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Alan Cumming (January 27th, 1965-) is an actor who played Glitch the "Scarecrow" in the Tin Man miniseries. Cumming was born in Aberfeldy, Scotland, to Mary , an insurance company secretary, and Alex Cumming. His family lived nearby in Dunkeld, where his father was a forester for Atholl Estate. The family moved to Fassfern near Fort William, before moving to the east coast of Scotland in 1969, where Alan's father took up the position of Head Forester of Panmure Estate; it was there that Alan grew up.

In 1981, he left high school with 8 'O' Grades and 4 Highers, but because he was too young to enter any university or drama school he worked for just over a year as a sub-editor at D.C. In September 1982 he began a three-year course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. He graduated in 1985 with a B.A. and awards for verse speaking and direction. Before graduating Alan made his professional theater and film debuts in «Macbeth» at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow and in Gillies MacKinnon's «Passing Glory». After graduating, Alan worked extensively in Scottish theater and television, including a stint on the soap opera High Road before moving to London when «Conquest of the South Pole», a play by German playwright Manfred Karge, transferred from the Traverse Theatre in, Edinburgh to the the Royal Court in London, earning him his first Olivier award nomination for Most Promising Newcomer of 1988.

In 1993 he played Hamlet for the English Touring Theatre to great critical acclaim and then immediately went on to play the Emcee in Sam Mendes' revival of "Cabaret" at the same venue . He received a 1994 Olivier award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for "Cabaret", and for Hamlet he received the 1994 TMA Best Actor award and a Shakespeare Globe award nomination. In 1994, he made his first Hollywood film, Circle of Friends , and his performance as the oleaginous Sean Walsh along with those in two films released in quick succession Emma and GoldenEye brought him to the attention of American producers, and he appeared in several Hollywood films, such as Romy and Michele's High School Reunion and Buddy . He returned to the UK in 1997 to work with Stanley Kubrick and the Spice Girls before returning stateside in 1998 to reprise his role in «Cabaret» on Broadway.

The show and his portrayal were a sensation, and he received the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics' Circle, Theatre World, FANY, New York Press and New York Public Advocate's awards for his performance.

He wrote, directed, produced and acted in The Anniversary Party with Jennifer Jason Leigh, which premiered at the Cannes Film festival in 2002 and went on to win a National Board of Review award and two Independent Spirit award nominations. More recently he has produced the documentary Show People and the films Sweet Land and Full Grown Men and acted in Gray Matters opposite Heather Graham and Bam Bam and Celeste , opposite Margaret Cho. In 2006, he returned to Broadway as Macheath in The Threepenny Opera.