I’m not sure about most people, but I think you probably know who Tim Curry is. I suspect most people think of him as The Guy From Rocky Horror And Maybe Clue. Well, yes, he is the guy from Rocky Horror and the butler in Clue, but he is so much more! Seriously, you’ll be shocked when you realize how many ridiculous movies included Tim Curry as some sort of pseudo-villainous secondary character. When I went to make this list there were a few that even surprised me! So, ordered by increasing magnitudes of surprise that Tim Curry was in it/movie awesomeness, here it is. The top 8 Tim Curry movies you’ve probably forgotten about (or never knew about in the first place).
8. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York was yet another classic 90s movie with a score by John Williams. Here Curry plays the antagonistic concierge who’s suspicious of the “adult” staying with young lost-in-New-Yorker Kevin (Macaulay Culkin aka the “aahhh” kid). of course, Curry is entirely correct– the kid’s pulling a goddamn shenanigan. Many of Curry’s best moments are when Kevin uses clips from the fictional movie Angels With Even Filthier Souls (the sequel to the similarly fictional Angels With Filthy Souls shown in Home Alone 1) to trick, humiliate and generally give Curry the chance to be an uncomfortable British guy. Unrelated but equally important, who didn’t want a Talkboy tape recorder like Kevin’s?
7. Barbie in the Nutcracker
Who possesses that deep silky British voice emanating from the lips of the Mouse King in every six year old’s favorite Christmas ballet film? That’s right, in 2001 the man who would go on to be nominated for a Tony for Best Actor voiced the lead villain in Barbie in the Nutcracker. Seriously though, his voice acting is really good. Way better than the rest of the cast. Turns out, Curry’s voice acted in something like seventy movies. Now, because I babysat a lot in high school and/or because I am a child, I’ve actually seen several of the newer Barbie movies. I swear, The Nutcracker is a pretty good one. Indeed, it’s actually an important Barbie movie since it was the first made since 1992 (there have been nineteen others since). I can’t believe I just wrote that last line.
We’re going to keep this one short because this movie scares the shit out of me. I saw Stephen King’s It exactly once at a sleepover in middle school and I haven’t slept since. Obviously there was no way in hell I was re-watching it for this article. Curry doesn’t play one of the grown-ups fighting against their childhood fears, no, he actually plays Pennywise the Dancing Clown a.k.a It! Like I said, I really can’t talk about it, I even had to look away while I was picking a YouTube video. Weirdly enough, It is also maybe being remade. I hope Curry doesn’t reprise his role because then I’d have to go see it and then I’d cry.
You bet your bottom dollar that Tim Curry was in Annie. Yes, exactly the version of Annie you’re thinking of. The 1982 version with Carol Burnett that everyone watched when they were kids in the 80s. Initially, the only scene of Annie I remembered was the one where Annie jumps in the pool with Daddy Warbucks (as a kid I thought her swimcap was bizarre). I was shocked when I realized that Curry plays the Rooster Hannigan, the scheming brother of evil orphanage owner Miss Hannigan. The Currmeister rocks, but unfortunately the parts of the movie that don’t include him or Carol Burnett are pretty painful to watch. Under no circumstances should you show this movie to a child unless you want to hear it on replay for the next year. Unfortunately Curry will probably not be in the recently announced Will Smith remake staring Willow Smith.
4. Charlie’s Angels
Just a year before his big debut as the Mouse king, Curry played a (no surprise) maybe-bad guy Roger Corwin in the 2000 Charlie’s Angels (not to be confused with the sequel with Demi Moore). I feel like this is the movie you all were most likely to have seen and least likely to remember Tim Curry in. Probably because that scene where Cameron Diaz dances in her underwear is all you remember. He was totally there though, I swear, and in a not-small roll. Seriously, watch the clip (and then google that underwear dancing scene because I know you want to).
3. The Wild Thornberrys
I’m sure as soon as you read that last title you thought, “Holy shit, Tim Curry was Nigel Thornberry?!?” Indeed, Curry did voice Sir Nigel Archibald Thornberry in The Wild Thornberrys TV show as well as all of the movies. Anyone else who watched tons of The Wild Thornberrys as a kid can agree that Nigel Thornberry was fucking badass. He was a knighted wildlife documentarian who pulled his kids out of school to drive them around the world is some sort of absurdly cool RV thing. He was by far the best character on the show after Eliza’s Mom Who I Totally Had A Crush On.
2. Muppet Treasure Island
Muppet Treasure Island is the unrivaled best Muppet movie of all time. In fact, it’s the whole reason I wrote this article; basically I’m hoping this results in more people willing to watch Muppet Treasure Island with me. I love Muppets. I love Treasure. I love Islands. I love this movie. Curry plays Long John Silver, a fearsome pirate/cook/baritone who plots to steal Captain Flint’s treasure using Jim Hawkins map (for real, rent the movie). At this point you’re probably rolling your eyes that Curry plays yet another singing villain, but this is seriously his best role to date. Not just anyone can allude to a torrid former romance with Miss Piggy without sounding ridiculous. In this epic film, you will almost definitely be rooting for Curry and the Pirates. There’s no way the The Muppets, due out this November, will ever be able to top Muppet Treasure Island’s greatness.
1. Fern Gully
Yup. Timy Curry voiced Hexxsus. The bad guy sludge thing from Ferngully. I think we’re done here.