Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev (Дми́трий Анато́льевич Медве́дев), is the tenth and current Prime Minister of Russia, incumbent since 2012. He previously served as the third President of Russia, from 2008 to 2012. When he took office at the age of 42, he was the youngest of the three Russian Presidents who have served.
Medvedev’s political career began as the election campaign manager and later an adviser of St. Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak. During this time, Medvedev befriended Vladimir Putin. In November 1999, Medvedev was hired in the Russian presidential administration, where he worked as deputy chief of staff. In the 2000 Presidential elections, Medvedev was Putin’s campaign manager. On 14 November 2005, Medvedev was appointed First Deputy Prime Minister. He also worked as the Chairman of Gazprom‘s board of directors, a post which he held until 2008.
Recognising corruption as one of Russia’s most severe problems, Medvedev has launched an anti-corruption campaign and initiated a substantial law enforcement reform. In foreign policy, his main achievements include the signing of the New START treaty, a “reset” of the Russia – United States relations which were severely strained following Russia’s war with Georgia, as well as increasing Russia’s cooperation with the BRICS-countries, as well as Russia‘s admission into the WTO in 2011.
Timothy James “Tim” Curry (born 19 April 1946) is an English actor, singer, composer and voice actor, known for his work in a diverse range of theatre, film and television productions, often portraying villainous roles or character parts. Curry first rose to prominence with his breakthrough portrayal of Dr. Frank-N-Furter in the 1975 cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
For many years, Curry was reluctant to talk about Rocky Horror, feeling that it was a trend that had gone too far and had distracted attention away from his later roles. A VH1 Pop-Up Video Halloween special quoted Curry as jokingly saying he grew so unnerved by the fan attention from this role he became “chubby and plain” in order to escape it. Over time, Curry became more open to discussing his role in Rocky Horror and recognizes it as a “rite of passage” for many young people.
In 1985, Curry starred in the fantasy film, Legend as The Lord Darkness, which became one of his best known roles. In the early 2000s Curry starred in two box office hits, the first being the action comedy filmCharlie’s Angels as the role of Roger Corwin and the second being the parody film Scary Movie 2 playing Dr. Oldman. One of Curry’s best known television roles, and best known roles overall, is Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the 1990 horror made-for-TV film Stephen King’s It. In It, his performance received critical acclaim and praise from both critics and audiences. Curry was praised for effectively capturing King’s original interpretation of Pennywise. Interestingly, Curry has never publicly acknowledged his involvement with the film unlike many of his prior and subsequent roles. The only exception would be one magazine interview with Fangoria in 1990. However, it has been noted that the behind the scenes process was excruciating for Curry as he disliked the heavy makeup and prosthetics required for his performance. As a method actor, Curry would often stay in character in order to give a believable performance which greatly disturbed some of his colleagues onset.
Curry has never been married and has no children. He had one sibling, a sister named Judy Curry, who died of a brain tumor in the early 2000s. His sexual orientation remains unknown, and is often a subject of debate amongst fans.
On 23 May 2013, Curry was said to have suffered a major stroke at his home in Los Angeles. Although many sources suggested the stroke had made it difficult for him to speak, his longtime agent Maricia Hurtwiz told the Daily Mail “Tim is doing great,” and that ‘He absolutely can speak and is recovering at this time and in great humour’. Shortly after the initial report, Hurwitz told The Hollywood Reporter that the stroke actually occurred in July 2012 and that Curry had been going to physical therapy.
Curry is said to currently reside in an estate alone in the Hollywood Hills.