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Overview (4)

Born in Guildford, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Birth NameRichard Lewis Springthorpe
Nickname Rick
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Rick Springfield was born Richard Lewis Springthorpe in Guildford, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, to Eileen Louise (Evennett) and Norman James Springthorpe, a Lt. Colonel in the Australian Army. His maternal grandparents were English, and his father was of English and some Scottish descent. Rick spent his childhood on various army bases in Australia and Britain. As a teenager, he fronted many music bands, such as the "Jordy Boys", "Wakedy Wak", and "Zoot". The latter was his most successful, paving his way for future success as a musician. He came to the U.S. early 1970s, and recorded an album, Beginnings. It had one "major" hit - Speak to The Sky. After that came "Comic Book Heroes", which was marginally successful.

He learned to speak English with an American accent to further his acting career, after he lost his record label. While he waited for his big break, he signed a contract with Universal television, playing bit parts in shows such as The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) and The Rockford Files (1974). He also had a recurring role on the soap The Young and the Restless (1973). In the early 1980s, his luck changed as he signed to RCA Records and was then cast as "Dr. Noah Drake" on the soap General Hospital (1963). While he had released six albums in the 1970s, his 1980 break-through album "Working Class Dog" gave him the #1 single "Jessie's Girl". From the music and TV exposure, he became a teen idol. He continued to star on "GH" while touring and releasing "Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet", with the hit "Don't Talk To Strangers". Upon releasing his 3rd album with RCA-"Living In Oz" he quit "GH" and went back to his rock roots. "Living In Oz" is considered by many his finest (and hardest rock) album. He starred in the movie Hard to Hold (1984) in 1984 and released the soundtrack to it with the hit "Love Somebody", followed by "Don't Walk Away" and "Bop Til Ya Drop". His next album, "Tao", started his slow descent from rock star status. It was followed up in 1988 by "Rock Of Life" which was his 'moodiest' and least recognized album (by the public).

In 2015, Rick received positive notices playing Meryl Streep's character's boyfriend in Ricki and the Flash (2015).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anita Culley and Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Barbara Porter (27 October 1984 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (23)

His wife Barbara Porter was the receptionist at the studio where he recorded "Working Class Dog".
Sidelined for the late 1980s-early 1990s through a combination of severe depression, a bad accident in an ATV, and a decision to devote himself to his wife and two sons.
He was added to the cast of the syndicated Aaron Spelling drama, Robin's Hoods (1994), in a belated attempt to shore up ratings.
He won a Grammy Award for the song "Jessie's Girl" in 1982.
His first single released was "Speak to the Sky" in 1972.
Through the 1970s, he was mistaken for Bruce Springsteen because of their similar surnames and musical backgrounds.
He was linked romantically with actress Linda Blair in the 1970s. There was quite an age difference at the time he was 25 and she was 15! Nevertheless, he still refers to her as the first love of his life.
Had a hit song "Speak to the Sky" nine years before "Working Class Dog".
He was in the Australian rock band, "Zoot", with Beeb Birtles, who later co-founded one of Australia's most successful rock bands, Little River Band.
(September 18, 2000) Arrested in Malibu for spousal assault and spent the night in jail but was released after he posted $50,000 bail.
Has two sons with Barbara Porter: Liam (born 1985) and Joshua (born 1989).
Ranked #12 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 25 Greatest Teen Idols" (January 23, 2005 issue).
At an auction of memorabilia of items from the ocean liner RMS Titanic, he purchased the nameplate that had come off one of the ship's lifeboats.
In 1969, Rick Springfield formed an Australian band called Wickedy Wak. The band was short lived but it did release "Billy's Bikie Boys. Rick's band should not be confused with Wickety Wak (different spelling), a Brisbane pub band formed in 1975 which would eventually become Australia's premier show band until it disbanded in 1990.
[2006] Became a United States citizen, while still maintaining his Australian citizenship.
Close friends with Doug Davidson and Cindy Fisher. Was an usher at their wedding on May 27, 1984.
(August 8, 2012) Pled no-contest to a lesser charge of reckless driving in a plea deal to his DUI arrest on May 2011 in Malibu, California.
(March 9, 2013) Arrested at his Los Angeles home for failing to attend a scheduled court appearance, for his previous May 2011 DUI charge.
Has starred in the Las Vegas extravaganza, "EFX-Alive" at the MGM Grand from January 2001 until the show closed on December 31, 2002. [June 2003]
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on May 9, 2014.
Rick Springfield is a graduate of The Joanne Baron DW Brown Studio.
He attempted to take his own life when he was seventeen.
Born on the same date as Shelley Long.

Personal Quotes (3)

Writing music is what I enjoy most. And playing it. I want to give people the kind of positive feeling I used to get from a really good concert.
I've always been something of a whore with my acting, but never my music.
[on Hard to Hold (1984)] They wanted to see me for one of the guys in The Right Stuff (1983). And I'd just gotten friggin' Hard To Hold and I said, "I don't need to be a part of an ensemble, I'm going to be a star in my own movie," and it was one of the stupidest fucking decisions I ever made.

Salary (1)

General Hospital (1963) $750 /week

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