O'Brien, Richard 1942–

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O'BRIEN, Richard 1942


Original name, Richard Timothy Smith; born March 25, 1942, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England; married Kimi Wong (divorced); married Jane Moss, 1983; children: (first marriage) Linus; (second marriage) Joshua, Amelia.

Addresses: Contact Jonathan Altaras Assoc., 13 Short Gardens, London WC2H 9AT, England.

Career: Composer, actor, and writer.

Awards, Honors: Grammy Award nomination, best score from the original cast show album, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, 1974, for The Rocky Horror Picture Show; Special Teddy, Berlin International Film Festival, 1998.


Film Appearances:

A Tiger Walks, Buena Vista, 1964.

(Uncredited) Indian Rider, Carry on Cowboy (also known as The Rumpo Kid and Rumpo Kid ), 1965.

Dr. Cobb, Chamber of Horrors, Warner Bros., 1966.

Ryan, Rough Night in Jericho, Universal, 1967.

Monsignor Francis Hurley, Pieces of Dreams, United Artists, 1970.

Matt Weber, The Honkers, United Artists, 1972.

Driver, The Loners, Fanfare, 1972.

Four Dimensions of Greta (also known as The Four Dimensions of Greta and Three Dimensions of Greta ), 1972.

Sergeant Del Conte, The Thief Who Came to Dinner, Warner Bros., 1973.

Riff Raff, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1975.

Desk Sergeant, The Shaggy D.A., Buena Vista, 1976.

Dodge, The Pack (also known as The Long Dark Night ), Warner Bros., 1977.

Former owner's adviser, Heaven Can Wait, Paramount, 1978.

John Dee, Jubilee, Cinegate, 1978.

Batch, The Odd Job, 1978.

Fico, Flash Gordon, Universal, 1980.

Cosmo McKinley, Shock Treatment, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1981.

Digital Dreams, 1983.

Lord Hampton, Revolution, Warner Bros., 1985.

The Contraption, 1985.

James, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, 1988.

Damien, Spice World, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1997.

Pierre Le Pieu, Ever After, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1998.

Mr. Hand, Dark City, New Line Cinema, 1998.

Xilus, Dungeons & Dragons (also known as Dungeons & Dragons: The Movie ), New Line Cinema, 2000.

Archie, The Mumbo Jumbo, Vine International Pictures, 2000.

Lord Vladimere Hellsubus, Elivra's Haunted Hills, Elvira Movie Company LLC, 2001.

Television Appearances; Series:

Rushton's Illustrated, 1980.

Host, The Crystal Maze, Channel 4, 19901994.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Priest, Ransom for a Dead Man, NBC, 1971.

Mr. Riley, Dead Men Tell No Tales, CBS, 1971.

Jasper Mahoney, Incident in San Francisco, ABC, 1971.

Construction Boss, In Tandem (also known as Movin' On ), NBC, 1974.

Chief of Detectives, The Art of Crime, NBC, 1975.

Mr. Cameron, Returning Home, ABC, 1975.

Chief, The TwoFive, ABC, 1978.

Bridge Foreman, The Golden Gate Murders, CBS, 1979.

Holman, The Ordeal of Patty Hearst, ABC, 1979.

Commissioner Avery, The Kids Who Knew Too Much, 1980.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Cowboy, The Racing Game, 1979.

Judge, Centennial, NBC, 1979.

Herb Ellsworth, The Top of the Hill, syndicated, 1980.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Ulysses Barnes, Landon, Landon, and Landon, CBS, 1980.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The Sheriff, Arthur the Kid, 1981.

Himself, A Perfect Carry On, 1998.

Himself, Rocky Horror 25: Anniversary Special, PBS, 2000.

Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years, AMC, 2000.

(Uncredited) Himself, Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s, 2002.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Gulnar, "Herne's Son," Robin of Sherwood, 1986.

Gulnar, "Cromm Cruac," Robin of Sherwood, 1986.

Gulnar, "The Time of the Wolf," Robin of Sherwood, 1986.

Himself, Notes and Queries with Clive Anderson, 1993.

Dr. Phibes, "On Thin Ice," The Detectives, 1995.

"Thirteen," Urban Gothic, 2000.

Himself, Richard and Judy, Channel 4, 2003.

Stage Appearances:

The childcatcher, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, London Palladium, London, 2001.



Himself, Rocky Horror Double Feature Video Show, 1995.

Video Games:

Voice of the game devil, The Interactive Rocky Horror Show, 1999.


Recorded Absolute O'Brien, Oglio Records.



(With Richard Hartley) The Rocky Horror Show (adapted from O'Brien's novel They Came from Denton High ), first produced in 1973, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1975, published by Samuel French, 1983.

T. Zee (based on characters by Edgar Rice Burroughs), produced, 1976.

Disaster, produced, 1978.

Top People, produced, 1984.

Also wrote The Stripper and Disgracefully Yours.


(With Jim Sharman) The Rocky Horror Picture Show (adapted from O'Brien's play The Rocky Horror Show ), Twentieth CenturyFox, 1975.

Shock Treatment, 1981.

Film Music:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (adapted from O'Brien's play The Rocky Horror Show ), Twentieth CenturyFox, 1975.

Shock Treatment (based on O'Brien's novel), Twentieth CenturyFox, 1981.

(Lyrics only) The Return of Captain Invincible (also known as Legend in Leotards ), 1983.

Television Movies:

A Hymn from Jim, 1977.

Digital Dreams, 1983.

Video Games:

The Rocky Interactive Horror Show, 1999.


They Came from Denton High, 1977.

Also wrote Shock Treatment.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show was adapted by Richard J. Anobile as The Official Rocky Horror Picture Show Movie Novel, for A and W Visual Library, 1980.

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