You Say It's Your Birthday: Tim Curry

Today is the birthday of actor Tim Curry, who was born in

1946 in Cheshire, England. Okay, so Curry's an actor and not a rock star, but

his role as the gender-bending Frank N. Furter in the Rocky Horror Picture

Show has contributed more than its fair share to the annals of rock


The son of a Methodist Royal Navy chaplain, Curry was a boy

soprano at age six and began performing in Shakespeare plays at the age of 10.

He studied drama and English in college, moving on to study at the Royal Court,

singing opera and starring in many theater productions.

In June, 1973, Tim

Curry landed the plum role of Dr. Frank N. Furter in the original London

production of The Rocky Horror Show, for which he auditioned with a

rousing rendition of Little Richard's "Tutti Fruitti." He was also chosen for

the film role, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Curry has appeared

in a variety of other films, like Legend, Clue, Annie,

The Hunt for Red October and Home Alone II; he also appeared in

Roger Waters' Berlin production of Pink Floyd's The Wall in 1990. He's

performed on The Tracy Ullman Show and a few episodes of Tales From

the Crypt. To top it off, Curry has lent his voice to many a cartoon

(Daisy-Head Mayzie and Darkwing Duck among them) and book-on-tape

as well.

Other birthdays: the late Dickie Goodman, Mark Volman (Turtles),

Eve Graham (New Seekers), Stevie B. and Michael Anthony (Kolorz). -- Beth