Tim Curry is still looking on the bright side of life.
The legendary stage and screen actor 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. The Actors Fund is a human-services group that supports professionals in the performing arts and entertainment.
Curry, who suffered a stroke in 2012 that left him using a wheelchair, was honored for his Broadway career. He originated roles in Broadway musicals including My Favorite Year and Spamalot, and has appeared in the 1982 film version of Annie, though he is most famously known for both his stage and screen turns as Frank 'n' Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Curry told Los Angeles Magazine that the honor "sort of solidifies the kind of work the American acting community has given me for years now. It's very gracious of them, I think," he said, adding that he was thrilled.
"I'm doing well and I'm looking forward to [the event]," he said. "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 also noted that his sense of humor has been "absolutely vital" and that it's not tough to maintain it. "It is just part of my DNA."
But how does he look back on his Rocky Horror role? "With a sort of bemused tolerance," he answered. "It's neither a blessing nor a curse."
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