One of the best songs in The Rocky Horror Picture Show asks the musical question Whatever Happened to Fay Wray? Moviegoers might ask the same question about the actors who became cult saints just because they happened to appear in a future phenomenon.
Here are the answers provided by one of the best of many Internet Web sites devoted to the cult film, located at www.rockyhorror.com.
Tim Curry (Dr. Frank N. Furter) has dabbled in movie musicals since his breakthrough performance as the "sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania." Curry co-starred in the flop adaptation of Annie and added his voice to the animated fables Ferngully and The Pebble and the Penguin. His acting roles have rarely strayed from outrageousness _ check his villains in Congo and Muppet Treasure Island, for example _ in dozens of television appearances and cartoon voice-overs. He co-stars with Annie Potts in the ABC sitcom Over the Top. According to fan-site reports, Curry finds the continued Rocky Horror attention "annoying, but appreciates the fans."
Susan Sarandon (Janet Weiss) made the greatest leap from Rocky Horror to respectability when she won an Academy Award as best actress for Dead Man Walking in 1995. She never attempted musical theater again, choosing to perform indelible dramatic roles in such films as Thelma and Louise, The Client, Atlantic City and Lorenzo's Oil. A fan site reports that Sarandon still finds The Rocky Horror Picture Show "amusing, but doesn't understand why people are so obsessed with it."
Barry Bostwick (Brad Majors) hasn't been as much of a presence in feature films, with box office bombs such as Spy Hard, Weekend at Bernie's 2 and Roman Polanski's Pirates among his credits. On the small screen, however, he's a star, with at least 48 television appearances ranging from Anacin commercials to Irving Berlin's 100th birthday celebration to a pair of Disney Channel movies based on The Parent Trap. His most acclaimed role was playing George Washington in an Emmy-nominated miniseries. He co-stars with Michael J. Fox on the sitcom Spin City. Bostwick reportedly likes the raunchy musical spoof that jump-started his career.
Richard O'Brien (Riff Raff) was co-creator and songwriter of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and much of his career has followed the same twisted musical stage directions, including the cultish role of Mephistopheles Smith in Disgracefully Yours. He played bit parts in films that included Heaven Can Wait, Flash Gordon and Rough Night in Jericho. O'Brien, of course, loves The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Pat Quinn (Magenta) has one of the skimpiest post-Rocky Horror resumes, with a handful of forgettable stage credits and few movie roles. Her best-known film credit besides Magenta was a role in Monty Python's Meaning of Life. Television appearances include the PBS miniseries I, Claudius, Beauty and the Beast and a season of Dr. Who episodes. Quinn spends her time "bumming around the U.K.," according to Web site information.
Little Nell a.k.a Laura Campbell (Columbia) occasionally pops up in a suitably offbeat project, including Ken Russell's film Listzomania and Pink Floyd's The Wall. Her current opinion of The Rocky Horror Picture Show is that she "could do without it."
Peter Hinwood (Rocky Horror) operates an antiques store in London and reportedly hates The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He must not have been very fond of acting in general; the role of Rocky and a bit part in The Odyssey are the only credits listed on Internet sites.
Jonathan Adams (Dr. E.V. Scott) performed on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio serial and several nondescript films and television shows. His most recognizable stateside credit is a role on the NBC miniseries Jesus of Nazareth. Adams likes the wacky movie that didn't make him a household name.
Meat Loaf a.k.a Michael Lee Aday (Eddie) has appeared in 11 films since The Rocky Horror Picture Show, including Wayne's World, Leap of Faith and The Squeeze. His greatest fame, however, has resulted from the bombastic rock 'n' roll ballads that made platinum sellers of LPs such as Bat Out of Hell I and II. Mr. Loaf hosted the Fox network presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on its 20th anniversary, since he "loves it."
Charles Gray (The Criminologist) has enough solid credits on his resume that he can afford to be reportedly indifferent about the Rocky Horror phenomenon. Gray lent his urbane presence to the James Bond adventures Diamonds Are Forever and You Only Live Twice, plus Sam Peckinpah's Junior Bonner, The Seven Percent Solution and The Secret War of Harry Frigg, co-starring Paul Newman.