Actor Alan Cumming gets Tel Aviv Gay Pride envoy nod
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Actor Alan Cumming gets Tel Aviv Gay Pride envoy nod

Stage actor with a long-time supporting role on ‘The Good Wife’ is happily tweeting and instagramming from Israel

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Actor Alan Cumming, in Israel for Tel Aviv's 2016 Gay Pride Week, is the host of PBS' 'Masterpiece Mystery' (Courtesy PBS)
Actor Alan Cumming, in Israel for Tel Aviv's 2016 Gay Pride Week, is the host of PBS' 'Masterpiece Mystery' (Courtesy PBS)

If you were a viewer of “The Good Wife,” then you have more than a passing familiarity with Scottish actor Alan Cumming, who plays Jewish chief of staff and conniving fixer Eli Gold on the award-winning show.

What you may not have known is that Cumming, a bisexual who married his long-time partner, Grant Shaffer, in New York in 2012, is an ambassador for this week’s Tel Aviv Gay Pride parade, and is currently romping around the country’s sites and posting selfies on Twitter as he traipses around Jerusalem’s Old City.

Cumming is taking part in TLV Fest, Tel Aviv’s LGBT Film Festival, held for the 11th year at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque from May 29 to June 7 and presenting dozens of films about the LGBT experience that have been screened at other film festivals worldwide.

He will receive an award at the festival, and will take part in a broader conversation held on June 2, at 8 p.m.

Cumming, a Scot by birth who is a naturalized American citizen, was a recurring character in season two of Lisa Kudrow’s web series “Web Therapy,” playing a possible love interest for Kudrow’s character.

Now a New Yorker, he returned to the stage for the Roundabout Theater Company’s 2014 revival production of “Cabaret,” starring opposite Michelle Williams, reprising a role he played on Broadway in the 1990s. He also hosted the 2015 69th Tony Awards with Kristin Chenoweth, and published his autobiography, “Not My Father’s Son,” in 2014, about his experiences growing up with an abusive parent.

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