Alan Cumming

Scottish actor Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming, OBE, is a British stage, television and film actor, singer, writer, director, producer and author. His roles have included the Emcee 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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Not My Job: 'Good Wife' Star Alan Cumming Gets Quizzed On Bad Wives
NPR - 6 months
Cumming plays Eli Gold on the TV series The Good Wife, so we'll see how much he knows about bad wives. Originally broadcast Dec. 3, 2016.
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Celebs Are Appalled After Passenger Was Dragged From United Airlines Flight
Huffington Post - 11 months
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This LGBTQ Activist's Speech About Surviving Abuse Will Break Your Heart
Huffington Post - 11 months
One of the first openly gay men to marry in the Bronx following the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling on same-sex marriage opened up about surviving sexual abuse in a poignant speech Wednesday.  Fabio Cotza was one of several speakers at Safe Horizon’s Champion Awards in New York April 5, but his words were among the evening’s most poignant. Recalling how he was sexually abused by his landlord’s son as a child, he said, “It took me many years of therapy [and] support from loved ones to realize what had happened to me really wasn’t my fault.” “If I had been able to get help as a child, I may not have suffered so much over so many years,” Cotza, who is the senior director of Safe Horizon’s Bronx Child Advocacy Center and previously shared his experiences in a 2016 Advocate essay, said in the speech, which can be viewed above. “Somewhere in this city, tonight, there is a child in a dark cave of their own. I hope it will make it out of that place.” He added, “It never ge...
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L.A. theater openings, Jan. 29-Feb. 5: Alan Cumming, Bernadette Peters and more
LATimes - about 1 year
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 year
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 - about 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 s...
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'Hamilton' Parody Is The Theme Song Hillary Supporters Needed This Election
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 ...
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Here's What Celebrities Had To Say During The Second Presidential Debate
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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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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.
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  • 2012
    Age 47
    Cumming and Shaffer legally married in New York on 7 January 2012, the fifth anniversary of their London union.
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    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.
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    He collaborated again with Tiffany and the National Theatre of Scotland in 2012, playing all the roles in Macbeth.
    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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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.
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    He is also the host of the 2008–2014 seasons of the PBS Masterpiece Mystery! series.
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  • 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.
    In 2007, Cumming played Glitch/Ambrose, an inventor whose brain had been partially removed, in the TV miniseries, Tin Man.
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  • 2006
    Age 41
    He appeared in episodes 2 to 7, which originally broadcast on Showtime in 2006.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 1996
    Age 31
    In 1996 he had a success as the Revd Mr Elton in Emma.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 30
    Also in 1995 he played Boris Ivanovich Grishenko in the James Bond film GoldenEye.
  • 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.
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  • 1986
    Age 21
    In 1986 Cumming made his TV debut in the Scottish Television series Take the High Road and Taggart.
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    Cumming made his film debut in Gillies MacKinnon's Passing Glory in 1986.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Age 0
    Born on January 27, 1965.
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