Curtis Armstrong in 2014
November 27, 1953 |
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, singer|
|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 Miles Dalby in Risky Business, 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, in addition to the role of Metatron in the series Supernatural.
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 graduated from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.
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 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.
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 continues to play the angel Metatron in several episodes in the 9th and 10th seasons of Supernatural.
|1986–1989||Moonlighting||Herbert Quentin Viola|
|1993–1997||The Terrible Thunderlizards||Scooter|
|1995||Lois & Clark||Albie Swenson||Episode: "Resurrection" Season 2 Episode 17 |
|1998||The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer||Confederate soldier||Episode: "Up, Up and Away"|
|1999||3rd Rock from the Sun||Ken Fretts||Episode: "The Baby Menace"|
|2001||That '70s Show||Jerry Thunder||Episode: "Radio Daze"|
|2005–2006||The Buzz on Maggie||Mr. Bugspit|
|2005||Grey's Anatomy||Robert Martin||2 episodes|
|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"|
|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|
|2012–2015||Robot and Monster||Robot/Marf||Voice|
|2013||Bones||Oscar Schultz||Episode: "The Blood from the Stones"|
|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||16 episodes|
|2015||Workaholics||Richard Ottmar||Episode "Triva Pursuit"|
|2015||Highston||Uncle Billy||Amazon Originals Pilot episode|
- 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]
- "WATCH: ‘Planes 2: Fire & Rescue’ Full Length Trailer". Stitch Kingdom. 2014-02-05. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
- Curtis Armstrong at the Internet Movie Database
- Curtis Armstrong at AllMovie
- "Curtis Armstrong: Booger and Beyond". Rocker: The Lifestyle Magazine for Mature Hipsters. Eldercore LLC. February 2014.