Tim Curry is a prolific actor who has appeared in many films, television programs, and lent his voice to many animated characters. The following performances are some of the best of Tim Curry’s work in film.
6. “Muppet Treasure Island”
What’s more villainous than a bad guy who admits he’s the bad guy after passing himself off as a good guy? This is what Tim Curry’s character of Long John Silver does in “Muppet Treasure Island”. What really sells Curry’s performance in this movie is his ability to sing. His strong vocals steal the show and Tim Curry overshadows everyone else in the movie, including the Muppets. Rumor has it that Long John Silver happens to be one of Tim Curry’s favorite performances – and the man has over 200 film and television credits to his name.
5. “Rugrats Go Wild”
Nigel Thornberry is one of Tim Curry’s good guy roles, and the only one on this list that isn’t even the tiniest bit shady. The movie may be animated, and a cross-over between Nickelodeon cartoons “Rugrats” and “The Wild Thornberries”, but “Rugrats Go Wild” has a very dramatic moment that is really sold by a combination of good animation and Tim Curry’s voice acting. Imagine being stuck in an unresponsive submarine underwater, and running out of oxygen. Now throw a handful of kids in there, and one just announced that she wants to go home. Nigel Thornberry is put into this situation, and Tim Curry helps to make it one of the saddest moments in Nickelodeon history.
4. “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”
It’s hard to say that Tim Curry is a “bad guy” in “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”, but he’s certainly not Kevin’s side. Tim Curry plays Mr. Hector, the hotel concierge who does all of Kevin’s bidding until his credit card comes up stolen. The Cheshire cat grin that Curry is so famous for makes an appearance in this movie, and you can see him scheming in his eyes. Mr. Hector is one of the more important supporting characters in the movie because he is an obstacle between Kevin being reunited with his family, and the character is just so fun to watch.
Tim Curry plays Wadsworth, the butler in “Clue”, though his “good guy/bad guy” status is defined mostly by which ending you see. However, Wadsworth is the glue that holds the story together. He introduces everyone, he tells them what’s going on, and he helps lead the characters in their adventure. Wadsworth is also quick to piece together the clues in the mystery. He is also really funny. Tim Curry is no stranger to comedy and his dry wit goes over well in this board game based adventure.
Tim Curry, as an actor, has two iconic roles. One of them is Pennywise the Clown from “It”. As Pennywise, Tim Curry has contributed to a generation being afraid of clowns. As a kid-killing clown, Pennywise is terrifying. Being that Tim Curry is playing him, he is also at times quite funny, especially in the 90s when he’s mocking the grown-up versions of children who have defeated him before.
1. “Rocky Horror Picture Show”
Speaking of iconic Tim Curry roles, nothing tops Frank N. Furter from “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” This is the one role nearly everyone knows Tim Curry for, and it is definitely one of his funnest. Frank N. Furter is a sex-addicted bisexual transvestite mad scientist who holds the secret to life itself – and also, pretty evil. He also gets all the best songs in the entire movie and makes everyone want to rock out in their 7-inch heels.
With over 200 film and television credits to his name, it can be pretty hard to decide which Tim Curry performances are truly the best. However, these performances are must see for anyone who wants to know who Tim Curry is and get the tiniest glimpse of his range.
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