Richard Fortus Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Richard Fortus Quick Info
Height5 ft 10 in
Weight67 kg
Date of BirthNovember 17, 1966
Zodiac SignScorpio
SpouseStephanie Howlett

Richard Fortus is an American musician, guitarist, songwriter, and producer who is best known for being a member of the globally acknowledged and multi-awards winner hard rock band, Guns N’ Roses, which also includes Axl Rose, Duff McKagan, Slash, Dizzy Reed, Frank Ferrer, and Melissa Reese.

Born Name

Richard Fortus

Nick Name


Richard Fortus as seen in a black-and-white picture
Richard Fortus as seen in a black-and-white picture (Saivu Music / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

Sun Sign


Born Place

St. Louis, Missouri, United States


Saint Louis County, Missouri, United States




Richard Fortus attended the Conservatory of the Arts in St. Louis and later got enrolled at Southern Illinois University.


Musician, Guitarist, Songwriter, Producer


  • Father – He was one of the owners of a company called St Louis Music.
  • Mother – She sang and played piano.
Richard Fortus as seen while performing during an event in June 2012
Richard Fortus as seen while performing during an event in June 2012 (Dineshraj Goomany / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)


As a member of Guns N’ Roses, Richard Fortus has been managed by Alan Niven and Doug Goldstein.


Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, Post-Punk, Heavy Metal, New Wave


Guitar, Violin, Vocals, Bass, Drums


Atlantic, Geffen Records, UMG, Uzi Suicide, Black Frog




5 ft 10 in or 178 cm


67 kg or 147.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Richard Fortus has dated –

  1. Jen Fortus – He was in a relationship with model Jen Fortus in the past and they were blessed with their first child, a daughter named Paisley Piper Fortus, on November 5, 2005. Later, on January 6, 2008, they became parents for the 2nd time to a daughter named Clover Blue Fortus.
  2. Stephanie Howlett (2016-Present) – He got married to the St. Louis-based attorney, Stephanie Howlett, on December 10, 2016, and they have been together since then.

Race / Ethnicity


From Left to Right - Richard Fortus, Axl Rose, and DJ Ashba playing in Chile in 2011
From Left to Right – Richard Fortus, Axl Rose, and DJ Ashba playing in Chile in 2011 (Carlos Varela / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Straight hair
  • Lean frame

Richard Fortus Favorite Things

  • Some Of His All-Time Favorite Bands – Thin LizzyPsychedelic Furs
  • One Of His Favorite Guitarist Players Peter Frampton

Source –

Richard Fortus performing in June 2012
Richard Fortus performing in June 2012 (Dineshraj Goomany / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Richard Fortus Facts

  1. His interest in music developed at a very early age and he was 4 years old when he started taking violin lessons and when he was 5 years old, Richard Fortus started learning the drums.
  2. While growing up, he used to play in many youth symphonies in the St. Louis area.
  3. In 1984, he formed the band named The Eyes (later: Pale Divine) and later, its only album, Straight to Goodbye, was released.
  4. Richard Fortus became a member of the band, Love Spit Love, in 1992 alongside musicians Richard Butler and Frank Ferrer and the band released a handful of albums and tracks which included Trysome EatoneLove Spit LoveChange in the Weather, and Am I Wrong.
  5. With Guns N’ Roses, he worked on the band’s 6th studio album, Chinese Democracy, which was released on November 23, 2008, through Black Frog and Geffen Records. It topped several weekly charts including US Top Rock Albums (Billboard) chart, US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard) chart, and European Top 100 chart.
  6. Richard Fortus has been a huge fan of Peter Frampton, the English rock musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist, and has also credited him as one of his influences.
  7. He was in a horrific motorcycle crash in September 2015 and suffered a broken shoulder blade, a broken collarbone, 6 broken ribs, a broken toe, a bruised lung, a lacerated liver, and a concussion.

Featured Image by Saivu Music / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

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