Template:Dmy Template:Infobox actor Timothy James "Tim" Curry (born 19 April 1946) is an English actor, singer, composer and voice artist, 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 audiences with his breakthrough role as Frank N. Furter in the 1975 cult movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He most recently has performed the role of King Arthur in the Broadway hit Monty Python's Spamalot.
Curry's father, James, was a Methodist Royal Navy chaplain, and his mother, Patricia, was a school secretary. Curry was born and raised in Warrington and attended Lymm High School until his father's death in 1958, when Curry relocated to South London. He attended Kingswood School, Bath, and although he didn't enjoy the religious aspect of the Methodist school, he did enjoy the vast number of hymns available. There, he developed into a talented boy soprano. Deciding to concentrate on acting, Curry graduated from Birmingham University with a combined degree in English and drama.
Curry's first full-time role was as part of the original London cast of the musical Hair in 1968, where he first met Richard O'Brien who went on to write Curry's next full-time and perhaps still most famous role, that of Dr. Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show.
Originally, Curry rehearsed the character with a German accent and peroxide blond hair, but the character evolved into the sly, very upper-class English mad scientist and transvestite that carried over to the movie version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and made Curry both a star and a cult figure. He continued to play the character in London, Los Angeles, and New York until 1975.
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 all the fan attention after this role that he became "chubby and plain" in order to escape it. However, in recent years he has been much more open about discussing the show and now recognizes it as a "rite of passage" for many young people.
Shortly after the failure of Rocky Horror Show on Broadway, Curry was back on Broadway with Tom Stoppard's Travesties, which ran in London and New York from 1975 to 1976. Travesties was a huge Broadway hit which won two Tony Awards (Best Performance by an Actor for John Wood and Best Comedy), as well as the New York Drama Critics Circle Award (Best Play), and Curry's performance as the famous dadaist Tristan Tzara received spectacular reviews.
In 1981, Curry formed part of the original cast in the Broadway show Amadeus, playing the title character, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He was nominated for his first Tony Award (Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play) for this role, but lost out to his co-star Sir Ian McKellen, who played Antonio Salieri. In 1982, Curry took the part of the Pirate King in a London stage version of The Pirates of Penzance opposite George Cole.
In the mid 1980s, Curry performed in The Rivals (Bob Acres 1983) and in several plays with the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, including the Threepenny Opera (MacHeath 1986), Dalliance (Theodore 1986), and Love For Love (Tattle 1985). In 1987/1988 Tim Curry did the national tour of Me and My Girl as the lead role of 'Bill Snibson', a role originated on Broadway by Robert Lindsay and followed by Jim Dale.
In 1989/90, Tim Curry returned once again to the New York stage in The Art of Success. In 1993, Curry played Alan Swann in the Broadway musical version of My Favorite Year, earning him his second Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical.
In late 2004, Curry began his role of King Arthur in Spamalot in Chicago. The show successfully moved to Broadway in February 2005. It brought him a third Tony nomination, again for Best Actor in a Musical.
Curry reprised his role in London's West End at the Palace Theatre, where Spamalot opened on 16 October 2006. His final performance came on 6 January 2007 and he returned to his home in Los Angeles a few days later. On 18 January 2007, Curry was nominated for Laurence Olivier Award as the Best Actor in a Musical; this was one of seven nominations earned by the London production of Spamalot, including Best New Musical. On 9 February 2007, it was announced that Curry also won the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Award (getting 39% of the votes cast by over 12,000 theatregoers) as Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as King Arthur.
Movies and television
Curry's television and movie 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 William Shakespeare: His Life & Times directed by Mark Cullingham, Robert Knights, Peter Wood (1977)
- Disc jockey Johnny LaGuardia in Times Square (1980)
- Guest host of Saturday Night Live (1981); In one sketch, Curry and Meat Loaf ran a "Rocky Horror" memorabilia store.
- Larry Gormley in BBC's TV comedy Blue Money (1982)
- Rooster Hannigan in the musical Annie (1982)
- Lord of Darkness in the film Legend (1985)
- Wadsworth the Butler 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 Disney's The Three Musketeers (1993)
- Pa,Ma,and Winoma Breckrenger 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 in Congo (1995)
- Long John Silver in Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
- Simon Doonan in the Titanic miniseries (1996)
- "Poet Man" in Lexx (1997) in the episode "Supernova"
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- Thurman Rice in Kinsey (2004)
- Marion Finster in Will & Grace (2004)
- Dale 'The Whale' Biederbeck in Monk (2004)
- Caspar Pennington in "Bailey's Billion" (2005)
- Nigel St. Nigel in Psych second season episode "American Duos" (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)
From the early 1990s onward, Curry has been also become known as a highly-acclaimed voice artist. Notable roles include:
- Captain James S. Hook in Fox's Peter Pan and the Pirates TV series (1990)
- Konk in Hanna-Barbera's TV series Pirates of Dark Water (1990)
- M.A.L., evil sentient computer program and assistant to Dr. 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)
- King Maximillian Acorn on three episodes of Sonic the Hedgehog (1993)
- Skullmaster in Mighty Max (1993)
- Dr. Maelstrom and Lee Jordan 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)
- Dr. Frankenstein in Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster (1994) adventure game
- 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)
- Prince Lotor and King Alfor in Voltron: The Third Dimension (1996)
- Forté in Disney's Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
- The frog in the Teen Angel episode, "Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog" (1997)
- Ben Ravencroft in Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost (1999)
- The Skull in Bartok the Magnificent (1999)
- Dr. Neugog in 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 Slaver in the TV miniseries Mattimeo: A Tale of Redwall, based on the book 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)
- Nigel Thornberry in The Wild Thornberrys (1998-2004)
- The Cat King in the English dubbed version of Neko no ongaeshi (aka The Cat Returns, (2002))
- Professor Finbarr Calamitous in several episodes of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2002, 2004-2006)
- Marion Finster, Lyle Finster's (John Cleese) brother in an episode of Will & Grace
- Hazzaka in the first episode of K10C: Kids' Ten Commandments
- General Von Talon in Valiant (2005)
- 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)
- Stubbings 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
Curry was cast as the Joker in Warner Brothers' Batman: The Animated Series, and even recorded several episodes worth of dialogue. Reports differ as to why he was replaced by Mark Hamill in the role. One source says that the producers felt his interpretation was too dark and frightening and replaced him with Hamill. 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.
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.
- 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)
- Stratos in Sacrifice (2000)
- Mastermind in Scooby Doo! Night of 100 Frights
- 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)
- Premier Cherdenko in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (2008)
Aside from his performances on various soundtrack records, Curry has had some success as a solo musical artist. 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 genre. 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 LP 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".
Awards and nominations
- 1981 Tony 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 (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 the movie "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)
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- Tim Curry at RockyMusic.org
- The Complete Tim Curry - Fan site
- Fresh Air interview with Tim Curry
- Tim Curry Downstage Center interview at American Theatre Wing
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