What is Rick Springfield’s net worth?
Rick Springfield, an Australian musician, singer-songwriter, and actor, has a net worth of $10 million dollars. He is most famous for his 1981 hit single, “Jessie’s Girl,” and for his portrayal of Dr. Noah Drake on “General Hospital.”
From 1981-1983, Springfield played Dr. Drake while simultaneously touring with his band. He returned to the role from 2005-2008.
Rick Springfield’s Early Life
Rick Springfield, born Richard Lewis Springthorpe, was born on August 23rd, 1949 in Sydney, Australia. His mother was of English descent, and his father had a Scottish heritage. Due to his father’s position as a Lt. Colonel in the Australian Army, Springfield moved frequently to military bases in Australia and the UK. At the age of 13, he learned how to play the guitar.
Rick Springfield’s Early Music Career
Rick Springfield played in various bands in the UK and Australia during his teenage years. He joined the band Zoot in 1969 and came up with the promotional campaign “Think Pink—think Zoot” to increase their fanbase. The band performed exclusively in pink satin clothing, which brought attention but also led to them not being taken seriously as a rock band. They burned all the pink adornments a year later to shed their pop image, but their next album was a flop. Springfield left the band in 1971 to pursue a solo music career.
Rick Springfield’s Career Highlights
Rick Springfield’s first single “Speak to the Sky” was a hit in Australia and the US. He recorded his debut album “Beginnings” in 1972 then moved to the US. He signed on with Columbia Records in 1973 to record his second album, “Comic Book Heroes,” which unfortunately was a dud. He was a main character in the 1974 US educational children’s show “Mission: Magic,” which ran for 16 episodes and featured songs written by Springfield.
However, his music career was yet to take off with Columbia shelving his 1974 album, so he decided to focus on acting for the remainder of the 70s. He took acting lessons from legendary acting coach Vincent Chase and learned how to speak in an American accent. He signed a contract with Universal Studios and began to land guest roles and minor speaking parts in television shows. He had a recurring role on “The Young and the Restless” and minor roles in “The Rockford Files” and “The Six Million Dollar Man.”
Music and songwriting remained his passions, and he continued to write and record music. In 1981, he got a recurring role on the soap opera “General Hospital” and released his next album.
Working Class Dog
Rick Springfield’s album “Working Class Dog” was released in 1981 by RCA Records. The album featured the hit single “Jessie’s Girl,” which charted at no. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and won Springfield his first and only Grammy in the Best Rock Vocal Performance category in 1982. The song remains popular in television and film and is widely recognizable. The album itself charted at no. 7 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet
Springfield’s next album, “Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet,” was released in 1982 and produced three charting singles. The album was certified Platinum and solidified Springfield’s image as a teenage heartthrob.
Living n Oz
Springfield’s third album with RCA, “Living n Oz,” was released in 1983 and had a harder vibe than his previous pop rock style. The album earned him a Grammy nomination.
Rick Springfield’s Career Highlights
Rick Springfield starred in “General Hospital” and “High Tide” and had a role in the movie “Hard to Hold.” He also recorded the movie’s soundtrack. He performed in the Tony-nominated play “Smokey Joe’s Café” and had a residency in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand from 2000-2002. He had recurring roles in “True Detective” and the CW’s “Supernatural” and starred in FX’s “American Horror Story: Cult” in 2017.
Personal Struggles and Relationships
Rick Springfield battled depression and attempted suicide at 17. He was in a relationship with actress Linda Blair when she was 15 and married Barbara Porter in 1984. The couple has two sons together.
In 2018, Springfield revealed that he had contemplated suicide the year before and empathized with the depression of Chris Cornell and Robin Williams. He released his autobiography “Late, Late at Night: A Memoir” in 2010, which reached no. 13 on the New York Times Best Seller list and was listed as the 23rd greatest rock memoir of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.
Rick Springfield’s Real Estate Ventures
During the 1980s, Rick Springfield resided in a 2.5-acre property called Lavender Hill Farm in Malibu’s gated community of Sierra Retreat. In 1989, he sold the estate to Mel Gibson for $3 million. Nearly two decades later, Mel sold the property for $9.3 million.
In 1996, Rick purchased a new home in Malibu for $490,000. Today, the property is estimated to be worth around $3 million.