Tim Curry Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award Two Years After Stroke, Says Sense of Humor Has Been 'Absolutely Vital' to Recovery

The Emmy-nominated actor has rarely made public appearances following his 2012 stroke

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Actor Tim Curry made a rare public appearance on the red carpet Sunday at the 19th annual Actors Fund Tony Awards Viewing Party in Los Angeles to receive the organization’s lifetime achievement award.

Two years after suffering a stroke that left him using a wheelchair, Curry, 69, was honored 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 marvelous organization. I hope not to have to use it.”

Curry, who originated roles in Broadway musicals like Spamalot and My Favorite Year, is best known for his iconic turn on both stage and screen as Frank ‘n’ Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The star looks back on the role “with a sort of bemused tolerance.”

“It’s neither a blessing nor a curse. I was lucky to get it,” he told the magazine.

Curry called maintaining his sense of humor through rehabilitation “absolutely vital” but “not tough.”

“It is just part of my DNA,” he said.

The Brit also said the award “solidifies” his work in the American acting community and expressed his gratitude for the honor.

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“It’s very gracious of them, I think. I was thrilled when they told me and I am thrilled now,” he said.

The other recipients of the Actors Fund Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Tony Awards Viewing Party were Theodore Bikel, Alfred Molina and Scandal‘s Joe Morton.

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