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Has provided the voice of "Sir" who welcomed visitors to the Alien Encounter attraction in Tomorrowland at Walt Disney World. Alien Encounter was replaced after several years.

Has read several times for "The Great Writers Series" in Los Angeles, California.

Has performed in Roger Waters' historic production of The Wall: Live in Berlin (1990). [July 1990]

Has appeared as both subject and author in the photography book "Double Exposure, Take Four" by Roddy McDowall.

Was Tim Burton's second choice for the role of the Joker in Batman (1989). He did go on to playing a crazed "clown" in Stephen King's miniseries It (1990).

Close friends with Carly Simon and sang backing vocals on her 1979 album "Spy".

Turned down the role of Mitzi Del Bra in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), which went to Hugo Weaving.

Studied Drama and English at the University of Cambridge and at Birmingham University, from which he graduated with Combined Honors.

Has earned three Tony Award nominations: the first in 1981 as Best Actor (Play) for portraying the title character Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in "Amadeus"; the second in 1993 as Best Actor (Musical) for "My Favorite Year"; and the third in 2005 for Best Actor (Musical) for his role of King Arthur in "Spamalot".

Personally paid for his cousin, Keighley Twocker frontman Michael Loftus, to have cosmetic surgery.

Already an accomplished singer, he performed a cover of the theme song to Walt Disney's "Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier".

In a Fresh Air interview in 2005, he reported meeting Princess Diana. It turned out she was such a huge fan of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), she told him, "Thank you for completing my education.".

Not only was he Tim Burton's second choice for the role of the Joker, he was the producers' first choice for the role on the animated series. However, after recording four episodes, his take on the Joker was deemed as too scary for children, and thus the part was given to Mark Hamill.

He auditioned for the role of Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), but was rejected at audition for being too terrifying. The role instead went to Clue (1985) co-star, Christopher Lloyd.

He was presented with an honorary citizenship of New Orleans and key to the City of New Orleans by Angela Baham, Administrative Assistant to the Chief Administrator Officer Reynard J. Rochon to Mayor Ernest Morial on October 8, 1979 following a concert in New Orleans.

Was working on an album project with Lou Adler in 1976. However, only four songs were completed. The best is a cover of The Supremes' "Baby Love". Also recorded three albums for A&M Records: "Ready My Lips" (1978), "Fearless" (1979) and "Simplicity" (1981). Though only one charting song, "I Do the Rock", both it at "Paradise Garage" [from "Fearless"] have become cult hits, having two music videos made for MTV which were often played before showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). His best album is often praised "Fearless", and his best songs are "Birds of a Feather", "Alan", "Sloe Gin", "I Do the Rock", "S.O.S.", "Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire", "Paradise Garage", "No Love on the Street", "Something Short of Paradise", "Working on My Tan", "Simplicity", "On a Roll", "Take Me I'm Yours", "Out of Pawn" and "I Put a Spell on You".

Was on the 1980 album "Sandinista!" by the English punk rock group The Clash. On track 18, "The Sound of the Sinners", he spoke as a priest, mid-song.

Has voiced two royal cats: voicing "Prince" in Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006) and "The Cat King" in The Cat Returns (2002).

Suffered a major stroke in July 2012. He lost the use of his legs and now requires a wheelchair for mobility. However he is still able to speak lucidly and has done Q&A sessions at conventions. Since recovering from his stroke he has also voiced Auntie Whispers in Over the Garden Wall (2014) and played the Criminologist in The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016).

One of his favorite movies is the horror film Don't Look Now (1973).

Had a dog named Frank.

His agent is Marcia Hurwitz.

He has two roles in common with Charlton Heston: (1) Heston played Cardinal Richelieu in The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974) while Curry played him in The Three Musketeers (1993) and (2) Heston played Long John Silver in Treasure Island (1990) while Curry played him in Muppet Treasure Island (1996).

Has played characters who could remove their heads scientifically (Dr. Pretorious on the animated series The Mask (1995)) and magically (as Caliph Kapok on the animated series Aladdin (1994)).

Attended the prestigious Kingswood School in Bath, Somerset, England from the age of 12 to 18, the school initially being founded for the children of Methodist ministers.

Made a rare public appearance on the red carpet at the 19th annual Actors Fund Tony Awards Viewing Party in Los Angeles to receive the organization's lifetime achievement award.

Was considered for the role of Jafar in Aladdin (1992).

Has English, Irish and Scottish ancestry.

Was considered for the role of Scar in The Lion King (1994).

For many years, he did not publicly acknowledge his role as Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the 1990 made-for-TV movie It (1990), based on the novel by Stephen King, until a 2015 interview with Moviefone in which he called the role "a wonderful part".

After securing Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern for Home Alone (1990), Chris Columbus felt confident enough to cast actors who were his heroes growing up like Catherine O'Hara after seeing her work on SCTV (1976), as well as John Heard and then Curry and Rob Schneider on Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) because they were all open to the films.

Is a fan of Australian drama series Prisoner (1979), with Joan Ferguson as his favorite character.

Was in three different movies that took place at a spooky old giant house - The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), Clue (1985) and Scary Movie 2 (2001). All three of those had a scene with people eating dinner at a big table, with something gross being served.

Despite being widely known for his terrifying performance as Pennywise the Clown in It (1990), Curry has suffered a debilitating case of coulrophobia (a fear of clowns) most of his life. His contract explicitly stated that while on set, there were to be no reflective surfaces within sight of him while he was in makeup, and a makeup tech was very nearly fired for having a makeup mirror in his hand while Curry was having his makeup applied.

He was offered the chance to reprise his famous role as Pennywise in It (2017) but turned it down. He later praised Bill Skarsgård as a ''great choice'' for the role.

Has never discussed his private life in interviews.

Has had no interest in being cast in conventional "leading man" roles.

He has appeared in one film that has been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).

He was in mind for two villain roles in the late 1980s: Judge Doom and The Joker. Ultimately, both of the roles were played by someone else.

He is a big fan the Scooby Doo franchise, which is how he got the role of Ben Ravencroft in Scooby Doo and the Witches Ghost. He was offered another role in Scooby Doo (2002) as Mondavarious, but turned down the role after learning that Scrappy Doo was in the film because like many fans of the franchise, he did not like Scrappy Doo.