Happy Birthday, Tim Curry, Here Are Your Six Best Moments

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The first time Tim Curry scared the crap out of me, I was four years old. He played Rooster Hannigan in Annie and I was stunned at how evil a human being could be. The next time Tim Curry scared the crap out of me, I was somewhat older but his effect was just as powerful. As the creepy clown in Stephen King's It, the made-for-TV movie version, Curry was a combination of bizarre and freakishly malevolent. And then, several years later, I attended my very first screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and I was convinced he was brilliant (and pretty disturbing in that movie, too).

Tim Curry is 67 years old today! Happy birthday, you crazy old kook.

It's not very well known that Curry began his prolific career on the stage in London. His breakthrough role in theater would be the one he is ultimately always associated with, the sweet transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter. The London production eventually went to New York and Curry hit the broad white way. But the New York production was a bomb and it closed rather quickly. Right around the same time, the movie of the musical was released, with Curry in the same role, and it, too, was a box-office failure.

Curry went back to England for a time and appeared in several television programs there. While he was doing all this, he was recording albums. His first record, called Read My Lips, was released in 1978. What can't this guy do?

The '80s proved very fruitful years for Curry. In addition to staring in several stage productions, he made his name in Hollywood in some amazing movies such as Legend, Clue, the aforementioned Annie and the TV series Wiseguy. He spent the next decade hiding behind various animated versions of himself. Curry lent his voice to some 100 cartoons. He was one of those voice actors that you would hear all the time and have to stop and rewind (because you were watching a VCR) because...was that just Tim Curry?

Curry can basically do anything or nothing at this point in his career. I won't say he's made anything specifically good or award-winning over the past few years, but every time he shows up in a movie, he steals the whole thing. Home Alone 2 is the perfect example of Curry's master-scene-thievery.

For his birthday, here are the top six Curry moments.


6. It
Ahhh!!! They all float! I don't even understand what that means, but it is sure as shit frightening.


5. Legend
How is this Tim Curry? Did you know that it was him for most of your childhood? You are lying if you said yes.

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9 comments
Lourie Staib
Lourie Staib

You have been great from "Rocky Horror Picture Show" thru "Criminal Minds" SCARE THE CRAP OUT OF ME. CONGRATS!

Brandon Good
Brandon Good

My Father actually took me to the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" when I was 7 years old! I LOVE my DAD!

Noelle A. Perry
Noelle A. Perry

so what's going on with that? i can get to the site by typing in the URL but when i click a link from the third intermission i get a malware warning. any word on why that's going on?

John S. Whitford
John S. Whitford

He's more than a year older than me and sooooooooo cool. It's just a jump to the left....

Adam Halperin
Adam Halperin

All you have to do is "ignore warning". Did the restaurant guy report you all for being mean. THAT would be humorous.

Tim Curry
Tim Curry

Stop calling me on Saturday nights.

Gil Bailey
Gil Bailey

how do you do, i've see you've met my--- Jon Carrion

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

Fun. And, no, I didn't know that was TC in Legend. Thanks, Ms. Koenig.

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