Tim Curry Receives Lifetime Achievement Award, Makes Rare Public Appearance

by Rosalyn Oshmyansky 9:38 AM PDT, June 09, 2015
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It was a rare public outing for The Rocky Horror Picture Show legend.

Nearly three years after suffering a stroke, Tim Curry accepted Lifetime Achievement Award at The Actors Fund Tony Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, and he was in good spirits on the red carpet.

The 69-year-old actor told Los Angeles Magazine that his sense of humor is "absolutely vital."

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"It's not tough to maintain," he said. "It is just part of my DNA."

He also spoke about the classic Dr. Frank 'n' Furter role that he brought to life in the 1975 cult film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and then reprised in the Broadway adaptation, which was also his first show on stage.

Now,  he looks back at the experience, "with a sort of bemused tolerance. It’s neither a blessing nor a curse," he told the mag. "I was lucky to get it."

Curry was honored for his theatrical career as he's made his name known in Amadeus, Spamalot and My Favorite Year, just to name a few.

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He expressed that the lifetime achievement award "solidifies" his work. "It's very gracious of them, I think. I was thrilled when they told me and I am thrilled now," he said.

Broadway stars Theodore Bikel, Alfred Molina and Joe Morton also received The Actors Fund Lifetime Achievement Award this year.

Check out the video below to see The Big Bang Theory cast do a Rocky Horror tribute.