6:00am PT by Andy Lewis
Booger From 'Revenge of the Nerds' Penning Memoir (Exclusive)
Booger's going to tell all.
Curtis Armstrong, the beloved character actor who had scene-stealing roles in such '80s hits as Revenge of the Nerds, Risky Business and Moonlighting, is penning his memoir.
A Nerd’s Progress will arrive in 2017, publisher Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint at St. Martin's Press, announced.
In a career that has now spanned more than 30 years — and includes appearances in 59 films and 87 TV shows (per IMDB) — Armstrong has worked with some of the biggest stars of his time, including Tom Cruise, John Cusack, Larry David, Bruce Willis, Jamie Foxx, Cybill Shepherd and Arnold Schwarzenegger. And he says he has stories about all of them.
The ‘80s hits are just part of his resume. Recent roles include recurring appearances on American Dad!, Supernatural, New Girl and The Closer. But Armstrong promises more than just a tell-all about his famous co-stars. His Hollywood career, as he suggests in the title, is a “nerd’s journey.”
Publisher Thomas Dunne says the book will trace Armstrong’s career from being a classically trained actor at the prestigious Academy of Dramatic Art in Rochester, Mich. to his breakout role in 1983’s Risky Business to how he became Hollywood’s go-to nerd. And finally, to how he created the successful TBS comedy-reality show King of Nerds — all told with “a charming self-effacing humor.”
“People are always asking me — well, someone did the other day — why it is that after 40 years of capering under hot lights for everyone’s amusement, I’ve never written a memoir,” said Armstrong in a statement. “Well, as it happens, while everyone assumed I was just loafing around out here, nursing a drug habit and living off residuals, writing a memoir was exactly what I was doing!”
He adds, “Drawing on journals, diary entries, notebooks, letters, pictures, documents and new interviews with some of the prominent players, A Nerd’s Progress will take you behind the scenes of the nerd revolution, and to a time when a perfect mix of belching contests, nose-picking and wonder-joints put a nerd like me on the map in Hollywood.”
It looks like Armstrong is taking his character's great advice to Tom Cruise’s character in Risky Business to heart: “Joel, you wanna know something? Every now and then say, 'What the f—.' 'What the f—' gives you freedom. Freedom brings opportunity. Opportunity makes your future.”
Executive Editor Brendan Deneen acquired the book at auction for Thomas Dunne. Armstrong was represented by Matthew Elblonk of DeFiore & Company Literary Management.