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Rick Springfield Biography

Rick Springfield

Facts of Rick Springfield

Date of Birth: 1949 , August-23
Birth Nation: Australia
Height: 6 Feet 1 Inch

Quick Timeline of Rick Springfield

1949 Born in Guildford, Sydney, New South Wales
1963 Saw the Beatles
1969 Joined pop group, Zoot
1971 Began his solo career
1972 Released his first solo album
1978 Began his acting career
1984 Played a full length movie role
1984 Married to Barbara Porter
1985 First child, Liam Springthorpe
1989 Second child, Joshua Springthorpe
1982 Won Grammy Awards
2014 Won Walk of Fame
2012 Won Boston Film Festival
2005 Honored by TV Guide

Detail Timeline of Rick Springfield

August 23 , 1949

Born in Guildford, Sydney, New South Wales

Rick Springfield was from the middle class family born as Richard Lewis Springthorpe in Guildford, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia to Norman Springthorpe and Eileen. He is an Australian and is of white ethnicity. He spent most of his childhood days in Army camp.

1963

Saw the Beatles

His interest in music was from his childhood days. While he was in Army camp he began his interest in music. When he was in his early teens he got a chance to attend the concert of The Beatles and after this he also desired to begin his career as a musician. 

1969

Joined pop group, Zoot

In 1968, guitarist Pete Watson was impressed by Rick's musical performance and then he allured Rick to join their band Rockhouse. He joined them that year and remained there for about a year and then joined Pop Rock musical group, Zoot in 1969.

1971

Began his solo career

Upon joining Zoot, they released several singles within a year. And most of the single broke several records all around the world. But there occurred some feud inside the band and they split up, then he began his solo career and released his first solo single titled, Speak to the Sky the same year. 

August 28 , 1972

Released his first solo album

After he gained massive praise from his solo single, he was enthused with that and finally released his first solo album titled Beginnings on 28th of August, 1972. It topped in the Billboard 200 but some bad rumors about the album became public in the media after few months. 

1978

Began his acting career

Besides being the great singer and musician he is also an actor. He began acting since 1978 and at that time he played his role in the television series, Saga of a Star World. Those days, he also made his appearances in the Battlestar Galactica.

1984

Played a full length movie role

Though he began his acting career since 1978 but those days he only played the minor roles but in 1984 he got a chance to appear in the full length movie and that was in Hard to Hold. Till now he has appeared in lead roles in several movies. 

October 27 , 1984

Married to Barbara Porter

He met love of his life since a long time ago and they were also involved in love affairs before they got married. On 27th of October, 1987, he got married to Barbara Porter. She is a simple house wife and spends most of her time with her family.

1985

First child, Liam Springthorpe

Actor, Liam Springthorpe is his first child. Liam was born in Australia after Rick Springfield and Barbara Porter got married. They welcomed him after being married for about a year. He is now popular for his roles in Grace, Project 420 and many more. 

1989

Second child, Joshua Springthorpe

He became father for the second time in his life in 1989. He and his sweet wife, Barbara Porter welcomed their second child together and that time it was also a son and they named him Joshua Springthorpe. 

1982

Won Grammy Awards

Grammy Awards is one of the prestigious awards in the music world and everyone really feels honored of they win this award. He has also been honored with this award once and that was in 1982 for Best Rock Vocal Male Performance. 

May 9 , 2014

Won Walk of Fame

Recently in 2014, he received one of the prestigious honors in his life and that was Star on the Walk of Fame. It’s really an honor if someone win this award and he was honored with this title for Recording. 

2012

Won Boston Film Festival

He has been nominated in lots of prestigious awards and he has also won some of them. In 2012, he got his one and only nomination in Boston Film Festival and that was for Best Music. He won this award from his singe, Affair of the heart. 

January 23 , 2005

Honored by TV Guide

Besides being honored with several prestigious awards, he has also been listed in several renowned listings. In 2005, he was listed in the list of TV Guide's and that was for TV's 25 Greatest Teen Idols. 

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At the age of 25, Rick started dating actress back when she was 15. The pair dated each other from late 1974 to early 1976. On 27th of October, 1987, he got married to Barbara Porter. She is a simple housewife and spends most of her time with her family. They fell lucky to have each other as loving spouse and they also have two children from this married life. It is also said they met each other for a long time and they were also involved in love affairs before they got tied the knot.

While Rick was 17 he tried to commit suicide by hanging. He has been dealing with depression for several decades. During an exclusive interview with ABC New's Paula Faris, he said,

I want them to have hope ... and know that the moment will pass. I'm an example of the moment passing, because I've been there a couple of times, and haven't ... for want of a better phrase, pulled the trigger.

When he was a child, he spends his days in the army camp as his father was Australian Army career officer. Since his childhood days, he was interested in music. When he was in his early teens he got a chance to attend the concert of The Beatles and after this, he also desired to begin his career as a musician. He began playing guitar and several other musical instruments since that time on. He joined musical group Zoot in 1969. The band has released five albums to date including 4 Shades of Pink (EP) (1969), Just Zoot (1970), Zoot Out (1971), Best of the Zoot Locker (1969-71) and Live- The Reunion (CD/DVD).

He remained there as a lead vocalist for about two years and then finally began his solo career in 1971. In October 1971, Rick signed with Sparmac Records and released his debut solo single Speak to the Sky. Speak to the Sky reached No. 5 on the Go-Set singles chart. In 1973, Rick signed with Columbia Records and released his second album Comic Book Heros. While working with Columbia Records, he also appeared as himself in the ABC-TV Saturday morning cartoon series Mission: Magic!. He also continued to write to record and in 1981, he released his next album titled Working Class Dog. Working Class Dog made it to No.7 on the Billboard 200.

He then went on the release albums like Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet (1982), Living Oz (1983), Beautiful Feelings (1984), Tao (1985), which took his popularity to next level. He released his latest album The Snake King in January 2018. 

He is also an actor and for his role in General Hospital, he earned the salary of $750 per week. His net worth is rumored to be around $12 million dollars. He owns a house in Malibu, California.