Curtis Armstrong

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Curtis Armstrong
Born (1953-11-27) November 27, 1953 (age 60)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actor, voice actor, singer
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Elaine Aronson (m. 1994)

Curtis Armstrong (born November 27, 1953) is an American actor known for his portrayal as Booger in the Revenge of the Nerds movies, as Herbert Viola on Moonlighting, as famed record producer Ahmet Ertegün in the film Ray and for voicing the titular character in the show Dan Vs. He is also the co-host of the TBS reality television competition series King of the Nerds.

Early life[edit]

Armstrong was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Norma E. (née D'Amico), a teacher, and Robert Leroy Armstrong. He graduated from Berkley High School in Berkley, Michigan, and later attended and was graduated from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.[1]

Career[edit]

His first role came in the 1983 hit film Risky Business. However, he is probably best known for his role of Booger in Revenge of the Nerds and its sequel Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise. He later reprised his role as Booger in the 1992 television movie Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation and the 1994 television movie Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love. Armstrong's typecasting in the role was mocked in The Simpsons episode “E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)”. His other films include Better Off Dead, Big Bully, One Crazy Summer, Bad Medicine, National Lampoon's Van Wilder, Smokin' Aces, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, Jingle All The Way, Southland Tales, and Beer for My Horses. He also had a recurring role as Herbert Viola on the television series Moonlighting, and played the part of Ahmet Ertegün in the biographical film Ray (2004).

Armstrong provided the voice for Mr. Moleguaco on the Disney Channel original series The Emperor's New School. Curtis was also in Akeelah and the Bee and Max Keeble's Big Move. He played "Farley", a fictional composite character based on members of Elvis Presley's real entourage in the 1997 cult-comedy film Elvis Meets Nixon. He also had a bit part as "Russ" on the short-lived TV show Reaper.

He voices "Snot" on the animated sitcom American Dad!, parodying his role from Revenge of the Nerds. He also had a role as Double Wide in the cartoon series Stroker and Hoop on Adult Swim. He appeared in the 2006 production of Akeelah and the Bee as Mr. Welch. He was on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars despite being thirty when he played his first role. He played "Mecklen" in the 2007 film, Smokin' Aces.

In the feature film Ray, for preparation for his role as music executive Ahmet Ertegün, he had the top part of his head shaved to simulate male pattern baldness. He guest starred in episode 10 — "Much Too Much" — and had a much smaller part in episode 11 — "Owner of a Lonely Heart" — in season two of Grey's Anatomy. Armstrong played a deejay named Jerry Thunder on That '70s Show, episode 315, "Radio Daze."

In 2008, he guest starred on the iCarly episode "iStakeout" as a convenience store clerk who was suspected of pirating movies. In 2009 he appeared in Ratko: The Dictator's Son, and Locker 13. He played fictional astronaut Chaz Dalton on an episode of the TV series My Name is Earl. From 2008–2013 he portrayed Dr Parker/Dr Dawson on The Game.

2009 found Armstrong playing a paranoid character in a mental institution on the House season six premiere, "Broken". Also in 2009 Armstrong appeared in American Pie Presents: The Book of Love, as a teacher obsessed with the principal of the school, and he also appeared as a bumbling bandit in the movie "Gold Retrievers".

In 2010 he made a guest appearance on the television show Glory Daze and currently voices the main character on the animated series Dan Vs.. He also voices Robot in Robot and Monster. He also appeared on Spike TV's Blue Mountain State (S01E11). In 2011, he appeared on an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and has a recurring role as attorney Peter Goldman on season seven of The Closer.

On October 27, 2011, he appeared as himself on the television show Rules of Engagement.

In addition to his acting career, Armstrong's affinity for the music of Harry Nilsson has prompted him to become an expert on Nilsson's work. He has written liner notes for CD reissues of Nilsson albums and has been instrumental in archival and bonus track preparation for these reissues. Additionally, Armstrong is an avid fan of Washington Irving, Laurel and Hardy, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories.

Armstrong and former Revenge of the Nerds co-star Robert Carradine host the TBS reality TV competition series King of the Nerds. The series, which pits contestants with expertise in a variety of geek interests to see who will be crowned with the eponymous title, premiered in January 2013.

In May 2013, Armstrong appeared as Dr. Foster in an episode of New Girl.

He also played Metatron in several episodes in the 9th season of Supernatural .

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role
1983 Risky Business Miles
1984 Revenge of the Nerds Dudley "Booger" Dawson
1985 Better Off Dead Charles De Mar
1986 The Clan of the Cave Bear Goov
One Crazy Summer Ack Ack Raymond
1987 Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise Dudley "Booger" Dawson
1989 How I Got Into College Arcadia Bible Academy Recruiter
1992 Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation Dudley "Booger" Dawson
1994 Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love Dudley "Booger" Dawson
1996 Big Bully Clark
Jingle All the Way Chain Smoking Booster
2002 Van Wilder Campus Cop
2003 Quigley Dexter Persley
2004 DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story Mr. Ralph
The Seat Filler LaJean
Vendetta: No Conscience, No Mercy Brodrick Dooley
Ray Ahmet Ertegun
2006 National Lampoon's Pucked Janitor
Akeelah and the Bee Mr. Welch
Southland Tales Dr. Soberin Exx
Smokin' Aces Mecklen
2008 Beer for My Horses D.A.
2009 Legally Blondes Mr. Gary Golden
American Pie Presents: The Book of Love Mr. O'Donnell
2011 Flypaper Mitchell Wolf
The Dog Who Saved Halloween (TV movie) Max
2012 Sparkle Larry
2014 Planes: Fire & Rescue[2] Maru (voice)

Television[edit]

Year Series Role Notes
1986–1989 Moonlighting Herbert Quentin Viola
1993–1997 The Terrible Thunderlizards Scooter
1999 Felicity Danny 3 episodes
2001 That '70s Show Jerry Thunder Episode: "Radio Daze"
2005–present American Dad! Snot
2005-2006 The Buzz on Maggie Mr. Bugspit
2006-2008 The Emperor's New School Mr. Moleguaco
2007 Wizards Of Waverly Place Zit Episode: "Pop Me And We Both Go Down"
Ghost Whisperer Harold Episode: "The Walk-In"
2008 iCarly Store Clerk Episode: "iStakeout"
Psych Jervis Episode: "The Old and the Restless"
2008-13 The Game Dr. Parker/Dr. Dawson
2009 My Name is Earl Chaz Dalton Episode: "Chaz Dalton Space Academy"
House Richter Episode: "Broken"
2010 Blue Mountain State Ronnie Hayes Episode: "Ransom"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Clint Pudder Episode: "The Panty Sniffer"
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm Computer Guy Episode: "The Safe House"
Rules of Engagement Himself Episode: "Bros Before Nodes"
That's Our Joe Snot Episode: "You Can't Do the 'Lunchables All Star Show', Joe"
2011–2012 The Closer Peter Goldman 6 episodes
2011–2013 Dan Vs. Dan
2012–2013 Robot and Monster Robot/Marf
2013 Bones Oscar Schultz
Hot in Cleveland Clark Episode: "Lost Loves and Tangled Web"
New Girl Mr. Foster
2013-Present King of the Nerds Himself, in reference to Dudley "Booger" Dawson 8 episodes
Supernatural Metatron 6 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sandoval, Emiliana. "Five Things: about Curtis Armstrong", Detroit Free Press, May 1, 2006. Accessed May 31, 2007. "Local guy Curtis Armstrong has carved out a steady film career. His most recent movie, "Akeelah and the Bee," came out Friday. STARTING OUT Armstrong was born in 1953 in Detroit and graduated from Berkley High School."[dead link]
  2. ^ "WATCH: ‘Planes 2: Fire & Rescue’ Full Length Trailer". Stitch Kingdom. 2014-02-05. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 

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