Rick Springfield is an Australian singer and an actor who rose to fame as the member of the Adelaide based pop group Zoot. Rick Spent two years with the group and left them to pursue a solo career which took off through the single Speak to the Sky. After that, he became a popular singer in both Australia and the United States which paved the way for his acting career in 1994. He starred in the TV series High Tide and later appeared in many shows such as True Detective and General Hospital. Continue reading to know more about the career and net worth of Rick Springfield in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Rick Springfield’s birth name was Richard Lewis Springthorpe. He was born on August 23rd in 1949, in Balmain, New South Wales, Australia to Eileen Louise and Norman James Springthorpe. His father was an Australian army officer who was stationed in England from 1958 to 1963. Rick started to play guitar when he was 13 and joined many rock bands in England when his father was stationed there.
In 1974, when Rick was 25 years old, he was in a relationship with actress Linda Blair who was 15 years old at that time. Their relationship came to an end in 1976, and in 1984 he married his Barbara Porter who was a recording studio receptionist. The couple is blessed with two sons Liam and Joshua born in 1985 and 1989 respectively.
Career, Awards & Nominations
In 1969, Springfield joined Zoot as the group’s lead guitarist and vocalist. The group was successful, and Springfield signed with Sparmac Records in 1971 and released his debut single Speak to the Sky. The following year he released his debut album Beginnings, and in 1973 he signed with Columbia Records.
In 1981, he released the album Working Class Dog which hosted the world-wide super hit single Jessie’s Girl. He won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance that year and gave several successful albums after that such as Tao, Karma, and Christmas With You.
His television career started in 1977 when he appeared in The Six Million Dollar Man. In 1981, he became a television star through General Hospital and in 1989 he starred in the movie Nick Knight. He has also acted in popular TV series such as True Detective, Californication, and Supernatural. He was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014 and was honored with a star.
Net Worth & Earnings
His decorated career as a singer and an actor has amassed his huge wealth. Some sources claim that he was paid around $750,000 per week for acting in General Hospital which is quite a huge amount for a week. His records album sales and illustrious television career have garnered him a net worth of $15 million.
Rick Springfield once said in an interview that he attempted suicide when he was 17 by hanging himself but was saved as the rope tore. He also revealed that he is suffering from depression over the years and often feel like dying which he will overcome by thinking that the moment will pass.