He was born in Semans, Saskatchewan, the son of Robert Currie and Mary Anne Pool, and was educated in Saskatchewan, in British Columbia, at Notre Dame Collegiate and at Mount Allison University. Currie served in the Royal Canadian Navyduring World War II, returning to Regina in 1947. Currie taught school at Balfour Technical Schoolthere and coached the football and hockey teams. In 1953, he married Shirley Corinne Clarke. From 1965 to 1976, Currie coached the Regina Rams football club. He led the Rams to eight Manitoba-Saskatchewan Junior League championships, seven Western Canada Junior championships and six national junior titles. In 1975, he was named Canadian Amateur Coach of the Year. He then returned to teaching and later served as a high school principal.
Currie served in the Saskatchewan cabinet as Minister of Advanced Education and Manpower, as Minister of Continuing Education, as Minister of Education, as Minister of Science and Technology and as Minister of Telephones. He was dropped from cabinet in December 1985 and he did not seek reelection in 1986.