Alan Cumming

 

Date Of Birth

January 27, 1965
 

Biography

Born on January 27, 1965 in Aberfeldy, Scotland, Alan Cumming is a film and Tony award-winning stage actor known best for his supporting roles in the James Bond picture GoldenEye and as Nightcrawler in the second installment of the X-Men film series. He was also involved in an April Fool's joke, stipulating he married Matrix actor Keanu Reeves, which he denied and was just blown out of proportion.

The son of an insurance company secretary and a forester, Cumming attended Monikie Primary School and Carnoustie High School. He originally wanted to become a veterinarian, but a clash with his biology teacher instead put him up in an acting career. After he graduated, he spent a year and a half working as editor for a Scottish pop magazine before he finally decided to enter the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

In 2001, behind the camera, Cumming also co-wrote, co-directed, and co-produced the film The Anniversary Party with Jennifer Jason Leigh, whom he starred with in Cabaret. He also directed a couple of short films, Butter and Burn Your Phone. In 2003, Cumming appeared in an episode of the popular sitcom Frasier, where he played Niles' yoga instructor.

Cumming starred in several more pictures, such as in Eighteen, a feature film narrated by Ian McKellen and X2: X-Men United. He was also in Showtime's Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical.

In 2007, Alan Cumming played the role of inventor Glitch/Ambrose in the TV miniseries Tin Man. The inventor's brain had been partially removed in the reimagining of the classic The Wizard of Oz. Meanwhile, he lent his voice to Chuck Master to Logo's Rick and Steve, a stop animation sitcom. Since then, he's appeared on shows like The Good Wife and The Runaway.

Openly bisexual, Cumming is an LGBT rights activist. He had dated both men and women and was even described as "a frolicky pan-sexual sex symbol for the new millennium." He first married Hilary Lyon in 1985. After divorcing in 1993, he had dated men and women, including graphic artist Grant Shaffer, whom he wed in a civil ceremony at the Old Royal Naval College Greenwich in 2007.
 

Place of Birth

Aberfeldy, Scotland
 

Birth Name

Alan Cumming
 

Gender

Male
 

Fun Facts

- He received his degree at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where he won the Gordon Bottomley Award for direction and the award for the speaking of Scots verse in 1985.

- Because of his work in "Cabaret", he was inducted into the Vanity Fair Hall of Fame.

- He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the arts and civil rights.

- He is a vegetarian.

- In February 2000, he hosted "Saturday Night Live" when scheduled host Jon Stewart backed out.

 

Awards

2007: Provincetown International Film Festival - Excellence in Acting Award
2007: Independent Spirit Award - Best First Feature for: Sweet Land (2005). Shared.
2005: GLAAD Media Awards - Vito Russo Award
2002: National Board of Review Awards - Best Acting by an Ensemble for: Nicholas Nickleby (2002). Shared.
1992: British Comedy Award - Best TV Comedy Newcomer for: Bernard and the Genie
 

Filmography

2011: The Smurfs - Gutsy Smurf (voice)
2011: Almost in Love - Hayden
2011: The Runaway (TV series) - Desrae
2010-2011: The Good Wife (TV series) - Eli Gold
2010: Sir Billi - Gordon the Goat
2010: Burlesque - Alexis
2010: The Tempest - Sebastian
2010: Jackboots on Whitehall - Hitler (voice)
2010: Riverworld (TV movie) - Judas Caretaker
2009: It's Complicated - Actor on TV
2009: The Mystery of Claywoman (short) - Jon Lauting Phd.
2009: Wet (Video Game) - Christopher Sorrell
2009: Boogie Woogie - Dewey
2009: Web Therapy (TV series) - Austen Clarke
2009: Dare - Grant Matson
2007-2009: Rick & Steve the Happiest Gay Couple in All the World (TV series) - Chuck/Rupert/Zeke
2008: Mystery! (TV series) - Host
2007: Tin Man (TV mini-series) - Glitch
2007: Suffering Man's Charity - John Vandermark
2007: Me, Eloise (TV series)
2006: Gray Matters - Gordy
2006: Robot Chicken (TV series) - Hiram Lodge/Interperator
2006: X-Men: The Official Game (Video Game) - Nightcrawler (voice)
2006: Full Grown Men - The Hitchhiker
2006: The L Word (TV series) - Billie Blaikie
2006: Sir Billi the Vet (short) - Gordon the Goat (voice)
2005: Ripley Under Ground - Jeff Constant
2005: Sweet Land - Young Frandsen
2005: Eighteen - Father Chris
2005: Bam Bam and Celeste - Eugene
2005: Neverwas - Jake
2005: Bad Blood (short) - Davie
2005: Son of the Mask - Loki
2005: Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical - Lecturer/Goat-Man/FDR
2004: Shoebox Zoo (TV series) - Bruno the Bear
2004: Garfield - Persnikitty (voice)
2004: The Goodbye Girl (TV movie) - Mark
2003: Pits (short) - Mr. Williams
2003: Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over - Fegan Floop
2003: X2 - Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
2003: Frasier (TV series) - Ahmrit
2002: Nicholas Nickleby - Mr. Folair
2002: Courage the Cowardly Dog (TV series) - Rumpledkiltskin
2002: Becoming Men (video) - Narrator
2002: Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams - Fegan Floop
2002: Investigating Sex - Sevy
2002: Zero Effect (TV movie) - Daryl Zero
2002: CinéMagique (short) - Magician
2000-2001: God, the Devil and Bob (TV series) - The Devil
2001: Sex and the City (TV series) - O
2001: The Anniversary Party - Joe Therrian
2001: Josie and the Pussycats - Wyatt Frame
2001: Spy Kids - Fegan Floop
2000: Get Carter - Jeremy Kinnear
2000: Company Man - Gen. Batista
2000: 3rd Rock from the Sun (TV series) - Angus 'The Hole' McDuff
2000: The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas - Gazoo/Mick Jagged
2000: Saturday Night Live (TV series) - Host
2000: Urbania - Brett
1999: Titus - Saturninus
1999: Annie (TV movie) - Daniel Francis "Rooster" Hannigan
1999: Eyes Wide Shut - Hotel Desk Clerk
1999: Plunkett & Macleane - Lord Rochester
1997: Spice World - Piers
1997: For My Baby - Daniel Orgelbrand
1997: Oddville, MTV (TV series)
1997: Buddy - Dick Croner, Trudy's Assistant
1997: Romy and Michele's High School Reunion - Sandy Frink
1997: Bathtime (short) - Wrigley
1996: Emma - Mr. Elton
1996: Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles (TV series) - John Castaway
1996: Burn Your Phone (short) - Andy
1995: GoldenEye - Boris Grishenko
1995: Circle of Friends - Sean Walsh
1995: The Chemistry Lesson (TV movie) - Philip
1995: The High Life (TV series) - Sebastian Flight
1994: That Sunday (TV short) - Stanley
1994: Gargoyles (TV series) - John Castaway
1994: Second Best - Bernard
1994: Black Beauty - Black Beauty (voice)
1994: Butter (TV short) - Ronnie
1993: Micky Love (TV movie) - Greg Deane
1993: Mr. Bean (TV series) - Bachelor #2
1993: Comic Relief: The Invasion of the Comic Tomatoes (TV movie) - Roddy
1993: Cabaret (TV movie) - Emcee
1993: The Airzone Solution (video) - MacNamara
1992: Prague - Alexander Novak
1992: Screen Two (TV series) - Tulloch
1992: Dread Poets' Society (TV movie) - Shelley
1991: Bernard and the Genie (TV movie) - Bernard Bottle
1989: Conquest of the South Pole (TV movie)
1987: Shadow of the Stone (TV series) - Tom Henderson
1986: Taggart (TV series) - Jamie McCormack
1984: Travelling Man (TV series)
1980: Take the High Road (TV series) - Jim Hunter, wood-cutter
 

Height

5' 10" (1.78 m)

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