Character actor Tim Curry, best known for his highly entertaining performance as mad scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the film adaptation of the stage play The Rocky Horror Show, has reportedly suffered a “major stroke” according to UK paper The Daily Mail. However, the 67-year-old Brit is currently at home in Hollywood, recovering, and “doing great.”
Curry’s agent Marcia Hurwitz spoke with the Mail and told the paper that the actor is going to be okay. “Tim is doing great,” said Hurwitz, denying reports that Curry’s speech was at all affected by his collapse. “He absolutely can speak and is recovering at this time and in great humour.”
In addition to his film and stage work, Curry has had a long and successful career as a voice artist—he’s voiced characters on shows like Phineas and Ferb, Tiny Toon Adventures, and Dinosaurs (remember Dinosaurs?). He voiced characters in The Rugrats movies and also has a new animated feature due out this year in which he co-stars with Canadian comedian Russell Peters.
If you’re a child of the ’80s you’ll probably know Curry from movies like Legend and Clue (which is on Netflix right now, FYI). Curry plays Wadsworth the butler in the movie based on a Parker Brothers board game which, while it did poorly at the box office back in 1985, has since become a bit of a cult hit. But Clue‘s cult hit status has nothing on The Rocky Horror Picture Show‘s. Launched as a “midnight movie”, the campy film inspired fans to sing and dance along with the musical numbers, dress in costume, and throw a wide variety of Rocky Horror-related items at the screen during key moments in the movie (for example, when Curry’s character performs the song “I’m Going Home” the audience throws playing cards as he sings the line “Cards for sorrow, cards for pain.”).
Watch Curry chew the scenery (in the very best way possible) in a clip from The Rocky Horror Picture Show below: