Rick Springfield (born Richard Lewis Springthorpe; 23 August 1949) is an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, actor and author. He was a member of the pop rock group Zoot from 1969 to 1971, then started his solo career with his début single "Speak to the Sky" reaching the top 10 in Australia in mid-1972, when he moved to the United States. He had a No. 1 hit with "Jessie's Girl" in 1981 in both Australia and the US, for which he received the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. He followed with four more top 10 US hits, "I've Done Everything for You", "Don't Talk to Strangers", "Affair of the Heart" and "Love Somebody". His two US top 10 albums are Working Class Dog (1981) and Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet (1982). As an actor, he portrayed Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime drama General Hospital, from 1981 to 1983 and during 2005 to 2008 and 2012, returning in 2013 for the show's 50th anniversary with son and actor Liam Springthorpe. In 2010, Springfield published his autobiography, Late, Late at Night: A Memoir.
Richard Lewis Springthorpe (later known as Rick Springfield) was born in South Wentworthville, a western suburb of Sydney, on 23 August 1949. Springfield is the son of Norman Springthorpe, an Australian Army career-officer, and Eileen.
He received the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for “Jessie’s Girl”, which proved to be a career breakout moment. He followed with four more top 10 U.S. rock hits: “I’ve Done Everything for You”, “Don’t Talk to Strangers”, “Affair of the Heart”, and “Love Somebody”. His two U.S. top 10 albums are 1981’s ‘Working Class Dog’ and 1981’s Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet’. releases proving both commercial and critical successes. As an actor, he portrayed the popular Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime drama ‘General Hospital’ from 1981 to 1983, and he sprang back into the role during 2005 to 2008 and 2012, returning again in 2013 for the show’s 50th anniversary with his son (and fellow actor) Liam Springthorpe. In 2010, Springfield published his autobiography: ‘Late, Late at Night: A Memoir’.
Richard Lewis Springthorpe (later known as Rick Springfield) was born in South Wentworthville, a western suburb of Sydney, on 23 August 1949.
Rick has studied two martial arts: Shotokan and Tae Kwon Do.
Rick has a hawk tattooed on his right shoulder.
Rick was sworn in as an American on Feb. 3, 2006 in Los Angeles.
Rick performed live at the 2006 Daytime Emmy Awards in April, 2006.
Rick has a dog named Gomer.
Rick Springfield starred on ABC's General Hospital as Dr Noah Drake from 1981 to 1983 and then reprised the roll in 2005 thru 2007 and again for 2-1/2 months in 2008.