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Richard O’Brien

Biography

Most widely known for composing the cult basic The Rocky Horror Picture Present. He was a fan of comic books and horror movies as a kid. He was the tone of voice of Lawrence in the cartoon present Phineas and Ferb. He continues to be married double and provides three kids. He is at the film Evening Teach with Danny Glover.

Quick Facts


Full Name Richard O'Brien
Date Of Birth March 25, 1942
Place Of Birth Cheltenham, England
Height 1.73 m
Profession TV Actor
Nationality New Zealand, British
Spouse Sabrina Graf, Jane Moss
Children Joshua O'Brien, Amelia O'Brien, Linus O'Brien
Parents Mary Smith, Alec Smith
Awards Gaylactic Spectrum Award Hall of Fame
Movies The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Shock Treatment, Dark City, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again, Flash Gordon, Elvira's Haunted Hills, Ever After, Spice World, Dungeons & Dragons, Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension, Jackboots on Whitehall, Carry On Cowboy, Night Train, Jubilee, The Return of Captain Invincible, Revolution, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, The Contraption, The Pack, Manor Hunt Ball, Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Tribute Show, Bill Wyman's Digital Daydreams, The Ten Commandments: The Musical, The Stolen
TV Shows Phineas and Ferb, The Ten Commandments, The Crystal Maze
Star Sign Aries

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#Fact
1Met his close friend, Patricia Quinn in 1972.
2On November 25, 2004, a life-size bronze statue of Richard O'Brien in his Riff Raff space suit was unveiled in Hamilton, New Zealand, where O'Brien grew up after moving from England. Commissioned jointly by a local theatre group and the Hamilton City Council, the statue stands on the site of the old Embassy Cinema, where O'Brien once watched science-fiction double features.
3When writing The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), he based the character Frank-N-Furter on Alice Cooper. In his original handwritten notes (published in the 1979 play book The Rocky Horror Scrapbook), he described Frank-N-Furter as an "Alice Cooper type Frankenstein." (The "Dr." was added for the film.)
4Still makes up songs on the spur of the moment, to entertain his friends.
5Took the last name O'Brien after his grandmother.
6Son, with Jane Moss, Joshua (b. 1983). Daughter, with Jane Moss, Amelia (b. 1989).
7Wrote The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) in six months.
8Emigrated with his parents to New Zealand, went to school in Tauranga on the North Island's east coast, and moved to Hamilton for a while for work when he left school, before returning to the UK.
9Son, with Kimi Wong, Linus (b. May 1, 1972).


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The StolencompletedMr. Russell
Rocky Horror Show Live2015Narrator
Phineas and Ferb2007-2015TV SeriesLawrence Fletcher Dad Lawrence the Humble Antiques Dealer ...
Justin and the Knights of Valour2013Innkeeper / Baker (voice)
Mongrels2011TV SeriesZombie Dog
Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension2011TV MovieLawrence Fletcher Lawrence-2 (voice)
Jackboots on Whitehall2010Himmler (voice)
Night Train2009/IMrs. Froy
Tales of the Fourth Dimension2009VideoTime Master
The Children's Party at the Palace2006TV SpecialThe Childcatcher
The Ten Commandments2006TV Mini-SeriesAnander
Elvira's Haunted Hills2001Lord Vladimere Hellsubus
Dungeons & Dragons2000Xilus
The Mumbo Jumbo2000Archie
Urban Gothic2000TV SeriesThin Man
The Rocky Interactive Horror Show1999Video GameThe Game Devil
Ever After: A Cinderella Story1998Pierre Le Pieu
Dark City1998Mr. Hand
Spice World1997Damien
The Detectives1995TV SeriesDr. Phibes
The Ink Thief1994TV SeriesThe Ink Thief
Full Stretch1993TV Series
Mystery Train1991TV Mini-SeriesHost
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase1989James
Robin Hood1986TV SeriesGulnar
Revolution1985Lord Hampton
Digital Dreams1983TV MovieButler
Shock Treatment1981Dr. Cosmo McKinley
Flash Gordon1980Fico
Rushton's Illustrated1980TV Series
The Dick Francis Thriller: The Racing Game1979TV SeriesCowboy
The Odd Job1978Batch
Jubilee1978John Dee
Premiere1977TV Mini-SeriesReporter
ITV Playhouse1977TV SeriesDave Head
The Contraption1977ShortThe Man
The Rocky Horror Picture Show1975Riff Raff - A Handyman
Caribe1975TV SeriesGeneral Desmond
Four Dimensions of Greta1972Balding Hippy
X, Y and Zee1972Party Guest (uncredited)
Carry on Cowboy1965Rider (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The X Factor2005-2016TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Atop the Fourth Wall2009-2016TV Series 3 episodes
Rocky Horror Show Live2015performer: "Superheroes", "The Time Warp Encore", "Sweet Transvestite Encore", "The Time Warp Encore Reprise" / writer: "Science Fiction/Double Feature", "Dammit Janet", "Over at the Frankenstein Place", "The Time Warp", "Sweet Transvestite", "The Sword of Damocles", "I Can Make You a Man", "Hot Patootie", "I Can Make You a Man Reprise", "Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me", "Once in a While", "Eddie's Teddy", "Planet, Schmanet, Janet", "Rose Tint My World", "Fanfare/Don't Dream It", "Wild and
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series2006-2014TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Dancing with the Stars2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Saphirblau2014writer: "The Time Warp" - as Richard O'Brian
Todd's Pop Song Reviews2014TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Hawaii Five-0TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
The Perks of Being a Wallflower2012lyrics: "Don't Dream It", "Toucha Toucha Touch Me" / music: "Don't Dream It", "Toucha Toucha Touch Me"
Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie2012Documentary writer: "Late Night Morton Downey Jr. Show"
Britain's Got Talent2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
GleeTV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2010 music - 1 episode, 2010
Phineas and Ferb2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
FringeTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2010 writer - 2 episodes, 2010
Nostalgia CriticTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Dancing with the Stars2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
20 to 12007-2009TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes
It Takes Two2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Singing Bee2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Queens of Heart: Community Therapists in Drag2006Documentary writer: "Sweet Transvestite"
Cold CaseTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2005
Connie and Carla2004performer: "Time Warp" / writer: "Time Warp"
The 55th Annual Tony Awards2001TV Special writer: "The Time Warp"
A Regular Frankie Fan2000Documentary lyrics: "Science Fiction/Double Feature", "Rose Tints My World and Hot Patootie", "Toucha-Touch Me", "Time Warp", "Sweet Transvestite", "I'm Going Home", "Planet Schmanet Janet" / music: "Science Fiction/Double Feature", "Rose Tints My World and Hot Patootie", "Toucha-Touch Me", "Time Warp", "Sweet Transvestite", "I'm Going Home", "Planet Schmanet Janet"
Rocky Horror 25: Anniversary Special2000TV Movie performer: "The Time Warp" / writer: "Science Fiction/Double Feature", "The Time Warp", "Sweet Transvestite", "The Charles Atlas Song I Can Make You a Man", "Hot Patootie", "Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me", "Planet, Schmanet, Janet", "Rose Tint My World", "I'm Going Home"
The Rocky Interactive Horror Show1999Video Game writer: "Timewarp", "Over at the Frankenstein Place", "Science Fiction Double Feature"
SpacedTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1999 writer - 1 episode, 1999
Buffy the Vampire Slayer1998TV Series writer - 1 episode
TohuwabohuTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1998 writer - 2 episodes, 1998
Monte Video1994TV Series writer - 1 episode
Memory1993TV Movie writer: "La dansa del temps"
The Crystal Maze1990TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Epic of Detective Mandy: Book One - Satan Claus1989TV Short performer: "Time Warp" / writer: "Time Warp"
The Return of Captain Invincible1983lyrics: "Captain Invincible", "Evil Midnight", "Name Your Poison" / performer: "Captain Invincible"
Shock Treatment1981performer: "Farley's Song", "Lullaby", "Little Black Dress", "Shock Treatment", "Look What I Did To My Id" / writer: "Overture", "Denton, U.S.A", "Bitchin' In The Kitchen", "In My Own Way", "Thank God I'm A Man", "Farley's Song", "Lullaby", "Little Black Dress", "Me of Me", "Shock Treatment", "Carte Blanche", "Looking for Trade", "Look What I Did To My Id", "Breaking Out", "Duel Duet", "Anyhow, Anyhow"
The Rocky Horror Picture Show1975performer: "Science Fiction/Double Feature", "Over At The Frankenstein Place", "Time Warp", "Sweet Transvestite", "Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me", "Eddie", "Wild And Untamed Thing", "Science Fiction/Double Feature Reprise" - uncredited / writer: "Science Fiction/Double Feature", "Dammit Janet", "Over At The Frankenstein Place", "Time Warp", "Sweet Transvestite", "The Sword of Damocles", "I Can Make You A Man", "Hot Patootie - Bless My Soul", "I Can Make You a Man Reprise", "Touch-a, Touch-

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again2016TV Movie based on a screenplay by
Rocky Horror Show Live2015
The Rocky Horror Tribute Show2006Video
The Rocky Interactive Horror Show1999Video Game creator
Digital Dreams1983TV Movie
Shock Treatment1981screenplay
Premiere1977TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
The Rocky Horror Picture Show1975original musical play / screenplay

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Rocky Horror Tribute Show2006Video
Shock Treatment1981

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Glee2010TV Series composer - 1 episode
The Rocky Horror Picture Show1975composer: original music and lyrics

Stunts

Stunts

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Casino Royale1967stunt rider - uncredited
The Fighting Prince of Donegal1966stunt rider - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk2014special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Life After Flash2017Documentary filmingHimself
How 2 Make a Film: Billion $ WeekendDocumentary post-productionHimself
The Crystal Maze1990-2016TV SeriesHimself - Presenter / Computer / Himself
The Last Impresario2013DocumentaryHimself - Interviewee
Central Tonight2013TV SeriesHimself
God Save the Queens2012DocumentaryHimself
The British Guide to Showing Off2011DocumentaryHimself
Pop's Greatest Dance Crazes2011TV MovieHimself
Cash in the Celebrity Attic2010TV SeriesHimself
The Paul O'Grady Show2009TV SeriesHimself
The Wright Stuff2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
An Evening with Richard O'Brien2008Video shortHimself
Richard O'Brien's Dead Strange2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Host
Dark City: Memories of Shell Beach2008Video documentaryHimself
Loose Women2008TV SeriesHimself
Spicks and Specks2008TV SeriesHimself
The Dame Edna Treatment2007TV SeriesHimself
Once Upon a Time in New York: the Birth of Hip Hop, Disco and Punk2007TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The Rocky Horror Tribute Show2006VideoHimself - Host
Carry on Quizzing2006Video GameHimself - Presenter
Girls and Boys: Sex and British Pop2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Perfect Scary Movie2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream2005DocumentaryHimself
The Truth About Britain's Favourite Toys2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Harry Hill: An Audience with Harry Hill2004TV Movie documentaryHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
The 100 Greatest Musicals2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second2003Video documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Richard & Judy2003TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning2002TV SeriesHimself
Sunday2002TV SeriesHimself
One Network News2002TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Rocky Horror 25: Anniversary Special2000TV MovieHimself
Live Talk2000TV Series documentaryHimself
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2000TV Series documentaryHimself
SAS Band: The Show2000VideoHimself
Don't Stop Me Now1999TV MovieHimself
Call My Bluff1999TV SeriesHimself
Behind the Music1999TV Series documentaryHimself
A Perfect Carry On1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Pebble Mill at One1996TV SeriesHimself
Rocky Horror Double Feature Video Show1995Video documentary shortHimself
The Stephanie Miller Show1995TV SeriesHimself
The Car's the Star1995TV Series documentaryHimself - Silver Cloud Owner
Notes and Queries with Clive Anderson1993TV SeriesHimself
Comic Relief: The Invasion of the Comic Tomatoes1993TV SpecialHimself
Cluedo1992TV SeriesHimself - Studio Guest
This Is Your Life1991TV Series documentaryHimself
Juke Box Jury1990TV SeriesHimself - Panellist
One Hour with Jonathan Ross1990TV SeriesHimself
The Rocky Horror Treatment1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
An Audience with Dame Edna Everage1980TV MovieHimself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Big Fat Quiz of the 90s2012TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Roy Walker's Gameshow Moments2009TV SeriesHimself
The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz2007TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years2000TV Movie documentaryHimself / Riff-Raff
That's Hollywood1981TV Series documentaryHimself
Fame1980Riff Raff - A Handyman (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998Special TeddyBerlin International Film Festival


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#Quote
1The success of the repeated showings of Rocky Horror has helped me in useful ways. Mind you, I'm not a billionaire or anything like that. It hasn't made me a terribly wealthy person. It's just offered me more choices.
2When you do something like Rocky, which is undefinable somehow, it always becomes difficult to lose that. Not that I have any interest in saying goodbye to Rocky. I absolutely adore being involved and a part of something that is really a phenomenon. And I have no problems with that at all. If it overshadows anything else, I can understand completely why and again it doesn't worry me.


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