Alan Cumming has one of the most recognizable pointy faces in Hollywood and beyond, and talent, to boot. The 50-year old Scottish-American actor is hosting the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 7, which should be a breeze for him, since he is a veteran of the theater. He also is a Tony-winner himself, snagging the award for playing the pansexual master of ceremonies in Caberet in 1998. His most recent turn was as Eli Gold on The Good Wife, though you probably also recognize him as Nightcrawler from X-Men 2 or as Fegan Floop from the incredible Spy Kids franchise. He's had a long and varied career, full of awards and activism, and, of course, LOVE! Love makes the world go round. Alan Cumming is married to Grant Shaffer, who he wed in 2007 and again in 2012, just for fun. But who is this lucky man Shaffer, anyway?
Grant Shaffer is a talented fellow himself. He's an artist, an illustrator, and graphic designer for business and for pleasure. According to his very aesthetically-pleasing website,
Grant Shaffer was born in San Francisco in 1965. He has lived and worked in Manhattan as an artist and illustrator for the past 18 years. He illustrates for magazines and newspapers such as The New Yorker, The New York Times and Interview Magazine.
And he's got Hollywood chops, too. Shaffer has worked on storyboards for films like Zoolander, Closer, and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, and he's also had the pleasure of serving Queen Beyoncé and working on art for her music videos (as well as videos for Madonna and Michael Jackson). Pretty impressive.
Cumming and Shaffer first got married in London in 2007, with a wedding ceremony worthy of the movies. Their guestlist included famous British friends like Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) and Sir Ian McKellan. Fun fact: Ian McKellan was the one who told Cumming to stop doing "stupid films" and get back on the stage. The pair's winter civil ceremony at the Royal Naval College in London was fit for a fairytale. According to People,
Cumming and Shaffer both wore custom made suits: Shaffer's was black striped and Cumming's was an oatmeal colored linen kilt suit. The couple walked down the aisle to a string quartet playing the theme song from Cumming's 1995 film Circle of Friends. At the end of the ceremony, as Queen's "You're My Best Friend" played, guests moved outside to the rented ice rink for the newlyweds' first skate.
As someone who loves Queen and wishes I could even stand up on skates, I'm getting emotional over here.
Then, five years after their first wedding in London, Cumming and Shaffer had another wedding ceremony in New York. When the two first wed in 2007, they said in a statement,
As residents of America we would have loved to marry there, but we hope that soon the civil rights that we have been afforded in the U.K. will be available to all gay Americans, and we look forward to celebrating not only our marriage, but the end of prejudice.
And celebrate they did. Five years exactly to the day that Cumming and Shaffer first married, they had a whole other wedding at the Soho Grand Hotel in New York, and Cumming, hip as ever, even live-tweeted a picture from the event. Ain't love grand?