Richard O'Brien Biography

Birthday: 1942-03-25
Place of Birth: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Wiki Biography: Born in Cheltenham, England, Richard Smith's family moved to Tauranga, New Zealand, in 1951 when his father, an accountant, decided to become a sheep farmer. Watching horror and science-fiction double features in nearby Hamilton, Smith added an interest in acting to his love of rock and roll. He moved back to England in 1964, tried singing, then became a movie stuntman and fringe theater actor. He changed his name to O'Brien (his beloved maternal grandmother's name) one day while on the phone to British Actors Equity, to avoid confusion with another Richard Smith. He met director Jim Sharman in 1972, when Sharman cast him in the dual roles of Apostle and Leper for the London stage production (transferred from Sharman's native Australia) of "Jesus Christ Superstar". Working again with Sharman on a production of Sam Shepard's "The Unseen Hand", O'Brien mentioned a new rock musical he'd been writing called "Rock Horroar." The play went into rehearsals as "They Came from Denton High," and at Sharman's suggestion, was retitled "The Rocky Horror Show" before opening in June 1973.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Shock Treatment 1981 Comedy
The Ink Thief The Ink Thief 1994 Comedy
The Stephanie Miller Show 1995 Family
Phineas and Ferb Dad 2007 - Animation
Flash Gordon 2007 - Action
God Save the Queens Himself 2012
Revolution 2012 - 2013 Adventure
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Rocky Horror Picture Show Riff Raff - A Handyman 1975 Comedy, Musical
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Riff Raff - A Handyman 1975 Comedy, Musical
Jubilee John Dee 1977
The Odd Job 1978
Flash Gordon 1980 Action, Adventure, Sci Fi
Shock Treatment 1981 Comedy, Musical
Revolution 1985 0, 0, 0
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase James 1989 Adventure, Drama, Family
Dark City Mr. Hand 1998 Mystery, Sci Fi, Thriller
The Mumbo Jumbo Archie 2000 Comedy
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream 2005 Documentary
Night Train 2009 Action, Crime, Mystery
Jackboots on Whitehall Himmler 2010 Drama, 0, Romance
Phineas and Ferb Lawrence Fletcher 2014 Animation, Adventure, Comedy