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Born in Cheltenham, England, Richard Smith's family moved to Tauranga, New Zealand, in 1951 when his father, an accountant, decided to become a sheep farmer. Watching horror and science-fiction double features in nearby Hamilton, Smith added an interest in acting to his love of rock and roll. He moved back to England in 1964, tried singing, then ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Riff Raff - A Handyman
(1975)
Dark City Mr Hand
(1998)
(1998)
Shock Treatment Dr. Cosmo McKinley
(1981)

Filmography

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 2017 The Barefoot Bandits (TV Series)
Varney
- The Blood Bus (2017) ... Varney (voice)
 2017/II The Stolen
Mr. Russell
 2016 The Crystal Maze (TV Series)
Computer
- SU2C Special (2016) ... Computer (uncredited)
 2015 Rocky Horror Show Live
Narrator
 2007-2015 Phineas and Ferb (TV Series short)
Lawrence Fletcher / Lawrence the Humble Antiques Dealer / Da / ...
- Last Day of Summer (2015) ... Lawrence Fletcher (voice)
- Night of the Living Pharmacists: Parts 1 & 2 (2014) ... Lawrence Fletcher (voice)
- Tales from the Resistance (2014) ... Lawrence Fletcher (voice)
- Lost in Danville/The Inator Method (2014) ... Lawrence Fletcher (voice)
- Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars (2014) ... Lawrence Fletcher (voice)
 2013 Justin and the Knights of Valour
Innkeeper / Baker (voice)
 2011 Mongrels (TV Series)
Zombie Dog
- Kali and the Rickshaw Inferno (2011) ... Zombie Dog (voice)
 2011 Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (TV Movie)
Lawrence Fletcher / Lawrence-2 (voice)
 2010 Jackboots on Whitehall
Himmler (voice)
 2009/I Night Train
Mrs. Froy
 2009 Tales of the Fourth Dimension (Video)
Time Master
 2007 Robin Hood's Quest (Video Game)
Sheriff of Nottingham (voice)
 2006 The Children's Party at the Palace (TV Special)
The Childcatcher
 2006 The Ten Commandments (TV Mini Series)
Anander
 2001 Elvira's Haunted Hills
Lord Vladimere Hellsubus
 2000 Dungeons & Dragons
Xilus
 2000 The Mumbo Jumbo
Archie
 2000 Urban Gothic (TV Series)
Thin Man
- Thirteen (2000) ... Thin Man
 1999 The Rocky Interactive Horror Show (Video Game)
The Game Devil
 1998 Ever After: A Cinderella Story
Pierre Le Pieu
 1998 Dark City
Mr Hand
 1997 Spice World
Damien
 1995 The Detectives (TV Series)
Dr. Phibes
- On Thin Ice (1995) ... Dr. Phibes
 1994 The Ink Thief (TV Series)
The Ink Thief
- Can This Really Be the End? (1994) ... The Ink Thief
- Cheese and Balloony (1994) ... The Ink Thief
- Earth + Water = Muddle (1994) ... The Ink Thief
- Earth, Water, Cheese and Air (1994) ... The Ink Thief
- Nasty and the OOB (1994) ... The Ink Thief
 1993 Full Stretch (TV Series)
- Cadillac Dreams (1993)
 1991 Mystery Train (TV Mini Series)
Host
 1986 Roland Rat: The Series (TV Series)
- Episode #1.8 (1986)
 1986 Robin Hood (TV Series)
Gulnar
- The Time of the Wolf: Part 2 (1986) ... Gulnar
- The Time of the Wolf: Part 1 (1986) ... Gulnar
- Cromm Cruac (1986) ... Gulnar
- Herne's Son: Part 2 (1986) ... Gulnar
- Herne's Son: Part 1 (1986) ... Gulnar
 1985 Revolution
Lord Hampton
 1983 Digital Dreams (TV Movie)
Partidge the Surly Servant
 1981 Shock Treatment
Dr. Cosmo McKinley
 1980 Flash Gordon
Fico
 1980 Rushton's Illustrated (TV Series)
- Episode #1.5 (1980)
- Episode #1.4 (1980)
- Episode #1.3 (1980)
- Episode #1.2 (1980)
- Episode #1.1 (1980)
 1979 The Dick Francis Thriller: The Racing Game (TV Series)
Cowboy
- Horsenap (1979) ... Cowboy
 1979 The Kenny Everett Video Cassette (TV Series)
Tubular Bells Player
- Episode #2.3 (1979) ... Tubular Bells Player
 1978 The Odd Job
Batch
 1978 Jubilee
John Dee
 1977 The Contraption (Short)
The Man
 1977 Premiere (TV Series)
Reporter
- A Hymn from Jim (1977) ... Reporter
 1977 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Dave Head
- It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (1977) ... Dave Head
 1975 The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Riff Raff - A Handyman
 1975 Caribe (TV Series)
General Desmond
- Assault on the Calavera (1975) ... General Desmond
 1972 Four Dimensions of Greta
Balding Hippy
 1972 X, Y and Zee
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1965 Carry on Cowboy
Rider (uncredited)
Show Show Writer (10 credits)
Show Show Composer (2 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (45 credits)
Show Show Music department (2 credits)
Show Show Stunts (2 credits)
Show Show Thanks (2 credits)
Show Show Self (62 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (9 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in Nick Bicât's musical, "Eastward Ho!", at the Mermaid Theatre in London, England with Anita Dobson, Mark Rylance and Clive Merrison in the cast. Robert Chetwyn was the director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | See more »

Alternate Names:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)

Spouse:

Sabrina Graf | See more »

Children:

Joshua | See more »
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Personal Quote:

The 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. See more »

Trivia:

When 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.) See more »

Nickname:

Reckless Rick See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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