Tim Curry

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Only one man's Beard of Evil is evil enough to lead the Evil Empire

Timothy James Curry, born April 19, 1946. With a handful of exceptions, every character he's ever played is a) evil, b) dead by the end of the film, or c) both. Has played Satan a couple of times, most spectacularly in Ridley Scott's Legend. (And he topped even that with Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the TV miniseries IT.) And it'd probably be easier to list the cartoons that he hasn't voiced a character in.

His first on-screen role was that of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (carrying on from the original stage production), which rather set the tone for his later roles. He even recorded a few rock albums in the late 1970s/early 1980s in the wake of its success, and he's done more than a few musicals since, usually animated ones. He's British, which is also convenient because most of the heroes he plays against have American accents (even in movies such as The Three Musketeers 1993, which is set in France, or Fern Gully, which is set in an Australian rainforest. Even the goanna in that movie managed to be from South-Central L.A.). He Played Captain James Hook in the TV series Peter Pan and The Pirates, a role for which he got an award.

Tim Curry has also done extensive voice work for video games; a recent, memorable (live action) role is as Premier Cherdenko in Red Alert 3 (pictured above), in which he once again plays a Magnificent Evil Deadpan Snarking Bastard...but strangely not a British one, though it doesn't make the role any less effective or awesome.

Sports a Beard of Evil, for convenience.

A little known fact is that Tim Curry was originally cast to be the Joker for Batman: The Animated Series, but was replaced by Mark Hamill (The DVD Commentary stated that Curry was too creepy and the role was threatening to damage his throat). He was also the actor chosen to play the Doctor in the 1996 TV movie, but he suggested Paul McGann for the role instead due to a scheduling conflict.

More recently, he returned to the forefront for his work in The Wild Thornberrys as Nigel Thornberry, due to the various memes surrounding the character. And in 2016 he is slated to appear as The Criminologist in Fox TV's Remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, to be broadcast on Halloween that year.

For his lovable villain roles, it is not surprising that he'd be considered to be the Anglo-American counterpart of Norio Wakamoto (or vice versa).

At some point in 2013, Curry suffered a stroke which left him in a wheelchair. His ability to speak is reportedly not badly affected (as evidenced by his role as what is basically the Narrator for RHPS), and he has been undergoing physical therapy.


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