Alan Cumming
Scottish actor
Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming, OBE, is a Scottish stage, television and film actor, singer, writer, director, producer and author. His roles have included the M.C. in Cabaret, Boris Grishenko in GoldenEye, Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler in X2: X-Men United, Mr. Elton in Emma, and Fegan Floop in the Spy Kids films.
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L.A. theater openings, Jan. 29-Feb. 5: Alan Cumming, Bernadette Peters and more
LATimes - 28 days
This week: Tony winners and other Broadway veterans bring music and merriment to local stages. Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs The “Cabaret” star performs classics by Stephen Sondheim, Noel Coward, et al., with the L.A. Phil. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Sun., 2 p.m. $62-$122....
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Alan Cumming explains why he loves singing sappy songs, from Sondheim to Miley Cyrus
LATimes - about 1 month
Few actors have so eclectic a resumé as Alan Cumming. Perhaps best known as political operative Eli Gold on CBS’ “The Good Wife,” the 51-year-old actor won a Tony Award for his portrayal of the seductive master of ceremonies in “Cabaret,” performed a one-man “Macbeth” on Broadway, hosted PBS’ “Masterpiece...
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Not My Job: 'Good Wife' Star Alan Cumming Gets Quizzed On Bad Wives
NPR - 3 months
This week, we invited Alan Cumming, actor, singer, author, director and proud son of Scotland, to play our quiz. He's now on tour performing songs from his new album, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.
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Friday's TV Highlights: 'Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs' on PBS
LATimes - 3 months
SERIES MacGyver MacGyver (Lucas Till) tries to keep U.S. Embassy employees in Latvia safe from an extremist group and all he has to work with is a chisel and a matchbook. Alicia Coppola guest stars. George Eads, Sandrine Holt and Tristin Mays also star. 8 p.m. CBS The Vampire Diaries Stefan (Paul...
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Chita Rivera Promises 'Strength,' Style And Surprises At Carnegie Hall
Huffington Post - 4 months
Chita Rivera may be more than six decades into an award-winning stage and screen career, but she has neither time nor reason for nostalgia. The singer, dancer and actress is, of course, an era-defining icon to legions of Broadway audiences, thanks to turns in “West Side Story,” “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Chicago,” among other celebrated shows. Still, when Rivera was invited to headline her first concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall, she had no interest in making the Nov. 7 performance, simply titled “Chita: Nowadays,” a trip down memory lane. “The show’s not about yesterday. It’s not about tomorrow,” Rivera, 83, told The Huffington Post. “It’s about now.” Fans of Rivera’s classic material needn’t fret, as the set list for “Chita: Nowadays” will draw once again draw from that catalog. This time, however, she’s invited a bevy of special guests, including Alan Cumming, Tony nominee Andy Karl, “Hamilton” star Javier Muñoz and Bruce Springsteen’s guitarist, Stevie Van Zandt, to give so ...
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'Hamilton' Parody Is The Theme Song Hillary Supporters Needed This Election
Huffington Post - 4 months
The best of Broadway gathered Monday night (their one night off, host Billy Crystal joked) to celebrate Hillary Clinton, the presidential candidate most likely to get a free ticket to “Hamilton.”  “Broadway for Hillary” featured an impressive cast of recognizable faces from Hollywood and the Great White Way. Yes, Neil Patrick Harris was there. So was Hugh Jackman. (And Alan Cumming, Bernadette Peters, Dame Helen F**king Mirren ... the list goes on.) Speaking of “Hamilton,” Lin-Manual Miranda showed up with his former costar Renée Elise Goldsberry to perform a rewritten version of the song “The World Was Wide Enough.” It’s not difficult to draw parallels between the politics of two centuries ago and the politics of today ― stolen correspondence, foreign meddling, a rich and entitled New Yorker running for office, etc. But in case you were having trouble, the original stars of the “Hamilton” musical are here to help with a useful parody. Below are the entire lyrics of the new ...
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The Powerful Reason Alan Cumming Painted His Fingernail Purple
Huffington Post - 4 months
Broadway and television actor Alan Cumming is lending his voice to a new campaign created by the nation’s leading victim assistance organization that aims to ignite discussion around domestic violence.  The 51-year-old “Good Wife” and “Cabaret” star joins Dave Navarro, Kyra Sedgwick and a bevy of other celebrities in the above video for Safe Horizon’s #PutTheNailInIt campaign. In the video, which was released to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, “Today Show” co-host Tamron Hall asks supporters to apply purple nail polish to their left ring fingernail in solidarity with victims of domestic violence. Brian Pacheco, who is the director of public relations at Safe Horizon, told The Huffington Post that he was particularly proud of Cumming’s participation in the campaign because domestic violence remains a somewhat taboo topic in the LGBT community. Sedgwick, Hall and Navarro have also been outspoken advocates for LGBT rights, he added.  “So often t ...
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Here's What Celebrities Had To Say During The Second Presidential Debate
Huffington Post - 5 months
During the second presidential debate on Sunday night, celebrities took to Twitter to share their thoughts on everything from Donald Trump to Donald Trump to Donald Trump.  After the fallout from the release of that lewd video, it was hard to watch Trump discuss “locker room talk” in the same breath as “I respect women” ― and celebrities agreed.   Here are some of the things they had to say while the debate was going on: #NeverTrump pic.twitter.com/zzGBzaZuWx — Emily VanCamp (@EmilyVanCamp) October 10, 2016 The slight swaying in place -- is Trump drugged? This has a Dayquil/Xanax feel. He's certainly not answering the question. #debates — Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 10, 2016 I feel as if Trump just turned to dust right now, no one would really be that surprised. — scott foley (@scottkfoley) October 10, 2016 I have NEVER been prouder to stand WITH HER. — Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) October 10, 2016 ...
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Here's What Celebrities Had To Say During The Second Presidential Debate
Huffington Post - 5 months
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2016 Emmy Gift Lounges
Huffington Post - 5 months
The Emmy Awards over the weekend prompted Hollywood to celebrate the festivities with various gift lounges around town. Below is a sampling of what celebs were invited to attend and the goods that were being shared with them. PILOT PEN AND GBK's PRE-EMMY LUXURY LOUNGE at the L'Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills: Chef Filippo Sinisgalli from Il Palato Italiano was on hand from Italy to provide one-bite food samples while gifting oversize loaves of his baked Panetone Milanese. Swedish bed company Hasten's was showcasing their mattresses and bedding, while gifting a three-night stay in a five-star Swedish resort. For those who preferred something more tropical, Belmont Resort on the Caribbean island of St. Martin was also gifting stays. Plastic surgery center Viva Youth gave out gift certificates for $1000 towards services, while Heal and Soul hand] certificates for a private yoga session, massage and magnet healing session. Jane Lynch with Pilot Pen. On the electronic ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Alan Cumming
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 49
    In 2014 he returned again to Broadway to star in Roundabout Theater Company's revival production of Cabaret, directed again by Sam Mendes.
    More Details Hide Details Starring opposite Michelle Williams, Cabaret opened 24 April 2014 and closed 29 March 2015. The run was extended originally from its 24-week engagement. The role of Sally has changed throughout the production when Williams left to include Emma Stone and Sienna Miller. Cumming's novel, Tommy's Tale, was published in 2002. He has also written articles for magazines, notably as a contributing editor for Marie Claire magazine, writing on the haute couture shows in Paris, as well as what it was like for him dressing as a woman for a day. He also contributed articles to Newsweek, Modern Painters, Out, Black Book and The Wall Street Journal. He has also written introductions and prefaces to various books, including the works of Nancy Mitford, Andy Warhol and Christopher Isherwood and wrote a chapter of If You Had Five Minutes with the President, a collection of 55+ essays by members or supporters of The Creative Coalition.
  • 2012
    Age 47
    Cumming and Shaffer legally married in New York on 7 January 2012, the fifth anniversary of their London union.
    More Details Hide Details Previous relationships include an eight-year marriage to actress Hilary Lyon, a two-year relationship with actress Saffron Burrows, and a six-year relationship with theater director Nick Philippou. In 2006, Cumming stated that he "would dearly like to adopt a child," but that his life was "too hectic" for children.
    He brought this critically acclaimed production of Macbeth to New York's Lincoln Center in 2012 and to a 73-show Broadway engagement at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Macbeth concluded its run on Broadway on 14 July 2013.
    He collaborated again with Tiffany and the National Theatre of Scotland in 2012, playing all the roles in Macbeth.
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    Originally, the character was intended for a one-off appearance, however plans were later changed and Cumming became a recurring cast member during the TV series' second season in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Cumming began his theatre career in his native Scotland, performing in seasons with the Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Dundee Rep, The Tron Glasgow and tours with Borderline, Theatre Workshop and Glasgow Citizens' TAG. He played Slupianek in the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh's 1988 production of Conquest of the South Pole, which later transferred to the Royal Court in London and earned him an Olivier Award nomination as Most Promising Newcomer. He went on to perform plays with the Bristol Old Vic and the Royal Shakespeare Company and played Valere in La Bete at the Lyric, Hammersmith, London. In 1991 he played The Madman in the 1990 Royal National Theatre production of Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo, for which he won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy Performance. He also adapted the play with director Tim Supple. In 1993 he received great critical acclaim and the TMA Best Actor award for playing title role in the 1993 English Touring Theatre's Hamlet (playing opposite his then-wife, Hilary Lyon, in the role of Ophelia).He played the role of The Master of Ceremonies in Sam Mendes's 1993 revival of the musical Cabaret in London's West End opposite Jane Horrocks as Sally Bowles. He received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. He reprised the role in 1998 for the Mendes-Rob Marshall Broadway revival, this time opposite Natasha Richardson as Sally Bowles. He won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance.
  • 2010
    Age 45
    In 2010, Showtime announced plans to air Web Therapy as a TV series, and Cumming's guest appearance was broadcast as part of the first season finale of the show on 20 September 2011.
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  • 2009
    Age 44
    Cumming was appointed an OBE in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to film, theatre and the arts and activism for LGBT rights.
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    In 2009, Cumming guest-starred in Lisa Kudrow's improvised web series Web Therapy, portraying Austen Clarke, a possible love interest for Kudrow's character, Fiona Wallice.
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  • 2008
    Age 43
    On 7 November 2008, Cumming became a dual-national and was sworn in as a citizen of the United States of America at a ceremony in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details Cumming has stated that since 2012 he maintains a vegan diet. Not My Father's Son: A Memoir. New York: Dey Street, an imprint of William Morrow Publishers, 2014. ISBN 978-0-062-22506-1
    He is also the host of the 2008–2014 seasons of the PBS Masterpiece Mystery! series.
    More Details Hide Details He played Eli Gold on the CBS television show The Good Wife. He appeared as a guest star in the latter third of the first season, becoming a series regular in the show's 2010–2011 season,. He has been nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a Satellite Award for his performance.
  • 2007
    Age 42
    Cumming is bisexual. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, graphic artist Grant Shaffer, and their dog, Jerry. The couple dated for two years before entering into a civil partnership at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London, on 7 January 2007.
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    In 2007, Cumming played Glitch/Ambrose, an inventor whose brain had been partially removed, in the TV miniseries, Tin Man.
    More Details Hide Details He also provided the voice of Chuck Masters, a 50-year-old, paralysed, HIV-positive gay man in Logo's Rick and Steve, a stop animation sitcom created by Q. Allan Brocka. Cumming also hosted the Oxygen cable television show, "Eavesdropping with Alan Cumming", in which he interviewed female co-stars of his film roles, and "Midnight Snack", where he and his dogs introduced cult films. Cumming hosted Saturday Night Live in 2000, with musical guest Jennifer Lopez.
  • 2006
    Age 41
    He appeared in episodes 2 to 7, which originally broadcast on Showtime in 2006.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Age 36
    Cumming has guested on several U.S. TV shows: In 2001, he appeared in the HBO comedy Sex and the City as O the designer in the episode, 'The Real Me'. 2003 saw him playing a cameo role in the sitcom Frasier, playing Niles' yoga instructor.
    More Details Hide Details He also guest starred on 3rd Rock from the Sun. Cumming played the role of Bill Blaikie, a gay drag queen party promoter hired by Kit Porter to manage her café cum nightclub, in season 3 of The L Word. His character had an affair with Max, a transgender male character in the show.
  • 1999
    Age 34
    He had prominent roles in the Spy Kids trilogy (as Fegan Floop), X2: X-Men United (as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler), Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut and played Saturninus in the 1999 Julie Taymor film production of Titus.
    More Details Hide Details His many other films include Investigating Sex, Josie and the Pussycats, Emma, Get Carter, Plunkett and Macleane, Son of the Mask, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Full Grown Men, Spice World, Burlesque, The Tempest, Boogie Woogie and the animated films Garfield: The Movie, Jackboots on Whitehall and The Smurfs. Earlier in his career, Cumming also directed two short films, Butter and Burn Your Phone. The latter began its life as a one-off drama on BBC Radio 4.
  • 1997
    Age 32
    His first film in the United States was 1997's Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, playing Sandy Frink opposite Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino.
    More Details Hide Details Cumming co-wrote, co-directed, co-produced, and co-starred in the ensemble film The Anniversary Party with friend and former Cabaret co-star Jennifer Jason Leigh, in 2001. The two starred in the film as a Hollywood couple. The film premiered at Cannes and garnered two Independent Spirit nominations and a National Board of Review award. He went on to star in and direct Suffering Man's Charity, later released as Ghost Writer.
  • 1996
    Age 31
    In 1996 he had a success as the Revd Mr Elton in Emma.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 30
    Also in 1995 he played Boris Ivanovich Grishenko in the James Bond film GoldenEye.
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  • 1992
    Age 27
    His feature film debut came in 1992 when he starred alongside Sandrine Bonnaire and Bruno Ganz in Ian Sellar's Prague, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and earned him the Best Actor award at the Atlantic Film Festival and a Scottish BAFTA Best Actor nomination.
    More Details Hide Details American audiences first saw him playing the oleaginous Sean Walsh, an unwanted suitor of Minnie Driver's character, in Circle of Friends, an Irish film released in 1995.
  • 1986
    Age 21
    In 1986 Cumming made his TV debut in the Scottish Television series Take the High Road and Taggart.
    More Details Hide Details His breakthrough role was as Bernard Bottle in the Christmas 1991 BBC comedy Bernard and the Genie, a Richard Curtis-scripted film in which he starred alongside Lenny Henry and Rowan Atkinson. Cumming went on to star as flight attendant Sebastian Flight in the BBC2 sitcom The High Life in 1995. The series was written by Cumming and co-star Forbes Masson, continuing an acting-writing partnership the two had developed since their drama school days. Cumming returned to British TV screens in 2011 to star as Desrae, a transvestite, on the Sky series The Runaway. He has also made several documentaries: My Brilliant Britain, about Scottish humour, The Real Cabaret in which he investigated the Weimar cabaret artistes and the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? in 2010 in which he discovered his maternal grandfather was a war hero who had died playing Russian roulette.
    Cumming made his film debut in Gillies MacKinnon's Passing Glory in 1986.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Age 0
    Born on January 27, 1965.
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