Rocker Rick Springfield’s current turn on the big screen opposite Meryl Streep in Ricki and the Flash is one of the star’s biggest acting gigs to date. The Australian native, who turns 66 on Aug. 23, first made a name for himself as a singer after bursting onto the US charts in the mid-1970s. A few years later he became an international superstar with the release of his GRAMMY-winning smash single, "Jessie’s Girl.”
While his name was synonymous with music, the budding actor started to build an impressive acting career in the 1970s. He made guest appearances in a long list of hit television series, like The Rockford Files, The Six Million Dollar Man, Wonder Woman and Battlestar Galactica. Following the release of “Jessie’s Girl,” Rick dabbled in made-for-TV movies, including the thriller Dead Reckoning, which co-starred Oscar-winning actor Cliff Robertson.
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Even though his thriving music career kept him very busy, Rick still found time to join the cast of General Hospital in 1981. At the time, he didn’t have extensive experience as an actor, but the then-32-year-old saw the hit daytime drama as the perfect place to earn his stripes, telling People, “I want to learn as much as I can as fast as I can. Doing a soap is a great way to get your acting chops together." After two years of portraying playboy doctor Noah Drake, he left Port Charles to focus on his music.
From his early days a pop vocalist in his native Australia to making it big in North America, Rick has always maintained a love for both singing and acting. And now, as Ricki and the Flash continues to rock out in theatres, we look back at some of Rick’s other memorable moments on screen.