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Risky Business. Revenge of the Nerds. Better Off Dead. Moonlighting. Supernatural. American Dad. New Girl. What do all of these movies and television shows have in common?
A legendary comedic second banana to a litany of major stars, Curtis is forever cemented in the public imagination as Booger from Revenge of the Nerds. A classically trained actor, Curtis began his incredible 40-year career onstage but progressed rapidly to film and television. He was typecast early, and it proved to be the best thing that could have happened.
But there's more to Curtis' story than that.
Born and bred a nerd, he spent his early years between Detroit, a city so nerdy that the word was coined there in 1951, and, improbably, Geneva, Switzerland. His adolescence and early adulthood were spent primarily between the covers of a book and indulging his nerdy obsessions. It was only when he found his true calling, as an actor and unintentional nerd icon, that he found true happiness. With whip-smart, self-effacing humor, Armstrong takes us on a most unlikely journey - one nerd's hilarious, often touching rise to the middle. He started his life as an outcast and matured into...well, an older, slightly paunchier, hopefully wiser outcast.
In Hollywood, as in life, that counts as winning the game.
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By Dennie on 07-16-17
If you could sum up Revenge of the Nerd in three words, what would they be?
Very well done
What did you like best about this story?
Thorough coverage of a solid career
Any additional comments?
Curtis is sharp, articulate and I really enjoyed the book.
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By Tony S. on 03-07-18
Revenge of the Nerd - not bad, could be better
Mr. Armstrong’s memoir is like a mass produced light beer, if you’re really looking for something to quench your thirst, I guess it’s not too bad, but it’s not particularly satisfying, especially in a world jam-packed with better offerings. In the first part of the book, Curtis describes his formidable years at a level of detail that is just too much; you may discover a level of boredom that borders on painful. Not a lot happens and you get to hear all about it. But do not abandon hope, because the second half of the book is a vast improvement over the first. You’ll know things have taken a turn for the better when he starts dishing the dirt on Tom Cruise and detailing his experiences on the set of Risky Business. The remainder of the book has lots of insights into the back door deals and shiny/smarmy environment that pretty much defines Hollywood. The nerd portions of the book seem pretty compartmentalized, For example, either he is a nerd, like in the Revenge of the Nerds chapter, or he isn’t, like when he discusses Moonlighting. There isn’t a lot of overlap. But overall, all of the dialog about show business is enjoyable.
The only time I rolled my eyes or felt some embarrassment is when Curtis discussed politics. There were multiple times he referred to himself as a feminist; it was like he was saying, “Look, I am one of the good ones!” This is especially poignant and sad when you consider the sycophantic climate that defines the current entertainment community. He, like so many others, was silent when terrible things were happening. He also beats up on a few show business individuals strictly based on their political leanings, which, in all honesty, seems to go against the whole nerd ideology, which adamantly rejects censuring and castigating someone based on who they are or what they believe. But, between these pages, you’ll see that he does just that.
Anyway, if you are a nerd, child of the 80’s, a fan of Supernatural, or you just love B-movie actors (I count myself as all of these things) and you are looking for something to occupy 10+ hours, you could do worse, but you could probably do better too.
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