Tim Curry was born on April 19, 1946, in Grappenhall, England. He shot to fame as Dr. Frank N Furter in the stage (1973) and picture (1975) creations of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and afterwards earned notice for his villainous picture and TV characters. Curry claimed his third Tony Award nomination in 2005 for his performance in Monty Python’s Spamalot, and has stayed active as a voiceover performer.
He exhibited a gift for singing at an early age, performing as a boy soprano to get a church choir in the age of 6.
Curry made his professional theatre debut as Woof in a West End production of Hair in 1968, and switched between steady stage work and small TV parts in following years.
In 1973, he originated what would be a career-defining character as the crazy, hypersexualized transvestite Dr. Frank N Furter in the London stage production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The musical’s success brought the show to La and to Broadway, and Curry reprised the part for the 1975 film that became an underground favorite. He followed using a portrayal of artist Tristan Tzara in the play Travesties and released three records during the following half-decade, though he remained firmly related to Rocky Horror.
Curry took steps toward enlarging his profile in the 1980s. He also controlled the display as Wadsworth the Butler in the 1985 ensemble mystery Hint, and enjoyed a recurring character as crooked record executive Winston Newquay in season 2 of the cop play Wiseguy.
The next decade brought more recognition for the flexible Englishman.
Curry played leery communications satellite maven Roger Corwin in the 2000 hit Charlie’s Angels, and voiced distinct characters for two Rugrats sequels. For the remaining decade, Curry often surfaced on popular TV shows like Psych and Criminal Minds, and provided his distinctive voice for more animated fare.
Curry has magnificently kept the details of his private life protected in the media. He dwells alone in a Spanish colonial-style villa in the Hollywood Hills.
Recently, the veteran performer has shown signs of diminishing health. He pulled out of a 2011 production of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead at the Chichester Festival in England after coping with asthma attacks as well as a chest disease. In May 2013, reports surfaced he had suffered a huge stroke, although added details shown the stroke had happened the last summer.