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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 enjoying it."

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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