Richard Marks (November 10, 1943 – December 31, 2018) was an American film editor who worked on more than 30 feature and television films between 1972 and 2018. He edited all of director James L. Brooks’ feature films over a long period of time (1983–2010).
Marks worked as an assistant editor for Barry Malkin on Francis Ford Coppola’s early film The Rain People (1969). He then worked with Dede Allen on Alice’s Restaurant (1969) and Little Big Man (1970), as well as co-editing Serpico (1973).
Dede Allen was one of the most well-known film editors of her period, and she was well-known for mentoring countless younger editors. “Perhaps the outstanding alumnus of the Dede Allen Academy is Richard Marks,” writes Roger Crittenden.
Early Years of Richard Marks
Richard Marx was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 16, 1963, to Ruth Marx, a former vocalist, and Dick Marx, a jazz musician, and creator of a 1960s jingle company. Marx was a North Shore Country Day School student.
Career of Richard Marks
Marx began his career as a backup singer for musicians including Madonna, Whitney Houston, and Luther Vandross. Marx pursued his own record deal but was turned down by every major company in Hollywood until EMI/Manhattan Records president Bruce Lundvall heard Marx’s tape and realised he had a star on his hands. Marx was given a recording contract as well as the freedom to write and record whatever he pleased. Marx enlisted the help of his good friend Fee Waybill, the Tubes’ front man, and a group of extremely brilliant musicians, including Joe Walsh and Randy Meisner of the Eagles, to produce a ten-track record that launched his career.
The chart-topping singles “Hold on to the Nights” and “Don’t Mean Nothing” from his debut album earned him a Grammy award for Best Rock Vocal Performance-Male. In 1987, his album was certified triple platinum. “Repeat Offender,” his follow-up album from 1989, was even more successful, debuting at #1 and went quadruple platinum with two #1 singles, “Satisfied” and “Right Here Waiting.” Within a few months, “Repeat Offender” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Album chart and became triple platinum. In the United States alone, it sold nearly 5 million copies.
Marx’s first number one success on the Adult Contemporary chart in the United States, as well as his first major hit outside of the country, was “Right Here Waiting.” It was a No. 1 smash in various European nations, and it was Marx’s first UK top ten hit. It’s been discussed extensively. Marx played “Help” by the Beatles at the Berlin Wall in late 1989. For “Right Here Waiting,” he won his second Grammy nomination for “Best Pop Vocal Performance – Male” the following year.
Marx had a seven-year winning streak that surpassed any in pop-rock music history after his albums “Rush Street” (1991) and “Paid Vacation” (1994) went platinum. He went on a 24-hour, five-city blitz on MGM Grand Airlines to promote “Rush Street,” playing at every stop, a record that has yet to be broken. Marx and his family moved back to Chicago from Los Angeles in 1994. Marx has fourteen Top 20 hits between 1987 and 1994, including three number one singles. His first seven singles were all Top Five hits. He is still the first male artist in history to have his first seven singles chart in the Top 5 on Billboard. Marx’s final studio album, “Flesh and Bone,” was released on the Capitol label in 1997.
In the same year, he released his “Greatest Hits” collection, a 16-track album that featured a variety of popular singles from his first five albums as well as “Angel’s Lullaby,” a song dedicated to the Pediatric AIDS Foundation. “Days in Avalon,” Marx’s sixth studio album, was released in 2000. The label Signal 21 Records published it. Marx released “My Own Best Enemy” in 2004 after striking a new agreement with his old company, Manhattan Records. He published “Duo,” a collaboration with Vertical Horizon’s main singer Matt Scannell, in 2008. Later same year, he was included in “Songwriters in the Round Presents: Legends & Lyrics,” a PBS television series. He made an appearance with Kenny Loggins, Nathan Lee, and the rock band Three Doors Down in episode 102 of the first season. Marx released “Emotional Remains” and “Sundown” as digital downloads in October of 2008.
Personal Life of Richard Marks
From 1989 to 2014, Richard was married to Cynthia Rhodes, an actress and singer well known for her role as Penny on “Dirty Dancing.” Richard’s debut music video for the song “Don’t Mean Nothing” included her. They are the parents of three sons. After 25 years of marriage, they divorced in 2014.
Richard married Daisy Fuentes, a television celebrity and entrepreneur, in 2015.
Daisy purchased a property in the Hollywood Hills for $4.5 million in 2005. Daisy and Richard sold this home in 2019 for $5.8 million in an off-market arrangement to actor Michael B. Jordan.
They have at least two Malibu mansions thanks to Daisy. Daisy bought an oceanfront home in Malibu for $5.75 million in 2013. On Las Flores Beach, the property has nearly 50 feet of beachfront. Mahogany doors, coral stone decks, limestone fireplaces, and French oak flooring are among the other highlights. Richard and Daisy paid $5 million for a Malibu property on the street’s non-oceanfront side in 2015.
Richard and his ex-wife Cynthia Rhodes held a massive estate in the Chicago neighbourhood of Lake Bluff for many years. They acquired the house for $4.7 million in 1997 and sold it for $18 million shortly after their divorce. The estate is a 5-acre gated compound with a 30,000-square-foot lakeside home. Richard and Cynthia finally accepted only $4.2 million after five years and several big price reductions.