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Rick Nielsen was born on December 22, 1948 in Rockford, Illinois, USA. See full bio »
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 2016 To Be a Filmmaker (writer: "Surrender" - as Rick Neilsen) (pre-production)
 2016 The Boss (writer: "I Want You to Want Me")
 2016 Everybody Wants Some!! (writer: "I Want You to Want Me (Live)", "I Want You to Want Me" (Live))
 2015 Pixels (writer: "Surrender")
 2014 Stalker (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Fanatic (2014) ... (writer: "I Want You to Want Me" - uncredited)
  Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 2014) (writer - 1 episode, 2014)
- Tom Selleck/Jenny Slate/The Foo Fighters (2014) ... (performer: "Stiff Competition") / (writer: "Stiff Competition")
 2009-2014 Californication (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Daughter (2014) ... (writer: "Surrender" - uncredited)
- Glass Houses (2009) ... (writer: "I Want You to Want Me" - uncredited)
 2011-2013 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #21.137 (2013) ... (writer: "Surrender")
- Episode #19.75 (2011) ... (writer: "I Want You to Want Me" - uncredited)
 2013 Sound City (Documentary) (performer: "From Can to Can't") / (writer: "Auf Wiedersehen", "Surrender", "Stiff Competition", "From Can to Can't")
 2012 Thanks for Sharing (writer: "SURRENDER")
 2012 New Girl (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Tomatoes (2012) ... (writer: "Surrender" - uncredited)
 2011 Conan (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Monkey's Paw and Then the Rest of the Monkey (2011) ... (writer: "Dream Police" - uncredited)
 2010/I Super (writer: "If You Want My Love")
 2010 Drop Dead Diva (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Bad Girls (2010) ... (writer: "I Want You to Want Me")
 2010 Grown Ups (writer: "Just Got Back")
 2009-2010 The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.145 (2010) ... (writer: "Surrender" - uncredited)
- Episode #1.1 (2009) ... (writer: "Surrender" - uncredited)
 2009 10 Things I Hate About You (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Don't Leave Me This Way (2009) ... (writer: "I Want You to Want Me" - uncredited)
- Pilot (2009) ... (writer: "I Want You to Want Me" - uncredited)
 2009 Bandslam (writer: "I Want You to Want Me")
 2009 Orphan (writer: "Surrender" - as Rick Neilsen)
 2008 Rudo y Cursi (writer: "Quiero que me quieras (I Want You to Want Me)", "I Want You to Want Me")
 2008 Emily's Reasons Why Not (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Why Not to Date Your Gynecologist (2008) ... (writer: "I Want You to Want Me" - uncredited)
 2008 Dancing with the Stars (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #7.2 (2008) ... (lyrics: "I Want You to Want Me" - uncredited)
 2008 Friday Night Lights (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- May the Best Man Win (2008) ... (writer: "Mandocello" - uncredited)
 2007 South Park (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Guitar Queer-o (2007) ... (writer: "Surrender")
 2007 SingStar Amped (Video Game) (writer: "I Want You To Want Me")
 2006 Supernatural (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- No Exit (2006) ... (writer: "Surrender")
 2006 Guitar Hero II (Video Game) ("SURRENDER")
 2006 Employee of the Month (writer: "Surrender")
 2006 Kurt Cobain About a Son (Documentary) (writer: "Downed")
 2006 John Tucker Must Die (writer: "I Want You to Want Me")
 2006 Air Guitar Nation (Documentary) (writer: "I Want You To Want Me")
 2005 The Comeback (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Valerie Relaxes in Palm Springs (2005) ... (writer: "I Want You to Want Me")
 2005 The Third Wish (writer: "I Want You To Want Me")
 2004-2005 Cold Case (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Blank Generation (2005) ... (writer: "Surrender")
- Daniela (2004) ... (writer: "I Want You to Want Me" - uncredited)
 2004 One Tree Hill (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- You Gotta Go There to Come Back (2004) ... (writer: "Downed" - uncredited)
 2003 I Love the '80s Strikes Back (TV Series documentary) (writer: "I Want You To Want Me")
 2003 Daddy Day Care (writer: "Surrender")
 2001-2002 Scrubs (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- My Old Man (2002) ... (writer: "Surrender")
- My First Day (2001) ... (writer: "I Want You To Want Me")
 2001 Joe Dirt (writer: "If You Want My Love")
 1999 Freaks and Geeks (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Tricks and Treats (1999) ... (writer: "Gonna Raise Hell")
 1999 Detroit Rock City (writer: "Surrender")
 1999 10 Things I Hate About You (writer: "I Want You To Want Me")
 1998/I Second Skin (Short) (writer: "Surrender")
 1998 Small Soldiers (writer: "Surrender")
 1997 Private Parts (writer: "I Want You To Want Me")
 1996 The Simpsons (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Two Bad Neighbors (1996) ... (writer: "Dream Police" - uncredited)
 1996 Bio-Dome (writer: "He's a Whore")
 1994 S.F.W. (writer: "Surrender")
 1994 Beavis and Butt-Head (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Teen Talk (1994) ... (writer: "Woke Up With a Monster")
 1991 Queens Logic (writer: "I Want You to Want Me")
 1984 Up the Creek (writer: "Up the Creek")
 1983 Rock & Rule ("Born to Raise Hell", "I'm The Man", "Ohm Sweet Ohm", "Send Love Through: Finale") / (writer: "Born to Raise Hell", "I'm The Man", "Ohm Sweet Ohm")
 1983 Spring Break (writer: "Spring Break")
 1981 Wu ting (writer: "Gonna Raise Hell")
 1980 Roadie (writer: "Everything Works If You Let It", "Gonna Raise Hell")
 1980 Up the Academy (lyrics: "Surrender") / (music: "Surrender")
 1979 Over the Edge (writer: "Hello There", "Surrender", "Downed")
 1979 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 24 May 1979 (1979) ... (writer: "I Want You to Want Me")
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1 Interview | 2 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Rick Nielson | Cheap Trick

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I'm a really normal guy. You know our song, the one that goes, 'It wasn't easy, it was hard as hell ... Never worked so hard, had so much pain.' That's really what Cheap Trick is all about: Work hard, keep trying.


Guitarist and main songwriter for rock band Cheap Trick.

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