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Tim Curry

Curry at the 47th Primetime Emmy Awards in 1995
Role Doctor Frank-N-Furter (A Scientist)
Born Timothy James Curry
19 April 1946 (1946-04-19) (age 71)
Grappenhall, Warrington, England, UK

Introduction

Timothy James "Tim" Curry (born 19 April 1946) is an English actor, singer, composer and voice actor, known for his work in a diverse range of theatre, film and television productions. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Curry first became known to film audiences with his breakthrough role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the 1975 cult movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show, reprising the role he originated in the 1973 London and 1974 Los Angeles stage productions of The Rocky Horror Show, then later for his supporting roles as Rooster in the film adaption of Annie, Lord of Darkness in the film Legend (1985), Wadsworth in the movie Clue, as well as a starring role portraying Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the horror film It.

He played Nigel, the father in the Nickelodeon children's TV show The Wild Thornberrys. He originated the role of King Arthur in the Broadway hit Monty Python's Spamalot. He is notable for often playing or voicing villainous characters in film. Tim has amassed a vast list of credits; you can look him up at the Internet Movie Database in addition to perusing his credits here.

Useful links (interviews, information)

There is once again a good website for Tim's work: check out http://www.timcurry.co.uk/ .

There's rather a nice interview of Tim Curry (during his appearance in Spamalot) from NPR's program "Fresh Air" (March 15, 2005) here: https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4679116 . He says that apparently Princess Diana was a big Rocky Horror fan and wanted to meet him...

Musical career

Aside from his performances on various soundtrack records, Curry has had some success as a solo musical artist. In 1976, he recorded a 9-song album for Lou Adler's Ode Records which was unreleased in its entirety until February 2010, when it was made available as a legal download (4 tracks from these sessions had been released on a 1990 Rocky Horror box set). In 1978, A&M Records released Curry's debut solo album, Read My Lips. The album featured an eclectic range of songs (mostly covers) performed in diverse genres. Highlights of the album are a reggae version of the Beatles song "I Will", a rendition of "Wake Nicodemus" with full bagpipe backing, and an original bar-room ballad, "Alan".

The following year, Curry released his second and most successful album, Fearless. The Gramophone record was more rock-oriented than Read My Lips and mostly featured original songs rather than cover versions. The record included Curry's only US charting songs: "I Do the Rock" and "Paradise Garage".

Curry's third and final album, Simplicity, was released in 1981, again by A&M Records. This record, which did not sell as well as the previous offerings, combined both original songs and cover versions.

In 1989, A&M released The Best of Tim Curry on CD and cassette, featuring songs from his albums (including a live version of "Alan") and a previously unreleased song, a live cover version of Bob Dylan's "Simple Twist of Fate".

Curry toured America with his band through the late 1970s and the first half of the 1980s. He also performed in Roger Waters' (of Pink Floyd fame) 1990 production of The Wall in Berlin, as the prosecutor. Curry's voice also appeared on The Clash's Sandinista!, on the track "Sound of Sinners".

The writing, production and musician roster for Curry's solo albums included an impressive list of collaborators, including Bob Ezrin and David Sanborn.


Album/CD

  • Sondheim: A Celebration (1996, song: "Losing My Mind")
  • Annie Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1982, song "Easy Street")
  • Baby Love/Just 14 (single)
  • Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997, song: "Don't Fall in Love")
  • The Best of Tim Curry (1989)
  • Disney's Music From The Park (1996, song: "The Ballad of Davy Crockett")
  • Fearless (1979)
  • Lewis Furey (1975, by Lewis Furey: backup vocals)
  • Fern Gully The Last Rainforest 1992 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1992, song: "Toxic Love")
  • Kurt Weill: The Centennial (2001, song "Surbaya Johnny" (from Threepenny Opera) recorded live in German)
  • Little Tramp, The Musical. (1992, song: "I Got Me A Red/ There's Got To Be A Law" )
  • Muppet Treasure Island Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1996, "A Professional Pirate" and a little of "Sailing For Adventure")
  • My Favorite Year Original Cast Recording (1993)
  • The Pebble and the Penguin soundtrack (1994, song: "Don't Make Me Laugh")
  • Read my Lips (1978)
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (film soundtrack)
  • The Rocky Horror Show (original London cast, 1973)
  • The Rocky Horror Show (original Roxy cast, 1974)
  • Voice of priest on The Clash "Sound Of The Sinners" song from album Sandinista! (1981)
  • Songs From the Vaults (part of the 15th anniversary Box Set--4 unreleased tracks, 1990)
  • Simplicity (1981)
  • Spy (1979, by Carly Simon - backup vocals)
  • The Wall Live in Berlin 1990 (role of the prosecutor)
  • Will Shakespeare (1978) OK, it's all instrumentals, but he's on the cover.

Books on Tape

  • Narrator of the Abhorsen Trilogy audio books
  • The Anodyne Necklace
  • Anything Considered
  • The Bad Beginning (nominated for Grammy, "Best Spoken Word Album for Children")
  • Belladonna
  • The Case has Altered
  • The Carnivorous Carnival
  • Cry to Heaven
  • A Dangerous Fortune
  • Dirty Duck
  • Dune: House Atreides
  • Dune: House Harkonnen
  • Foucault's Pendulum
  • Home Alone 2 (audio novelization)
  • The Horse You Came In On
  • The Hostile Hospital
  • The Island of the Day Before
  • Jewels
  • The Jolly Postman
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr
  • Narrator of the Lemony Snicket audio books
  • Man With a Load of Mischief
  • National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon I (audio novelization)
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes (vol. 1 & 2)
  • Night Over Water
  • The Old Contemptibles
  • The Old Fox Deceiv'd
  • The Old Silent
  • Rainbow's End
  • Sabriel
  • The Silver Lining (recorded a poem)
  • Taltos
  • The Titanic Chronicles
  • The Vile Village

Amusement Park Rides

Curry was cast as the voice of SIR (Simulated Intelligence Robotics) at Walt Disney World's Alien Encounter, which ran from 1995 to 2003.

Games

  • Emperor Doviculus in Brütal Legend (2009)[1]
  • Premier Anatoly Cherdenko in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (2008)
  • Decanter in The Day the World Broke (1997)
  • The sailor in Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey
  • Arl Rendon Howe in Dragon Age: Origins (2009)[2]
  • George Herbert Walker "King" Chicken on Duckman
  • Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ("Satan" (of course!), 2004)
  • Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster(1995, Dr. Victor Frankenstein)
  • Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers (1994, Gabriel Knight)
  • Gabriel Knight: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned (1999, Gabriel Knight)
  • Lemony Snicket in Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events (2004)
  • Muppet Treasure Island (Long John Silver)
  • Professor Finbarr Calamitous in Nicktoons Unite! (2005) and Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots (2007)
  • Rugrats Go Wild! (2003, "Nigel Thornberry")
  • Stratos, the God of Air in the video game Sacrifice (2000)
  • Toonstruck (1996, Count Nefarious)
  • Wing Commander III (1994, Melek)
  • Stratos in Sacrifice (2000)
  • Mastermind in Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights (2002)

Tim has also done voice work on pinball games Home Alone 2, Congo, and The Shadow.

Theatre Credits

  • After Haggerty (as "a hippie," Royal Shakespeare Company)
  • Amadeus ("Amadeus," 1980, nominated for Tony; lost to Ian McKellen)
  • The Art of Success (1989-90, "William Hogarth," Manhattan Theatre Club)
  • The Baby Elephant (1971, "Jesse," Royal Court Theatre Upstairs)
  • A Christmas Carol (2001, Madison Square Garden, as Scrooge)
  • Cinderella (1970)
  • Dalliance (1985-86, "Theodore," National Theatre of Great Britain)
  • Danton's Death (1970, Glasgow's Citizen's Theatre)
  • England's Ireland (1972, Royal Court Theatre Upstairs))
  • Give the Gaffers Time to Love You (1973, Royal Court Theatre Upstairs)
  • Hair (1968-1970; original London company)
  • Lie Down I Think I Love You (1970, "Peter," the Strand Theatre)
  • Life of Galileo (1970, "Sagredo," Citizens' Theatre, Gorbals/Glasgow)
  • Love For Love ("Mr. Tattle," National Theatre, London, 1985-86)
  • Love Letters ("Andy," LA Theatre Club, 1991)
  • The Maids (1971, Glasgow's Citizen's Theatre)
  • Man is Man (1971, "Sexton," Royal Court Theatre)
  • Me and My Girl (1988, "Bill Snibson," US national tour)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (1970, "Puck," Scottish National Opera Company)
  • My Favorite Year (1992, "Alan Swann," Beaumont Theater, nominated for Tony)
  • Once Upon a Time (1972, Duke of York's Theatre)
  • The Pirates of Penzance (1982, Drury Lane, won Royal Variety Club Award, Best Stage Actor)
  • The Rivals ("Bob Acres," National Theatre, London, 1983)
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead ("The Player," Chichester Festival, 2011)
  • The Rocky Horror Show (1973, London; 1974, Los Angeles; 1975, Broadway)
  • The Rivals (1983, "Bob Acres," National Theatre)
  • Spamalot ("King Arthur," 2005, Chicago and then New York's Shubert Theatre - nominated for a Tony; reprised role in 2006 at London's Palace Theatre; nominated for Laurence Olivier Award and won Theatregoers' Choice Award, all for Best Actor in a Musical)
  • The Sport of My Mad Mother (1970, Royal Court)
  • Threepenny Opera (1985-86, "MacHeath," National Theatre)
  • Time Off? Not a Ghost of a Chance (1970)
  • Titus Andronicus (1971, "Bassianus, Round House Theatre)
  • Travesties ("Tristan Tzara," 1976, RSC at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre and Broadway)
  • The White Devil (Glasgow's Citizens Theatre)
  • What About Dick (April 2012, "Reverend Whoopsie," The Orpheum, Los Angeles - with Eric Idle, Eddie Izzard, Billy Connolly, Russell Brand, Tracey Ullman, etc.) Downloads available at https://whataboutdick.com/

Film Credits (as an actor, not a voice)

Television Credits (Standalone Programs and Miniseries)

Television Credits (actor, not voice: TV Series and Guest Spots)

Tim's TV credits (includes voice) can be viewed at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000347/filmoseries#tt0106140

  • Ace of Wands ("Cashier" in episode: "Now You See It, Now You Don't" 1970)
  • Agatha Christie's Poirot: Appointment with Death (Lord Greville Boynton, 2008)
  • City Sugar (1978)
  • Criminal Minds, (Billy Flynn, fifth season episode "Our Darkest Hour" and sixth season episode "The Longest Night," 2010)
  • Family Affair (remake) (Butler Mr. Giles French, 2002)
  • Monk (Dale 'The Whale' Biederbeck in Mr. Monk Goes to Jail, 2004)
  • The Naked Truth ("Sir Rudolph Haley" in episodes: "Sisters in Sex Triangle with Gazillionaire!" (episode # 1.18) 2/14/1996 and : "Sewer Gators, Swordplay, Santa from Hell!" (episode # 1.12) 12/20/1995)
  • Oscar Awards (1995, song "Make 'Em Laugh)
  • Over The Top (starring role as "Simon Ferguson" --only 3 episodes aired, 1997)
  • Psych ("Nigel St. Nigel," second season episode "American Duos" (2007)
  • Rock Follies of '77 (series, 1977, recurring role as has-been rocker "Stevie Streeter," some singing)
  • Roseanne ("Roger," episodes 5.22 and 5.23, 1993)
  • Rude Awakening ("Martin Crisp," seasons 2-3, multiple episodes)
  • Saturday Night Live (hosted with Meat Loaf, including sketch "Tim and Meat's One-Stop Rocky Horror Shop," episode #126, December 5, 1981)
  • Tales from the Crypt (1993: episode: Death of Some Salesmen; played Pa, Ma, and Winoma Brackett)
  • The Tracey Ullman Show ("Ian Miles," episode 3.11, 1989)
  • Video Stars ("Teddy Whazz," BBC, 1983)
  • The Wall: Live in Berlin ("The Prosecutor," 1990 - TV airing of live concert)
  • Will & Grace (Marion Finster, episode I Do, Oh, No, You Di-in't, parts 1 and 2, 2004)
  • Wiseguy (1988, series 2, "Dead Dog Records" arc, "Winston Newquay")

Cartoons/Voiceovers (Includes Films and TV)

From the early 1990s onward, Curry has also become known as a highly acclaimed voice artist. Have a look at http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/Tim-Curry/ if you're wondering what some of these characters look like - and they have sound clips, so you can listen to a page full of Tim Curry voice excerpts.

(NOTE: Many people believe that Tim Curry voiced the Goose God in "Courage the Cowardly Dog." Having listened to the episode, I beg to differ, and the IMDb doesn't list it. Animation World Magazine [4] and a few other sources credit the voice as Paul Schoeffler, and I'm inclined to agree.)

Tim's TV credits (includes live action as well as voice) can be viewed at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000347/filmoseries#tt0106140

Curry was cast as the Joker in Warner Brothers' Batman: The Animated Series, and even recorded several episodes worth of dialogue. At the 1993 San Diego Comic-Con, Bruce Timm told a panel audience that Curry could not maintain the Joker voice for long, and would violently cough between takes, so he was replaced by Mark Hamill. Other sources state that Curry's Joker was simply too dark and scary for the kiddies.

(To hear him exchanging innuendoes with Mark Hamill during the credits, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCPEa_IUbqI .)

  • Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja (series, recurring role as "The Sorcerer" 2012-2014) - Main series villain, appearing in 21 episodes. More about the Sorcerer here
  • Regular Show (2010, episode "Meat Your Maker" as "The Hot Dog Leader"; in episode "Prank Callerrs" as "The Master Prank Caller")
  • Gravedale High (3 episodes, "Mr. Tutner")
  • The Rugrats Movie ("Rex Pester," 1998)
  • Rugrats Go Wild (2003, "Nigel Thornberry")
  • The Goblin King in Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King (2008, video)
  • Ben Ravencroft in Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost (video, 1999)
  • A Sesame Street Christmas Carol (Narrator, 2006, video)
  • King Maximillian Acorn on three episodes of Sonic the Hedgehog (1994)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars (season 5 to present, 2012-present, "Palpatine / Darth Sidious")
  • The Steadfast Tin Soldier (1992 TV movie; "Jack in the Box")
  • Stories from My Childhood (series; 1998, "Beast" in episode Beauty and the Beast (A Tale of the Crimson Flower)
  • The Story of Santa Claus (1996, TV holiday special, "Nostros," the oldest elf)
  • Strange Frame (2012, animated film) "Dorlan Mig," a scummy record producer / "starmaker" in the world's first animated lesbian sci-fi movie (no, really) with Claudia Black from Farscape
  • Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad (1994-95, series; recurring role as "Kilokahn" - 53 episodes!)
  • Talespin (episode #1.39, "For Whom The Bell Klangs, Part 1" Thaddeos E. Klang)
  • Spooky the cat in Teacher's Pet (2001, episode #2.4, "Tale of the Telltale Taffy")
  • Teen Angel ("The Bullfrog") in episode: "Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog" (episode # 1.8) 11/14/1997)
  • Tiny Toon Adventures (series, "Prince Charles" in episode #142, Europe in 30 Minutes)
  • Tom and Jerry Kids (series - supposedly he voiced minor character "Buzzy," but I've been unable to confirm)
  • Thunderbirds (Fox Kids version), Turbocharged Thunderbirds (1994-1995; "Atrocimator,") Fox Kids redubbed and condensed episodes of beloved 1960s UK series "Thunderbirds" (apparently some of the Asian stereotypes in the original no longer cut it 30 years later). The "turbocharged" version used the same US dub and added additional live footage of two teenagers; it was roundly condemned by fans.
  • Transformers: Rescue Bots (4 episodes as "Dr. Morocco")
  • Valiant ("Von Talon," 2005)
  • Voltron: The Third Dimension (1998-2000, "Prince Lotor" and "King Alfor," 23 episodes)
  • The Wild Thornberrys ("Nigel Thornberry," series, 1998-2004)
  • The Wild West (miniseries; 1993, "Oscar Wilde")
  • Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa (1992-1993)

Awards and nominations

  • 1975 Drama Desk Award nomination, Best Actor in a Musical (for playing Dr. Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Show)
  • 1981 Tony Award nomination, Best Actor in a Play (for playing the title role in Amadeus)
  • 1981 Drama Desk Award nomination, Best Actor in a Play (for playing the title role in Amadeus)
  • 1991 Daytime Emmy Award as Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series (for playing Captain James S. Hook in Peter Pan and the Pirates)
  • 1993 Tony Award nomination, Best Actor in a Musical (for playing Alan Swann in My Favorite Year)
  • 1994 Emmy Award nomination, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (for a trio of roles in Tales from the Crypt, in an episode entitled Death of Some Salesmen)
  • 1996 Razzie Award nomination, Worst Supporting Actor (for playing Herkermer Homolka in Congo)
  • 1998 Annie Award nomination, Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Male Performer in an Animated Feature Production (for playing Forté in Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas)
  • 2005 Tony Award nomination, Best Actor in a Musical (for playing King Arthur in Monty Python's Spamalot)
  • 2007 Laurence Olivier Award nomination, Best Actor in a Musical (King Arthur in Monty Python's Spamalot)
  • 2007 Whatsonstage Theatregoers' Choice Award as Best Actor in a Musical (King Arthur in Monty Python's Spamalot)

Current opinion of RHPS

For many years, Curry was reluctant to talk about Rocky Horror, feeling that it was a trend that had gone too far and had distracted attention away from his later roles. A VH1 Pop-Up Video Halloween special even quoted Curry as saying he grew so unnerved by the fan attention from this role he became "chubby and plain" in order to escape it. However, he has become much more open about discussing the show and now recognizes it as a "rite of passage" for many young people.

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