Born: As Richard Timothy Smith on March 25th, 1942 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England.
In Rocky Horror circles, Richard "Ritz" O'Brien is simply... the creator. He wrote the book, music, and lyrics for the Rocky Horror Show musical in 1973, and originated the role of Riff Raff in its original London production. The play's 1975 film adaptation, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (in which he again played Riff Raff), spawned the massive cult following that is the reason most of us are here. Outside of Rocky Horror he's known for his other stage and film work while in the U.K. he's also widely recognized as "Reckless Rick", host of the wildly popular early 90s BBC game show The Crystal Maze.
Richard's family emigrated from England to New Zealand in 1951, when his father (an accountant at the time) decided to become a sheep farmer. In 1964 he moved back to England to pursue a (obviously successful) career in entertainment. Richard has been married (and divorced) twice, to Transylvanian Kimi Wong and later Jane Moss. However he dislikes sexual labels and refuses to refer to himself as straight, gay, or bi. At a 2007 charity auction, he declared that "I have slept with 300 women, 30 or 40 men and around 12 transsexuals".
SELECTED FILM ROLES
SELECTED STAGE ROLES
|Sweet Transvestite 7" Single by The Original London Cast of The Rocky Horror Show (1973) - Backed with Time Warp.|
|The Rocky Horror Show (Original London Cast) (1973) - Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in London. Featuring Tim Curry, Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn, Little Nell, Jonathan Adams, et al.|
|The Rocky Horror Picture Show Radio Spots 7" Single by 20th Century Fox (1975) - One-sided 33 1/3 RPM. Voiced by Richard O'Brien.|
|Shock Treatment 7" Single (1981) - Promotional single. Richard O'Brien solo version, backed with "Overture".|
|Shock Treatment (Original Soundtrack) (1981) - Music and lyrics by Richard Hartley and Richard O'Brien.|
|The Stripper (Original Cast Recording) LP (1982) - Lyrics by Richard O'Brien, music by Richard Hartley, and designed/directed by Brian Thomson.|
|Absolute O'Brien CD (1999)|
|Rocky Interactive Horror Show CD-ROM (1999) - Featuring Christopher Lee as the Narrator and Richard O'Brien as the "Game Devil".|
|TW2K: Time Warp Two Thousand CD Single (1999)|
|Mephistopheles Smith (Cloven Hooves Tour) CD-R Single (2007) - Music and lyrics by Richard O'Brien.|
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