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5 Fun Facts You Should Know About Alan Cumming

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From Small Theaters to the World Stage

Best known for his role as the Emcee in Sam Mendes’s racy 1993 revival of Cabaret, 51-year-old Alan Cumming has led a decorated acting career for over 35 years both onstage, on screen, and as an activist.

Born and raised in Scotland, Cumming is known for his eccentricity as a character actor, but also for his dedication to many charities and causes, especially in the LGBT community.

This week, Cumming, who has previously hosted major ceremonies such as the 2015 Tony Awards, had the honor of being the host of the first United Nations LGBT Gala, which was held on May 16 in New York City and was sponsored by Outright Action International.

Regarding the ceremony, Cumming said, “I think it’s sort of like a little chink in the armor of bigotry on a worldwide level because it is symbolic that this is happening in this institution.” However, he expressed some frustration by saying it was “also kind of ridiculous at the same time that this is the first time anything like this has happened at the U.N.”

How much do you know about this important actor, author, ad activist? Learn some fun and interesting facts about Alan Cumming below!

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5. He Grew Up on a Country Estate

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Source: wikipedia.org

The Scottish actor’s father was a forester, and the family lived at the Panmure Estate on Scotland’s east coast, the former location of a sprawling country manor built in the 17th century. He has stated that his childhood was difficult, largely because his father was abusive.

4. Not Just Theatre

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Though best known for his roles in the theatre world, Cumming has a lengthy filmography spanning action movies like GoldenEye, the Spy Kids trilogy, and X2: X-Men United and many comedies like Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, and even Spice World. He’s also appeared in numerous TV cameos.

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