What happened to Rocky Horror Picture Show cast – cancer, death, stroke tragedy

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Let's do the Time Warp again, as a new tour of The Rocky Horror Picture Show kicks off this week. Starring Strictly champ Ore Oduba, it begins in Southampton on Friday.

Originally a stage musical, it became a classic film The Rocky Horror Picture show in 1975. It saw couple Brad and Janet seek shelter at a castle full of eccentric characters including the stocking-wearing Frank-N-Furter.

Since then it has become a cult hit and fans still dress up for screenings.

Ore has enjoyed getting to grips with his role as Brad, saying: "There's a drag queen in all of us. I'm certainly not unfamiliar with a bit of cheeky cross-dress?"

But what happened to the stars of the film? Daily Star investigates…

Tim Curry

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Cheshire-born Curry was mad cross-dressing scientist Dr Frank-N-Furter and the role catapulted him to fame.

He carried on working in theatre but also had roles in films including Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Clue, Muppet Treasure Island and Charlie’s Angels. Curry also played terrifying Pennywise the Clown in the 1990 series It, based on the Stephen King book, and Cardinal Richelieu in 1993’s The Three Musketeers. Plus he found time to release three albums.

The 75-year-old, who has never married or had children, suffered a stroke in 2012 and has used a wheelchair since.

Richard O’Brien

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O’Brien played handyman Riff Raff but also wrote the Rocky Horror musical and film screenplay.

Born in Cheltenham, his family emigrated to New Zealand when he was 10. Post-Rocky Horror, O’Brien went on to appear in films Flash Gordon, Ever After and Dungeons & Dragons.

But Brits will best remember him as the harmonica-playing host of the Crystal Maze on Channel 4 between 1990 and 1993.

He has spoken of his fluid gender identity, saying: "I believe myself probably to be about 70% male, 30% female… I think of myself as a third sex and it makes things easier."

O’Brien, 79, has been married three times and has three children. Most recently, he wed Sabrina Galf, who’s 35 years his junior, in 2013 and the pair live in New Zealand.

Susan Sarandon

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Sarandon played Janet Weiss in the film. She’s since gone on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars and bagged an Oscar to boot. She’s been in Thelma and Louise, The Witches of Eastwick and Dead Man Walking.

She dated David Bowie and Sean Penn before starting a relationship with actor Tim Robbins who she met when they filmed 1988’s Bull Durham together. They split in 2009.

Earlier this year she appeared on a podcast and was asked what she looks for in a man. She replied: "I don’t care if it’s a man or a woman. I mean, I’m open to all age, all colour. And those for me, those things are just details."

The mum of three, 74, is also known for her political activism. You can next see her in the third instalment of the Bad Moms film franchise – Bad Moms’ Moms.

Barry Bostwick

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Bostiwick played Brad Majors, his most famous role. He went on to appear on stage and in TV shows including Spin City, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

He most recently starred in Courteney Cox sitcom Cougar Town between 2009 and 2015. Aged 76, the twice-married dad of two is still working regularly today.

Charles Gray

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Gray played the expert criminologist who also serves as the narrator, but was previously Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever.

After Rocky Horror, he played Mycroft Holmes opposite Jeremy Brett’s Sherlock in the 1980s TV series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Gray, who never married, died of cancer aged 71 in 2000.

Patricia Quinn

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Belfast-born Quinn was Riff Raff’s sister Magenta. She went to appear in Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life in 1983 and starred in one-off episodes of Doctor Who, Bergerac and The Bill.

In January 1995, Quinn married the actor Sir Robert Stephens, who died in November that year.

He was formerly wed to Downton Abbey star Maggie Smith. Now Lady Stephens and aged 77, the mum of one is also related to two members of the band Snow Patrol – Jonny and Bradley Quinn are her nephews.

Nell Campbell

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Australian actress Campbell – better known by her stage name Little Nell – was groupie Columbia.

She signed a record contract afterwards and released the single Stilettos and Lipstick. Its B-side Do The Swim became better known though after she performed it on a TV show in 1975 in which she accidentally kept flashing her boobs – the clip then made it onto many bloopers shows including It’ll Be Alright on the Night.

She opened a nightclub and two restaurants in New York but now the 68-year-old lives in Australia with her daughter.

Meat Loaf

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The rocker was Eddie, the former lover of Frank-N-Furter and Columbia’s current squeeze.

Known for his music, he released his Bat Out Of Hell album trilogy which featured mega hit I’d Do Anything for Love and sold more than 40 million copies.

He won a BRIT award in 1994, appeared in 1997’s Spice World and 1999’s Fight Club. Now 73, he’s been married twice and has two daughters.

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