kimi Wong and he recorded pop singles in the mid-1970s under the name Kimi & Ritz.
  • Hosted the popular British game show The Crystal Maze from 1990 to 1993. His replacement, Ed Tudor-Pole, had also once played Riff Raff, the character O'Brien had originated in The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • In 2004, his contributions to the arts were honored with the erection of a statue of Riff Raff at a theater in Hamilton, New Zealand.
  • Was refused New Zealand citizenship in 2010 for being too old, but the country reconsidered and granted his request in 2011.
  • Provides the voice of Ferb's father in the animated kids TV series Phineas and Ferb.
  • Richard O'Brien Relationships:
  • Robin Smith - Brother
  • Gillian - Sister
  • Joshua - Son
  • Alec Smith - Father
  • Kimi Wong - Ex-wife
  • Jane Moss - Ex-wife
  • Sabrina - Wife
  • Sabrina Graf - Wife
  • Mary Smith - Mother
  • Robert Smith - Brother
  • Linus - Son
  • Amelia - Daughter
  • Richard O'Brien Awards:
  • 2001 Tony: Revival (Musical) - Nominee


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