ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

It's hard to imagine a movie that has the cult standing to get a load of middle-aged men cramming themselves into lingerie, but The Rocky Horror Picture Show does just that on the regular!

When I first laid eyes on this all-singing, all-dancing campstravaganza of absurdity, I had no idea what the hell I was watching, but I knew I loved it!

Okay, so the Sweet Transylvanian Transvestite wasn't quite a hot as my confused gothic soul wanted him to be, but can anyone argue with a movie where the cast is unknowingly served Meat Loaf (the rock star, not the food) for dinner?

So, let's do the Time Warp and have a look at what these icons of 1975 are up to now!

Tim Curry (Dr. Frank-N-Furter)

Age Now: 68

What's he been up to? The sweet transvestite From Transexual, Transalvania is a man of colossal talent. Tim Curry has active careers in the diverse fields of theatre, movies, television and voice acting.

You can watch him in such comedy classics as Mr. Hector in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York and Long John Silver in Muppet Treasure Island, but Curry also tried his hand at action as Dr. Yevgeniy Petrov in The Hunt for Red October and Roger Corwin in Charlie's Angels.

Although Tim Curry guest starred in numerous TV shows such as Roseanne, Tales from the Crypt and Will and Grace, he is best known for his numerous voice acting roles.

Believe it or not, this corset-wearing mad scientist was also the voice of Nigel Thornberry in The Wild Thornberries, Captain Hook in the animated Peter Pan and the Pirates series and Professor Finbar Calamitous in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.

Top Trivia: Originally, Curry envisioned Dr. Frank-N-Furter as having a German accent and peroxide blond hair. During rehearsals, the character organically evolved an American accent until it was finally decided he should be British. Curry explained that he wanted Fran-N-Furter to sound like the Queen.


Susan Sarandon (Janet Weiss)

Age Now: 67

What's she been up to? Susan Sarandon has bathed in the spotlight and bagged numerous awards since playing the heroine in Rocky Horror.

For her best work look to 1995's Dead Man Walking which earned Sarandon an Oscar for best actress, or skip a year earlier to 1994's The Client which nabbed this stellar actress a Bafta.

Sarandon has played arguably some of the most iconic roles in modern cinema including Louise in Thelma & Louise and mother Marmee in Little Women (which also stars a stellar cast of Winona Rider, Clare Danes, Kristen Dunst and Christian Bale. Who knew!).

Sarandon has also dabbled in voice work and her vocal talents pop up in places you would least expect them. For example, she supplied the voice for Miss Spider in James and the Giant Peach and Coco LaBouche in Rugrats in Paris.

Top Trivia: Susan Sarandon recently revealed she had a sizzling affair with musical legend David Bowie... Apparently, he's "worth idolizing". Oooh La La!


Barry Bostwick (Brad Majors)

Age Now: 69

What's he been up to? Barry Bostwick earned his musical stripes long before The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

In 1972, Bostwick was the first to play the role of bad boy Danny Zuko in the stage production of Grease, and he earned a Tony Award for his efforts.

After playing the hero Brad in the campstravaganza of Rocky Horror, Bostwick made some pretty dicey career choices. Namely, starring in 1982's Megaforce, a movie so bad that it is widely named as the worst movie ever made and with a soul destroying 3.4 on IMDB.

Thankfully, Bostwick clawed himself back in the medium of TV. He is probably best known for playing Randall Winston opposite Michael J. Fox in the sitcom Spin City between 1996 and 2002.

Top Trivia: This Tony winning actor used to be in a rock band named The Klowns who, predictably, performed in full clown makeup and costume. Needless to say, this didn't go well, but the you might just remember their single Lady Love...


Richard O'Brien (Riff Raff)

Age Now: 72

What's he been up to? Richard O'Brien didn't just act in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, this maverick actor, television presenter and theater performer wrote it too.

O'Brien has written numerous musicals alongside arranger Richard Hartley, but he is perhaps best known for a rather bizarre British TV show...

Anyone from over the Atlantic (me included) looks upon O'Brien with adoration as the eccentric host of the hit action game show The Crystal Maze. If you're into a bald dude throwing sardonic put downs at a bunch of stressed weirdo's with staggeringly '90s hair in boiler suits, I would highly recommend.

If not, look out for O'Brien in cult classics such as Spiceworld (yes, really!) and as the best bit of the diabolical Dungeons & Dragons.

Top Trivia: Just watch this video instead!


Patricia Quinn (Magenta)

Age Now: 70

What's she been up to? Belfast born Patricia Quinn's career has been sparse since her Rocky Horror days, but she has appeared in some reasonably high profile flicks. Look out for her as Livilla in 1976's I, Claudius and Mrs. Williams in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.

In September 2006, Quinn made an unlikely career move and re-launched herself as a DJ, hosting the monthly Club Myra night at various venues in Central London. Amazing!

Top Trivia: Quinn's husband, Robert Steven's, died in 1995, less than a year after they married. Although this is tragic, he did leave her with an unusual inheritance - a title. The actor was knighted before he died, so Patricia Quinn is also officially known as Lady Stephens.


Nell Campbell (Columbia)

Age Now: 61

What's she been up to? The baby of the Rocky Horror Picture Show crew, Nell Campbell gained her role in the cult movie because she could tap dance.

Shortly after her Rocky Horror role, Campbell attempted to launch a pop career with the songs Do the Swim and Stillettos and Lipstick. Unfortunately this didn't go well and she became better known for a disastrous BBC TV appearance where she accidentally flashed her breasts... Repeatedly.

She went on to appear in reasonably well received movies such as 1984's The Killing Fields and 1998's Great Expectations, but Campbell had the most success as a New York club and restaurant owner.

Top Trivia: When Nell arrived from Australia to Britain she sold clothes at Kensington Market to make ends meet and, she was in good company. Her stall was next to none other than Freddie Mercury's!


Jonathan Adams (Dr. Everett V. Scott)

Jonathan Adams sadly died of a stroke in 2005 at the age of 74.

The British actor is little known out of his native country, but the Brits among us will probably remember him best as Professor Marriott in Yes, Prime Minister.


Peter Hinwood (Rocky Horror)

Age Now: 68

What's he been up to? Hinwood wilted away from the spotlight after Rocky Horror and is now an antiques dealer in London.

When asked why he retired from acting in 2000, Hinwood didn't mince his words. The actor explained that;

One, I can't act. Two, I cringe with embarrassment every time I see myself on film. Three, I relish a quiet, peaceful life

Top Trivia: Hinwood's mostly mute character's singing was dubbed in post-production by Australian singer Trevor White.


Meat Loaf (Eddie)

Age Now: 66

What's he been up to? Apart from torturing me for years with his ear-meltingly over-dramatic rock ballads (thanks, Dad), Meat Loaf has had a surprisingly diverse movie career.

Look out for more delicious Meat Loaf action in Fight Club, where he plays Robert "Bob" Paulson, or the weird and wonderful Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, where, in a stroke of genius casting, he plays Jack Black's dad.

Top Trivia: Somehow, Meat Loaf is one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has worldwide sales of more than 80 million records under his ample belt.


Which Rocky Horror Picture Show Star Surprised You the Most?

(Source: NY Daily News, Screen Crush and Wikipedia)


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