Wondering what she don't see in me,
I've been funny, I've been cool with the lines,
Ain't that the way love supposed to be?"
Richard Lewis Springthorpe (born 23 August 1949 in South Wentworthville, Australia), better known as Rick Springfield, is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. He started his career as a member of Australian rock group Zoot, with which he played from 1969 until their breakup in 1971.
Embarking on a solo career, he released his debut single, "Speak to the Sky" in 1971, which would be followed by his debut album, Beginnings, a year later, after moving to the United States.
His fourth album, Working Class Dog, produced the biggest hit of Springfield's career with the song "Jessie's Girl", which netted him the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. His following albums would also find success, with singles like "Don't Talk to Strangers", "Affair of the Heart", and "Love Somebody".
In addition to his music, he also has a side career as an actor, appearing in a fair number of films and television series.
- Beginnings (1972)
- Comic Book Heroes (1973)
- Mission: Magic! (1974)
- Wait for Night (1976)
- Working Class Dog (1981)
- Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet (1982)
- Living in Oz (1983)
- Hard to Hold (1984)
- Beautiful Feelings (1984)
- Tao (1985)
- Rock of Life (1988)
- Karma (1999)
- Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance (2004)
- The Day After Yesterday (2005)
- Christmas with You (2007)
- Venus in Overdrive (2008)
- My Precious Little One: Lullabies for a New Generation (2009)
- From The Vault (2010)
- Songs for the End of the World (2012)
- Rocket Science (2016)
- The Snake King (2018)
Notable acting roles:
- Mission: Magic! (1973-1975) as himself
- Battlestar Galactica (1978) as Zac
- General Hospital (1981-2013) as Dr. Noah Drake
- EFX (2003) Headliner
- Hot in Cleveland (2012) as Rick Springfield impersonator
- Californication (2007-2014) as himself
- Ricki and the Flash (2015) as Greg
- True Detective (2015) as Dr. Irving Pitlor
Tropes found in his works:
- Adam Westing: He plays a "depraved version" of himself in his season 3 appearance of Californication.
- Berserk Button: Anyone who calls him Bruce.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Most of his pre-1980s songs were more pop-oriented, with little resembling the rock or power pop style he is known for today.
- Five Stages of Grief: The title of his thirteenth album features three of the concepts.
- Green-Eyed Monster: The viewpoint of the singer in "Jessie's Girl".
- Heartbeat Soundtrack: "My Depression" from "shock/denial/anger/acceptance" ends with three heartbeats before stopping. This is made even more atmospheric by the last line in the final verse with the character questioning if he is "ready for the second half" and a scream before the close of the song, suggesting the heartbeat is the character's final moments of life.
- Two Guys and a Girl: The main theme of "Jessie's Girl".