Tim Curry made a rare public appearance on the red carpet at the 19th annual Tony Awards, last Sunday (7th June). The actor attended the viewing Party in Los Angeles to receive the a prestigious lifetime achievement award.
Two years after suffering a stroke that left him in need of a wheelchair, Curry, 69, was honoured for his storied Broadway career by the Actors Fund – a human-services group that supports professionals in the performing arts and entertainment.
“I’m doing well and I’m looking forward to it,” the actor told Los Angeles Magazine before the party. “I’ve done a few benefits for the Actors Fund and I think it’s a marvellous organisation. I hope not to have to use it.”
Curry, who originated roles in Broadway musicals such as Spamalot and My Favorite Year, is best known for his iconic turn on both stage and screen as Dr. Frank ‘n’ Furter in cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The star looked back on the role “with a sort of bemused tolerance.” He told the magazine,”it’s neither a blessing nor a curse. I was lucky to get it.”
Curry called maintaining his sense of humour through rehabilitation “absolutely vital” but “not tough.”
“It is just part of my DNA,” he said. The Brit also claimed that the award “solidified” his work in the American acting community and expressed humble gratitude for the honour.
Fellow Brit Dame Helen Mirren also won at the Tony’s for her acclaimed role as Elizabeth II in The Audience.