British character actor Tim Curry, 67, is reported to be “doing great” after suffering a major stroke at his Hollywood Hills home. Although few details are available about the stroke, sources close to the actor said he was having debilitating asthma attacks after a chest infection.
Born April 19,1946, Timothy James “Tim” 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.” Following “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.” He also played the villain in the movie “Charlie’s Angels” opposite Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz, etc.
Tim Curry is also noted composer and a singer who has toured the United States and Europe with his own band and released four albums on A&M Records. In addition to an active movie and television career, he is a sought-after actor for CD-ROM productions. His distinctive voice can be heard on more than a dozen audio books, and in countless animated television series and videos.
Timothy James Curry was born in Grappenhall, Cheshire, in 1946. His father James, a Methodist Royal Navy chaplain, died aged 45 when Curry was only 12. His mother Patricia, a school secretary died of cancer, and his older sister, Judy, a concert pianist. died of a brain tumor in the early 2000’s.
The extremely private actor never married and never had any children. He rarely talks about his personal life. While he is said to live alone with his dog, Frank, it is not known if he has a partner.
According to the CDC, “approximately 795,000 Americans suffer from strokes each year, ranging from transiet-ischemic attacks (TIAs) or mini strokes to ischemic strokes, brought on when a vessel supplying blood to the brain becomes blocked by fatty deposits in arteries (atherosclerosis) which can cause blood clots to form. As well as hemorrhagic strokes which occur when a weakened blood vessel ruptures and bleeds into the brain.
Stroke symptoms may differ, depending upon the type of stroke, where it occurs in the brain, and how severe it is. A less severe stroke may be more difficult to recognize. However, someone having a stroke is more likely to have one or more of the following sudden warning signs: Numbness or weakness in your face, arm, or leg, especially on one side; Confusion or trouble understanding other people; Trouble speaking; Difficulty seeing with one or both eyes; Trouble walking or staying balanced or coordinated; Dizziness; and Severe headache that comes on for no known reason.
If you or someone else is experiencing any of these signs for more than a few minutes, call 911right away.