Alan Cumming Biography

Date Of Birth:
January 27, 1965 (49)
Birth Place:
Perthshire, SCOTLAND
Gender:
Male

Alan Cumming was an accomplished theatre and film actor at a very young age. His most famous role in London is that of Hamlet, but America knows him best as the Emcee in Cabaret. Cumming and Sam Mendes revamped the show in London and brought it to Broadway in 1998 with the help of Rob Marshall. Suddenly Alan was everywhere (and still is if you see Broadway commercials!) and cleaned up at all the 1998 award shows.

He built his film resume in between shows, ranging from such mature work as Plunkett and McLeane to lighthearted bank boosting fare as Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas. Many critics described him the only redeemable part of Eyes Wide Shut, which is funny considering his part was 5 minutes out of nearly 3 hours. There is no limit to Cumming's creativity. He models for such designers as Cynthia Rowley and always wears fabulous and odd clothing. His photo spreads are always interesting, if not surprising. Nudity and playing with sexuality and gender roles is not an issue for this actor.

Cumming made many short films in Europe and always said he would be a writer if not an actor. He started off his career as a writer for a British pop magazine and wrote many articles for European and American magazines and newspapers. One particularly famous piece is from a 2001 Marie Claire issue when he was disguised as a woman for a day to analyze how differently men and women are treated. He also published the novel Tommy's Tale last year, a raunchy novel that fans recognize as vaguely autobiographical.

Cumming briefly returned to Broadway in 2001 to play opposite Dominic West and Jennifer Ehle in Design for Living. At this time, he had 3 movies concurrently released. Cumming works the talk show circuit (notably Conan) and the party scene like a pro. The Anniversary Party was released right afterwards, filled with theatre actors and many Cabaret alumni. Cumming and Jennifer Jason Leigh did everything for this digital video movie, and it was well received at Cannes.

The following year, Cumming started his own theatre company called The Art Party, which can be found at http://www.theartparty.com . They've only produced one piece so far, Elle, which Cumming starred in with Anson Mount and Stephen Spinella. The company hosts many workshops, readings, and benefits for work that can be construed as more avant-garde.

He loves NY and is happy to call it his home. Alan Cumming went from a scene stealing boyish and shy actor thrust into the spotlight to a scene stealing confident, playful, popular actor.