Richard O’Brien is an English-New Zealand actor, musician, writer, TV host, and theatre artist. He is best known as the author of the book, music for The Rock Horror Show in 1973 and giving voice to the character Lawrence Fletcher in Disney’s Phineas Ferb. Moreover, he was a nominee in a musical category for his song Revival in 2001.
O’Brien was born on March 25, 1942, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. The birth name of Richard is Richard Timothy Smith and later changed his surname to O’Brien because of his love for maternal grandmother’s name. His name ‘Richard’ means a strong and brave leader.
Similarly, Richard was born to Alec Smith and Mary Smith. He has two brothers, Robert Smith & Robin Smith, and a sister Gillian Smith. He belongs to British nationality and has the citizenship of Britain and New Zealand. His birth sign is Aries.
In 1951, O’Brien’s family migrated to Tauranga, New Zealand. During his stay in New Zealand, he became interested in acting along with singing rock and roll.
As for his academic qualifications, he graduated from Tauranga Boys’ College.
During the interview in 2009, he disclosed that he is a transgender. He said,
“There is a continuum between male and female. Some are hard-wired one way or another, I’m in between.”
In a 2013 interview he revealed about him using estrogen and described himself as 70% male and 30% female. Similarly, he came into highlight when he stated that transgender women are not real women.
Richard came into limelight when he denied the citizenship of New Zealand in 2010. However, due to the persuasion of fans, he officially became the citizen on December 14, 2011.
Talking about his relationship, O’Brien married thrice and as a result, has three children.
Firstly, he married to South Africa born actress Kimi Wong on December 4, 1971. He had his first child Linus O’Brien(son) with the actress in May 1972. The couple later parted their ways.
Secondly, the actor tied his knot to artistic director Jane Moss in 1983. Two children, a son Joshua O’Brien and a daughter Amelia O’Brien was born to the couple. They spend life together for 23 years until they divorced.
O’Brien remained single for two years and met his third wife a German native Sabrina Graf. The pair dated for three years until the married on April 6, 2013.
Richard net worth, as of June 2019, is about $15.7 million. With over 50 years of professional life, the actor has amassed the incredible fortune to live a blissful life during the age to come.
He had played in many films and theatre shows. He received an award at Berlin International Film Festival for Special Teddy in 1998.
Richard migrated back to England in 1964 and began working as a stuntman in Carry on Cowboy. He changed his name to Richard O’Brien because an actor with his previous name existed.
The actor joined method acting classes to improve his acting and started to appear in various stage shows as an actor. For nine months, he toured for stage shows of hair and worked in London production for the following nine months.
Richard got the chance to play in the movie as an Apostle and Leper when he met Jim Sharman, the director of Jesus Christ Superstar in 1972. Later he was cast as Willie, in The Unseen Hand in 1973.
One of his notable works, The Rocky Horror Show released at the theatre in June 1973 by the same director. The show became box office hit and appeared in different theatres. During the time, the actor and his first wife released a number of songs as Kimi and Ritz.
As a singer, he released many songs such as T.Zee (1976), Disaster (1978), The stripper(1982) and Top People(1984). Likewise, he also wrote songs for the movies.
As an actor, Richard appeared in 18 movies and TV shows. Some of his popular movies are The Rocky Horror Picture Show(1975), Jubilee1977) The Crystal Maze(1990-1993, 2016) as a presenter. His recent work was in The Stolen which released in 2017.
He is an English-New Zealand actor, musician, writer, TV host, and theatre artist.
He is 77 years old.
The height of Richard is 5ft 8 in.
As of June 2019, the British actor has $15.7 million.
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