RICHARD O'BRIEN (Mr. Hand) was the only actor Alex Proyas
ever considered for the part of the silken-voiced Stranger who
has himself "imprinted" with John Murdoch's memories
in order to hunt Murdoch down.
Richard O'Brien wrote "The Rocky Horror Show" in 1973.
After an initial three-week run at the Theatre Upstairs at the
Royal Court, with O'Brien in the role of Riff-Raff, the show transferred
to the former Essoldo Cinema in the King's Road, where it ran
for two years. In total, the show played in London for seven years,
has toured the UK in numerous productions and was successfully
revived in the West End at the Piccadilly Theatre in 1990.
In 1975 the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, starring
O'Brien as Riff-Raff, Tim Curry as Dr. Frank'n'Furter and Susan
Sarandon as Janet, was released by Twentieth Century Fox. Like
the stage show, the film quickly became a cult and is still playing
in midnight shows all over the world. Comments O'Brien: "I'm
very pleased to know that what we created touched some kind of
nerve, and I'm delighted that twenty years later people are still
O'Brien's other film credits include Dr. John Doe in Derek Jarman's
Jubilee, Batch in The Odd Job, Fico in Flash
Gordon, Lord Hampton in Revolution and James in The
Wolves of Willoughby Chase.
O'Brien has also written the screenplay for the film Shock
Treatment, the BBC televison play "A Hymn for Jim"
and the stage plays "Top People" and "Tee Zee and
the Lost Race," performed at the Royal Court Theatre.
In the theatre, he has appeared in "The Tooth of Crime"
at the Royal Court, "Eastwood Ho" at the Mermaid, in
his own play "Top People," as "The Dentist,"
in "The Little Shop of Horrors" and in "The News"
at Paramount City. Last year at the Edinburgh Festival he completed
a successful run as his alter ego Mephistopholes Smith in "Disgracefully
Yours," a show he created and devised. Following a run at
the Comedy Theatre, he took the production on a UK tour.
His television acting work includes his own teleplay "A Hymn
for Jim," the series "Dick Francis Thrillers" for
Yorkshire TV, "Rushton Illustrated" for ATV and "Robin
of Sherwood" for HTV. He also appeared as Rousseau in Dick
Clement and Ian la Frenais' series "Full Stretch" and,
most recently, in "The Detectives" with Robert Powell
and Jasper Carrot.
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