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Name: Timothy James Curry                                                                   
Born: 19 April 1946 Grappenhall, Warrington, Lancashire, England                             
Timothy James Curry (born April 19, 1946) is an Emmy Award-winning English actor,           
singer, and composer, perhaps best known for his role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in               
The Rocky Horror Picture Show and as Pennywise the Dancing Clown in Stephen King's           
It. He also had a career as a rock musician. His list of roles is extensive, in             
both TV and movies, live-action and voice-acting for animated features. He                   
currently resides in Los Angeles, although he has spent a considerable amount of             
time in Chicago, New York City, and most recently London, in his role as King               
Arthur in the Broadway hit Monty Python's Spamalot.                                         
Curry's father, James, was a Methodist Royal Navy chaplain, and his mother,                 
Patricia, was a school secretary. Curry was born and raised in Warrington and               
attended Lymm High School until his father's death in 1958, when Curry relocated             
to South London. He attended Kingswood School, Bath, and although he didn't                 
enjoy the religious aspect of the Methodist school, he did enjoy the vast number             
of hymns available. There, he developed into a talented boy soprano. Deciding               
to concentrate on acting, Curry graduated from Birmingham University with a                 
combined degree in English and drama.                                                       
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 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 Picture 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. A VH1 Pop-Up Video Halloween special even quoted Curry as saying he             
grew so unnerved by all the fan attention after this role that he became "chubby             
and plain" in order to escape it. However, in recent years he has been much more             
open about discussing the show and now recognises it as a "rite of passage" for             
many young people.                                                                           
Shortly after the failure of Rocky Horror Show on Broadway, Curry was back on               
Broadway with Tom Stoppard's Travesties, which ran in London and New York from               
1975 to 1976. Travesties was a huge Broadway hit which won two Tony Awards (Best             
Performance by an Actor for John Wood and Best Comedy), as well as the New York             
Drama Critics Circle Award (Best Play), and Curry's performance as the famous               
dadaist Tristan Tzara received spectacular reviews.                                         
In 1981, Curry formed part of the original cast in the Broadway show Amadeus,               
playing the title character, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He was nominated for his               
first Tony Award (Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play) for this role,             
but lost out to his co-star Sir Ian McKellen, who played Antonio Salieri. In                 
1982, Curry took the part of the Pirate King in a London stage version of The               
Pirates of Penzance opposite George Cole.                                                   
In the mid 1980s, Curry performed in The Rivals (Bob Acres 1983) and in several             
plays with the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, including the Threepenny             
Opera (MacHeath 1986), Dalliance (Theodore 1986), and Love For Love (Tattle 1985).           
In 1987/1988 Tim Curry did the national tour of "Me and My Girl" as the lead                 
role of 'Bill Snibson'. A role originated on Broadway by Robert Lindsay and                 
followed by Jim Dale.                                                                       
In 1989/90, Tim Curry returned once again to the New York stage in "The Art of               
Success". In 1993, Curry played Alan Swann in the Broadway musical version of My             
Favorite Year, earning him his second Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a             
In late 2004, Curry began his role of King Arthur in Spamalot in Chicago. The               
show successfully moved to Broadway in February 2005. It brought him a third                 
Tony nomination, again for Best Actor in a Musical.                                         
Curry reprised his role in London's West End at the Palace Theatre, where                   
Spamalot opened on October 16, 2006. His final performance came on January 6,               
2007 and he returned to his home in Los Angeles a few days later. On January 18,             
2007, Curry was nominated for Laurence Olivier Award as the Best Actor in a                 
Musical; this was one of seven nominations earned by the London production of               
Spamalot, including Best New Musical. On February 9, 2007, it was announced that             
Curry also won the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Award (getting 39% of               
the votes cast by over 12,000 theatregoers) as Best Actor in a Musical for his               
performance as King Arthur.