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Alan Cumming OBE (born 27 January 1965 in Aberfeldy, Scotland) is a Scottish stage, television and film actor, singer, writer, director, producer and author. He's best known for his roles as Nightcrawler in X2: X-Men United, Fegan Floop in the Spy Kids movie series, and Boris Grishenko in GoldenEye.

His stage appearances include Hamlet, the Broadway revival of Cabaret (for which he won a Tony for his very sexualized portrayal of the Emcee) and Design For Living. In 2000 he directed The Anniversary Party, in which he starred along with Jennifer Jason Leigh. In 2002 he wrote a novel, Tommy's Tale. He starred as Eli Gold in The Good Wife and is the current host of Masterpiece Mystery on PBS.


His filmography includes:


This actor provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: His autobiography Not My Father's Son details the horrifying physical and emotional abuse he suffered in his childhood and teen years at the hands of his father, who he eventually cut all contact with, and the effects it had on him well into adulthood.
  • Comically Missing the Point: He demanded a retraction re: a Wall Street Journal article that that suggested that he wore a codpiece as the Emcee.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Quite often, the most prominent example in X2. He had his limits, apparently; even in the behind-the-scenes footage, he stated he couldn't go through the makeup process again for the next film. This trope was the main reason he did not reprise the role for The Last Stand.
  • Fake Nationality: Constantly. As a Scotsman he's played an American, a Brit (an American pretending to be a Brit), a German and a Russian just to name a few.
  • Large Ham: Many times, most notably when playing Boris Grishenko in GoldenEye and King James I in Doctor Who.
  • Mama's Boy: Big time.
  • Promoted Fanboy: He's a huge Doctor Who fan and tried to get on the show for several years before it finally happened, which very much shows in the sheer glee of his performance.
  • Self-Deprecating Humor: At his own last name, in this cologne commercial. And yes it actually exists.
    • Not just that one time. When hosting Saturday Night Live he mentioned in his opening monologue that Barbra Streisand inspired him with her autobiography Streisand on Streisand to write his own memoir. You can guess the title.