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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 73)
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 played 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.

There are many fabulous Tim sites; among others, The Complete Tim Curry is an excellent place to catch up on what Tim's been in.

Selected Credits

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)
  • 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

  • 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
  • Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr
  • 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

Games

  • Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster
  • Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers (1994)
  • Gabriel Knight: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned (1999)
  • Toonstruck (1996)
  • Wing Commander III
  • Muppet Treasure Island

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

Theatre Credits

  • After Haggerty (RSC)
  • Amadeus (as Amadeus; 1980, nominated for Tony)
  • The Art of Success (Manhattan Theater Club, 1989-90)
  • The Baby Elephant (1971, Royal Court Theatre)
  • A Christmas Carol (2001, Radio City Music Hall, as Scrooge)
  • Cinderella, Dalliance (1985-86)
  • Danton's Death (Glascow's Citizen's Theatre)
  • England's Ireland (1972)
  • Galileo
  • Give the Gaffers Time to Love You (1973)
  • Hair (1968)
  • Lie Down I Think I Love You
  • Love For Love ("Mr. Tattle," National Theatre, London, 1985-86)
  • Love Letters (1991)
  • The Maids (1971, Glascow's Citizen's Theatre)
  • Man is Man (1971, Royal Court Theatre)
  • Me and My Girl
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck, Scottish National Opera Company)
  • My Favorite Year (1992, nominated for Tony)
  • Once Upon a Time (1972)
  • The Pirates of Penzance (1982, won Royal Variety Club Award, Best Stage Actor)
  • The Rivals ("Bob Acres," National Theatre, London, 1983)
  • The Rocky Horror Show (1973, London; 1974, Los Angeles; 1975, Broadway)
  • Love Letters
  • The Rivals
  • The Sport of My Mad Mother
  • Threepenny Opera (1985-86)
  • Time Off? Not a Ghost of a Chance
  • Titus Andronicus (1971)
  • Travesties ("Tristan Tzara," 1976, RSC at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre and Broadway)
  • The White Devil (Glascow's Citizens Theatre)

Film Credits (as an actor, not a voice)

Addams Family Reunion, Annie, Blue Money, Clue, Congo, Home Alone 2, The Hunt for Red October, Legend, Loaded Weapon 1, Lover's Knot (straight to video), McHale's Navy, Muppet Treasure Island, Oscar, Passed Away, Pass the Ammo, The Player (cut from final film), The Ploughman's Lunch, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Shadow, The Shout, There's No Fishfood in Heaven, The Three Musketeers, Times Square

Television Credits (Standalone Programs and Miniseries)

Big Deals (pilot only), City Sugar, Doom Runners (miniseries), Earth 2 ("Gaal" in episodes 1.1-1.3, 1994), It, Jackie's Back, LEXX: The Dark Zone (aka "Tales from a Parallel Universe"; episode 2 of miniseries, not the series), The Life of Shakespeare (miniseries), Ligmalion, Napoleon and Love (miniseries), Oliver Twist (1982), Schmoedipus, Three Men in a Boat (1975, BBC), Titanic (1996, miniseries), Videostars ("Teddy Whazz," BBC, 1983), Worst Witch (1986)

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

Ace of Wands ("Cashier" in episode: "Now You See It, Now You Don't" 1970), City Sugar, Ligmalion, 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--only 3 episodes aired), Rock Follies of '77 (series; recurring role), Roseanne (episodes 5.22 and 5.23, 1993), Saturday Night Live (hosted, episode #126, December 5, 1981), Tales from the Crypt (1993: episode: Death of Some Salesmen), The Tracey Ullman Show (1989), Verite, Video Stars, Wiseguy,

Cartoons/Voiceovers (Includes Films and TV)

Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (series; recurring and multiple roles) , Abel's Island (animated version of children's book), A Christmas Carol, Adventures from the Book of Virtues, Adventures of Don Coyote (series), Aladdin (series), Animaniacs (series), Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (straight to video), Bruno the Kid (series; a 3-part video was released as Bruno the Kid: the Animated Movie), Captain Planet (series--recurring role), Daisy-Head Mayzie, Darkwing Duck, Dinosaurs (series; multiple roles), Duckman (series; recurring and multiple roles), Eek the Cat, FernGully: The Last Rainforest (film), Fish Police (series; recurring role), Gargoyles (series: recurring role), Greatest Adventure Stories from the Bible - The Creation, Greatest Adventure Stories from the Bible - The Easter Story, Jumanji (series), Legend of Prince Valiant, The Little Mermaid (series; recurring. Featured Episodes: The Evil Manta (In Harmony), Thingamajigger, Trident True), The Marzipan Pig, The Mask (series), The Mighty Ducks (series), Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-off (video), Mighty Max (series; recurring role), The Net (live series; recurring voice), The Pebble and the Penguin (1995, film), Peter Pan and the Pirates (recurring role; series; won Emmy award), Pirates of Dark Water, Purina Cat Chow commercials (voiceover), Rick Moranis at Gravedale High (series), The Rugrats Movie (1998), Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad (series; recurring role), The Steadfast Tin Soldier, Stories from My Childhood: Beauty and the Beast; The Story of Santa Claus (1996, TV holiday special), Tailspin, Teen Angel ("The Bullfrog"(voice) 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), Turbo-Charged Thunderbirds, The Wild Thornberrys (recurring role; series), The Wild West, Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa

Films and television

Curry's television and film credits are long and varied. A partial list of roles:

  • "Madman" in a telefilm of John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi (1972)
  • Glen in Schmoedipus, a BBC Play for Today TV episode written by Dennis Potter and directed by Barry Davis (1974)
  • Dr. Frank N. Furter The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
  • Jerome K. Jerome in the BBC's TV movie Three Men in a Boat (1975)
  • Has-been rock star Stevie Streeter in Rock Follies of '77 (1977)
  • William Shakespeare in a 6-hour British TV series Will Shakespeare directed by Mark Cullingham, Robert Knights, Peter Wood (1977)
  • Disc jockey Johnny LaGuardia in Times Square (1980)
  • Host of Saturday Night Live (1981); in one sketch, Curry and Meat Loaf ran a "Rocky Horror" memorabilia store.
  • Larry Gormley in LWT's TV comedy Blue Money (1982)
  • Rooster Hannigan in the musical Annie (1982)
  • Lord of Darkness in the film Legend (1985)
  • Wadsworth in the film Clue (1985)
  • The Grand Wizard in The Worst Witch (1986)
  • Pentecostal televangelist in Pass the Ammo (1988)
  • Rapacious record producer Winston Newquay in Wiseguy (1989)
  • Prince Charles (voice) in episode 27 – "Europe in 30 Minutes" of Tiny Toon Adventures (1990)
  • The Prosecutor in Roger Waters' 1990 Performance of The Wall – Live in Berlin (1990)
  • Pennywise in Stephen King's It (1990)
  • Dr. Petrov in The Hunt for Red October (1990)
  • MAL in Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990–1996)
  • Dr. Thornton Poole the elocutionist in the film Oscar (1991)
  • The Plaza Hotel concierge, Mr. Hector, in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
  • Mr. Jigsaw in the film Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)
  • Roger in 2 episodes of Roseanne (1993)
  • Cardinal Richelieu in Walt Disney's The Three Musketeers (1993)
  • Pa, Ma, and Winoma Brackett in Death of Some Salesman from Tales from the Crypt (1993)
  • Corrupt scientist Farley Claymore in The Shadow (1994)
  • Gaal in Earth 2 (1994)
  • Herkermer Homolka, Romanian philanthropist in Congo (1995) – Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor
  • Long John Silver in Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
  • Simon Doonan in the Titanic miniseries (1996)
  • Major Vladikov in McHale's Navy (1997)
  • Dr. Kao in Doom Runners (1997)
  • "Poet Man" in Lexx (1997) in the episode "Supernova"
  • Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (voice of Forte) (1997)
  • Simon Ferguson in Over the Top (1997)
  • Gomez Addams in Addams Family Reunion (1998)
  • "The Sorcerer" (voice only) in The Net (1998–1999)
  • "Jezebel Jack" in Pirates of the Plain (1999) from the creators of Ernest.
  • "Edward Whatsett St. John" in Jackie's Back! (1999)
  • "Officer Lightoller" in The Titanic Chronicles (1999)
  • Roger Corwin in Charlie's Angels (2000)
  • Felix in Four Dogs Playing Poker (2000)
  • Captain Fitzgerald in Lion of Oz (2000)
  • Damien Kemp in Sorted (2000)
  • The Mouse King in Barbie in the Nutcracker (2001)
  • Eastern Roman Emperor Theodosius II in Attila (2001)
  • Professor Oldman in Scary Movie 2 (2001)
  • Harley Dune in Wolf Girl (sometimes listed as Blood Moon) (2001)
  • Vet Matthew Hope in Ritual from the Tales from the Crypt (2001)
  • Priest in The Scoundrel's Wife aka Home Front (2002)
  • Butler Mr. Giles French in the remake of Family Affair (2002)
  • Dale 'The Whale' Biederbeck in the Mr. Monk Goes to Jail episode of the Monk (2004)
  • Thurman Rice in Kinsey (2004)
  • Marion Finster in Will & Grace (2004)
  • Caspar Pennington in Bailey's Billion$ (2005)
  • Nigel St. Nigel in Psych second season episode "American Duos" (2007)
  • Gordon McLoosh in Christmas in Wonderland (2007)
  • Coeur De Noir in The Secret of Moonacre (2008)
  • Trymon in Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic (2008)
  • Lord Greville Boynton in Agatha Christie's Poirot: Appointment with Death (2008)
  • Dodo in Alice (2009)
  • Dr. Monroe in Burke and Hare (2010)[1]
  • Billy Flynn in Criminal Minds fifth season episode "Our Darkest Hour" and sixth season episode "The Longest Night"(2010)

Voice acting

From the early 1990s onward, Curry has also become known as a highly acclaimed voice artist. Notable roles include:

  • Voice of priest on The Clash "Sound Of The Sinners" song from album Sandinista! (1981)
  • The Serpent in "The Creation", an episode of The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible
  • Judas Iscariot in "The Easter Story", episode of The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible
  • Captain James S. Hook in Fox Network's Peter Pan and the Pirates TV series (1990)
  • Konk in Hanna–Barbera's TV series The Pirates of Dark Water (1990)
  • M.A.L., evil sentient computer programme and assistant to Doctor Blight in Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990–1993)
  • Sir Gawain in The Legend of Prince Valiant (1991–1994)
  • Taurus Bulba in Darkwing Duck (1991)
  • Chief Elder in Dinosaurs TV series (1992–94)
  • Hexxus in FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
  • Sharkster in Fish Police (1992)
  • S.I.R. – Alien Encounter (Magic Kingdom Attraction) (1995)
  • King Maximillian Acorn on three episodes of Sonic the Hedgehog (1993)
  • Skullmaster in Mighty Max (1993)
  • Dr. Maelstrom in Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? (1994)
  • Kilokahn in Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad (1994)
  • George Herbert Walker "King" Chicken on Duckman (1994–1997)
  • Dr. Anton Sevarius in Gargoyles (1994)
  • Pretorius in the cartoon series The Mask: The Animated Series (1995)
  • Drake in The Pebble and the Penguin (1995)
  • Dr. Mystico in Freakazoid! (1995)
  • Zimbo in Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (1996)
  • Lazlo Gigahurtz in Bruno the Kid (1996)
  • Lord Dragaunus in Disney's The Mighty Ducks TV Series (1996)
  • Trader Slick in the Jumanji animated TV series (1996)
  • Voice of Dr. Anton Sevarius in Gargoyles (TV series) (1996)
  • Prince Lotor and King Alfor in Voltron: The Third Dimension (1996)
  • Nostro the head elf in The Story of Santa Claus (1996)
  • Forté in Disney's Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
  • The frog in the Teen Angel episode, "Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog" (1997)
  • Emperor Nero in the Easter Storykeepers (1997)
  • Ben Ravencroft in Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost (1999)
  • Rex Pester in The Rugrats Movie (1998)
  • The Skull in Bartok the Magnificent (1999)
  • Dr. Neugog in The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot
  • Mutro Botho in Batman Beyond
  • Stratos, the God of Air in the video game Sacrifice (2000)
  • Slagar the Cruel in the TV seires Redwall based on the books by Brian Jacques
  • The Goose God in Courage the Cowardly Dog (2001)
  • Spooky the cat in Teacher's Pet (2001)
  • The Mouse King in Barbie in the Nutcracker (2001)
  • The three musketiers Kardinaal Richelieu (2002)
  • Nigel Thornberry in The Wild Thornberrys (1998–2004)
  • Professor Finbarr Calamitous in several episodes of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2002, 2004–2006)
  • Hazzaka in the first episode of K10C: Kids' Ten Commandments
  • General Von Talon in Valiant (2005)
  • The Magnificent Rogue on Duck Dodgers
  • El Malefico in ¡Mucha Lucha!: The Return of El Malefico.
  • Narrator of the Lemony Snicket audio books
  • Narrator of the Abhorsen Trilogy audio books
  • Ringmaster in Loonatics Unleashed (2005)
  • Mr. Salamone in Eloise: The Animated Series (2006)
  • Prince in Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006)
  • Yegor in Fly Me to the Moon (2007)
  • Dr. Joseph Chadwick in Ben 10: Alien Force (2008)
  • Philippe in Barbie and the Three Musketeers (2009)
  • Stubbings and Dr. Lloyd Wexler in Phineas and Ferb
  • Henchman and Robot Clown in Batman: The Animated Series
  • The librarian in Higglytown Heroes
  • The Goblin King in Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King
  • The Cat King in the English release of The Cat Returns by Hiroyuki Morita
  • The ring master Piccadilly in Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! (2010)
  • The Hot Dog Leader in Regular Show
  • The "Master" Prank Caller in Regular Show
  • Sonnicula in Bunnicula (2011)
  • Narrator of A Journey to the Center of the Earth audio book by Jules Verne

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.

At the end of 2002, Curry served as the narrator in a parody of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! for Nickelodeon.

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

Games

  • Melek in Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger (1994)
  • Gabriel Knight in Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers (1993) and Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned (1999)
  • Doctor Victor Frankenstein in Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster (1995)
  • Count Nefarious in Toonstruck (1996)
  • Decanter in The Day the World Broke (1997)
  • Stratos in Sacrifice (2000)
  • Mastermind in Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights (2002)
  • Lemony Snicket in Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events (2004)
  • Professor Finbarr Calamitous in Nicktoons Unite! (2005) and Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots (2007)
  • The sailor in Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey
  • Premier Anatoly Cherdenko in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (2008)
  • Emperor Doviculus in Brütal Legend (2009)[2]
  • Arl Rendon Howe in Dragon Age: Origins (2009)[3]

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.

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.

References