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Alan Cumming

Highest Rated:   100% Second Best (1994)
Lowest Rated:   0% Sir Billi (2013)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Hurricane Bianca
  • Actor
2016
18% Strange Magic
  • Bog King
$10.3M 2015
6% Maladies
  • Alan
2014
No Score Yet Chu And Blossom
  • Actor
2014
13% 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
79% 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
47% Jackboots on Whitehall
  • Adolph Hitler
2010
33% Boogie Woogie
  • Dewey
2010
No Score Yet ITW Pathway
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Riverworld
  • Caretaker
2010
60% Dare
  • Grant Matson
2009
No Score Yet Poliwood
  • Actor
2009
39% Full Grown Men
  • Hitchhiker
  • Producer
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
88% 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
67% 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
86% X2: X-Men United
  • Nightcrawler
$214.9M 2003
77% Nicholas Nickleby
  • Folair
$1.4M 2002
74% Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
  • Fegan Floop
2002
No Score Yet Investigating Sex
  • Sevy
2002
60% The Anniversary Party
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Joe Therrian
$3M 2001
53% Josie and the Pussycats
  • Wyatt Frame
$14.2M 2001
93% Spy Kids
  • Fegan Floop
2001
14% Company Man
  • Gen. Batista
2001
12% Get Carter
  • Jeremy Kinnear
$14.6M 2000
71% 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
25% Plunkett & Macleane
  • Lord Rochester
1999
74% Eyes Wide Shut
  • Desk Clerk
1999
36% Spice World
  • Piers
1998
25% Buddy
  • Dick
1997
70% Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
  • Sandy Frank
1997
83% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
  • Guest
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
86% The New Yorker Presents
2016
  • Appearing
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Saving My Tomorrow
2014
  • Voice
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
98% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Eli Gold
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Grantchester on Masterpiece
2015
  • 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 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • Performer
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Mr. Selfridge on Masterpiece
2013-2016
  • Host
  • 2015
  • 2013
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Host
  • Actor
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 1992
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Web Therapy
2011-2014
  • Austen Clarke Austen
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • 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 The L Word
2004-2009
  • Billie Blaikie Billie
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2005
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Ahmrit
  • 2003
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 2000

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