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Ric Ocasek

Ric Ocasek was a famous American singer associated with the famous band The Cars. Ric Ocasek also was a songwriter, musician, record producer, and painter. He was mainly celebrated for his albums “My Best Friend’s Girl” and “Just What I Needed”.

Early life

Ric Ocasek was born on March 23, 1944, with the birth name Richard Theodore Ocasek. He was born to Ted Otcasek who was a systems analyst at NASA at the Lewis Research Center and his mother Polly Otcasek in Baltimore, Maryland, United States Of America.

He belonged to the White Caucasian ethnicity and followed Christianity. Along with it he held Aries as his zodiac sign and held an American nationality.

Ric Ocasek graduated his high school from Maple Heights High School in 1963. He did join Antioch College and Bowling Green State University but later dropped out to pursue a music career.

Ric Ocasek- Death

This famous person died on September 15, 2019, in his house. He was suffering from hypertensive heart and coronary heart disease in his later years. But medical reports said he died due to natural causes.

Ric Ocasek – Net worth 2024

Ric’s net worth is calculated to be around $40 million US dollars at the time of his death in 2019. He earned a major chunk of his fortune by producing various hit music.

Ric Ocasek – Personal life

Ric was quite unstable in his relationship with women. He married three different women in his lifetime. His first marriage to Constance was for a brief period. He had 2 sons from this marriage; Christopher and Adam Ocasek.

Later he married Suzanne Ocasek in 1971 which also lasted for around 17 years. In his second marriage also, he had two sons. They were Eron and Derek Ocasek.

Paulina Porikova was her last spouse who had also two sons during their relationship Jonathan Raven Ocasek and Oliver Ocasek. Some of his sons are musicians and actors too.

Ric Ocasek

Caption: Ric Ocasek with his wife Paulina Porizkova (Source: Vulture)

Professional life

Ric submitted his life to contribute to the music industry. Initially, he along with his friend and bandmate Benjamin Orr worked and formed a band called Milkwood.

But the major success came when he formed the band “The Cars” which went on to record numerous hits in the late 70s and 80s. Except it, it has also affected many solo albums which were major hits in those days.

Ric, as an actor has featured in a cameo role in the film “Hairspray” by John Waters.

He also published a poetry book named “Negative Theatre”. Ric was well acknowledged for his work and contribution winning him many awards. He was also enlisted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

Ric Ocasek

Caption: Ric Ocasek performing in a concert (Source: BBC)

Social media

Ric Ocasek was not available much on social media but owned a Facebook page under his name with around 11.5k followers. Moreover, the band he was associated with, “The Cars holds an Instagram account under their name with 20.2k followers.

Body measurement

Ric had a towering height of 6 feet 4 inches and a slender frame and was mostly seen wearing dark sunglasses in his public appearance. He weighed 84 kg. His actual measurement was 43-32-36. He had grey-white hair with a pair of blue eyes.

Ric Ocasek

Caption: Ric Ocasek and his band The Cars (Source: Chicago Sun-Times)