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Actor Alan Cumming — LGBT History Month Day 10

Actor Alan Cumming — LGBT History Month Day 10

 

Today’s LGBT History Month icon is Alan Cumming, an award-winning film, television and stage actor.

Cumming has appeared in more than 100 films and television series. He has also been part of several major theatrical productions in London and on Broadway.

Biography via Equality Forum:

Cumming grew up on the east coast of Scotland, the son of a forester and a secretary. As a teenager, he began appearing in high school plays and local theater productions. In 1982, he enrolled at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where he received a B.A. in dramatic studies.

After graduation, Cumming worked in Scottish theater and television before moving to London. In 1985, he married fellow acting student Hilary Lyon. The couple divorced eight years later.

In London, Cumming performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre. He received two Olivier Awards, including Best Actor in a Musical for playing the Emcee in “Cabaret.” In 1998, he reprised this role on Broadway, receiving a Tony Award for his performance.

Cumming’s many film credits include “Golden Eye,” “Emma,” “Eyes Wide Shut,” “Nicholas Nickleby,” “X2,” and “Burlesque.” On television, he has appeared on “Frasier,” “The L Word,” “Sex and the City,” Logo’s “Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World,” and on the hit series “The Good Wife” as conniving campaign manager Eli Gold.

In 1998, Entertainment Weekly named Cumming one of the 100 Most Creative People in the World. In 2008, he received the Trevor Hero Award from The Trevor Project for being “a true role model for gay and questioning youth through his spectacular and highly successful career.”

Cumming and his longtime partner, Grant Shaffer, entered into a civil partnership at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London. Cumming and Shaffer live in New York City.

Below you can see a video of Alan Cumming talking about his upbringing, his sexuality and his coming out:

Next is a video of Alan Cumming and another out bisexual actor, Anthony Rapp, talking about the blood donor ban on men who have sex with men:

And last, here’s a video of Alan Cumming performing the song “Taylor, the Latte Boy”:

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10:18AM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

I really liked him before, now I like him even more!

6:20AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

These daily stories are really great!

7:50PM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

One of my favourite performers. Hugely talented man.

7:03PM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

Bisexuality is coming out of the closet more and more nowadays, it seems.

2:31PM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

He's also written a book called TOMMY'S TALE and I had the pleasure of hearing him read excerpts from it at an event sponsored by Foley's (I think it was) back when I was living in London in 2004. He's a lovely, naughty and very talented man.

11:49AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

I think the word is Bi. Whichever he is claiming it was never straight (Unlike Elton or Ziggy Stardust) He is hot, cute and yummy

11:46AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

He is an incredibly talented performer. Singing! Acting! Comedy! Drama! He was fun in "Burlesque" and outstanding in "Cabaret."

11:23AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

I had no clue that Alan was gay! Great Scot! (pun intended). He's a terrific actor and I could care less that he is gay. It has nothing to do with him as an actor and decent human being. Continued success to him.

9:47AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

Such a great Actor! I've seen many of his movies.

9:44AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

When 'consenting adults performing in private' replaces homophobic extreme as what we teach our children, we'll get somewhere. He's another example of future hope - we just have to get ourselves back on track to a future.

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