Tim Curry was born in Grappenhall, Cheshire, England on April 19, 1946. He was the son of James Curry, a Methodist Royal Navy chaplain, and his wife Patricia, who was a school secretary.

Tim began singing as a boy soprano in the church at the age of six, and was in performances of Shakespeare plays from the age of ten.

He graduated from Birmingham University, with combined honours in Drama and English and began his professional career in the London production of Hair, where he appeared from 1968 to early 1970.

In June, 1973, Curry landed the role of Dr. Frank N. Furter in the original London production of Richard O'Brien's spoof horror musical The Rocky Horror Show. He recreated the role in the Los Angeles and Broadway productions and starred in the screen adaptation - The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which was his first appearance on film. While the play is constantly in production, Curry remains the definitive Frank.

As an aside, I've always felt the balcony scene in Evita (Don't Cry For Me Argentina) is strangely resonant of Frank's speech to the Transylvanians before he unveils Rocky.

Tim continued his stage career in London, New York and Los Angeles, receiving nominations for Tony awards for Amadeus (as best actor), and My Favorite Year (as best actor in a musical), and he won the Royal Variety Club Award as "Stage Actor of the Year" for his performance in The Pirates of Penzance.

His film career, outlined below, has been extensive, including a brilliant performance as the Devil in Legend, and he played the title role in the TV mini-series Will Shakespeare. In addition, he performed in Roger Waters' historic production of The Wall in Berlin in July, 1990.

His vocal talents are widely used in books on tape, and CD ROMS, as well as in animated films such as FernGully.

Tim isn't married, and currently lives in Los Angeles with his dogs Frank and Mayzie.

Movies

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) - Dr. Frank-N-Furter
  • The Shout (1978) - Robert Graves
  • Times Square (1980) - Johnny LaGaurdia
  • Oliver Twist (1982) - Bill Sykes
  • Blue Money (1982) - Larry Gormley
  • Annie (1982) - Rooster Hannigan
  • The Ploughman's Lunch (1983) - Jeremy Hancock
  • Clue (1985) - Wadsworth
  • Legend (1985)-Lord of Darkness
  • The Worst Witch (1986) - Grand Wizard
  • Pass the Ammo (1988) - Reverend Ray Porter
  • The Hunt for Red October (1990) - Dr. Petrov
  • Stephen King's It (1990) - Pennywise the Clown
  • Oscar (1991) - Dr. Thornton Poole
  • Passed Away (1992) - Boyd Pinter
  • Ferngully:The Last Rainforest (1992) - voice of Hexxus
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) - Mr. Hector(the concierge)
  • National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon I (1993) - Mr. Jigsaw
  • The Three Musketeers (1993) - Cardinal Richelieu
  • The Shadow (1994) - Farley Claymore
  • Congo (1995) - Herkemer Homolka
  • The Pebble and the Penguin (1995) - voice of Drake
  • Titanic (1996 tv miniseries) - Simon Doonhan
  • Muppet Treasure Island(1996) - Long John Silver
  • Lover's Knot (1996-made in '94) - Lover's Knot
  • Beauty and the Beast:The Enchanted Christmas (1997) - voice of Forte
  • McHale's Navy (1997) - Major Vladikov
  • A Christmas Carol (1997) .... Ebenezer Scrooge
  • Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off (1997) .... Lord Dragaunus
  • Doom Runners (1997) .... Dr. Kao
  • Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997) .... Forte
  • Over the Top (1997) .... Simon Ferguson
  • Lexx: The Dark Zone (1997)
  • The Net (1998) .... Sorcerer
  • Stories from My Childhood (1998)
  • Rugrats Movie (1998) .... Rex Pester
  • Addams Family Reunion (1998) .... Gomez Addams
  • Voltron: The Third Dimension (1998) .... Lotar/King Alfor
  • The Wild Thornberrys (1998) .... Nigel Thornberry/Additional Voices
  • Robots of Mars (1999)
  • The Titanic Chronicles (1999) .... Officer Lightoller
  • The Unbelievables (1999)
  • Xyber 9: New Dawn (1999) .... King Renard
  • Gabriel Knight: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned (1999) .... Gabriel Knight
  • Pirates of the Plain (1999) .... Jezebel Jack
  • Bartok the Magnificent (1999) .... The Skull
  • Scooby-Doo and the Witch's Ghost (1999) .... Ben Ravencroft
  • Jackie's Back! (1999) .... Edward Whatsett St. John
  • Lion of Oz (2000) .... Captain Fitzgerald
  • Mattimeo: A Tale of Redwall (2000)
  • Sacrifice (2000) .... Stratos
  • Rugrats in Paris: The Movie - Rugrats II (2000) .... Sumo Singer
  • Charlie's Angels (2000) .... Roger Corwin
  • Sorted (2000) .... Damian Kemp
  • Four Dogs Playing Poker (2000) .... Felix
  • The Wild Thornberrys: The Origin of Donnie (2001)
  • Barbie in the Nutcracker (2001) .... Mouse King
  • Wolf Girl (2001) .... Harley Dune
  • Scary Movie 2 (2001) .... Professor Oldman
  • Attila (2001) .... Theodosius
  • Ritual (2001/I) .... Matthew Hope
  • I, Crocodile (2002) .... Narrator
  • Family Affair (2002) .... Mr. Giles French
  • The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002) .... Nigel Thornberry/Col. Radcliff Thornberry
  • Scooby-Doo: Night of 100 Frights (2002) .... Mastermind
  • The Scoundrel's Wife (2002) .... Father Antoine
  • Rugrats Go Wild! (2003) .... Nigel Thornberry
  • Bailey's Billion$ (2004) .... Caspar Pennington
  • Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (2004) .... Satan
  • Kinsey (2004) .... Dr. Thurman Rice
  • The Chosen One (2005) .... Lucifer
  • Valiant (2005)
For the record, everyone's favorite old school cross dresser also has a voice acting role in the Shiny Entertainment game Sacrifice.
Curry plays an entertaining and conniving character, the self involved air god, Stratos.

My already over the top love of this game was inflamed when I nearly fell out of my chair laughing when a balloon headed deity with Dr. Frankenfurter's voice instructed me to lay waste to an opposing god's forces.

I was fortunate enough to hear (in the course of my job) some of the voice acting sessions Tim Curry did for a computer game based on the Wild Thornberrys. The voice director was Charlie Adler, who is certifiably nuts.

Listening to Tim Curry's urbane, cultured voice bounce off Adler's zaniness was just fantastic. Some of my favorite quotes:

"Okay, here we go, let's roll this motherfucker."
- Charlie Adler, upon starting the recording session

(Adler has one of the most foul and yet funny mouths I've ever heard. And the things he got the voice actors to say...once he managed to get Jodi Carlisle, the voice of Marianne Thornberry, to read the line "Very well done" as "Very well hung". On tape.)

Upon being told he would be voicing affirmations (lines in the software that tell the child they are doing well) Curry quipped "I thought American children had way too much affirmation already..."

"God, it's tough being an idiot for quite this long."
- Tim Curry, after a few hours recording

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