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Timothy James Curry was born on April 19, 1946 in Grappenhall, Cheshire, England. His mother, Maura Patricia (Langmead), was a school secretary, and his father, James Curry, was a Methodist Royal Navy chaplain. Curry studied Drama and English at Birmingham University, from which he graduated with Combined Honors. His first professional success was in the London production of “Hair”, followed by more work in the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Glasgow Civic Repertory Company, and the Royal Court Theatre where he created the role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in “The Rocky Horror Show”. He recreated the role in the Los Angeles and Broadway productions and starred in the screen version entitled The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). Curry continued his career on the New York and London stages with starring roles in “Travesties”, “Amadeus”, “The Pirates of Penzance”, “The Rivals”, “Love for Love”, “Dalliance”, “The Threepenny Opera”, “The Art of Success” and “My Favorite Year”. He also starred in the United States tour of “Me and My Girl”. He has received two Tony Award nominations for best actor and won the Royal Variety Club Award as “Stage Actor of the Year”.
Interesting Facts about Tim Curry
- Close friends with Carly Simon and sang backing vocals on her 1979 album “Spy”.
- Has voiced two royal cats: voicing “Prince” in Garfield 2 (2006) and “The Cat King” in The Cat Returns (2002).
- Has had no interest in being cast in conventional “leading man” roles.
- Has English, Irish and Scottish ancestry.
- Already an accomplished singer, he performed a cover of the theme song to Walt Disney’s “Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier”.
- He was offered the chance to reprise his famous role as Pennywise in It (2017) but turned it down. He later praised Bill Skarsgård as a ”great choice” for the role.
- Despite being widely known for his terrifying performance as Pennywise the Clown in It (1990), Curry has suffered a debilitating case of coulrophobia (a fear of clowns) most of his life. His contract explicitly stated that while on set, there were to be no reflective surfaces within sight of him while he was in makeup, and a makeup tech was very nearly fired for having a makeup mirror in his hand while Curry was having his makeup applied.
- He has two roles in common with Charlton Heston: (1) Heston played Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers: Milady’s Revenge (1974) while Curry played him in The Three Musketeers (1993) and (2) Heston played Long John Silver in Treasure Island (1990) while Curry played him in Muppet Treasure Island (1996).
- For many years, he did not publicly acknowledge his role as Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the 1990 made-for-TV movie It (1990), based on the novel by Stephen King, until a 2015 interview with Moviefone in which he called the role “a wonderful part”.
- Was considered for the role of Scar in The Lion King (1994).
- Has performed in Roger Waters’ historic production of The Wall: Live in Berlin (1990). [July 1990]
- Is a fan of Australian drama series Prisoner: Cell Block H (1979), with Joan Ferguson as his favorite character.
Personal Quotes by Tim Curry
My interests and obsessions have always been so wide-ranging that I keep popping my head out of different boxes as much as possible.– Tim Curry
One of the best things that ever happened to me was Rocky Horror being a total flop in New York as a play. I mean, it was a disaster, and it was the night of the long knives as far as the critics were concerned.– Tim Curry
I want to establish a wide range and play all kinds of parts. It’s that sort of acting career I really respect. I like to turn a sharp left from whatever I’ve done before because that keeps me awake. That’s why I want to be an actor – I don’t want to play endless variations on one character.– Tim Curry
I find there is something very intimate about being the voice in someone’s ear when they’re driving.– Tim Curry
Mozart was very much an arrested adolescent.– Tim Curry