Curtis Armstrong

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Curtis Armstrong
Born(1953-11-27) November 27, 1953 (age 60)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationActor/Voice actor/Singer
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Elaine Aronson (1994–present)
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Curtis Armstrong
Born(1953-11-27) November 27, 1953 (age 60)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
OccupationActor/Voice actor/Singer
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Elaine Aronson (1994–present)

Curtis Armstrong (born November 27, 1953) is an American actor best known for his portrayal as Booger in the Revenge of the Nerds movies, as Herbert Viola on Moonlighting, 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.

Early life[edit]

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 attended and was graduated from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.[1]


His first role came in the 1983 hit film Risky Business. However, he is probably best known for his next role, that of Dudley "Booger" Dawson in the 1984 hit comedy movie Revenge of the Nerds and its 1987 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 once again in 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 "Russel" in 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 in That '70s Show, episode 315, "Radio Daze."

In 2008, he guest starred in 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 currently voices the main character on the animated series Dan Vs. and 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 in 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.



1983Risky BusinessMiles
1984Revenge of the NerdsDudley "Booger" Dawson
1985Better Off DeadCharles De Mar
1986The Clan of the Cave BearGoov
One Crazy SummerAck Ack Raymond
1987Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in ParadiseDudley "Booger" Dawson
1989How I Got Into CollegeArcadia Bible Academy Recruiter
1992Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next GenerationDudley "Booger" Dawson
1994Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in LoveDudley "Booger" Dawson
1996Jingle All the WayChain Smoking Booster
1996Big BullyClark
2002Van WilderCampus Cop

2003 Quigley Dexter Persley

2004Dodgeball: A True Underdog StoryMr. Ralph
2004Vendetta: No Conscience, No MercyBrodrick Dooley
2004The Seat FillerLaJean
2004RayAhmet Ertegun
2006Akeelah and the BeeMr. Welch
Southland TalesDr. Soberin Exx
Smokin' AcesMecklen
2008Beer for My HorsesD.A.
2009American Pie Presents: The Book of LoveMr. O'Donnell
2009Legally BlondesMr. Gary Golden
2011FlypaperMitchell Wolf
2014Planes: Fire & Rescue[2]Maru (voice)


1986–1989MoonlightingHerbert Quentin Viola
1999FelicityDanny3 episodes
2001That '70s ShowJerry ThunderEpisode: "Radio Daze"
2005–presentAmerican Dad!Snot
2005-2006The Buzz on MaggieMr. Bugspit
2006-2008The Emperor's New SchoolMr. Moleguaco
2007Wizards Of Waverly PlaceZitEpisode: "Pop Me And We Both Go Down"
2007Ghost WhispererHaroldEpisode: "The Walk-In"
2008iCarlyStore ClerkEpisode: "iStakeout"
2008PsychJervisEpisode: "The Old and the Restless"
2008-13The Game (US TV series)Dr Parker/Dr Dawson
2009My Name is EarlChaz DaltonEpisode: "Chaz Dalton Space Academy"
2009HouseRichterEpisode: "Broken"
2010Blue Mountain StateRonnie HayesEpisode: "Ransom"
2011Curb Your EnthusiasmComputer GuyEpisode: "The Safe House"
2011Rules of EngagementHimselfEpisode: "Bros Before Nodes"
2011That's Our JoeSnotEpisode: "You Can't Do the 'Lunchables All Star Show', Joe"
2011–2012The CloserPeter Goldman6 episodes
2012–presentRobot and MonsterRobot/Marf
2011–2013Dan Vs.Dan
2013-presentKing of the NerdsHimself, in reference to Dudley "Booger" Dawson8 episodes
2013BonesOscar Schultz
2013SupernaturalMetatron3 episodes[3][4]
2013Hot in ClevelandClarkEpisode: "Lost Loves and Tangled Web"
2013New GirlMr. Foster


  1. ^ 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]
  2. ^ "WATCH: ‘Planes 2: Fire & Rescue’ Full Length Trailer". Stitch Kingdom. 2014-02-05. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  3. ^ Gelman, Vlada (April 12, 2013). "Exclusive First Look: Supernatural's New Angel". Yahoo TV. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, Kevin (March 7, 2013). "‘SUPERNATURAL’ SEASON 8 SPOILERS: WHAT FAMOUS ANGEL IS ON ITS WAY?". Screen Crush. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 

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