Richard O’Brien, Not Just Any Old Riff Raff

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Do you remember the first time you saw Rocky Horror Picture Show? Were you prepared to throw rice? Toast? Use a squirt gun? A lighter? Could you dance “The Time Warp”?

Sing it with me, “Let’s do the Time Warp again . . .”

Wasn’t that fun. And Christopher Lee to boot!

Meet the mind behind the cult classic, born Richard Timothy Smith on March 25, 1942, he is better known for his stage name, Richard O’Brien. Or if you’re a fan of the movie, Riff Raff.

In 1951, his father bought a sheep farm in Tauranga, New Zealand, where the family emigrated to from England.

While growing up in New Zealand, he developed an interest in horror films and comic books. He eventually left the farm in Tauranga and moved to Hamilton. There he worked at a barber shop and spent many hours attending films next door at the…

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