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
Other birthdays: the late Dickie Goodman, Mark Volman (Turtles),
Eve Graham (New Seekers), Stevie B. and Michael Anthony (Kolorz). -- Beth