Alan Cumming

Highest Rated: 100% Second Best (1994)
Lowest Rated: 0% Sir Billi (2013)
Birthday: Jan 27, 1965
Birthplace: Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland, UK
Scottish, versatile, and for a long time underappreciated, Alan Cumming is chameleon-like in both his choice of roles and his ability to inhabit them convincingly. Born January 27, 1965, in Perthshire, Scotland, Cumming studied drama at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama before embarking on a career that would have its roots on the stage. For years, Cumming worked steadily in the theater as a member of repertory companies, such as the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1992 he had his film debut in the largely unheard of Prague, which was essentially a historical overview of the city. In 1994 American audiences were introduced to the sound of Cumming's voice thanks to his role as the narrator of Black Beauty, but it wasn't until 1995 (Cumming's other 1994 film, Second Best notwithstanding) that they actually saw him, this time via his small but memorable role as a Russian computer programmer in Goldeneye.Wider exposure followed, thanks to two successful films. The first, Circle of Friends (1995), featured Cumming as Minnie Driver's slimy, unwelcome suitor, and the second, 1996's Emma, saw Cumming playing yet another unwelcome suitor, this time to Gwyneth Paltrow. More sympathetic roles followed in For My Baby, Buddy, and Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (in which he played a sweetly awkward nerd with a crush on Lisa Kudrow), all released in 1997. Work in Spice World came next in 1998, as did the stage role that was to give Cumming critical acclaim, a host of awards, and the wider respect he deserved. That role was Cabaret's Emcee, and Cumming managed to make the character -- previously the sole territory of Joel Grey -- all his own, giving a wickedly delicious performance that was unabashedly dark, sly, androgynous, and altogether terrifying. His performance won him all three New York theater awards: a Tony, a Drama Desk, and an Outer Critics Circle. This triumph resulted in a new range of opportunities for the actor, one of which was the chance to be a part of what was to be Stanley Kubrick's last film, Eyes Wide Shut (1999). Although Cumming's role as a hotel desk clerk was a small one, the actor turned in a sly and insinuating performance that reflected his ability to make the most out of even the most limited opportunities.Cumming was subsequently given almost unlimited opportunities to showcase his flamboyance in Julie Taymor's Titus, her 1999 adaptation of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. In his role as the queen's (Jessica Lange) debauched lover, he gave a performance that was as over-the-top and rococo as the film itself, leading some critics to say his portrayal had a little too much in common with a Christmas ham.Fortunately, Cumming surprised critics and audiences alike when he directed, with Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Anniversary Party (2001), a marital comedy-drama that starred him and Leigh as a husband and wife whose anniversary party exposes the many flaws of their fragile marriage. Featuring a cast that included Kevin Kline, Phoebe Cates, Gwyneth Paltrow, John C. Reilly, and Jennifer Beals, the film, which was shot on digital video, earned a fairly warm reception from critics, many of whom praised Cumming for his work both behind and in front of the camera.Cumming took the part of the bad guy in the first Spy Kids movie, a role he would repeat in the film's first two sequels. He also played the evil corporate manipulator in Josie and the Pussycats. He appeared in the musical remake of Reefer Madness in 2004, and that same year voiced a cat in the live action Garfield the movie. He worked steadily in a variety of projects including Gray Matters, Eloise: Eloise in Hollywood, and Dare, but found his biggest critical success on the small screen as part of the cast in the highly-respected CBS drama The Good Wife which began its run in 2009.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
16% Show Dogs Dante 2018
58% Always at the Carlyle Actor 2018
75% After Louie Sam Cooper Producer 2018
No Score Yet Hurricane Bianca Actor 2016
17% Strange Magic Bog King $10.3M 2015
6% Maladies Alan 2014
No Score Yet Chu And Blossom Actor 2014
14% The Smurfs 2 Gusty Smurf $71.1M 2013
60% Almost In Love Actor 2013
No Score Yet The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow Actor 2013
0% Sir Billi Actor 2013
78% Any Day Now Rudy Donatello $0.3M 2012
No Score Yet The Naturalized Actor 2012
No Score Yet Outback Bog 2012
22% The Smurfs Gutsy Smurf $142.7M 2011
30% The Tempest Sebastian $0.3M 2010
36% Burlesque Alexis $39.5M 2010
44% Jackboots on Whitehall Adolph Hitler 2010
33% Boogie Woogie Dewey 2010
No Score Yet ITW Pathway Actor 2010
No Score Yet Riverworld Caretaker 2010
57% Dare Grant Matson 2009
No Score Yet Poliwood Actor 2009
39% Full Grown Men Producer Hitchhiker 2008
No Score Yet He Likes Guys Actor 2008
No Score Yet The Shadow in the North Host 2007
No Score Yet Bam Bam and Celeste Eugene 2007
89% ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway Actor Producer 2007
8% Gray Matters Gordy 2007
No Score Yet Suffering Man's Charity (Ghost Writer) Johnathan Vandermark Executive Producer Director 2007
85% Sweet Land Producer Frandsen $1.3M 2006
No Score Yet Ripley Under Ground Jeff Constant 2005
14% Neverwas Jake 2005
6% Son of the Mask Loki $17M 2005
71% Reefer Madness Lecturer/Goat Man/FDR 2005
No Score Yet Eighteen Father Chris 2004
83% Broadway: The Golden Age Actor 2004
15% Garfield - The Movie Persnikitty $75.3M 2004
No Score Yet The Goodbye Girl Mark Bodine 2004
45% Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over Fegan Floop 2003
85% X2: X-Men United Nightcrawler $214.9M 2003
78% Nicholas Nickleby Folair $1.4M 2002
75% Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams Fegan Floop 2002
No Score Yet Investigating Sex Sevy 2002
61% The Anniversary Party Director Producer Screenwriter Joe Therrian $3M 2001
52% Josie and the Pussycats Wyatt Frame $14.2M 2001
93% Spy Kids Fegan Floop 2001
14% Company Man Gen. Batista 2001
11% Get Carter Jeremy Kinnear $14.6M 2000
72% Urbania Brett 2000
25% The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Gazoo/Mick Jagged 2000
68% Titus Saturninus 1999
No Score Yet Annie Rooster Hannigan 1999
24% Plunkett & Macleane Lord Rochester 1999
75% Eyes Wide Shut Desk Clerk 1999
35% Spice World Piers 1998
25% Buddy Dick 1997
72% Romy and Michele's High School Reunion Sandy Frank 1997
84% Emma Rev. Elton 1996
78% GoldenEye Boris Grishenko 1995
80% Black Beauty Black Beauty 1994
78% Circle of Friends Sean 1994
100% Second Best Bernard 1994
No Score Yet Bernard and the Genie Bernard Bottle 1992

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Host
  • 2018
56% Instinct
2018
Executive Producer Dylan Reinhart
  • 2018
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2018
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  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest Performer
  • 2018
  • 2015
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No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2014
No Score Yet Harry
2016
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Queers
2017
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No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2011
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
Mucko Polo
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2018
Guest
  • 2016
86% The New Yorker Presents
2016
Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Rachael Ray
2015
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Saving My Tomorrow
2014
Voice
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Eli Gold
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Grantchester on Masterpiece
2015-2017
Host
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Wolf Hall on Masterpiece
2015
Host
  • 2015
No Score Yet Mr. Selfridge on Masterpiece (Inactive)
2013
Host
  • 2015
  • 2013
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Host
  • 2015
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  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
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  • 1992
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Web Therapy
2011-2014
Austen Clarke Austen
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Would You Rather? With Graham Norton
2011-2012
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Riverworld
2011
Caretaker Caketaker
  • 2010
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
Panelist
  • 2009
No Score Yet Tin Man
2007
Glitch
  • 2007
No Score Yet The L Word
2004-2009
Billie Blaikie Billie
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2005
71% Sex and the City
1998-2004
O
  • 2004
  • 2001
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Ahmrit
  • 2003
No Score Yet 3rd Rock from the Sun
1996-2001
Angus `The Hole' McDuff
  • 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 2000

QUOTES FROM Alan Cumming CHARACTERS