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Short Info

DiedOctober 13, 2015, Albany, New York, United States
SpouseSusan Kobrin
FactAt 6' 5" (1.96 m), he is the tallest member of Radiohead, standing almost a foot taller than frontman Thom Yorke.

Ed O’Brien is an English musician, best known as the lead guitarist and one of the four vocalists of the alternative rock band Radiohead. He has also played with the band 7 Worlds Collide. O’Brien was born in Oxford, England, on April 15, 1968, the youngest of three children. His father, Edward, was a professor of agricultural economics at the University of Oxford, and his mother, Sheila, was a social worker. O’Brien was educated at Abingdon School, a boarding school in Oxfordshire. He began playing guitar at the age of 11, and his first band was called Illiterate Hands. O’Brien’s older brother, Philip, is also a musician; he is the bassist for the band Unbelievable Truth.

O’Brien’s musical influences include the Pixies, Television, R. E. M. , and Neil Young. He joined Radiohead in 1985, when the band was known as On a Friday. The band’s first album, Pablo Honey, was released in 1993.

O’Brien has co-written several Radiohead songs, including “Knives Out” and “There There”. He has also contributed to the band’s live performances by playing keyboards and percussion. O’Brien’s net worth is estimated to be $40 million. He has been married to Rachel Owen since 2004; the couple have two children.

General Info

Full NameEd O'Brien
DiedOctober 13, 2015, Albany, New York, United States
Height1.96 m
EducationUniversity of Manchester


SpouseSusan Kobrin


NominationsGrammy Award for Best Rock Song

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1When we first recorded Fake Plastic Trees it was terrible! It sounded like Guns 'n' Roses. It was awful! It was like loud guitars... you could envisage one of these dreadful hilltop, Grand Canyon-esque videos. It was long hair flowing.
2In 1994 we taped everything on video, in 1995 we bought Powerbooks. Our next step on the techno-superhighway is 'the polaroid'. If we go on like this, we'll be painting up our tourbus with charcoal next year.
3I don't think we're individually amazing musicians, but what we do collectively is pretty good.


1At 6' 5" (1.96 m), he is the tallest member of Radiohead, standing almost a foot taller than frontman Thom Yorke.
2A founding member and a director of the Featured Artists' Coalition, a lobby group launched in 2009 with the aim of giving music artists a greater voice in big decisions in the music industry, from digital deals to copyright law.
3Guitarist, backup vocalist, percussionist, and effect pedal wizard from Radiohead.
4Radiohead's 1997 album "OK Computer" came 17th in Classic Rock Magazine's list of the 30 greatest concept albums of all time. [March 2003]
5Member of the musical group Radiohead, with Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood, Phil Selway, and Thom Yorke.



Black Mirror2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Night with Seth Meyers2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Voice2016TV Series writer - 1 episode
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot2016writer: "Nude" - as Edward O'Brien
How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change2016Documentary writer: "Go Slowly"
The Program2015/IIwriter: "No Surprises" - as Edward O'Brien
Boomerang2015/Iwriter: "Like Spinning Plates Live" - as Edward O'Brien
My Mad Fat Diary2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Back in Time for Dinner2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Guapas2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Gambler2014/IIIwriter: "Creep" - as Edward O'Brian
The Book of Life2014writer: "Creep" - as Edward O'Brien
Rage2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
The 1002014TV Series writer - 1 episode
World Championship Snooker2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bates Motel2013-2014TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Person of Interest2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
I Origins2014writer: "Motion Picture Soundtrack", "Melatonin" - as Edward O'Brien
Ivory Tower2014Documentary writer: "I MIGHT BE WRONG"
Alarm für Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mato Sem Cachorro2013writer: "No Surprises"
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon2013Documentary writer: "Everything In Its Right Place" - as Edward O'Brien
Prisoners2013writer: "Codex" - as Edward O'Brien
The Unbelievers2013Documentary writer: "Jigsaw Falling Into Place", "Meeting In The Aisle" - as O'Brien
Mein, Lover, sein Vater und ich2013TV Movie writer: "Karma Police" - uncredited
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks2013Documentary writer: "Jigsaw Falling Into Place"
Voice - Danmarks største stemme2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Step Up Revolution2012writer: "Pyramid Song Zed's Dead Remix" - as Edward John O'Brien
50/502011writer: "High and Dry" - as Edward John O'Brien
The Island President2011Documentary writer: "Electioneering", "Optimistic", "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi", "House Of Cards", "Tree Fingers", "In Limbo", "Everything In It's Right Place", "Reckoner", "Idioteque", "How To Disappear Completely", "Kid A", "Morning Bell", "Hunting Bears", "I Might Be Wrong"
O Homem do Futuro2011writer: "Creep"
Something Borrowed2011writer: "Fake Plastic Trees" - as Edward John O'Brien
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Beaver2011writer: "Exit Music for a Film" - as Edward John O'Brien
Confessions of a Brazilian Call Girl2011writer: "Fake Plastic Trees" - as Edward O'Brien
Nikita2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
Life as We Know It2010writer: "Creep" - as E. O'Brien
8 Uhr 282010writer: "No surprises"
The Bang Bang Club2010writer: "Just" - as Edward John O'Brien
Incendies2010writer: "You and Whose Army?", "Like Spinning Plates" - as Edward J. O'Brien
Kokuhaku2010writer: "Last Flowers"
Tournée2010writer: "I Will" - as Edward O'Brien
Formula 1: BBC Sport2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
GasLand2010Documentary writer: "4 Minute Warning" - as Edward O'Brien
After.Life2009writer: "Exit Music: For A Film"
House M.D.2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Home Time2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Whip It2009writer: "No Surprises"
So You Think You Can Dance2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
I Come with the Rain2009lyrics: "Nude", "Climbing Up the Walls", "Bulletproof Wish I Was" / music: "Nude", "Climbing Up the Walls", "Bulletproof Wish I Was"
Veronika Decides to Die2009writer: "Everything In It's Right Place" Live Version - as Edward O'Brien
Twilight2008/Iwriter: "15 Step" - as Edward O'Brien
Bajo la sal2008writer: "Videotape" - as Edward James O'Brien
New York, I Love You2008writer: "No Surprises" 1997 - as O'Brien
So You Think You Can Dance Australia2008TV Series writer - 1 episode
Caos calmo2008writer: "Pyramid Song" - as E. O'Brien
August2008writer: "Kid A" - as Edward O'Brien
Choke2008writer: "Reckoner" - as Edward O'Brien
The Business of Being Born2008Documentary writer: "Everything in Its Right Place"
Australian Idol2006-2007TV Series writer - 3 episodes
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry2007writer: "High and Dry" - as Edward O'Brien
Türkisch für Anfänger2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Amitié2006writer: "Polyethylene Parts 1 and 2" - as Edward John O'Brien
Children of Men2006writer: "Life in a Glass House" - as Edward O'Brien
A Scanner Darkly2006writer: "Fog", "Skttrbrain Four Tet Remix", "Amazing Sounds of Orgy" - as Edward O'Brien
Southland Tales2006writer: "Planet Telex" Live in San Francisco - as Edward O'Brien
Idol - Jakten på en superstjerne2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Meine verrückte türkische Hochzeit2006TV Movie writer: "No Surprises"
Ha-Shminiya2006TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Coachella2006Video documentary writer: "Planet Telex" - as Edward O'Brien
Global Frequency2005TV Movie writer: "There There"
History Detectives2005TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Independent Lens2005TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The X Factor2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Long Way Round2004TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Six Feet Under2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shabatot VeHagim2003TV Series writer - 1 episode
Omnibus2002TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Hitting It Hard2002Video documentary short writer: "I Might Be Wrong"
L'auberge espagnole2002as E. O'brien, "No Surprises"
Unfaithful2002writer: "Exit Music For a Film"
Vanilla Sky2001as Edward O'Brien, "Everything In Its Right Place" 2000, "I Might Be Wrong" 2001
Life as a House2001writer: "How to Disappear Completely" - as Edward O'Brien
Like a Hurricane: The Alex Higgins Story2001TV Movie documentary writer: "Electioneering", "Climbing Up the Walls" - uncredited
Care2000TV Movie writer: "Exit Music For a Film", "Exit Music For A Film" - uncredited
Undressed1999TV Series writer - 1 episode
Meeting People Is Easy1998Documentary writer: "I will. No man's Land.", "Life in a Glasshouse", "How To Disappear Completely", "Creep", "Planet Telex", "Street Spirit Fade Out", "Palo Alto", "Nude"
Daria1997-1998TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Father Ted1998TV Series writer - 1 episode
Nowhere1997writer: "How Can You Be Sure?"
This Life1997TV Series writer - 1 episode
Romeo + Juliet1996performer: "Talk Show Host", "Exit Music For A Film" / writer: "Talk Show Host", "Exit Music For A Film"
Brit Awards 19961996TV Special writer: "Lucky" - uncredited
Top of the Pops1995TV Series writer - 1 episode
S.F.W.1994writer: "Creep" - as Edward O'Brien


Radiohead: Daydreaming2016Video short
Eureka Street1999TV Mini-Series 4 episodes


12342008executive producer


Videotape2016additional acknowledgments


The Colbert Report2011TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live2000-2011TV SeriesHimself
Radiohead Live in Praha2010Himself
Panorama2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Anyone Can Play Guitar2009DocumentaryHimself
Reading and Leeds Festival2009TV SeriesHimself
Radiohead: In Rainbows2008TV Movie documentary as Edward O'Brien
Scott Walker: 30 Century Man2006DocumentaryHimself
The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth of All Time2004Himself
Seven Worlds Collide: Neil Finn & Friends Live at the St. James2001Video documentaryHimself (Guitar)
Paskvil2001TV SeriesHimself
Top of the Pops1996-2001TV SeriesHimself
Meeting People Is Easy1998DocumentaryHimself - Radiohead
Radiohead: 7 Television Commercials1998Video shortHimself
Live at the Astoria1995VideoHimself
Deadeye Music Video Magazine, Issue 11995VideoHimself

Archive Footage

Pop Gold2015TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The Work of Director Jonathan Glazer2005Video documentaryHimself (segment "Street Spirit") (uncredited)
Musikprogrammet - programmet om musik2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Top of the Pops1995-2001TV SeriesHimself


Nominated Awards

2000GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Long Form Music VideoMeeting People Is Easy (1998)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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