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Richard O'Brien



Known to legions of obsessed fans for writing, directing, and playing hunchbacked butler Riff Raff in the legendary cult movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show, British-born Richard O'Brien grew up in New Zealand. His father, an accountant, decided to switch career paths and become a sheep farmer when O'Brien 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 Jim Sharman while appearing in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar. He would come to work with Sharman on his own musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which opened on-stage in 1973. By 1975, O'Brien 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 O'Brien's legacy was sealed. Nonetheless, he continued to work constantly, appearing in everything from Spice World to Dungeons & Dragons, as well as writing and recording his own music.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
93% The Last Impresario
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension
  • Lawrence Fletcher
2011
92% The British Guide To Showing Off
  • Actor
2011
47% Jackboots on Whitehall
  • Heinrich Himmler
2010
No Score Yet Night Train
  • Mrs. Froy
2009
No Score Yet Rocky Horror Tribute Show: Richard O'Brien
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Ten Commandments: The Greatest Spectacle Ever Told
  • Actor
2006
43% Garage Days
  • Non-Drooling Man
2003
75% Elvira's Haunted Hills
  • Vladimere Hellsubus
2001
10% Dungeons & Dragons
  • Xilus
2000
91% Ever After: A Cinderella Story
  • Pierre Le Pieu
1998
74% Dark City
  • Mr. Hand
1998
36% Spice World
  • Damien
1998
No Score Yet The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
  • James
1989
10% Revolution
  • Lord Hampton
1985
No Score Yet Revolution Revisited
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Bill Wyman's Digital Daydreams
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Bill Wyman - Digital Dreams
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
1983
No Score Yet Digital Dreams
  • Actor
1983
40% Shock Treatment
  • Cosmo McKinley Cosmo
1981
82% Flash Gordon
  • Fico
1980
No Score Yet Jubilee
  • John Dee
1978
No Score Yet Odd Job
  • Batch
1978
No Score Yet The Pack
  • Actor
1977
80% The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Screenwriter
  • Riff Raff
1975

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
  • Frank Wilson
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Hugh MacGregor
No Score Yet Phineas and Ferb
2007-2014
  • Voice

Quotes from Richard O'Brien's Characters