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Richard O'Brien Biography

  • Profession: Actor, Screenwriter, Composer (Music Score), Songwriter
  • Born: Mar 25, 1942
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

Known to legions of obsessed fans for writing, directing, and playing hunchbacked butler Riff Raff in the legendary cult movie [[Feature~V41864~The Rocky Horror Picture Show~therockyhorrorpictureshow]], British-born [[Performer~P53293~Richard O'Brien~richardobrien]] grew up in New Zealand. His father, an accountant, decided to switch career paths and become a sheep farmer when [[Performer~P53293~O'Brien~richardobrien]] was just nine, possibly planting in the young tyke the idea to make a movie about square people shaking off the strictures of modern life.
He became interested in science fiction movies and rock & roll at a young age, and in 1964, he moved back to England to pursue a singing and acting career. Working in the theater, he met director [[Performer~P111008~Jim Sharman~jimsharman]] while appearing in a production of [[Feature~V26092~Jesus Christ Superstar~jesuschristsuperstar]]. He would come to work with [[Performer~P111008~Sharman~jimsharman]] on his own musical, [[Feature~V41864~The Rocky Horror Picture Show~therockyhorrorpictureshow]], which opened on-stage in 1973. By 1975, [[Performer~P53293~O'Brien~richardobrien]] was adapting the play for the screen, unknowingly creating a massive cultural phenomenon.
The film went on to become perhaps the most quintessential cult hit, and [[Performer~P53293~O'Brien~richardobrien]]'s legacy was sealed. Nonetheless, he continued to work constantly, appearing in everything from [[Feature~V160114~Spice World~spiceworld]] to [[Feature~V227129~Dungeons & Dragons~dungeonsdragons]], as well as writing and recording his own music. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi