Tim Curry biography
Tim Curry was born on April 19, 1946, in Grappenhall, England. He shot to fame as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the stage (1973) and film (1975) productions of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and later earned notice for his villainous movie and TV characters. Curry claimed his third Tony Award nomination in 2005 for his performance in Monty Python's Spamalot, and has remained busy as a voiceover actor.
Timothy James Curry was born on April 19, 1946, in Grappenhall, Warrington, England, the son of a Methodist Royal Navy chaplain and a school secretary. He displayed a gift for singing at an early age, performing as a boy soprano for a church choir at the age of 6. Curry attended Birmingham University, where he studied literature and performing arts.
'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'
Curry made his professional theater debut as Woof in a West End production of Hair in 1968, and alternated between steady stage work and small TV roles in subsequent years.
In 1973, he originated what would be a career-defining role as the outrageous, hypersexualized transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the London stage production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The musical's success brought the show to Los Angeles and to Broadway, and Curry reprised the part for the 1975 movie that became an underground favorite. He followed with a portrayal of artist Tristan Tzara in the play Travesties and released three albums over the next half-decade, though he remained strongly associated with Rocky Horror.
Stage and Screen Career
Curry took steps toward expanding his profile in the 1980s. He was nominated for his first Tony Award in 1981 as the titular musical genius of Amadeus, and displayed a devious flair as Rooster Hannigan in the 1982 film adaptation of Annie. He also commanded the screen as Wadsworth the Butler in the 1985 ensemble mystery Clue, and enjoyed a recurring role as crooked record executive Winston Newquay in season 2 of the cop drama Wiseguy.
The following decade brought more recognition for the versatile Englishman. After starring as the murderous clown Pennywise in the TV miniseries It (1990), he won a Daytime Emmy Award for voicing Captain Hook in Peter Pan and the Pirates (1991), and received his second Tony nomination in 1993 for his performance as Tony Swann in My Favorite Year. Curry also embraced the villainous roles of Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketeers (1993) and Long John Silver in Muppet Treasure Island (1996) and enhanced his voiceover resume with parts in cartoon series such as Sonic the Hedgehog and the animated The Rugrats Movie (1998).
Curry played suspicious communications-satellite maven Roger Corwin in the 2000 blockbuster Charlie's Angels, and voiced different characters for two Rugrats sequels. In 2004, he returned to his musical roots as King Arthur in Monty Python's Spamalot and earned his third Tony nomination, though he was again denied the award. For the rest of the decade, Curry regularly surfaced on popular TV shows such as Psych and Criminal Minds, and supplied his distinctive voice for more animated fare.
Curry has famously kept the details of his private life shielded from the media. He lives alone at a Spanish colonial-style villa in the Hollywood Hills.
In recent years, the veteran actor has displayed signs of declining health. He pulled out of a 2011 production of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead at the Chichester Festival in England after dealing with asthma attacks and a chest infection. In May 2013, reports surfaced that he had suffered a massive stroke, although additional details revealed that the stroke had occurred the previous summer.