\ Posted by: Stacy
Just heard the awesome news that Richard Rossi sold his first novel "Stick Man" to Savant Books with a spring 2010 release date. It's a coming of age story set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. RR is HOT!!!
Rich Rossi was so wonderful in ALICEn, the new musical about Alice in Wonderland. My b.f and I loved him. Richard Rossi played Dodgson, the writer of Alice under the pen name of Lewis Carroll and he also morphed into a comic character in Wonderland, the White Knight. He's a talented physical comedian.
\ Posted by: Stacey King
I just rented the Richard Rossi film "Sister Aimee: The Aimee Semple McPherson Story" at Blockbuster here in Chicago. He looked so good in his fedora and totally fit the 1920's, and he was so funny, his character made me laugh, what a scoundrel. I have a crush on him.
Hot news for Richard Rossi fans. I was at a bookstore in Los angeles a few nights ago and Rich Rossi read an excerpt of his soon to be released novel "Stick Man." The story drew me in about an imaginative boy who is tormented by night terrors of a monster made of sticks. He tries to overcome the demon through his creativity, his faith, and his first love, a girl who captures his heart. He calls the girl Angel, believing she may be celestial.
\ Posted by: Justine Segal
Rich Rossi's own past brokenness and identification with the pain of his screenplay underscore his film "Aimee Semple McPherson" as a movie written with his own blood. A sensitive man and a powerful filmmaker.
\ Posted by: Julia Kesler
Richard's resilience and remarkable journey from maveick minister to movie star has been nothing short of amazing. His breakthrough projects - the play "Elmer Gantry" and the film "Aimee Semple McPherson" bring resolution to his controversial and storied former life.
\ Posted by: Nicolle Lee
Just met him! Rich Rossi performed at Cat Club Hollywood. Here's what happened. There was a band before him running late into Richard's set. I saw him sitting by side of stage and sat beside him. As others here have mentioned, he has heart-stopping blue eyes. He said, "Hi." I introduced myself. I told him I've read alot of gossip and stories about him online. I don't know why the hell I said it, I could kick myself. He said, "You can't really believe a lot of what is on the Internet. Anybody can write anything. I haven't done all they say, good or bad." Before I could say another word, he was called up to the stage. Watching him onstage, strumming his guitar, he was bathed in multicolored Christmas lights. He used his music to attract attention to his other endeavors and showed a clip from his film, some of his visual art, and he read an excerpt from a novel he is writing, a scene that was quite HOT. A true Renaissance man.
\ Posted by: Lucy Allison
There's a great new pic of Richard Rossi on his page at imdb dot com. He's wearing a blue shirt, looking over his shoulder. I'm not sure how to scan and bring over to this page, but hopefully one of you can.
\ Posted by: Misty
omg, his eyes are so gorgeous, just met him at screening, i told him i loved how he looked in "Sister Aimee" and told him how I cried my eyes out watching him in that and it was the best love story, and he chatted and we took pictures with him. He is very down to earth and nice.
\ Posted by: groovygirl
met rich rossi and his wife at screening of his film "sister aimee". my favorite feature is those beautiful blue windows into his soul. those eyes...sigh. i looked into them and melted like a pudddle. his wife is nice and pretty.
\ Posted by: Tami Bialek
Rich Rossi I just love you, I still listen to your "Full Circle" and "New Wine" records and they get better with each play like fine wine. My cousin Kelly Davis in the burg heard a rumor you are coming back to Pittsburgh to do a third album. Please please please someone tell me it's so. Sure took you long enough Richard Rossi. Next time you perform anywhere near Cleveland, I am soooooooo there!
\ Posted by: Michele Gilliam
Hey Rich Rossi, I heard you play at Hollywood and Highland, you play guitar with more emotion than anyone I've ever heard before, total soul, and you moved me and touched me so much. I gave you my headshot, please remember me for auditions when you make your next film.
I was a waitress at a Perkins restaurant in Pittsburgh when Rich Rossi lived there and the medai would not leave him alone. I felt really sorry for him. He came in in the mornings for an omelette and coffee. He always had a bag of a half dozen books he was reading. I sat him in the back to protect him. He always asked me how I was doing and how my family was. I would tell him my problems and he always listened. I asked him if it bothered him people pointing to him and talking about him, he said he stayed out of other people's heads and avoided eye contact when he needed to. One time I was sick and he said a prayer for me, it was really sweet. I went to hear him play a couple times. I love his music and I've seen his film since he moved to Hollywood. He's very talented and just because I talked to him, a reporter in Pittsburgh bugged me to try and make a story. "Do you like him? Did you flirt with him?" They were terrible. I did like him and think he was handsome but I didn't want to tell the vultures in the Pittsburgh Press that. He was always a gentleman and he loved his family and mentioned his wife and children so I respected that and never tried to push him further, but when he heard it was my birthday and he knew I had a lot of medical bills, he left me a hundred dollar tip. I love you Richard Rossi if you ever see this.
\ Posted by: Marissa
i love you richard rossi. at least i thought i did. i saw your film at new beverly theatre and i thought i was in love with you for making that film. i wanted to have your baby and you are old enough to be my father. i wanted to just show up at your door, i never read or saw anything that spoke to my heart about what being a woman and being a human being is about like your film "sister aimee." then i saw you perform in san pedro and i was certain i was in love with you but i think i was more in love with your songs and your film than in you, but when you play guitar it is like sex. i am so glad you went through whatever you went through to write your film and your songs.
\ Posted by: dawn
saw rich rossi with his full circle tour in the 90's. richard rossi's sensual lyrics, his voice, sooo freaken hot. tried to get him into bed twice but he turned me down. damn! usually i have been a more successful groupie. ha, ha.
\ Posted by: Rene
I wanted to let my fellow Rich Rossi fans know, I recently found a great film of Richard Rossi in concert from 1994, backed by his brother Pete on lead guitar, and his band. It was filmed at Grafitti's, which was the big rock club in Pittsburgh for many years. The film was done in a highly professional concert film style with multiple cameras. I saw this on TV in Ohio years ago and always wanted to see it again. I just ordered it through Amazon, it was called "Live At Grafitti's." It captures him at his peak. I knew Rich in Pittsburgh and he was quite a character. My husband and I went to First Love for several years to hear Richard Rossi every week. We went to him once for advice, because this guy was sexually harassing me at work and coming on to me and upsetting me. My husband and I wanted spiritual advice on how to handle it. Keep in mind, Rich Rossi was the pastor of our church at the time. He called information and got the guys name and while we sat in his office with him he told him to knock it off or he would have him taken care of. He mentioned he came from an Italian family, and he is now a peace loving Christian, but he would have certain people "lay hands on you, and I'm not talking about prayer, if you don't leave my friend alone, her and her husband are my friends, and I take care of my friends, and consider yourself warned." He dropped a few Mafiosa names and asked if the guy knew them, and the guy said yes. That ended the stalker bothering me and I thought, "No other minister would have handled it that way." I know this is an extreme story, but I felt very loved and protected by him and so did my husband.
I read Tom's post about trying to find out who the girl was that was Rich Rossi's first love, and Tom, I know you have made life hell for Rich with your stories and theories in the past, and those of us who knew Rich and know more about his life will never ever tell you anything more because you have made enough money writing stories and asking questions to all his friends.
Yay, Rich Rossi. I just heard Stevn Spileberg picked Richard Rossi to compete for $1,000,000 Here's the link to watch five free minutes of Richard and his film:
\ Posted by: Kristen
I was so in love with Rich Rossi back in the early eighties when he was writing songs and performing with John Walker. Once a week, on Friday nights, he would play whatever songs he wrote that week for a bunch of us who gathered to hear him and John Walker play every week. I remember I was so sad when I heard he had alot of problems in the 1990's. I was fortunate enough to see him perform live recently at a place in Hollywood called Kulak's, they showed it live on the internet and he sang his song "Without Her Love." He is still gorgeous, which isn't bad considering he's now in his forties.
\ Posted by: Jenna Rice
I want to meet you Rich Rossi. I saw you play in Wheeling. I gave you a rose. You were hungry while you were doing a sound check and I brought you pizza, and you sat and talked with me and my friends Tracy and Hannah. When you sang your song "Pretty Lady," I was crying and you looked at me like you were singing to me. I want to hear you sing again and I would make you feel good, what ever you need. lol
\ Posted by: tom
I remember Rich Rossi in Pittsburgh when he was in a very self-destructive mode, and we used to gossip and call him the Great Gatsby, because he had all these followers and parties but a few people that got close to him said he was haunted by something in his past, in his youth. I think it was a Daisy Buchanan type figure that broke his heart and he never mentally recovered and he tried to numb his pain with religion, with wine, with whatever he could. I'm thinking about doing a documentary about this. I think his first love girl was from McKean County, based on a couple anonymous tips, but my sources dried up, if anyone knows anything post it here.
\ Posted by: Julie
My husband and I met Richard and Sherrie Rossi at a screening in Los Angeles of his film "Aimee Semple McPherson." They are both very nice and Rich Rossi gave us a DVD of the film when he heard we too were originally from Pittsburgh. He has blazing blue eyes in person.
\ Posted by: Karen
I knew Rich Rossi in Pittsburgh, before he made good in Hollywood as an actor and director. When I was a little girl, I went to a church in Pittsburgh, actually Mars, Pennsylvania, where Rich Rossi was a charismatic preacher and had hundreds of followers. Some of you may not know he was a preacher before he became an actor. We had a lot of tragedy in our lives. My father died when I was nine years old, my mother and I were barely surviving, and Rich Rossi made sure we had a roof over his head by telling whoever handled money at the church to pay our rent whenever we were short of money. As a little girl I was enthralled listening to him preach and play his guitar on Sundays. After church one Sunday I waited in line to talk to him and told him I really wanted him to come see me in my school play. I was eleven years old at the time. He was really busy at the time, he was on the radio every night in Pittsburgh with his own relgious talk show and the church was growing like crazy. But he actually showed up at my play and was cheering so loud he got my attention from the audience. He gave me a present, a little trophy that was engraved with my name and said "Best Actress." To this day, I won't let anyone say a negative word about Rich Rossi. I know a lot of people back here in Pittsburgh that have stories like that about Rich Rossi helping them and no one knew the good deeds.
\ Posted by: Maria
Richard Rossi is wonderful. When he first moved here to Los angeles from Pittsburgh, he came into a Mexican restaurant in a rough section of L.A. where I was working as a waitress. He came in with a friend of his who was Mexican but Richard was the only white guy in the place for some time. When I brought the menus, he spoke in Spanish to me and said, "tienes ojos benitos" (You have beautiful eyes) That may have been as much Spanish as he knew at the time, but I gave him extra free beer and tacos and treated him like a king and i have seen all of his movies and plays.
\ Posted by: Michelle
Yes, I was one of his first girlfriends, oh those baby blues, he walked into the room and I thought, "Those are the prettiest eyes i have ever seen." He feels every feeling to the inth degree, so being with him was like an exhilirating rollercoaster, so alive and free but also never a dull moment, musical highs and melancholy lows. He could be happy, writing 30 genius songs in one week, but something could upset him, like a child on the news who was killed, and he could cry and be despondent. I do believe he's blessed with miraculous healing powers. One time, I injured my back and was in excruciating pain, and he touched the area that was afflicted and his hand became like a heating pad and the pain went away. I saw him once after not seeing him for fifteen years. He was back from Hollywood visiting the Pittsburgh area where we grew up. I saw him go into a restaurant across the street from where I worked. I slipped out of the office and left him a note on his windshield to come over and say hi, but he didn't see the note and started pulling out. I dashed out and stopped the car and said, "I just have to tell you, the times when we were young, sitting outside and you played your guitar were the most wonderful moments of my life." He was touched, he had enormous kindness, but he seemed unhappy and terribly lonely.
\ Posted by: Tiffany Young
I was in a play with Richard Rossi but had to drop out after a few performances due to a family illness/emergency. Richard played a womanizing con man character and his character kissed my character in the play. Best kiss/lips i ever had:)