Alan Cumming

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Alan Cumming OBE (born January 27, 1965 in Aberfeldy) is a British - American actor and director . The RSAMD graduate is best known as a cast member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and from films such as James Bond 007 - Goldeneye .


Childhood and personal life

Cumming was born in Aberfeldy , Scotland , in 1965 and grew up on the Panmure Estate in Angus near Carnoustie on the east coast of Scotland. Cumming described his environment as feudal . His mother, Mary Darling, was an insurance company secretary , and his father, Alex Cumming, was the chief forester of the Atholl Estate . His brother is six years older and works as a property manager in Southampton .

In his autobiography, Not My Father's Son ( not my father's son ) describes Cumming's emotional and physical violence that his father did to him as a child and teenager. His mother only managed to obtain a divorce from her abusive husband after she gained financial independence. Cumming said that in his early twenties he broke off all contact with his father. Only shortly before filming an episode of the BBC - Genealogy - documentary series Who Do You Think You Are? he got back in touch and learned that his father had believed that Cumming was not his biological son. Cumming and his brother were later able to prove the paternity of Alex Cumming using DNA tests . Cumming believes his troubled childhood taught him to act through "the constant need to suppress or hide my own emotions from him when I was a little boy."

In 1985 he married his fellow actor Hilary Lyon, who appeared next to him on stage in Hamlet ; after eight years (1993) they divorced. He dated actress Saffron Burrows for two years and theater director Nick Philippou for six years .

Today he lives in Manhattan with his husband, the illustrator Grant Shaffer . Shaffer works as illustrator and storyboard draftsman and for example, was responsible for the surrealist -inspired music video for Bedtime Story by Madonna . Cumming and Shaffer met in 2004; In 2007 they entered into a registered partnership in Greenwich . In 2012 the couple married in New York, where the marriage had been opened to same-sex couples six months earlier.

Education and career

In his hometown of Angus he first visited the Monikie Primary School and BEYOND the Carnoustie High School . After graduating from school, he moved to Glasgow , 160 kilometers south-east, to study drama at the renowned RSAMD (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) . After graduating, he received engagements with the well-known theater companies of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and the Royal National Theater , with whom he staged various plays. He became internationally known for his role as the antagonist Boris Grishenko in the Bond film Goldeneye . He opened up to a younger audience as Fegan Floop in the three Spy Kids films. In 1994, Cumming made his screenwriting and directing debut with Butter . 2001 followed with relationships and other catastrophes, the first feature film direction. In November 2006, Cumming received an honorary doctorate from the University of Abertay Dundee . He is also the patron of the Scottish Youth Theater, the Scottish national theater "by and for young people".

Commitment and awards

Since coming out as a bisexual man, Cumming has also become increasingly involved as an LGBT activist. He is also the patron of the non-profit foundation NORM-UK, which deals with issues related to the practice of circumcision . He initiates and supports fundraising campaigns for organizations such as AMFAR , GLAAD and Human Rights Campaign as well as the projects Broadway Cares and Equity [US American theater union AEA] Fights AIDS . He participated in a video campaign for the New York Equality Network that successfully helped legalize same-sex marriage in Scotland.

For his commitment as well as for his contribution to the entertainment industry and the preservation of the arts, Elizabeth II awarded him the rank of Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2009 . In March 2005, Cumming received the Vito Russo Award for his “extraordinary contribution to the eradication of homophobia ” at the 16th annual GLAAD media awards ceremony . In July of the same year he also received the Humanitarian Award from the Human Rights Campaign in San Francisco , also for his public statements on behalf of the LGBT community.

Cumming is also committed to animal welfare and is committed to animal welfare, for which he received the Humanitarian Award from the animal welfare organization PETA in 2017 . According to his own statements, he has been vegan since 2012 . He is a supporter of the Scottish National Party and the independence of Scotland from the English crown. He has also been a US citizen since 2008.

Filmography (selection)

Web links

Commons : Alan Cumming  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

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  2. ^ Alan Cumming on dealing with his past . In: The Scotsman , November 8, 2014. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  3. a b c d Alan Cumming (video interview). In: Larry King Now , October 27, 2014. Retrieved November 1, 2014. 
  4. a b Alan Cumming: 'I never felt I'd achieved enough because I was always told I was nothing' . In: The Guardian , November 14, 2014. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  5. a b Adam Higginbotham: Cumming out on top . In: The Observer , February 16, 2003. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ Alan Cumming Biography (1965-) . In: Film . Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  7. ^ Actor Alan Cumming Is Not His 'Father's Son' . In: NPR , Weekend Edition Saturday , October 11, 2014. Retrieved November 1, 2014. 
  8. Peter McQuaid: The artful swinger - bisexual actor Alan Cumming - Brief Article - Interview . In: The Advocate , September 28, 1999, pp. 59-62. 
  9. Grant Shaffer: Bedtime Storyboards: An All-time Classic Madonna Video in the Making . In: Icon , Boy Toy Inc, January 1995. 
  10. ^ Alan Cumming marries illustrator Grant Shaffer in a civil ceremony in England
  11. Natalie Finn: Alan Cumming Groomed for Marriage . In: E! . January 8, 2007. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  12. Jeremy Kinser: Alan Cumming Remarries Husband in New York . January 9, 2012. Archived from the original on April 11, 2012. Retrieved on April 15, 2013.
  13. ^ High school reunion for film star Alan Cumming . In: The Courier ( Dundee ) , January 8, 2013. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  14. Adam Sandel: Alan Cumming Is Bisexual - And You Might Be Too .
  15. John Dalton: Film Star Wants the Foreskin to be with you . In: NORM-UK . June 11, 2007. Archived from the original on December 19, 2013.
  16. X-Man Nixes Circs . In: . June 11, 2007.
  17. Video: Scottish campaign for equal marriage launches 'It's Time' celebrity video campaign . In: Pink News , June 24, 2013. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  18. ^ Queen's birthday honors list: Diplomatic service and overseas list . In: . June 13, 2009 .: “Actor, Producer and Presenter. For serv film, theater and the arts and to activism for equal rights for the gay and lesbian community "
  19. To be Ordinary Officers of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order Said: . In: The London Gazette , June 13, 2009, p. B24. Retrieved April 15, 2013. 
  20. Andrew Gans: GLAAD Media Awards to Honor Billy Crystal and Alan Cumming . March 25, 2005. Archived from the original on January 16, 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  21. Photo Flash: Alan Cumming Receives PETA's Humanitarian Award at Valentine's Day Bash Broadway World News, February 13, 2017.
  22. Heidi Pashman: 25 Sexiest Vegan and Vegetarian Celebrities . January 13, 2013. Archived from the original on December 14, 2013. Retrieved on December 14, 2013.
  23. Nicola Sturgeon quips she could field SNP candidates in England . In: The Guardian , December 13, 2016. Retrieved November 12, 2017. 
  24. ^ Alan Cumming: I bought a blue car today! . In: . November 7, 2008. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved on April 15, 2013.
  25. Peter Ross: Alan Cumming interview: seen the future, got the t-shirt . In: The Scotsman , November 1, 2008. Retrieved April 15, 2013.