Alan Cumming

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Alan Cumming at TIFF, 2013

Alan Cumming (born in 1965) is a Scottish stage, television and film actor, singer, writer, director, producer and author. He's mostly known for his roles as Nightcrawler in X 2 X Men United and Fegan Floop in the Spy Kids movie series. Before that, he had a brief role in Eyes Wide Shut.

His stage appearances include Hamlet, the Broadway revival of Cabaret 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 currently stars as Eli Gold in The Good Wife and is the current host of Masterpiece Mystery on PBS.

Alan Cumming provides examples of the following tropes:
  • Bi the Way: Although he describes himself as pansexual.
  • 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.
  • Large Ham: Playing Boris Grishenko in GoldenEye.