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Tim Curry Had a Major Stroke, But He’s Recovering. Because He’s Immortal. I Won’t Hear Otherwise.

Tim Curry, like Stan Lee and Sir Ian McKellen, will live forever. Don’t dispute this basic fact. I won’t listen.

The actor, now 67 but always Clue-aged in my heart, suffered a stroke at his Los Angeles home last night, but according to his longtime agent Marcia Hurwitz he’s “doing great. He absolutely can speak and is recovering at this time and in great humor.” Further, “sources close to the actor refused suggestions that the stroke had made it difficult for him to speak,” and I’m going to ignore the fact that the source for that quote is the notoriously tabloid-y Daily Mail because the thought of Tim Curry not being able to speak in his Tim Curry-esque tones is too depressing to bear.

Our thoughts go out to Curry as he recovers, which of course he will do with no trouble because, again, immortal. (“But immortality isn’t re—” SHUT IT!)

I once heard it said (by someone on Tumblr, but it’s totally a legit quote) that you can tell a lot about a person by which Curry roleis their favorite. I adore him in Clue (“rrrrrruns down the hall!”), but I feel bad not giving the top spot to Muppet Treasure Island‘s Long John Silver, because Muppets. And I also have a special place in my heart for Congo, even though I don’t exactly know why (maybe it’s just that it came on TV a lot when I was a kid? Did Congo Stockholm me?). Then there’s Dr. Frank-N-Furter from Rocky Horror, the Lord of Darkness from Legend, the smashing Nigel Thornberry in The Wild Thornberries (yes, that was him), and oh so many others.

Let’s have a Tim Curry fan-a-thon in the comments. Which of his characters is your favorite?

(via: The Huffington Post)

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  • Anonymous

    Pennywise from Stephen King’s IT for me. He was absolutely terrifying and managed to toe a perfect balance between creepy and manic. “Beep-Beep Rrrrichie!”

    I hope that he has a speedy recovery.

  • Anonymous

    Poet Man from Lexx ranks up there.

  • WonderScott

    Dr. Frank-N-Furter, hands down brilliant, but it’s so hard to choose.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    I think she meant he threatened, in public, to kill her.

  • N J Mix

    Cardinal Richelieu. BOOM. (drops mic and walks away)

  • Melissa Bramble

    Hard to pick between RHPS, Clue, and Legend. Not to mention Rooster in “Annie”!Gotta love him, Carol Burnett, and Bernadette Peters doing “Easy Street”:

  • Brooke Michelle

    Tim Curry in The Worst Witch happened during my formative years. It might explain a lot.

  • Joie Young

    Oh, I am going to just UP my pathetic geek factor with this one, but does anyone else remember the giant skull that protected Baba Yaga’s house in Bartok the Magnificent? It’s one of my favorite Tim Curry voice actings and as nice as he in in real life, that’s where my brain goes when I think of him. Love the riddling skull.

  • Brooke Michelle

    WAIT. I forgot LEGEND.

  • Elwyne

    I must have watched Clue a hundred times in my teens. But really, Frank-N-Furter is a work of genius.

  • Elwyne

    you are my new hero. :D

  • Anonymous

    Clue & Rocky Horror, of course, but also his delicious turns as Thornton in OSCAR (highly underrated film) and his HIGH-larious turn as Nigel St. Nigel in the epic Psych S2 ep, “American Duos.”


    Trymon in The Colour of Magic.

  • Anonymous

    As I said when I pointed out the article to you, the Prince of Darkness from “Legend”.
    “What do we have here? A boy?”

  • Erin Macdonald

    He was my first crush (and still is!)… I wasn’t sure what I felt for Long John Silver at the age of 10, but I felt something! My poor parents definitely hated my Tim Curry-themed bedroom and the parades of Rocky Horror costume parties I threw. <3 me my Tim!

  • Jill Pantozzi

    The pre-Gilderoy Lockhart. :)

  • Natasha Hedeker

    This might not count as much but I LOVE the reading he does for the Old Kingdom Trilogy audiobooks. It is just so perfect and amazing and brilliant. I really enjoy anything Tim Curry does but these books hold a very special place in my heart. Typically I am indifferent to audio books but I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF THE OLD KINGDOM TRIOLOGY BECAUSE OF THE EPICNESS THAT IS TIM CURRY.

    Yes, the capslock was completely necessary.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s not forget about his is-he-good-is-he-bad character from the short lived TV series, Earth-2, the doctor in Hunt for Red October, the remake of the TV show with the two kids and a dad where he played a butler – forget the name of the show… and how could anyone forget the clown in IT???

    But Frank-n-furter will always be #1 in my heart. :-)

  • Charley Sumner

    There is no “Favorite,” Tim Curry in ALL THE ROLES!

  • Natasha Hedeker

    You are not alone! I remember that film from when I was younger. Didn’t realize until now that Tim Curry was in it though so now I will totally have to rewatch it again :D

  • Dierna

    The Devil in Legend, Rooster in Annie, Ben Ravencroft in Scooby Doo and the Witch’s Ghost, Bill Sikes in Oliver Twist, MAL in Captain Planet….

  • Ralph Hanson

    Other than his role in Rocky Horror, my favorite Tim Curry role was the Russian doctor in Hunt for Red October.

  • Crystal Lynn

    Lord of Darkness. Definitely.

  • Kalynn Osburn

    Caliph Kapok from the TV Aladdin series.

  • Siací Ross

    Voicework in ”strange frame” is my new fave.

  • Tommy Day

    Mine has to be Hexxus from Ferngully. Scared the crap out of me as a kid.

  • Kalynn Osburn

    HOLY CRAP I totally forgot about that! He was so brilliant in that role!

  • Kalynn Osburn

    Oh gods…oh…oh gods…that film was horrific. But between Tim Curry and Kelsey Grammer it was just enough epic to keep watching.

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    Pass the Ammo. I love his turn as a Jim Baker-esque TV evangelist, and Annie Potts is wonderful as his Tammy Faye-ish wife (but with a lot less makeup). “The crack of dawn isn’t safe around that man…”

    And I do love him in Clue, too. “And monkey’s brains, though popular in Cantonese cuisine, are not often to be found in Washington D.C.”

  • Raven

    Love him as Wadsworth in Clue, Cardinal Richelieu in The Musketeers, and then obviously in Rocky Horror. I mean, he is wearing a corset, what is there not to like? Then I love any of his voice work. Pop on headphones or the surround sound and just let it echo. I think Scooby Doo and the Witch’s Ghost is the one I end up watching the most often.

  • Meliza Gough

    My husband makes fun of me for liking this movie. And yes, it DID play often on TV.

  • Jenn

    Any mention of Tim Curry reminds me of the wonderful “That’ll get you.. er.. bees” story of the LJ user who met him in 2007:

  • Tiffany C

    DARKNESS!! And Frank-n-Furter, and I love him as Pennywise from IT and Gaal from Earth 2. Get better soon, sir!

  • Anonymous

    “Communism was just a red herring.”

  • Anonymous

    Hope he really is doing ok, a stroke can be scary.

  • Aeryl

    Legend, Clue, IT, Ferngully, Cardinal Richeleu, Secrets of Moonacre,

  • Anonymous

    Loved OSCAR. Seriously underrated.

  • Anonymous

    Long John Silver, because he seems to be having so. much. fun playing that role.
    “Sa-tan is heat-in’ his pokers for you, you blasphemous heathens!” But Wadsworth…”Nhew.” “Nhew?” “Nhew.” I don’t know, I have both of those movies memorized, they were so good – in large part because of him. I wish him a speedy recovery.

  • Anonymous

    me too…. i was so obsessed as a 15 yr old

  • Anonymous

    “Upstage, boys! This is my only number!”

  • Marieke

    Let’s not forget that song in The Pebble and the Penguin!

  • Aeryl

    You know, as much as I LOVE Robert DeNiro as Capt. Shakespeare in Stardust, does anyone else feel like that role was written for Tim Curry.

  • Aeryl

    I think he’s OK, as Frank-N-Furter, but Anthony Stewart Head is sexier.

  • nypher1029

    She has lovely dipthongs…

  • Anonymous

    My favorite Tim Curry character is, of course, Frank N Furter. Wonder what that says about me…

    But I love him as Richelieu, the one good thing about that 1993 Three Musketeers film.

  • Anonymous

    1. Rooster 2. Wadsworth 3. Long John Silver 4. The Grand Wizard (would be higher, but it really is a tiny tiny part.)

    Honorable Mention for Gaal on Earth 2, because he says “poppet” a lot.
    Also, the audiobooks for Series of Unfortunate Events. Which isn’t a character, but they are excellent.

  • Tracy Dobbs

    I loved him as Arl Rendon Howe in Dragon Age: Origins…he’s such an awesome bad guy.

  • Guest

    I was hoping someone would mention Oscar. Seriously funny and so underrated.

  • Tamara Brooks

    Rooster for the mother effing win. Eeeeeeeee…..eeeeeeeee….Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeasy street….*cockadoodledoo*

  • Tamara Brooks

    “And monkey’s brains, while popular in Cantonese cuisine, are not often found in Washington DC!”

  • Tamara Brooks

    “I’m not shouting! All right. I’m SHOUTING. I’M SHOUTING, I’M SHOUTING, I’M SHOUTING, I’M—” *candelabra falls and knocks him out*

  • Drone

    Yes! Clue!Curry is still number one for me, but I confess I have such inexplicable sentimental attachment to The Worst Witch that I’ve gone out of my way to buy the dvd in recent years.

  • Tamara Brooks

    I would love Tim Curry to play Desaad since the Justice League movie will very likely have Darkseid as the villain.

  • Tamara Brooks

    Captain Planet? Your are a scholar and connoisseur of only the finest…

  • Mark Brown

    Dr. Thaddeus Morocco on Transformers Rescue Bots. everyone’s favourite slimy Mad Scientist.

  • Amy C.

    Probably Clue. I’ve forced that movie upon anyone who dares to call me their “friend” because any friend of mine needs to love Clue.

    “I buttle, sir.”

  • Stephanie Eversole Vandenburg

    I was SO hoping that someone else remembered that! That movie introduced me to him and his amazing voice and also scared the crap out of me during his musical number. LOL

  • DrMcCoy

    Gabriel Knight!

  • Erica M.

    Demons/devils always terrified me as a child (thank you Disney’s Fantasia), but when I saw Legend as a child and saw Darkness for the first time-it was the most awesome character I had ever seen! It still gives me goosebumps to watch him in that movie!

  • Yeshe Thubten

    I like all of dose and his small appearances in TV shows like Psych and Monk. And he is totally immortal!

  • Mike Wytrykus

    Tim Curry will always be Wadsworth first and foremost. But since no one else has mentioned it, I’m going to give a shout out to his role as Taurus Bulba on Darkwing Duck.

  • Christopher Hind

    Clue, Treasure Island and IT are the big ones for me. Clowns still kind of creep me out.

  • Octochan

    WHAAAAATTTT?! HOW DO I NOT KNOW THIS? Are you talking about Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen, THAT Old Kingdom Trilogy? Because those are my favourite books and I must experience them with the epicness of Tim Curry!!

  • Leslee Bottomley Beldotti

    Yes! I thought I was the only one who remembered his Pennywise character from the TV adaption of “It”. Creeeeeepy!

  • Natasha Hedeker

    YES!!!!! My mom got me the audio cassette for Sabriel when I was in 5th or 6th grade and now it is still my favorite book series (tied with Harry Potter). Tim Curry does a bloody brilliant job (I really really want him to play Mogget if they ever make a film version because HIS MOGGET IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT). I HIGHLY recommend buying the audiobooks ASAP. :)

  • JH

    Holy crap, I forgot that’s what his name was! That movie scared me shitless.

  • Anonymous

    I guess it’s safe to say nobody saw Syfy’s “Alice”. Well, not even me, but I remember seeing a promo in 2009 (?) and getting super excited because: 1. Kathy Bates 2. she plays the Queen of Hearts and 3. Tim Curry. Never had the chance to catch it, though.

  • Anonymous

    Home Alone 2. Seriously, the scene where they switch from the cartoon
    grinch smiling to Tim Curry perfectly mimicking that smile is gold! Get
    better, bud!

  • Anonymous

    My favorite “role” of Tim Curry’s is that of pop/rock/blues singer in the late ’70s, when he made three albums and toured. It’s too bad we didn’t have the Internet back then, because his music was largely unheard, and the music career he seemed to very much want was all-too brief. I find his singing remarkable — He can whisper, growl and do everything in between. His songs (some of which he wrote the lyrics for) are infused with so much emotion. I’m so happy that, in the past few years, Tim’s music has been posted all over YouTube, and can now be seen and heard by so many people who never knew of the music he made for music’s sake, in addition to that for theater and film. It’s wonderful to read the reactions of people who say things like, “THIS is Frank N Furter?!?” … Which reminds me: Of course I must list that role as another favorite, since that is the once that brought attention to Tim (for most people) in the first place. Without that role, I might never have known his other talents, including my favorite talent — singing in that incomparable voice!

  • Joie Young

    It’s so true. Another “bad enough to be epic” movie with Tim Curry (and I apologize for any offense given, but dear heavens . . .) is The Secret of Moonacre. Curry doesn’t get nearly enough screen time and his villain is undercut by the script, in my opinion, but he’s still kind of wonderful as the head of a rogueish, forest-living band of miscreants.

  • Joie Young

    And so the disease spreads . . . hee hee hee. I know it’s a bad movie, but I love it anyway.

  • Camille Monae

    I looked on Tim Curry’s website and it states that this stroke happened back in July 2012. His rep made the comment recently about his recovery apparently not realizing that we had no idea what had happened last year.