Alan Cumming

Actor, Comedian, Director
Possessing energy, charisma and enough flair to command the stages of Broadway and the West End, Scottish actor Alan Cumming proved a scene-stealing character player after being discovered by Hollywood. Cumming swept ... Read more »
Born: 01/26/1965 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (97)

3rd Rock From the Sun 1999 - 2000, 2008 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Breathless 2011 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Host

Grantchester 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Host

Inspector Lewis 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Host

Miss Marple: Series VI 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Host

Saving My Tomorrow 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Voice

Saving My Tomorrow 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Strange Magic 2015 (Movie)

Bog King (Voice)

The Good Wife 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Web Therapy 2011 - 2013, 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Would You Rather? With Graham Norton 2008 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conan 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Endeavour 2012 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Living in Neon Dreams 2014 (Movie)

King of Hearts (Actor)

Maladies 2014 (Movie)

Alan (Actor)

The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

Almost in Love 2013 (Movie)

Hayden (Actor)

Chu and Blossom 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sir Billi 2013 (Movie)

(Voice)

The 67th Annual Tony Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Smurfs 2 2013 (Movie)

Gutsy Smurf (Voice)

Any Day Now 2012 (Movie)

Rudy Donatello (Actor)

The Good Wife: A New Beginning 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outback 2012 (Movie)

(Voice)

The Smurfs 2011 (Movie)

Gutsy (Voice)

Zen 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Host

2009 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Performer

Boogie Woogie 2010 (Movie)

Dewey (Actor)

Burlesque 2010 (Movie)

Alexis (Actor)

Jackboots On Whitehall 2010 (Movie)

Voice of Hitler (Actor)

Riverworld 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tempest 2010 (Movie)

Sebastian (Actor)

Dare 2009 (Movie)

Grant Matson (Actor)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Full Grown Men 2008 (Movie)

Hitchhiker (Actor)

Tin Man 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Gray Matters 2007 (Movie)

Gordy (Actor)

ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Bam Bam and Celeste 2006 (Movie)

Eugene (Actor)

Ghost Writer 2006 (Movie)

John Vandermark (Actor)

Robot Chicken 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

Sweet Land 2006 (Movie)

Frandsen (Actor)

The L Word 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Neverwas 2005 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

Son of the Mask 2005 (Movie)

Loki (Actor)

Garfield 2004 (Movie)

Persnikitty (Actor)

Ripley Under Ground 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

VH1 Big in '03 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Frasier 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over 2003 (Movie)

Fegan Floop (Actor)

The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

X-Pose: X2 Mutants Uncovered 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

X2: X-Men United 2003 (Movie)

Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler (Actor)

AFI Awards 2001 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Nicholas Nickleby 2002 (Movie)

Mr Folair (Actor)

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 2002 (Movie)

Fegan Floop (Actor)

Company Man 2001 (Movie)

General Batista (Actor)

Josie and the Pussycats 2001 (Movie)

Wyatt Frame (Actor)

Sex and the City 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spy Kids 2001 (Movie)

Fegan Floop (Actor)

The Anniversary Party 2001 (Movie)

Joe Therrian (Actor)

Annie (TV) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Carter 2000 (Movie)

Jeremy Kinnear (Actor)

God, the Devil and Bob 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Investigating Sex 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 2000 (Movie)

The Great Gazoo (Actor)

Urbania 2000 (Movie)

Brett (Actor)

Broadway '99: Launching the Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Eyes Wide Shut 1999 (Movie)

Desk Clerk (Actor)

Plunkett & Macleane 1999 (Movie)

Lord Rochester (Actor)

The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Kennedy Center Honors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Titus 1999 (Movie)

Saturninus (Actor)

Broadway 98: Launching the Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Spice World 1998 (Movie)

Piers (Actor)

The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Buddy 1997 (Movie)

Dick (Actor)

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion 1997 (Movie)

Sandy Frink (Actor)

Emma 1996 (Movie)

Mr Elton (Actor)

For My Baby 1996 (Movie)

Daniel (Actor)

Circle of Friends 1995 (Movie)

Sean (Actor)

Goldeneye 1995 (Movie)

Boris Grishenko (Actor)

Black Beauty 1994 (Movie)

of Black Beauty (Voice)

Second Best 1994 (Movie)

Bernard (Actor)

Prague 1991 (Movie)

Alexander Novak (Actor)

Bernard and the Genie 1990 (Movie)

Bernard Bottle (Actor)

In the Woods (Movie)

(Actor)

Out On The Edge (TV Show)

Host

Poliwood (TV Show)

Actor

Reefer Madness (TV Show)

Actor

The Goodbye Girl (TV Show)

Actor

Tin Man (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (5)

Full Grown Men 2008 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway 2007 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Ghost Writer 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sweet Land 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Anniversary Party 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (4)

Strange Magic 2015 (Movie)

("Trouble") (Song Performer)

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams 2002 (Movie)

("Floop's Dream") (Song Performer)

Loser 2000 (Movie)

("Cabaret" (Cabaret-Broadway Cast)) (Song Performer)

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 2000 (Movie)

("Viva Rock Vegas" "This Isn't Love") (Song Performer)
Director (2)

Ghost Writer 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

The Anniversary Party 2001 (Movie)

(Co-Director) (Director)
Writer (1)

The Anniversary Party 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Possessing energy, charisma and enough flair to command the stages of Broadway and the West End, Scottish actor Alan Cumming proved a scene-stealing character player after being discovered by Hollywood. Cumming swept the international theater world with his performance as The Emcee in a 1990s revival of "Cabaret," having built his foundation as both a cult comedy act and a Shakespearean player throughout the U.K. Among the stunningly versatile actor's screen fortes were his over-the-top villains in action blockbusters like "X2: X-Men United" (2003), "GoldenEye" (1995), and, in a role that showcased his campier side, his pushy filmmaker in "Spice World" (1997). Cumming also knew how to adapt his perennially mischievous expression for subtler fare like "Emma" (1996) and the popular indie ensemble "The Anniversary Party" (2001), which he co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in with a very accessible role as a Hollywood writer with a troubled marriage. From his evil-to-good character arc in Robert Rodriguez's "Spy Kids" film franchise to his portrayal of a blunt campaign manager on the hit series "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009- ), Cumming's ability to dial up or down his sophistication and debauched sides at will gave him wide appeal, as well as a varied, interesting career.

Relationships

Saffron Burrows Actor

Companion
Met during the filming of "Circle of Friends" (1995) Reportedly were engaged No longer together as of 1996

Alex Cumming

Father
Divorced from Cumming's mother Cumming was estranged from his father and they haven't spoken since c. 1992

Tom Cumming

Brother
Born c. 1959 Had three children

Hilary Lyon Actor

Wife
Were high school sweethearts Married in 1985 She played Ophelia to his Hamlet in 1993 Divorced in 1993 Lyon acted in Cummings' short film "Butter" (1994)

Nick Philippou

Companion
Born c. 1961 In 2002 the two formed the production company The Art Party, which folded a year later Lived together in NYC No longer together

Grant Shaffer Actor

Husband
Met in 2004 Married on Jan. 7, 2007 in a civil ceremony in London, England; couple renewed their vows with a second wedding on their fifth anniversary in New York, NY

EDUCATION

Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama

Carnoustie High School

Attended with future wife Hilary Lyon

Milestones

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

2010

Co-starred with Cher and Christina Aguilera in "Burlesque"

2010

Cast in a recurring role on the CBS television show "The Good Wife"

2009

Cast as Desrae, a transvestite, on the British series "The Runaway"

2009

Released debut solo album, I Bought a Blue Car Today

2008

Appeared in the indie comedy, "Full Grown Men"

2007

Cast opposite Heather Graham in the indie feature "Gray Matters"

2007

Cast as Glitch in "Tin Man" (Sci-Fi), a six hour miniseries based on L. Frank Baum's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

2006

Reprised the role of Nightcrawler in the third installment of the "X-Men" series, "X-Men: The Last Stand"

2006

U.S. television series debut on Showtime's "The L Word," as Billie Blaikie, a party promoter

2005

Co-starred with Steven Weber in Showtime's movie adaptation of "Reefer Madness," an off-Broadway musical that was itself based on a hysterical 1930s film

2004

Appeared in the television remake of Neil Simon's "The Goodbye Girl," with Jeff Daniels and Patricia Heaton

2004

Starred opposite Bill Murray in "Garfield: The Movie"

2003

Played Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler in "X2"

2003

Returned to play Fegan Floop for "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over"

2002

Revised role as Fegan Floop in "Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams"

2001

Co-starred with Jennifer Ehle and Dominic West in the Broadway revival of "Design for Living"

2001

Appeared with Nick Nolte in Alan Rudolph's period comedy-drama "Investigating Sex"

2001

Acted alongside Antonio Banderas in the family comedy "Spy Kids"

2001

With Jennifer Jason Leigh, co-directed, co-produced, co-wrote and co-starred in "The Anniversary Party"

2000

Had dual role of The Great Gazoo and Mick Jagged in the live-action feature "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas"

2000

Cast as an AIDS-stricken gay man in the dark drama "Urbania", based on Daniel Rietz's play "Urban Folk Tales"

2000

Played Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista in the comedy "Company Man," co-starring Woody Allen

1999

Offered a sly turn as a lascivious hotel clerk in Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut"

1999

Co-starred with Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange in "Titus," Julie Taymor's film version of Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus"

1999

Played the villainous Rooster in the ABC remake of the musical "Annie"

1999

Played Lord Rochester, the foppish old friend of Jonny Lee Miller's Macleane, in "Plunkett and Macleane"

1998

Made Broadway debut recreating his London stage role of the Emcee in a revival of "Cabaret"

1998

Had a co-starring role in the mock rockumentary "Spice World"

1997

Co-starred as a former nerd in the comedy "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion"

1997

Starred in "For My Baby," as a Jewish stand-up comedian taken over by the ghost of his sister

1996

Featured as Reverend Elton in "Emma"

1995

Had featured role as creepy Sean Walsh in "Circle of Friends," reteamed him with Minnie Driver

1995

Co-wrote and co-starred in hit BBC-TV series "The High Life," reteaming with Forbes Masson

1995

Appeared in the James Bond film "GoldenEye" as computer wiz Boris Grishenko; Driver also had supporting part

1994

First US film, "Black Beauty" (voice only)

1994

First onscreen teaming with Minnie Driver, the short "That Sunday"

1994

Directoral debut, the short film "Butter"

1993

Cast as the Emcee in Mendes' site-specific staging of "Cabaret"; Jane Horrocks co-starred as Sally Bowles

1993

Played "Hamlet" at the experimental Donmar Warehouse Theater Sam Mendes ran in London

1992

Starred in "Prague" as a man searching for a piece of film featuring his family being carted off to concentration camps

1991

Featured in the comedy "Bernard and the Genie" (aired on television in Great Britain and released on video the following year in the US)

1988

London stage debut in "The Conquest of the South Pole"

1986

Film debut, Gillies MacKinnon's "Passing Glory"

First came to attention with cabaret act "Vic and Barry," starring along with Forbes Masson

Bonus Trivia

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He was presented with the San Francisco Human Rights Campaign's Humanitarian Award in 2005.

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Alan has dated both men and women. He has stated that he thinks of himself as bisexual.

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Cumming was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 2009

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"His face is pretty but not pretty enough to spoil a joke. He has an expression of surprised innocence. He's naturally, flirtatiously funny, not one of those comedians for whom laughter is strictly professional." - Kate Kellaway in The Observer, Oct. 24, 1993

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Cumming on the difference between New York and London theater: "Broadway as an entity is much more enthusiastic and less jaded than the West End. You get a lot of respect from people who actually work in the theater, as well as from the public. There's an endearing feeling of wanting to get it right." - quoted to InTheater, May 15, 1998

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"I quite like directing something I act in because it means that you, as an actor, don't have to worry if you don't get along with the director. And as a director you don't have to worry that your leading actor is a wanker and won't listen to what you're saying." - Cumming quoted in Interview magazine, October 1998

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Cumming once shared a flat with choreographer Matthew Bourne. In a twist of fate, he also presented Bourne with a Tony Award for Choreography during the 1999 telecast.

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"The fact that somebody like me is a sex symbol, it's kind of good, I think, because it's not like I'm a big muscle man or any of those things that normally are treated as sex symbols. It's quite a good kind of thing for skinny people." - Cumming to Detour, February 2000

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"A big, huge, bizarre thing has happened to me in my career and this is no longer just about me being an actor - I'm this entity now. It's not about playing a part anymore; if people want you, they want the whole thing, the real deal."I think they should get that and it's always been important to me that I sound like the sum of my life. The most important thing about any actor is the person, and the more of that person you let through, the more interesting you are." - Cumming to The Scotsman, March 2001

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