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.


  • 2001, Tony — Revival (Musical): Nominee


  • Sabrina — Wife
  • Sabrina Graf — Wife
  • Joshua — Son
  • Alec Smith — Father
  • Mary Smith — Mother
  • Robert Smith — Brother
  • Kimi Wong — Ex-wife
  • Jane Moss — Ex-wife
  • Linus — Son
  • Amelia — Daughter
  • Robin Smith — Brother
  • Gillian — Sister


  • Birth Name: Richard Timothy Smith
  • Birth Place: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
  • Profession: Actor, Composer, Screenwriter

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