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Born in Cheshire, England, UK
Birth NameDavid Goldstein

Mini Bio (1)

Rupert Holmes was born on February 24, 1947, in Cheshire, England. Soon after, he ventured forth to America (New York) with his British mum and Air Force dad. After graduating from the Manhattan School of Music, Mr. Holmes delved into the art of melodious sound. A successful piano player for both the Cuff Links and the Buoys, with whom he had his first international hit, "Timothy," in 1971, Rupert also wrote and arranged songs for Gene Pitney, The Platters, The Drifters and the Partridge Family. Deciding to become an independent artist, Holmes released his first album, "Widescreen," in 1974. Following that, he produced albums for Sparks, Sailor and the infamous Barbra Streisand. A succession of albums followed, including Rupert Holmes, The Singles, and Pursuit of Happiness. The eighties began with the world-wide success of his two songs Escape and Him, found on the album Partners in Crime. After Adventure and Full Circle were released, Rupert Holmes turned to Broadway and achieved stardom with his 1986 Broadway musical hit "The Mystery of Edwin Drood". Rupert Holmes made history, having been the only person on the Great White Way to receive Tony awards for book, music AND lyrics of the same play. Continuing to write, Mr. Holmes then won the coveted Edgar Award for his mysterious play Accomplice. Following that came the Stacy Keach one-man show, Solitary Confinement. Returning to the venue of popular music, Rupert improved the scene with both The Epoch Collection and Scenario in the mid-nineties. Having conquered musical and theatrical venues, Holmes then decided to claim television as his own with the small screen masterpiece Remember WENN (1996). Along with forming "The Actors' Authors" and "Composers' Rep." with his associates, Holmes also wrote and directed the acclaimed theatrical production "Goosebumps". Rupert also wrote the one-man play "Say Goodnight Gracie", that opened in Florida.

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Spouse (1)

Liza Dreifuss (17 April 1969 - present) ( 3 children)

Trivia (4)

Wrote and performed the hit song, "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)". He has admitted that at the time the song became a hit he had never drank a Pina Colada.
His daughter, Wendy, died of cancer in 1986 at age 10.
He and Peter Stone were nominated for a 2007 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Book for a Musical for "Curtains" on Broadway in New York City.
John Kander, Fred Ebb and he were nominated for the 2007 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Original Score in a Musical for "Curtains" on Broadway in New York City.

Personal Quotes (1)

I think writing for a world one has invented can be infinitely more interesting than writing for the world we've all inherited.

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