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Also Known As: Richard Lewis Springthorpe Died:
Born: August 23, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sydney, New South Wales, AU Profession: singer, actor

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Sound City (2013)
5.
6.
 Dying To Dance (1999) Dave Lennox
7.
 Legion (1998) Ryan
8.
 Change of Place, A (1994) Philip Claremont
9.
 In the Shadows, Someone's Watching (1993) Paul Merritt
10.
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1967:
Left high school to play with various local bands
1968:
Played in Vietnam with the band, Rock House
1969:
Played with the Australian rock band, Zoot
1971:
Released the Australian hit single, "Speak to the Sky"
1972:
Moved to Hollywood, CA and signed with Capitol Records
1972:
Released his debut album, <i>Beginnings</i>
1973:
Starred in the animated cartoon, "Mission: Magic!" (ABC)
1974:
Signed with Columbia Records and released his second album <i>Comic Book Heroes</i>
1976:
Released third album <i>Wait for Night</i> under the Chelsea Records label; album was reissued by RCA in 1982
1978:
Had a small role as Captain Apollo's younger brother Lieutenant Zac in the pilot and later movie, "Battlestar Galactica"
1981:
Returned to music with the album, <i>Working Class Dog</i>, which included the hit song "Jessie¿s Girl"
1981:
Cast as Dr. Noah Drake on the ABC soap opera, "General Hospital"
1982:
Released the album, "Success Hasn¿t Spoiled Me Yet"
1984:
Made film debut as a leading man in "Hard to Hold"; had a hit with "Love Somebody" from the soundtrack
1984:
Attempted unsuccessfully to block the release of <i>Beautiful Feelings</i>, which were unreleased sessions recorded in 1978
1985:
Took a break from recording to spend time with his family and to deal with his depression
1992:
Starred in the ABC detective series, "Human Target"
1994:
Played detective Mick Barrett on the syndicated series, "High Tide"
1995:
Cast in the Broadway musical, "Smokey Joe's Café"
1998:
Returned to music to release the album, <i>Karma</i>
1999:
Guest-starred on the NBC sitcom "Suddenly Susan" as the object of Brooke Shields' affection
2000:
Performed in the Las Vegas stage show, "EFX Live"
2004:
Released the critically acclaimed album, <i>Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance</i> on his own Gomer Record label
2005:
Reprised role of Dr. Noah Drake on "General Hospital" (ABC) after a 23-year absence; character resumed a recurring status as of 2007
2009:
Played himself in four episodes of Showtime's "Californication"
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companion:
Linda Blair. Actor. Together from c. 1973 to 1975.
companion:
Linda Blair. Had three.
wife:
Barbara Porter. Met when she was working as receptionist at record company; together since 1980; married in Australia in 1984.
wife:
Barbara Porter. Had two.
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father:
Norman James Springthorpe. Australian army officer. Achieved rank of lieutenant colonel died on April 24, 1981.
father:
Norman James Springthorpe. Married in 1979; divorced.
mother:
Eileen Louise Springthorpe.
brother:
Michael Springthorpe. Born c. 1952.
brother:
Michael Springthorpe. Has two children.
son:
Leo Springfield. Born in October 1985.
son:
Leo Springfield. Had two; survived him.
son:
Josh Springfield. Born in 1988.
son:
Josh Springfield. British; were living in France when Hamilton was born.
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