Richard Carpenter Today, Children, Wife

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Richard Carpenter Today, Children, Wife

Quick Fact Check

  • Date of Birth 1946-10-15
  • Age 73 Years 1 Month(s)
  • Nationality American
  • Birth Place New Haven, Connecticut, United States
  • Profession Musician
  • Birth Name Richard Lynn Carpenter
  • Zodiac Sign Libra
  • Religion N/A
  • Ethnicity/Race Mixed
  • Father Harold Carpenter
  • Mother Agnes Carpenter
  • Sister/s Karen Carpenter
  • Son/s Taylor Mary Carpenter, Collin Paul Carpenter
  • Daughter/s Kristi Lynn Carpenter, Tracy Tatum Carpenter, Mindi Karen Carpenter
  • Relationship Status Married
  • Wife/Spouse Mary Carpenter (m. 1984)
  • Divorce/Split Not Yet
  • Gay No
  • Dating/Affair No
  • Net Worth $10 Million
  • Career 1965–present
  • College California State University Long Beach, California State University Long Beach
  • Height/ How Tall? 1.83
  • Weight N/A
  • Hair Short
  • Hair Color Light Brown
  • Eye Color Dark Brown

It had been years since the famous American musician, Richard Carpenter lived away from the spotlight. But, his self-imposed exile ended in 2018, when he released a new album after more than three decades.

While his sister, Karen Carpenter, isn't here anymore to complete the musical duo, Carpenters; Richard included his sister's past works in the album. Today, let's spare moments to take a look at the life and works of Richard Carpenter along with his marriage to wife, musical career, substance addiction, and family.

Moved To LA In Childhood

Richard, who possesses an American nationality, was born as the first child and the only son of parents, Harold Bertram Carpenter and Agnes Reuwer Tatum on 15 October 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut. Richard was raised alongside his sister Karen, who was born four years later.

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When his sister reached the age of 13, Richard along with his family moved to Los Angeles, California, where he joined the California State College; whereas, his sister attended the Downey High School.

Carpenter along with sister Karen and parents Harold and Agnes (Photo: Worldation.com)

Both Richard and Karen had a passion for music and had even thought of becoming rockstars, which they soon achieved in their life.

Two-Member Band With Sister, Karen

After several attempts to get a breakthrough in their careers, the siblings formed a musical duo band named Carpenters in 1969. During their time together as a band, Richard and Karen recorded several hit singles including Top of the World, Only Yesterday, Superstar, Ticket to Ride, and more including ten studio albums. 

The duo sold more than 100 million copies of their records over the years. But, the fame went so over their head that caused the band to collapse after fourteen years in existence.

Addicted To Quaalude, Sister Dies Of Anorexia 

Along with his new found popularity, Richard - who stands at the height of six feet - began living a rockstar lifestyle and started indulging in drugs. He got addicted to the hypnotic and sedative medicine, Quaalude, which caused turbulence in both his personal & professional life. He had to live in a rehabilitation center for six weeks to give up his addiction.

Meanwhile, his sister, Karen struggled with anorexia she suffered from her teens. She started using a drug named Ipecac to stay thin, but it caused several side-effects and finally her death.

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She died of heart failure due to the overdose of Ipecac on 4 February 1983 at the age of 32.

Welcomes Five Children With Wife

A year following his sister's death, Richard got married to his first cousin, Mary Rudolph in 1984. However, the marriage between the two wasn't considered incest as Mary was adopted and they had no blood relations.

The couple had been involved in a romantic relationship for a few years before finally tying the wedding knot. Richard and his wife also share five children from their marriage of over 30 years. They are Traci Tatum, Kristi Lynn, Mindi Karen, Taylor Mary, and Colin Paul.

Still Alive In 2019; Releases New Album

As of today, Richard - aged 72 - and his wife Mary are still alive and going strong with their marriage while happily living their life as husband and wife.

Richard Carpenter with wife Mary Rudolph at their residence in 2018 (Photo: Richard Carpenter's Instagram)

Further, Richard - who possesses a net worth of $10 million - collaborated with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to release an album called Carpenters With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2018. The album features 17 songs and also includes a few tracks recorded by Karen.

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