How Actor Tim Curry is Doing After His 2012 Stroke

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Tim Curry is truly an icon. After decades of acting, it seems that he stepped away from the spotlight in the most recent decade. Unfortunately, the reasons for this are some health issues. Before we get into where Curry is now and how he’s doing, let’s go over his incredible career. Curry began his career on the stage and his first big role was in the 1968 musical Hair. Several years later, he made his film debut as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and this remains the role he is best known for.

Some of his other memorable films include Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Clue, Legend, Muppet Treasure Island, and The Hunt for Red October. Curry also built an impressive career around doing voice work, appearing on television, and even releasing several rock albums. However, things changed when he suffered from a serious stroke in 2012. While he recovered and began doing physical therapy, he still relies on a wheelchair.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Nell Campbell, Tim Curry, Patricia Quinn, 1975

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In 2015, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at The Actors Fund Tony Awards Viewing Party and shared that his sense of humor has helped him to cope after his stroke. He said at the time, “It’s not tough to maintain. It is just part of my DNA.”

Stephen King's IT Tim Curry, 1990

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Although he has scaled back from public performances and has focused mainly on voice work in projects such as Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Ben 10: Omniverse, he still attends fan conventions when he can. He was seen in October 2023 attending CreepieCon, paying tribute to his character Pennywise in IT. He has also participated in several GalaxyCon interviews. Curry is now 77 years old (he will be 78 on April 19, 2024).

Fun Facts about Tim Curry

English actor and singer Tim Curry, UK, 23rd January 1974.

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He has performed in about…

34 Movies
35 Stage Productions
47 Television Shows
59 Audiobooks
150+ Cartoons & Video Games

PLUS he has also recorded 5 albums and performed in two large-scale rock & roll tours! You can’t forget that he has appeared in many soundtracks including Annie and Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas.

After the success of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, he met with record mogul Lou Adler and got a record deal with Ode Records. He recorded several covers that were never released including The Supremes’ “Baby Love” and John Phillips‘ “Just Fourteen.” He once said that he was grateful the record never came out because his mind wasn’t totally focused on it at the time.

Now tell us your favorite Tim Curry role in the comments!

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