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Tim Curry FAQ

Is he gay?
Well, he looks pretty happy in the interviews I've seen.
No, no, I mean is he, you know, GAY?
As Tallulah Bankhead once answered when asked that question about one of her leading men: "He's never sucked my dick".
Was he in that movie about the King of the Elves stealing a girl's baby brother?
No, that was David Bowie, in Labyrinth.
Is he married?
Where does he live?
LA. He moved there in 1987 to pursue a movie career.
What is his address?
He doesn't answer letters or accept stuff sent to his home for security reasons. Try writing to him in care of Sal's Rocky Horror Fan Club. Added note: some fans have had good luck writing to him in care of the theatre or movie site where he was working. Latest info, write to him here: Tim Curry c/o United Talent Agency 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 516 Beverly Hills, CA 90212 This address is from his personal assistant, you may or may not get an answer, but it is as close as you can problably get.
Should I try e-mailing him instead?
Tim has said "I don't have the technology gene. People have e-mailed me, but I tend to pick up the phone and say, 'I got your e-mail.'"
Where was he born?
Grappenhall, Cheshire, England.
What is his middle name?
Is he an American citizen or does he work on a green card?
Green card.
When is his birthday?
He was born on April 19, 1946.
Is Tim right or left handed?
What's with his watch?
He has worn a beautiful rectangular, curved watch with roman numerials on the face, since about the time he started his rock touring career.It is gold with a slim black leather band. Someone said that style is called a 'tank' watch because it is the shape of a WWII tank, aerial view.
Who is his favorite singer?
He mentions Billie Holiday often and said he liked Lou Reed's "Berlin" album.
Who are his cinematic heroes?
Alec Guiness and Peter Sellers
Favorite artist?
David Hockney?--this is a guess, Tim has mentioned him as a friend, and is familiar with his work. A recent interview mentioned that he had a house-full of paintings, so he probably has several 'favorites.' He listed as a prized possession a Victorian portrait of Sir Henry Irving, the first actor to be knighted.
What is his favorite movie?
(from Movieline mag) "I'd have to say (my favorite movie is)"Don't Look Now", a Nicolas Roeg film with Donald Southerland and Julie Christie. I loved that film. Roeg has made several movies that played around with time. "Don't Look Now" exists on the border of the real and the surreal in a very, very interesting way. And it's set in the most beautiful city in the world, Venice. I think it's a truly horrific film without being knee-deep in gore." More recently he has said (at various times) that he enjoyed "Shindler's List", "Six Degrees of Separation", and "LA Confidential."
Does he read? What sort of books does he read?
As mentioned below, Ruth Rendell mysteries and he has mentioned reading many biographies of movie people and perhaps others. Also he has said he reads all the entertainment magazines: Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, People, US; cooking mags Sunset and Bon Appetite, House & Garden for gardening, and the Tatler (British gossip rag).
What does he like least about his job?
"Waiting for people to catch up with my perception of what I ought to be doing" (from interview for "Oscar")
What does he do with any free time he has between projects?
('85 interview) He has said that he likes Japanese food, cooks his own recipe of fish pie and likes to read Ruth Rendell mysteries. More recently, he has said that he has a laptop computer and intends to write a novel, and is into gardening.
Why did he stop making records?
He said, "I was too old and too literate".
Why has he decided to concentrate on movies (rather than theatre)?
(MONEY!) "I found I was just enjoying it (film) more than the theatre, I like the down time. I always have a library and I've perfected the art of the catnap."
What are his favorite roles/movies?
'Oscar' and 'The Ploughman's Lunch'
What does he say about the roles he has chosen to play?
"If there is a thread that runs through my acting career, it is that I generally play an outsider of one kind or another. I play Glorious Misfits. The other thread is that I play people who are very innocent or who know far too much. More than anything, I think those are the best parts. The plan I think was to have no plan. I think it is important to let fate and coincidence shape an artistic life." He has said more recently that he takes the best of what is offered to him.
Has he ever done any commercials?
Yes, a Hanes Briefs voiceover, Guiness ale ads in the UK in 1993, and the oh so cute Purinia Dog Food ads here in the US. A fan in Japan told me he did a series of ads there for Fuji Xerox Company CM.
How tall is he?
5 feet 9 inches, he has said. However.......The opinions of tall women who have stood near him vary. Variant answer #1: He's tall ENOUGH. Variant answer #2: it seems that all male actors under 6 feet tall are told by managers etc, to say they are 5' 9".
What size shoe does he wear?
8 1/2
What are his dreams, his hopes, his fears?
Um-I'm not him.......He has said several times that he would very much like to record an album of jazz and that he would like to do some writting. I would enjoy either or both, myself!
What is his favorite childhood memory?
"Sailing with my father in the south of England. He died when I was 12."
What does he like to eat?
Besides what he cooks for himself (see one of the above questions), he said that he enjoys "Beef and potatoes, a rather English meal."
The following are experts from a '97 interview from the Chicago Tribune, done by Christine Zachman, where he was asked to finish the sentance:
If I could do it over, I: Wouldn't change a thing, because the best artistic decisions are instinctive.
The worst advice my mother ever gave me: "Look before you leap."
The one thing I can't stand: The sound of unnecessary machinery.
If I could change one thing about myself: It would be my life span, I'd like to live longer.
The best time in my life: Opening on Broadway in "Amadeus."
If I weren't an actor, I'd be: Writing novels.
If I've learned one thing in life, it's: This too shall pass.
The three words that best describe me: He's too much.
On one of the interviews he did recently to promote Over the Top, he was asked a series of questions, one of which was "My fantasy is:". He answered: "I'm eating a fig in the south of France by the water."