|Born||19 June 1954|
Auckland, New Zealand
|Other names||Richard Wilde, Dickie|
Early life, music and management
Wilkins was born in New Zealand on 19 June 1954, where he graduated from teachers' college, majoring in English and music. Using the name "Richard Wilde" he became an aspiring pop singer. PolyGram signed him to a worldwide deal.
In 1980, he brought his band Wilde And Reckless to Australia. He released some singles and a six-track EP, and toured with Grace Jones. He left the music industry to work behind the scenes as Promotions and Marketing Manager for Sydney radio stations 2Day FM and 2UW. He was part of the Australian Olympians' group which released the top-30 single "You're Not Alone".
In 2006, he returned to the stage for his role as Vince Fontaine in the mega-production "Grease: the Arena Spectacular".
In 1992, he hosted a game show called Keynotes, a summertime replacement for Sale of the Century. In 1999 he hosted the Australian version of Entertainment Tonight with Marie Patane. For ten consecutive years (excluding 1999–00), he hosted the Sydney New Year's Eve fireworks telecast. On 7 July 2007, Wilkins presented at the Australian leg of the Live Earth concert.
Wilkins has been the Nine's Network's Entertainment editor and presented daily features and interviews in showbusiness from around the world. He has also presented the Nine Network's coverage of The Academy Awards, The Golden Globe Awards, ARIA Awards and many other special events.
Reporting live on the deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson on 26 June 2009, Wilkins erroneously reported the death of actor Jeff Goldblum on Today, although later in the program this was verified as a hoax.
In September 2011, he released his autobiography Black Ties, Red Carpets, Green Rooms, co-written with Carrie Hutchinson, which went on to be a bestseller.
In 2017, Wilkins celebrated his 30th anniversary with the Nine Network. In January 2017, for the twelfth time, Wilkins co-hosted the annual G'Day USA Gala - the annual Australian event in the United States, at the behest of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. In November 2017, Wilkins returned to host the ARIA awards from The Star in Sydney for the Nine Network.
Wilkins was presented with the Variety Club's "Heart of Variety" Award in 2000 for his outstanding humanitarian efforts.
In the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List, Wilkins was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), for "significant service to the community through a range of charities, and to the entertainment industry".
- "Richard Wilkins". Today official website. Archived from the original on 5 May 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
- "Richard Wilkins's massive Jeff Goldblum blunder on Today". livenews.com.au. 26 June 2009. Archived from the original on 1 July 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
- Hurst, Daniel (26 June 2009). "Website hoax: Jeff Goldblum not dead". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
- "DMG Radio rebrands stations for gap in market". Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
- "Richard Wilkins celebrates three decades with Channel 9". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
- "The Queen's Birthday 2014 Honours List" (PDF). 8 June 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 June 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014.