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Richard Kim Milford
Birth: Feb. 7, 1951
Death: Jun. 16, 1988

Richard Kim Milford was born February 7, 1951 (Aquarius) in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. He grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago - Winnetka, Illinois, where he went to New Trier High School. His family includes some familiar names from the movie and art world: sister, actress Penelope Milford (Coming Home [1978] in which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress; Heathers; and The Burning Bed, among others) and brother, Doug Milford, now COO of Artsystems Gallery Management Software (artsystems.com), also co-owned and operated Piezo Electric in the East Village, ran the Milford Gallery in SoHo, and as Publisher at ArtNet Worldwide, he designed, produced, and led the creation of ArtNet.com.The multi-talented Kim Milford was an actor-singer-songwriter-composer-dancer who first appeared in SummerStock Theatre in Chicago at age 10; his Broadway debut was in Henry, Sweet Henry in 1967; at age 17 he was in the original staging of Hair, in which he played Woof and Claude. In 1976 he was awarded the Faith and Freedom Award by the Religious Heritage of America for his portrayal of the Prodigal Son in ABC Directories series "Round Trip". Kim later performed in the first concert tour of Jesus Christ Superstar playing Jesus and Judas, and in the first production of The Rocky Horror Show as Rocky (Roxy Cast in LA, and in NYC on Broadway).Kim was very close to his beloved dog, Hannibal, a shepherd-beagle mix. During the run of Rocky Horror in New York, Kim often did gymnastics and exercised Hannibal in the park near the West End Ave. apartment he sublet, for what was supposed to be a minimum six-month run of Rocky at the Belasco Theatre. The negative critical reaction in New York to what had been the Roxy's longest running musical ever was a surprise to the entire cast, but Kim and everyone gave it their all. They fine-tuned the show and did their very best up until the final performance. Kim, a Christian Scientist, was proud to have never missed a performance of Rocky Horror, even when handicapped by a devastating tailbone injury that made movement excruciatingly painful.Kim also appeared in the plays Henry Sweet Henry, 1776, Your Own Thing, Rockabye Hamlet (1975-76, Laertes), More Than You Deserve, Sunset, and All Bets Off. Kim played in all the major clubs in New York City and Los Angeles with his own band and was lead singer in the Jeff Beck Group (Aug-Sept '72). He also worked on television in the movies, Song of the Succubus (with Brooke Adams) and Rock-A-Die-Baby (aka Night of the Full Moon), both on 1975 on ABC's Wild World of Entertainment, and in which Kim performed his own music; and on TV in Mannix (Portrait in Blues), The Highwayman, and Sonny Spoon. Kim also starred in the feature films Laserblast, Bloodbrothers, Corvette Summer, Escape, Nightmare at Noon, and Wired to Kill, which are all still available on video.According to an interview in the October 1974 issue of Viva magazine, Kim was recording an album titled "Chain Your Lovers to the Bedposts" and a single, "Help is on the Way, Rozea." Unfortunately, they were never released. His known recordings include the single "Muddy River Water (A side) - Nice City View (B side)" (Decca), the Sunset soundtrack, Roxy Cast album of Rocky Horror Picture Show, and his song "Justice" on the 'Ciao! Manhattan' (Edie Sedgwick) movie. Kim also wrote the music for "Salome," based on the Oscar Wilde play, and starred in it at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 1979; he also wrote and performed "My Love Is A Rebel" on the soundtrack of Runnymede films' "Limbo" (starring Barry Bostwick). In addition, Kim is on some bootlegs of the Aug-Sept '72 Jeff Beck concerts. He possibly did one or two albums with his group Moon; they were the band in the two TV movies above. Kim was also a co-writer on several songs with Ron Dante, which include Lovin' Lady, Jo Anna, and She's Puttin' Me Through Changes.Richard Kim Milford died in Chicago on June 16, 1988 of heart failure, after having undergone open-heart surgery several weeks earlier. He was only 37 years old. Kim is survived by his mother, brother, and two sisters. MAAquilino, Arcane Studios/NeverSayGoodbyeA tribute to Kim can be found at http://www.neversaygoodbye.com/kim.htm (bio by: Mary Ann) 
 
Burial:
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
 
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Originally Created by: Mary Ann
Record added: Apr 24, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8672505
Richard Kim Milford
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