Richard O'Brien
Biographical Information
Born March 25th, 1942
Cheltenham, England
Productions Hair
Jesus Christ Superstar as Leper/Apostle/King Herod
The Rocky Horror Show as Riff Raff (original cast)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show as Riff Raff/The Lips
Shock Treatment as Dr. Cosmo McKinley
The Return of Captain Invincible
Little Shop of Horrors as Mr. Mushnik
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as The Child Catcher (original London cast)
Phineas and Ferb as Lawrence Fletcher
Oliver! as Fagin
Recordings The Rocky Horror Show (original London cast)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (soundtrack)
I Was in Love With Danny/Pseud's Corner
Absolute O'Brien
Shock Treatment (film soundtrack)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (original London cast)
Vocal Type Tenor

Richard O'Brien is an English actor, singer and songwriter.


Born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, but spending much of his youth in New Zealand, O'Brien took several method acting classes before joining a number of musical productions in London, which helped him to meet future collaborators Jim Sharman and Tim Curry. He created The Rocky Horror Show in 1973 and this brought him great success, though he also wrote several other musicals, including an adaptation of The Stripper.

O'Brien later gained popularity for his role as the host on Crystal Maze, and appeared in character roles in several blockbusters including Dungeons and Dragons, as well as providing voices for films and television programmes.


Whilst O'Brien is best known as a songwriter and creator of The Rocky Horror Show (in which he originated the role of Riff Raff) he began acting in musicals, notably the UK Tour of Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. After leaving the latter he collaborated with it's director Jim Sharman to create The Rocky Horror Show, which would become a cult success, along with its film adaptation The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In both of these, O'Brien portrayed Riff Raff. At the same time, he released several singles with his wife under the name "Kimi and Ritz".

Some years later, O'Brien wrote and starred in an unsuccesful spiritual treatment to Rocky Horror, Shock Treatment, featuring much of the same cast. He also sang the title theme for The Return of Captain Invincible (for which he wrote three songs) and played Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors.

O'Brien's greatest acting contribution in later years was to originate the role of The Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He also sang in an episode of Phineas and Ferb, in which he wears a costume designed to parody his spacesuit in Rocky Horror.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)Edit

  • Science Fiction/Double Feature (solo)
  • Over at the Frankenstein Place (contains solo lines)
  • The Time Warp (contains solo lines)
  • Eddie's Teddy
  • Rose Tint My World/Don't Dream it, Be It/Wild and Untamed Thing (contains solo lines)
  • Science Fiction/Double Feature (reprise)(solo)

Shock Treatment (1981)Edit

  • Farley's Song (contains solo lines)
  • Lullaby (contains solo lines)
  • Little Black Dress (contains solo lines)
  • Shock Treatment (contains solo lines)
  • Look What They Did To My Id (contains solo lines)

The Return of Captain Invincible (1983)Edit

  • Captain Invincible (contains solo lines)


Phineas and Ferb (2010)Edit

  • Alien Heart (contains solo lines)


Hair (1968)Edit

Jesus Christ Superstar (1972)Edit

  • The Temple
  • What's the Buzz?
  • Everything's Alright
  • This Jesus Must Die
  • Hosanna
  • Simon Zealotes/Poor Jerusalem
  • The Last Supper
  • The Arrest
  • Could We Start Again Please?
King HerodEdit
  • King Herod's Song (Try It And See) (solo)

The Rocky Horror Show (1973)Edit

  • Over at the Frankenstein Place (contains solo lines)
  • The Time Warp (contains solo lines)
  • Eddie's Teddy
  • Rose Tint My World/Don't Dream it, Be It/Wild and Untamed Thing (contains solo lines)

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)Edit

  • Skid Row
  • Closed for Renovation (contains solo lines)
  • Mushnik and Son (duet)
  • Don't Feed the Plants

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2002)Edit

  • Kiddy-Widdy-Winkies (solo)

Oliver! (2012)Edit

  • Pick a Pocket or Two (contains solo lines)
  • Rum Tum Tum (solo)
  • I'd Do Anything (contains solo lines)
  • Be Back Soon (contains solo lines)
  • It's a Fine Life (reprise)(contains solo lines)
  • Reviewing the Situation (solo)
  • Reviewing the Situation (reprise)(solo)


I Was In Love With Danny/Pseud's Corner (1974)Edit

  • I Was in Love With Danny (duet)
  • Pseud's Corner (solo)

Disgracefully Yours (1999)Edit

  • Incubus of Love (solo)
  • It's up to you (solo)
  • Ain't that to die for (solo
  • Fixation (solo)
  • The Dance of Love (solo)
  • One Hundred Dollars an Hour (solo)
  • Rhythm of the Heartbeat (solo)
  • I've been there before (solo)
  • Running with the Noisy Boys (solo)
  • I will always hold you in my Heart (solo)
  • Angel in Me (solo)

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