TIM CURRY, British actor, born; Curry’s first full-time role was as part of the original London cast of the musical Hair in 1968, where he first met Richard O’Brien who went on to write Curry’s next full-time and perhaps still most famous role, that of the iconic Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show.
Originally, Curry rehearsed the character with a German accent and peroxide blond hair, but the character evolved into the sly, very upper-class English mad scientist and transvestite that carried over to the movie version of The Rocky Horror Show and made Curry both a star and a cult figure. He continued to play the character in London, Los Angeles and New York until 1975.
For many years, Curry was reluctant to talk about Rocky Horror, feeling that it was a trend that had gone too far and had distracted attention away from his later roles. And aside from the iconic nature of the show, the other reason we include it here is this writer’s personal connection with it: I was one of the San Francisco Rocky’s on stage at the Montgomery Theater way back in 1976. And I have the photos to prove it.
Curry has resided in Los Angeles since 1988. He has used a wheelchair since suffering a major stroke in July 2012. This has shifted his work mostly to voice acting, although he has continued to perform as a singer and make appearances at fan conventions.
In October 2020, Curry reprised his role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in a live table reading of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in support of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin to raise funds for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.