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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, which is set in France, or FernGully, 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 & the Pirates, a role for which he got an award.Tim Curry has also done extensive voice work for video games; a memorable (live action) role is as Premier Anatoly 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 (keep in mind his performance as Pennywise) 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.He returned to the forefront for his work in The Wild Thornberrys as Nigel Thornberry (who for once is not an Evil Brit), due to the various memes surrounding the character.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).
Money, Dear Boy: Much like Christopher Lee, Mr. Curry isn't particularly picky about the roles he plays, especially in cartoons, as he's been in hundreds of them. While he usually plays the roles quite well, a great many of these features are not well known for being very good.
Stalker with a Crush: Not Tim himself, but rather his fans. In fact, it's the main reason why he was so reluctant to talk about being in Rocky Horror for so long.
Tim Curry's characters provide examples of the following tropes:
His guest-star appearance on Will and Grace. Let's see - flirts with the other characters, makes references to cross-dressing, has effeminate traits (the character he plays is named "Marion"), the character's last name begins with the letter "F" (IE: Marion Finster), and he even tries to get one of the characters' fiancee to sleep with him. Now, why does that sound so familiar?
Likewise, an episode of the short-lived 1997 sitcom Over the Top featured Tim in drag. Keep in mind that this was during the years in which he was still quite reluctant to talk about his role in Rocky Horror.
The PC game Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster brings it full circle by casting him as the character Dr. Frank-N-Furter originally parodied.
Hey, It's That Voice!: His voice is rather distinctive in the animation roles he's performed, but not always. Darkwing Duck fans might be surprised to learn that the Spanish accented Taurus Bullba is actually Curry. Likewise, his role as the Goose God in Courage the Cowardly Dog doesn't sound much like him at first. Nor does his role as Zimbo (the one-legged fly who is often seen around the Snorch) on Ahhh! Real Monsters, which he, according to an interview, based on an "Argentinian gigolo". He also voiced Princess Sally's father King Max Acorn in the Sonic the Hedgehog Saturday Morning series.
Dr. Thornton Poole from Oscar, who's about as far from Frank as can be. His idea of being forward is complimenting Lisa (Marisa Tomei) on her diction and any innuendos are perfectly innocent. Well, to him, at any rate.
Arl Howe is probably one of his most downplayed villainous characters; sure, Howe is a monster in every possible way while still being human, but the portrayal focuses much more on subtlety and less on overt hamminess. Howe is one of the most despicable that he's ever played because of it.
He also played the kind, loving, and compassionate King Acorn on Sonic Sat AM.
Dr. Petrov in The Hunt for Red October. He first seems kind of weaselly and cowardly, and also quite chatty and goofy, but shows a strong concern for the well-being of the crew.
Wadsworth in Clue is a bit complex, in that he plays to type... in one of the three endings. In the other two, he isn't really bad, or even that much of a jerk. It all depends on whether he's an FBI agent or a murderer.