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Alan Cumming

Autor/a de Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

26+ obres 2,021 Membres 112 Ressenyes 2 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Alan Cumming (born on January 27, 1965) is a Scottish-born American actor. He graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. Cumming's first film in the United States was 1997's Romy and Michele's High School Reunion. He has starred in many films including Spy Kids and the mostra'n més Spice Girls Movie. Cumming plays the role of Eli Gould on the CBS popular show, The Good Wife. He has been nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Satellite Award for his performance. He has also done award-winning work in the theatre. In 2014, he reprised his role as the Emcee in the Roundabout Theater's production of Cabaret, for which he originally won a Tony Award for Best Actor In a Musical in 1998. On November 7, 2008, Cumming became a dual-national and was sworn in as a citizen of the United States of America at a ceremony in New York City. In October 2014 Alan's book, Not My Father's Son: A Memoir, made The New York Times bestseller list. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
Crèdit de la imatge: Credit: Tony Shek, 2005, Toronto, Ont.


Obres de Alan Cumming

Not My Father's Son: A Memoir (2014) 1,233 exemplars
Tommy's Tale (2002) 384 exemplars
Andy Warhol : Men (2004) — Pròleg, algunes edicions33 exemplars
The Adventures of Honey & Leon (2017) 29 exemplars
Sweet Land [2005 film] (2005) — Producer/Actor; Producer/Actor — 18 exemplars
The Anniversary Party [2001 film] (2005) — Director — 15 exemplars
Honey & Leon Take the High Road (2019) 15 exemplars
Legal Immigrant (2019) 15 exemplars
Ghost Writer [2007 film] — Director — 2 exemplars

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X2: X-Men United [2003 film] (2003) — Actor — 829 exemplars
Zorgamazoo (2008) — Narrador, algunes edicions370 exemplars
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Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams [2002 film] (2002) — Actor — 155 exemplars
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Titus [1999 film] (1999) 106 exemplars
The Ant Bully [2006 film] (2006) 99 exemplars
Josie and the Pussycats [2001 film] (2001) — Actor — 92 exemplars
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The Tempest [2010 film] (2010) — Actor — 63 exemplars
Annie [1999 TV movie] (1999) — Actor — 61 exemplars
Circle of Friends [1995 film] (1995) — Actor — 52 exemplars
Battle of the Sexes [2017 Film] (2017) 46 exemplars
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Son of the Mask [2005 Movie] (2005) — Actor — 25 exemplars
Spy Kids Triple Feature 3-Movie Collection (2013) — Actor — 16 exemplars
The Good Wife: The Complete Series (2017) — Actor — 15 exemplars
The Good Wife: The Final Season (2016) — Actor — 15 exemplars
Eighteen [2005 film] (2005) — Actor — 12 exemplars
The Good Wife: The Complete Sixth Season (2015) — Actor — 11 exemplars
Show Business: The Road to Broadway [2007 film] (2007) — Actor — 9 exemplars
Annie: Original 1999 Television Soundtrack — Performer — 7 exemplars
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Hey Gurl, It's Christmas! (2019) — Col·laborador — 5 exemplars
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I'm not familiar with Alan Cumming as an actor, I'm not sure I could pick him out in a lineup. I came to this having listened to his previous memoir "Not my Father's Son". He has a very nice reading voice. In this, he reflects on his life since leaving home, how he came to be an actor, his acting adventures and the associated life. It is rather lively, and while there are lost of tales, there is little introspection. There's a lot of telling us that he's funny, brave, outspoken, but very little evidence of it is presented here. There are any number of sexual encounters, but they seem to fall into the same repeated categories, the poor choice, the one night stand and the long term relationship. It all felt a little repetitive , not to say superficial, after a while.
Some of his thoughts on memory or response to earlier experience are valid and worthwhile, but these are scattered thinly through the book. I'm not sure that I know the person behind the book any more now than I did previously. It's all entertaining enough, but it feels that there's a flair and less substance.
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Helenliz | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Nov 4, 2023 |
Chances are, you'll recognize actor Alan Cumming from the picture on the cover of the book, even if you don't recognize his name. He's appeared in many movies (X2, Goldeneye, Emma), and has received wide recognition for his role as the Master of Ceremonies in the long-running Broadway production of Cabaret. As we come to learn, his boyish good looks, natural talent, and evident personal charm have culminated in a bustling career and an extremely lively social life, full of parties and an imposing number of sexual encounters.

This is billed as "an intimate look at the making of a man, an actor, an advocate, and a happy human being" - but feel like that's an oversell. The "making of a man" stuff mostly happens in his first memoir (Not My Father's Son), his career as an actor - as set forth here - is eventful but not particularly illuminating, and he barely mentions his advocacy work for LGBTQ+. Mostly this is a sequence of episodes depicting his experiences on various stages/movie sets and his encounters with famous people, with a bit of shallow-ish reflection thrown in.

Cumming's main purpose seems to be to convince readers that he is funny, honest, fearless, and vulnerable. And on the surface, the argument could be made that he succeeds. But critical readers may be bothered by what's not here: there's almost no discussion of how his life has been impacted by his sexuality, little detail about his life beyond sets and stages, and no meaningful consideration of implications of his hedonism or promiscuity. Not to suggest that hedonism and promiscuity are somehow inherently wicked, but the flipside or prioritizing ones own needs is a tendency to de-prioritize the needs of others, with subsequent consequences. Yet, to hear Cumming tell it, any short-term kerfuffles inevitably resolve themselves into long-term friendships. What's here may be honest, but it doesn't feel complete.

Indeed, my main takeaway from the memoir is that Cumming is a living embodiment of what one might call the "Cabaret ethos": "life is short, so get busy being happy" and "anything that makes you happy can't be bad." One wonders if this principle is why he was so convincing as the MC in Cabaret ... or if spending so many nights embodying this role ended up shaping the man that he has become? Perhaps this is the sort of deeper reflection I was hoping for here, instead of this entertaining but rather shallow serving of celebrity fluff.
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Dorritt | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Oct 4, 2023 |
This is about a couple of Cumming's family mysteries that are revealed when Alan participates in the TV show Who Do You Think You Are? I almost gave this book 2 stars, since half stars aren't possible, but I was curious to see how things rolled out, so I kept reading. I felt that was worth another half star.He delves into his childhood as a counterpoint to current events unfolding in the book. If you really enjoy self absorbed navel gazing, go for it. I'm glad the book was only 294 pages.
Maryjane75 | Hi ha 92 ressenyes més | Sep 30, 2023 |
I can safely say I am a massive fan of Alan Cumming after listening to three Audible releases and watching most films he has been in. It has not been an easy life for him, but he has done it by being himself and then looking to improve where he can. That’s what I aspire to be like every day.
Elise3105 | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Aug 13, 2023 |



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