Timothy James “Tim” Curry (born 19 April 1946) is an English actor, singer, composer and voice actor, known for his work in a diverse range of theatre, film and television productions, often portraying villainous roles or character parts. Curry first rose to prominence with his breakthrough portrayal of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the 1975 cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, reprising the role he had originated in the 1973 London and 1974 Los Angeles stage productions of The Rocky Horror Show. After Rocky Horror, Curry garnered acclaim for his supporting roles; as Rooster in the 1982 film adaptation of Annie, as the Lord of Darkness in the 1985 film Legend, and as Wadsworth in the film of the same year Clue, as well as for his starring roles; as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the 1980 Broadway production of Amadeus, as Pennywise the Clown in the 1990 horror miniseries It, and as King Arthur in the 2005 Broadway production of Spamalot.
Curry’s father, James, was a Methodist chaplain in the Royal Navy, and his mother, Patricia, was a school secretary. His older sister, Judy, was a concert pianist. Curry was born and brought up in Grappenhall, Cheshire, and attended Lymm High School, until his father’s death in 1958. Curry’s family then moved to South London, but Curry himself went to boarding school and attended Kingswood School in Bath, Somerset. As a child, he developed into a talented boy soprano (treble). Deciding to concentrate on acting, Curry graduated from Birmingham University with a combined degree in English and drama.