Rick Springfield

Actor, Singer
The very definition of a double threat, the soap star-turned-platinum-selling rocker Rick Springfield enjoyed phenomenal success in the early 1980s. Although he had worked for decades honing his musical gifts and acting ... Read more »
Born: 08/23/1949 in Sydney, New South Wales, AU

Filmography

Actor (46)

Greatest Hits 2016 (Tv Show)

Performer

Supernatural 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004, 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Ricki and the Flash 2015 (Movie)

Greg (Actor)

True Detective 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Drop Dead Diva 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

General Hospital 1962 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Sound City 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

An Affair of the Heart 2012 (Movie)

(Himself)

Hot in Cleveland 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Martial Law 1977 - 1979, 1998 - 2000, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shatner's Raw Nerve 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Suddenly Susan 1977 - 1979, 1998 - 1999, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wonder Woman 1977 - 1979, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Californication 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Generation Boom 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love the Holidays 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind the Music Anniversary Special 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Great American History Quiz: Americana 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Bravo 1997 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Rick Springfield: Behind the Image 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Linda Blair: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Treehouse Hostage 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

High Tide 1994 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Legion 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

In the Shadows, Someone's Watching 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Human Target 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Deserts 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

Dead Reckoning 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Hard to Hold 1984 (Movie)

James Roberts (Actor)

Cheryl Ladd: Scenes From a Special 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Battlestar Galactica 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Battlestar Galactica 1978 (Movie)

Lieutenant Zac (Actor)

The Nancy Drew Mysteries 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Mission Magic 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Voice

A Change of Place (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Reckoning (Movie)

(Actor)

Dying to Dance (TV Show)

Actor

Legion (TV Show)

Actor

Nick Knight (TV Show)

Actor

Silent Motive (TV Show)

Actor
Music (19)

Glee The 3D Concert Movie 2011 (Movie)

"Jessie's Girl" (Song)

Couples Retreat 2009 (Movie)

"Jessie's Girl" (Song)

Couples Retreat 2009 (Movie)

"Jessie's Girl" (Song Performer)

Year of Getting to Know Us 2007 (Movie)

("Jessie's Girl") (Song)

Year of Getting to Know Us 2007 (Movie)

("Jessie's Girl") (Song Performer)

The 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Performer

13 Going On 30 2004 (Movie)

("Jessie's Girl") (Song)

13 Going On 30 2004 (Movie)

("Jessie's Girl") (Theme Lyrics)

Wet Hot American Summer 2001 (Movie)

(Song)

Wet Hot American Summer 2001 (Movie)

("Love is Alright Tonight") (Song Performer)

Keeping the Faith 2000 (Movie)

("Jessie's Girl") (Song)

Iron Eagle II 1988 (Movie)

("I Need You") (Song Performer)

Demoni 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Demoni 1986 (Movie)

(Song)

Demoni 1986 (Movie)

("Walkin' on the Edge") (Song Performer)

Hard to Hold 1984 (Movie)

(Music)

Private School 1983 (Movie)

(Song)

Private School 1983 (Movie)

("The American Girl") (Song Performer)

Desperate Lives (TV Show)

Song

Biography

The very definition of a double threat, the soap star-turned-platinum-selling rocker Rick Springfield enjoyed phenomenal success in the early 1980s. Although he had worked for decades honing his musical gifts and acting talent, Springfield hit the big time at one collective Reagan-era moment: while daytime drama viewers tuned in daily to watch him romance the ladies as Dr. Noah Drake on "General Hospital," pop music lovers spun his vinyl Working Class Dog in the other room. His was a long climb to the top, and though the matured teen idol dominated for only a brief period of time, he would not be forgotten by his loyal music and soap opera fans.

Relationships

Linda Blair Actor

Companion
Played the possessed child in "The Exorcist" (1973) Springfield was ten years her senior when they dated and lived together from 1973-1975 Blair was only 15 at the time

Barbara Porter

Wife
Met while she was working as a receptionist at his record company together since 1980 married in Australia on October 27, 1984

Josh Springfield

Son
Born in 1988 mother, Barbara Porter

Leo Springfield

Son
Born in 1985 mother, Barbara Porter

Norman Springthorpe

Father
Achieved rank of lieutenant colonel in the Australian army died on April 24, 1981

Eileen Springthorpe

Mother

Michael Springthorpe

Brother
Born c. 1952

Milestones

2015

Played guitarist Greg opposite Meryl Streep in Jonathan Demme's "Ricki and the Flash"

2015

Portrayed Dr. Irving Pitlor in the second season of HBO's :True Detective"

2013

Took part in Dave Grohl's documentary "Sound City" and toured with the all-star band that promoted the film

2009

Played himself in four episodes of Showtime's "Californication"

2005

Reprised role of Dr. Noah Drake on "General Hospital" (ABC) after a 23-year absence; character resumed a recurring status as of 2007

2004

Released the album Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance on his own Gomer Record label

2000

Performed in the Las Vegas stage show, "EFX Live"

1999

Guest-starred on the NBC sitcom "Suddenly Susan" as the object of Brooke Shields' affection

1998

Returned to music to release the album, Karma

1995

Cast in the Broadway musical, "Smokey Joe's Café"

1994

Played detective Mick Barrett on the syndicated series, "High Tide"

1992

Starred in the ABC detective series, "Human Target"

1984

Made film debut as a leading man in "Hard to Hold"; had a hit with "Love Somebody" from the soundtrack

1982

Released the album, "Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet"

1981

Returned to music with the album, Working Class Dog, which included the hit song "Jessie’s Girl"

1981

Cast as Dr. Noah Drake on the ABC soap opera, "General Hospital"

1978

Had a small role as Captain Apollo's younger brother Lieutenant Zac in the pilot and later movie, "Battlestar Galactica"

1976

Released third album Wait for Night under the Chelsea Records label; album was reissued by RCA in 1982

1974

Signed with Columbia Records and released his second album Comic Book Heroes

1973

Starred in the animated cartoon, "Mission: Magic!" (ABC)

1972

Moved to Hollywood, CA and signed with Capitol Records

1972

Released his debut album, Beginnings

1970

Released the Australian hit single, "Speak to the Sky"

1968

Played with the Australian rock band, Zoot

Popular songs include "Jessie's Girl" and "Love Somebody".

Known for such albums as "Jessie's Girl" and "Working Class Dog"

Bonus Trivia

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In 1969, Springfield toured war-torn Vietnam with the band Rock House.

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In 1984, he attempted unsuccessfully to block the release of Beautiful Feelings, an LP of unreleased sessions recorded in 1978. The album included "Bruce," a comic song about being mistaken for Bruce Springsteen, a problem that persisted throughout his career.

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Springfield was open about his struggles with depression, which led to a three-year hiatus in his recording career in the mid-'80s.

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On May 1, 2011, Springfield was arrested for drunk driving.

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