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Tim Curry

Born April 19, 1946

The son of a Methodist Royal Navy chaplain, James, and his wife Patricia, a school secretary, TIM CURRY was a boy soprano in the church at the age of six, and began his performing career doing Shakespeare at the age of ten. He studied drama and English at Cambridge and at Birmingham University, from which he graduated with Combined Honors. His first professional success was in the London production of Hair, where he appeared for fifteen months from 1968 to early 1970, followed by more study and work in the Royal Court and Glasgow Civic Repertory Companies. In the course of his experience, Tim has sung opera at Sadler Wells (Puck in Benjamin Brittan's A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Scottish Opera Company), co-starred in an evening of Brecht-Weil songs with Georgia Brown at the Royal Court, and played in a variety of British theatrical productions, including Galileo, Danton's Death, The Sport of My Mad Mother, The White Devil, Cinderella, Give the Gaffers Time to Love You, The Maids, England 's Ireland, Once Upon a Time, Lay Down I Think I Love You, Man is Man, The Baby Elephant, and the Royal Shakespeare Company's After Haggerty and Titus Andronicus.

In June, 1973, Tim Curry landed the plum role of Dr. Frank N. Furter in the original London production of The Rocky Horror Show, for which he auditioned with a rousing rendition of Little Richard's "Tutti Fruitti". He recreated the role of the transvestite scientist in the Los Angeles and Broadway productions and starred in the screen version entitled THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, which marked his motion picture debut.

Mr. Curry continued his career on the New York and London stages (including two seasons with the National Theatre of Great Britain) with starring roles in Travesties, Amadeus (for which he received a Tony Award nomination for best actor), The Pirates of Penzance (for which he won the Royal Variety Club Award as "Stage Actor of the Year"), The Rivals, Love for Love, Dalliance, The Threepenny Opera, Love Letters, The Art of Success, and My Favorite Year (for which he received a Tony Award nomination for best actor in a musical), and he starred in the U.S. tour of Me and My Girl. His films include The Shout, Times Square, Annie, The Ploughman's Lunch, Clue, Legend, Pass the Ammo, The Hunt for Red October, Oscar, FernGully the Last Rainforest, Passed Away, Home Alone 2, National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1, Disney's The Three Musketeers, The Shadow, The Pebble and the Penguin, Congo, and the upcoming Lovers Knot and Muppet Treasure Island. He performed in Roger Waters' historic production of The Wall in Berlin in July, 1990. He has been seen on American and British television in Three Men in a Boat, Verite, Rock Follies of '77, The Worst Witch, Blue Money, Oliver Twist, Schmoedipus, Napoleon in Love, City Sugar, The Life of Shakespeare, Video Stars, The Wil Shriner Show, Ligmalion, The Tracey Ullman Show, The Wild West, Big Deals, Later in LA, Earth 2, and Roseanne; he hosted Saturday Night Live and The 51st Golden Globe Awards, played the title role in Stephen King 's It, and had a recurring role in the series Wiseguy. He played three roles in the HBO "Tales from the Crypt" episode Death of Some Salesmen for which he received Emmy and CableACE nominations. He is both author and subject in the book Double Exposure, Take Four. His voice is featured on many animated series and videos, including Dr. Seuss' Daisy-Head Mayzie, The Legend of Prince Valiant, The Pirates of Dark Water, Fish Police, Darkwing Duck, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Don Coyote, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Greatest Adventure - Stories from the Bible: The Creation and The Easter Story, Tiny Toon Adventures, The Little Mermaid, Tom and Jerry Kids, Dinosaurs, Tail Spin, The Wild West C. O. W. -Boys of Moo Mesa, Eeek the Cat, Rick Moranis in Gravedale High, Aladdin, Mighty Max, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Batman, Animaniacs, Sonic the Hedgehog, Superhuman Samurai Syber-squad, The New Thunderbirds, Duckman, The Mask and Peter Pan and the Pirates for which he won an Emmy Award. He has also narrated the children's videos The Marzipan Pig and Abel 's Island. Mr. Curry has recorded several novels on tape: Cry to Heaven and Taltos by Anne Rice, Jewels by Danielle Steel, The Old Contemptibles, The Man with a Load of Mischief, The Old Silent, The Anodyne Necklace, The Dirty Duck, The Old Fox Deceived, The Horse You Came in on, and Rainbow's End by Martha Grimes, Home Alone 2 by Todd Strasser, The Jolly Postman (recorded with Andrea Martin) by Janet and Allen Ahlberg, Night Over Water and A Dangerous Fortune by Ken Follett, and "Crouch End" and "The Doctor's Case" from Stephen King's Nightmares & Dreamscapes volumes I and II. Moving into the 21st century, he provides the voice of a private eye in Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers, an animated, interactive mystery production for CD-ROM. He also gives voice to Kilrathi Melek in Wing Commander III and can be seen in Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster and heard in the upcoming Toonstruck. As the voice of "Sir" he introduces visitors to "Alien Encounter" at Tomorrowland in Walt Disney World. Mr. Curry is also a composer and singer who recorded background vocals on Lewis Furey's eponymous album and Carly Simon's Spy, can be heard on the studio album Little Tramp, toured with his own band, and released Baby Love/Just 14 for Ode and the albums Read My Lips, Fearless, Simplicity, and The Best of Tim Curry on A&M Records. Tim is not married, and presently resides in Los Angeles with his dog, Frank.

Compiled by B. Thomas, 10/31/95


Tim Curry, who shot to stardom in the role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, has continued to work for the last 20 years. His theater work on Broadway has included TRAVESTIES, MY FAVORITE YEAR (for which he received a Tony nomination as Best Actor in A Musical) and creating the role of Mozart, in AMADEUS, for which he also received a Tony nomination. He also starred in the British production of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE and the American touring company of ME & MY GIRL.

As a character actor and villain, he had been in great demand and has appeared in over 20 movies, including ANNIE, CLUE, LEGEND, THE SHADOW, THE THREE MUSKETEERS, TIMES SQUARE, OSCAR, PASSED AWAY, HOME ALONE 2, CONGO, and THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER.

His distinctive voice has also led to a lucrative career in animated voice-overs, including FERNGULLY, DUCKMAN, DARKWING DUCK, AND PETER PAN and THE PIRATES, for which he won a daytime Emmy award.

His other TV credits included WISE GUY, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, ROCK FOLLIES, OLIVER TWIST and guest hosting SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE in the early 80's.

Tim currently resides in Los Angeles and continues to be one of Hollywood's busiest actors.


For more info on Tim Curry, go to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).

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