Curtis Armstrong

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Curtis Armstrong
Curtis Armstrong by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Curtis Armstrong at Phoenix Comicon in 2017
Born (1953-11-27) November 27, 1953 (age 66)
OccupationActor, voice actor, singer
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)
Elaine Aronson
(m. 1994)
ChildrenLily

Curtis Armstrong (born November 27, 1953) is an American actor and singer best known for playing the roles of Booger in the Revenge of the Nerds movies, Herbert Viola on the TV series Moonlighting, Miles Dalby in the film Risky Business, famed record producer Ahmet Ertegun in the film Ray as well as for playing the role of Metatron on the TV series Supernatural.

He is also known for providing his voice for such characters as Schmuley "Snot" Lonstein on the animated TV series American Dad! and Maru in the animated film Planes: Fire & Rescue in addition to portraying the title character on the animated TV series Dan Vs. and Ezekiel the Cockroach on Doom Patrol .

From 2013 to 2015, he served as the co-host of the TBS reality television competition series King of the Nerds.

Personal life[edit]

Armstrong was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Norma E. (née D'Amico), a teacher of Italian (Abruzzese) descent, and Robert Leroy Armstrong. He graduated from Berkley High School in Berkley, Michigan, and later graduated from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.[1] Armstrong had a Catholic upbringing, but converted to Judaism when he married Elaine Aronson.[2][3] His daughter Lily Armstrong was born in 1996. Armstrong announced via social media that his father died on May 25, 2020 of COVID-19.[4][5]

Career[edit]

His first role came in the 1983 film Risky Business. However, he is 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 Ertegun in the biographical film Ray (2004).

Armstrong provided the voices for Mr. Moleguaco and Mr. Bugspit on the Disney Channel original series The Emperor's New School and The Buzz on Maggie. Armstrong was also in Akeelah and the Bee. 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.

Armstrong in 2014

Armstrong was cast in the 2000 film Shanghai Noon as Wild West hawker Bulldog Drummond, but all three scenes in which his character appears were cut from the film during the editing phase.[6] 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 Ertegun, 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 2006 Armstrong was in an episode of Boston Legal. In 2008, he guest starred on the iCarly episode "iStakeout" as a convenience store clerk who was suspected of making unauthorized copies of 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 began voicing 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. He reprises this role in season four of Major Crimes.

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 enthusiast of 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 continues to play the angel Metatron in several episodes in the 9th, 10th and 11th seasons of Supernatural.

Also, he is currently playing the pizza delivery guy in Domino's homage to Tom Cruise's role in Risky Business.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role
1983 Risky Business Miles Dalby
1984 Revenge of the Nerds Dudley "Booger" Dawson
1985 Better Off Dead Charles De Mar
Bad Medicine Dennis Gladstone
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
1991 Hi Honey - I'm Dead Arnold Pischkin
1992 Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation Dudley "Booger" Dawson
1994 Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love
1996 Big Bully Clark
Jingle All the Way Chain Smoking Booster
1998 Safety Patrol Bert Miller/Tim Bartlett
2002 Van Wilder Campus Cop
Project Viper Keach
2003 Quigley Dexter Persley
My Dinner with Jimi Herb Cohen
Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt Jerry the Butler
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
2007 Route 30 Ned
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[7] Maru (voice)
2019 Malibu Rescue Mr. Rathbone, a school janitor
2020 Malibu Rescue The Next Wave Mr. Rathbone, a school janitor
TBA Barbie

Television[edit]

Year Series Role Notes
1986–1989 Moonlighting Herbert Quentin Viola
1991 Hi Honey – I'm Dead Arnold Pischkin TV movie
1993–1997 The Terrible Thunderlizards Scooter Voice; Main role
1995 M.A.N.T.I.S B.B. Rantzer Episode: "Fast Forward" Season 1 Episode 21[8]
Lois & Clark Albie Swenson Episode: "Resurrection" Season 2 Episode 17 [9]
1997 The Hunger Bart Brookman Episode: "Room 117"
1998 Brimstone Jimmy G. Episode: "Repentance"
1998 The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer Confederate soldier Episode: "Up, Up and Away"
1998 Love Boat: The Next Wave Mitch Beeber Episode: "Remember?"
1999 Felicity Danny 3 episodes
1999 3rd Rock from the Sun Ken Fretts Episode: "The Baby Menace"
2001 The Amanda Show Video Store Clerk "Moody's Point Segment"
2001 That '70s Show Jerry Thunder Episode: "Radio Daze"
2001-2002 The Chronicle Sal the Pig-Boy 14 episodes
2004 Joan of Arcadia Security Guard / God Episode: "State of Grace"
2005–present American Dad! Snot Voice; Recurring role
2005-2006 The Buzz on Maggie Mr. Bugspit Voice; Recuirring role
2005 Grey's Anatomy Robert Martin 2 episodes
2006–2008 The Emperor's New School Mr. Moleguaco Voice; Recurring role
2007 Shredderman Rules Mayor Izzo TV movie
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 Recurring role
2011–2013 Dan Vs. Dan Voice, Main role
2012 Scandal Attorney Cole Episode: "Hell Hath No Fury"
2012–2015 Robot and Monster Robot, Marf, Robot-bot Voice, Main role
2013 Bones Oscar Schultz Episode: "The Blood from the Stones"
Hot in Cleveland Clark Episode: "Lost Loves and Tangled Web"
New Girl Dr. Foster Recurring role
2013–2015 King of the Nerds Himself, in reference to Dudley "Booger" Dawson Main role
2013–2016 Supernatural Metatron Recurring role
2015 Workaholics Richard Ottmar Episode "Triva Pursuit"
2015 Highston Uncle Billy Amazon Originals Pilot episode
2016 Major Crimes Peter Goldman Episodes "Hindsight" Parts 1 through 4
2016 Frequency Karl Episode: "Deviation"
2017 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Super Amazing Bouncy Ball (voice) 2 episodes
2017 MacGyver The Pawn Episode: "Packing Peanuts + Fire"
2018 Champaign ILL Burt Recurring role
2019 Doom Patrol Ezekiel the Cockroach (voice) 3 episodes
2019 Happy! Dayglo Doug 3 episodes
2019 The Loud House Mr. Gurdle (voice) Episode: "Stall Monitor"

Video games[edit]

Year Game Role
2000 Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption Pink
2010 Mafia II Civilians
2017 Style Savvy: Styling Star Voice

Music video[edit]

Year Music Video Artist
2018 Supernatural Parody 2 The Hillywood Show

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sandoval, Emiliana. "Five Things: about Curtis Armstrong"[permanent dead link], 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. ^ "Curtis Armstrong - My Life Of Dad". Lifeofdad.com, March 21, 2016.
  3. ^ "PGP 797: Robot And Booger". Archived from the original on October 16, 2017. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  4. ^ Armstrong, Curtis (May 26, 2020). "My dad Robert & me in London in 1973. I loved him. He loved his wife, my sister, Elaine and me. He adored my daughter Lily. He died yesterday of Covid-19, aged 92. He introduced me to Sherlock Holmes. Years later, I introduced him to Patrick O'Brian. So we're even.RIPpic.twitter.com/sUWIE3YOY0". @curtisisbooger. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  5. ^ "Curtis Armstrong". www.facebook.com. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  6. ^ Klein, James (July 28, 2013). "Shanghai Noon / Shanghai Knights (2000 / 2003)". Unrated Film. Retrieved March 4, 2020.
  7. ^ "WATCH: 'Planes 2: Fire & Rescue' Full Length Trailer". Stitch Kingdom. February 5, 2014. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  8. ^ "M.A.N.T.I.S.: Fast Forward". TV.com. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  9. ^ "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Resurrection". TV.com. Retrieved August 12, 2016.

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