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Also Known As: Timothy James Curry Died:
Born: April 19, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Warrington, England, GB Profession: actor, voice actor, singer, songwriter

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Though moviegoers across several generations associated him with his memorable debut role as the campy transvestite Doctor Frank-N-Furter in the cult classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975), actor Tim Curry struggled throughout his career to live down the role that made him famous. Curry managed to chip away at the narrow perception of him with a wide range of performances, playing the title role in the stage production of "Amadeus" (1980) and the cartoonishly evil Rooster in the film version of "Annie" (1982). He later played the butler Wadsworth in the board game-turned-movie "Clue" (1985), then delivered a deliciously scary turn as the murderous circus clown Pennywise in "Stephen King's It" (ABC, 1990). In the 1990s, Curry put his pliant voice to good use in a number of animated projects, which became something of a second career for the actor. On the screen, he largely played the villain in "The Three Musketeers" (1993), "Charlie's Angels" (2000) and to some extent "Kinsey" (2004). But any vestiges of Frank-N-Furter that may have remained where wiped away when he starred as King Arthur in the Broadway production, "Spamalot" (2004), a musical adaptation of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"...

Though moviegoers across several generations associated him with his memorable debut role as the campy transvestite Doctor Frank-N-Furter in the cult classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975), actor Tim Curry struggled throughout his career to live down the role that made him famous. Curry managed to chip away at the narrow perception of him with a wide range of performances, playing the title role in the stage production of "Amadeus" (1980) and the cartoonishly evil Rooster in the film version of "Annie" (1982). He later played the butler Wadsworth in the board game-turned-movie "Clue" (1985), then delivered a deliciously scary turn as the murderous circus clown Pennywise in "Stephen King's It" (ABC, 1990). In the 1990s, Curry put his pliant voice to good use in a number of animated projects, which became something of a second career for the actor. On the screen, he largely played the villain in "The Three Musketeers" (1993), "Charlie's Angels" (2000) and to some extent "Kinsey" (2004). But any vestiges of Frank-N-Furter that may have remained where wiped away when he starred as King Arthur in the Broadway production, "Spamalot" (2004), a musical adaptation of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (1975). Comfortable with his association with "Rocky Horror" later in his career, Curry stood far above his British compatriots as being one of that country's most intriguing and talented exports.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Ribbit (2014)
2.
 Outback, The (2012)
3.
 Back To The Sea (2012)
4.
 Saving Santa (2012)
5.
 Burke and Hare (2011)
7.
9.
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Moved with family to Hong Kong shortly after birth
1948:
Returned to England
:
Sang soprano in church choir
1956:
Made first amateur stage appearance in Shakespeare
1968:
Theatrical debut as chorus member in the West End production of "Hair"
1970:
Appeared in the West End production of "Lie Down, I Think I Love You"
1970:
TV debut in the British series "Ace of Wands"; had small role as a cashier
1973:
Originated the role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the London stage production of "The Rocky Horror Show"
1975:
Reprised role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in his feature film debut, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"
1976:
Released first single, "Baby Love"
1976:
Replaced John Wood in Tom Stoppard's play "Travesties"
1978:
Portrayed title role in the six part drama for British TV "Will Shakespeare"
1978:
Released debut album, <i>Read My Lips</i>
1980:
Originated role of Mozart in the Broadway production of "Amadeus"; earned Tony nomination as Best Actor in a Play
1982:
Appeared as Rooster Hannigan in the feature adaptaion of the musical "Annie"
1985:
Played a magnificently made-up Satan in Ridley Scott's "Legend"
1989:
Had memorable role as music promoter in a story arc of the cult hit CBS drama "Wiseguy"
1990:
Voiced Captain Hook for the FOX animated series "Peter Pan and the Pirates"
1992:
Won second Tony nomination as Best Actor in a Musical for his turn as Alan Swann in the stage musical version of "My Favorite Year"
1993:
Won critical acclaim for his portrayal of Cardinal Richelieu in "The Three Musketeers"
1995:
Performance as Herkermer Homolka considered a bright spot in Michael Crichton's mostly lacklustre "Congo"
1995:
Provided the voice of the villainous Drake in Don Bluth's animated "The Pebble and the Penguin"
1996:
Garnered praise for his turn as Long John Silver in "Muppet Treasure Island"
1997:
Starred in the ABC sitcom "Over the Top"
1998:
Provided the voice of Lotar/King Alfor in the television sci-fi animation series "Voltron: The Third Dimension"
1998:
Voiced Rex Pester in "The Rugrats Movie"
1999:
Starred as Jezebel Jack in the feature "Pirates of the Plain"
2000:
Portrayed Roger Corwin in the summer hit feature "Charlie's Angels"
2001:
Cast in the horror comedy feature "Scary Movie 2"
2002:
Starred as Mr. French in the family comedy series "Family Affair" (WB)
2003:
Along with Tatum O'Neal and Julian Sands, co-starred in the romantic drama "The Scoundrels"
2004:
Cast opposite Liam Neeson in Bill Condon's "Kinsey" the story of Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research
2005:
Earned rave reviews for Eric Idle's Broadway musical "Spamalot"; received a Tony nomination for his role
2006:
Reprised role from "Spamalot" for London's West End
2008:
Voiced Yegor in the animated feature "Fly Me to the Moon"
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Education

Birmingham University: -
Birmingham University: -
Kingswood School: -
Lymm High School: - 1958

Notes

"The characters I have played tend to be grimly larger than life. A lot of actors are content to be overheard . . . whereas I speak up. And this face is writ pretty large, really." --Tim Curry to Simon Fanshawe in NIGHT & DAY, May 19, 1996

Curry has released three pop albums in the late 70s and early 80s

Curry's voice welcomes visitors to DisneyWorld's Alien Encounter attraction-and accompanies the noise on several pinball games that many have played.

Family close complete family listing

father:
James Curry. Navy chaplain. Methodist; died when Tim Curry was 12.
mother:
Patricia Curry. School secretary.

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