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Alan Cumming (1965)

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Alan Cumming OBE is a Scottish 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 trilogy. He has also appeared in independent films like The Anniversary Party, which he co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in; and Ali Selim's Sweet Land, for which he won an Independent Spirit award as producer.
His London stage appearances include Hamlet, the Maniac in Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist, for which he received an Olivier award, the lead in Martin Sherman's Bent, and as Dionysus in The National Theatre of Scotland's The Bacchae. On Broadway he has appeared as Mac the Knife in The Threepenny Opera, the Emcee in Cabaret, for which he won the Tony in 1998, and Design for Living. Cumming also introduces Masterpiece Mystery! for PBS. He currently appears as a regular on The Good Wife, a role for which he was nominated for an Emmy.

He has also written a novel, Tommy's Tale, had a cable talk show ("Eavesdropping with Alan Cumming") and produced a line of perfumed products labelled "Cumming". He has contributed opinion pieces to many publications and performed a cabaret show I Bought A Blue Car Today. Retaining his British citizenship, Cumming also became a U.S. citizen in November 2008. He also starred as Gutsy Smurf in the 2011 film The Smurfs.


 early life
Cumming was born in Aberfeldy, in Perthshire, Scotland, the son of Mary (née Darling), an insurance company secretary, and Alex Cumming, a forester. He has stated that his father was physically and emotionally abusive towards him. He has one older brother, Tom, and a niece and nephew. Brought up in Angus, Cumming attended Monikie Primary School and Carnoustie High School and originally aspired to a career in veterinary medicine, but a personality clash with his biology teacher prevented him from taking a related elective and he subsequently set his sights on becoming an actor. Following graduation, he spent a year and a half employed as an editor and columnist for the Scottish pop magazine TOPS before entering the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. On graduation from Drama school he married fellow student, Hilary Lyon; they divorced 8 years later and had no children.

 other work
Cumming wrote a novel, Tommy's Tale, 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. Cumming recorded a duet of "Baby, It’s Cold Outside" with Liza Minnelli to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the September 11 Fund. In 2005 he released a fragance called "Cumming," and a related line of scented bath lotion and body wash. They were sold exclusively at Sephora and a website which he dismantled in 2009 because of hackers defrauding customers.

Cumming served as a delegate for the Creative Coalition during the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. and contributed to If You Had Five Minutes with the President, a collection of 55+ essays by members or supporters of The Creative Coalition. He was subsequently widely quoted for stating that he wished to see Obama naked. On 1 September 2009, Cumming released his first solo album based around his one man show, I Bought a Blue Car Today. On 13 September 2010 Cumming was featured in an episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, the BBC series that explores the family background and ancestors of famous figures. He investigated his grandfather Thomas Darling, who he discovered had died playing russian roulette while serving as a police officer in Malaya.

 personal life
Cumming lives in New York City with his partner , graphic artist, Grant Shaffer, and their dogs, Honey and Leon. The couple dated for two years before entering into a civil partnership at the Old Royal Naval College Greenwich on January 7, 2007. After his civil partnership, when asked if he was monogamous, he stated "I don’t believe that monogamy is feasible".

Once described as "a frolicky pansexual sex symbol for the new millennium", Cumming has stated that he considers himself bisexual, "although the pendulum has obviously swung". Prior to the civil union, Cumming dated both men and women. Previous relationships include a two-year relationship with actress Saffron Burrows, a six-year relationship with theater director Nick Philippou, and a 1985 marriage to actress Hilary Lyon that lasted eight years.

He used to be a member of the Church of Scotland until his mother received a letter from them saying they had "read something about me being an atheist and would I like to leave". He said he had attended out of tradition, but realized being a part of it was "only condoning and validating lots of things I disapprove of: oppression, guilt, shame, etc".

In a profile for The Times, Cumming stated that he "would dearly like to adopt a child", but subsequently stated his life was "too hectic" for children.
Once he outed himself as bisexual in 1998, Cumming promoted LGBT rights, emceeing and attending fundraisers for organizations such as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the Human Rights Campaign , as well as several AIDS charities, including the American Foundation for AIDS Research and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Cumming is a patron of NORM-UK, an English-registered charity concerned with foreskin health and matters related to circumcision; he has revealed that he is not circumcised. Referring to the high prevalence of routine infant circumcision in the United States, Cumming told The Sunday Times in 2007: "I think it's insane that an entire nation is ignorant about a part of their body they have lost. ... The sanitation issue, especially, always comes up when I am in America. But you know what? I am very clean. I shower frequently. I am very proud of my foreskin. I believe it's there for a purpose. And I just want people to stop and think for a second before they decide to get a big bit of their newborn son's cock cut off."

In March 2005 Cumming received the Vito Russo Award at the 16th Annual GLAAD Media Awards for outstanding contributions toward eliminating homophobia. In July of the same year he was also presented with the HRC's Humanitarian Award in San Francisco, also for his LGBT public stance. In November 2006 Cumming received a Doctor of Arts honorary degree from the University of Abertay Dundee. He also is a patron of the Scottish Youth Theatre, Scotland's National Theatre 'for and by' young people. 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. On November 7, 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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Name Duration Released
That's Life 02:59 2009
What More Can I Say 02:58 2009
I Dance and Dance and Smile and Smile 03:16 2009
Where I Want to Be 03:09 2009
Shine 03:15 2009
Unexpressed 03:00 2009
Thinking of You 01:44 2009
Next to Me 02:51 2009
Here You Come Again / My Interpretation 03:34 2009
Beautiful 02:05 2009
Don't Tell Me 03:32 2009
All I Know 02:35 2009
Wig in a Box / Wicked Little Town 04:14 2009
Mein Herr 03:29 2009


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