Rick Springfield, the Australian musician, actor, and singer-songwriter, has an estimated net worth of $10 million. He is best known for his 1981 hit single, “Jessie’s Girl,” and his portrayal of Dr. Noah Drake on the popular soap opera, “General Hospital.” In this article, we’ll take a closer look at Rick Springfield’s career, personal life, and his journey to fame and fortune.
Early Life and Musical Career
Born as Richard Lewis Springthorpe on August 23rd, 1949, in Sydney, Australia, Rick Springfield learned how to play the guitar when he was just 13 years old. He played in several bands during his teenage years, including Zoot, which he joined in 1969. However, the band’s gimmick of performing exclusively in pink satin clothing, which they called “Think Pink—think Zoot,” led to their not being taken seriously as a rock band. Springfield left the band in 1971 to pursue a solo music career.
His first single, “Speak to the Sky,” was a hit in Australia and the US, and he recorded his debut album, “Beginnings,” in 1972 before moving to the US. Despite signing on with Columbia Records in 1973 to record his second album, “Comic Book Heroes,” the album failed to gain traction. Springfield then focused on acting and landed minor speaking parts in several television shows.
Rise to Fame
In 1981, Springfield released his album “Working Class Dog,” which featured his biggest hit, “Jessie’s Girl.” The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and won him a Grammy award for Best Rock Vocal Performance. The album was a commercial success, and Springfield’s popularity skyrocketed.
He continued to star on “General Hospital” while touring for the album, cementing his image as a teenage heartthrob. His next album, “Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet,” was released in 1982 and produced three charting singles. His third album with RCA, “Living in Oz,” was released in 1983 and earned him a Grammy nomination.
In addition to his music career, Springfield pursued an acting career, starring in several television shows and films. He starred in the detective television show “High Tide” from 1994 to 1997 and recorded the soundtrack to the 1984 musical drama “Hard to Hold.” He also had a recurring role on “True Detective” in 2015 and played in the twelfth season of the CW’s “Supernatural.” In 2017, he starred in FX’s “American Horror Story: Cult.”
Personal Life and Real Estate
Springfield struggled with depression throughout his early life and attempted suicide when he was seventeen. In 1984, he married Barbara Porter, who had a small part working on the production of his album “Working Class Dogs.” They have two sons together.
For much of the 1980s, Rick lived on an estate in Malibu called Lavender Hill Farm. In 1989 he sold the 2.5-acre property, which is located in the gated community of Sierra Retreat, to Mel Gibson for $3 million. In 1996, he bought a new home in Malibu for $490,000, which is now estimated to be worth $3 million.
Rick Springfield has had a successful career in both music and acting, earning him an estimated net worth of $10 million. Despite struggling with depression early on in life, Springfield has managed to achieve great success and continues to inspire many with his music and acting.