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Michael Cumpsty is a Actor British born on 28 february 1960 at Wakefield (United-kingdom)

Michael Cumpsty

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Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 28 february 1960 (59 years) at Wakefield (United-kingdom)

Michael Cumpsty (born 26 February 1960) is a British actor. He has been acting since childhood. He has worked extensively performing Shakespeare, as well as both musicals and dramas on Broadway. He also performs in films and on television.


He was born in Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire and moved to South Africa with his family when he was 9. Cumpsty attended Haileybury College in Hertfordshire and received a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982.

On the Broadway stage he appeared in dramas, including La Bête (1991), Timon of Athens (1993), The Heiress (1995),Copenhagen (2000), and The Constant Wife (2005). He appeared on Broadway in the play End of the Rainbow in 2012 and received a Tony Award nomination for Featured Actor for his performance. He appeared in the Los Angeles production of the play, which ran in March and April 2013 at the Ahmanson Theatre. He appeared in the Roundabout Theatre production of Machinal as the "husband" in December 2013 through March 2, 2014.

In Broadway stage musicals, he played John Dickinson in the revival of 1776 (1997), and Julian Marsh in the revival of 42nd Street (2001). He played the role of Jules in the revival of Sunday in the Park With George in 2008.

In Off-Broadway work, he both played the title role and co-directed a Classic Stage Company production of Richard III in 2007. Other Shakespeare roles include Timon in Timon of Athens in 1996, Parolles in All's Well That Ends Well in 1993, Laertes in Hamlet in 1990, Time/Lord in The Winter's Tale in 1989, and Escalus in Romeo and Juliet in 1988, all at the Public Theater. He played the title role in the Classic Stage Company production of Hamlet in 2005, winning the Obie Award, performance.

Cumpsty's television credits include the daytime soap operas One Life to Live and All My Children, recurring roles on the primetime dramas L.A. Law in 1991 as a "killer litigator." and Star Trek Voyager, and guest appearances on Matlock (May 7, 1995) and Law & Order.

Cumpsty's feature films include State of Grace (1990), Fatal Instinct (1993), Starting Out in the Evening (2007), The Ice Storm (1997), Eat Pray Love (2010) and The Visitor (2007).

Cumpsty appeared at the Two River Theater in Much Ado About Nothing in October 2011, in Present Laughter in 2013, and directed the Wendy Wasserstein play Third in 2014. He appeared in Absurd Person Singular as "Ronald" in January through February 1, 2015. He said of the Two River Theater: “It’s similar to off-Broadway, but at a much nicer theater. And it’s different from Broadway because it’s not commercial so there’s less pressure. It’s exhilarating, too. The run is short (three or four weeks) then it’s gone. It’s kind of special..." He further said that he likes "language oriented work" and mentioned as examples Copenhagen and the plays of Tom Stoppard.

His life partner, John Dias, is the artistic director of the Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, New Jersey, and they moved to New Jersey in 2010.

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Filmography of Michael Cumpsty (9 films)

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Burning Blue, 1h36
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Films about sexuality, Transport films, LGBT-related films, Aviation films, LGBT-related films, United States Armed Forces in films, LGBT-related film
Actors Trent Ford, Rob Mayes, Tammy Blanchard, William Lee Scott, Cotter Smith, Michael Cumpsty
Rating58% 2.90422.90422.90422.90422.9042
US Navy pilots Lts. Daniel Lynch (Trent Ford) and Will Stephensen (Morgan Spector) are best friends hoping to both become the youngest pilots to be accepted into the space program. After two accidents, one of which is due to Will's failing eyesight, their unit is subject to an NCIS investigation led by John Cokely (Michael Sirow). At the same time, a third pilot, Matt Blackwood (Rob Mayes) arrives on the carrier and quickly develops a close friendship with Dan, driving a wedge in between Dan and Will. Cokely's investigation leads to him uncovering rumours about Dan and Matt's relationship just as they both begin to fall in love. When Matt decides to leave his wife and move in with Dan there is a third accident and Cokely's investigation ramps up the pressure on Dan.
Eat Pray Love, 2h13
Directed by Ryan Murphy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Javier Bardem, Julia Roberts, Billy Crudup, Richard Jenkins, Viola Davis, James Franco
Rating58% 2.9015552.9015552.9015552.9015552.901555
Elizabeth Gilbert had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having - a husband, a house, a successful career – yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self-discovery. In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy, the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Indonesia.
The Visitor, 1h44
Directed by Tom McCarthy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Musical, Crime
Themes Films about alcoholism, Films about immigration, La précarité
Actors Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Hiam Abbass, Richard Kind, Marian Seldes
Roles Charles
Rating76% 3.8484453.8484453.8484453.8484453.848445
Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) is a widowed Connecticut College economics professor who lives a fairly solitary existence. He fills his days by sometimes taking piano lessons in an effort to emulate his late wife, a classical concert pianist, and infrequently works on a new book. When he is asked to present a paper at an academic conference at New York University, he is not enthusiastic to make the trip, given he is only the nominal co-author and has never even read the complete work. Charles (Michael Cumpsty), his department head, insists and Walter is forced to attend.
Starting Out in the Evening, 1h51
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Frank Langella, Lauren Ambrose, Lili Taylor, Adrian Lester, Michael Cumpsty, Joel West
Roles Victor
Rating69% 3.49773.49773.49773.49773.4977
Now aging and ailing, one-time celebrated author Leonard Schiller has been forgotten by his readers, literary colleagues, and critics during the decade he has struggled to complete what he knows will be his final novel. When brash, ambitious Brown University graduate student Heather Wolfe approaches him with a request for access to his thoughts and recollections for the Master's thesis she hopes will reintroduce the public to his work, he initially refuses to cooperate. But the young woman is relentless, and he finally agrees to weekly meetings in which he slowly begins to open up to her as he reluctantly recalls his past.
The Ex
The Ex (2006)
, 1h30
Directed by Jesse Peretz
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors Zach Braff, Amanda Peet, Jason Bateman, Charles Grodin, Mia Farrow, Donal Logue
Rating54% 2.7489752.7489752.7489752.7489752.748975
Living in Manhattan, Tom (Zach Braff) is a cook who has a hard time holding down his job. His wife, Sofia (Amanda Peet), is an attorney. When their first child is born, they agree that she will be a full-time mom and he will work to get a promotion. When Tom gets fired over defending his friend Paco (Yul Vazquez), he takes a job in Ohio working at the ad agency where his father-in-law is the assistant director. Tom is assigned to report to Chip (Jason Bateman). Chip is a competitive and hard-driving wheelchair-using man who is coincidentally Sofia's ex-boyfriend from high school. Chip still carries a desire for her, so he conspires to make Tom's work life miserable. As Tom's frustrations mount, Chip begins to sway Sofia to his side.
The Ice Storm, 1h52
Directed by Ang Lee
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about families, Films about sexuality
Actors Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Henry Czerny
Roles Reverend Philip Edwards
Rating74% 3.7483353.7483353.7483353.7483353.748335
Ben, Elena, and their children, 16-year-old Paul and 14-year-old Wendy. And their neighbors, the Carvers, include Jim, Janey, and their children: Mikey and Sandy.
Fatal Instinct, 1h31
Directed by Carl Reiner
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Crime
Themes Films about religion, Films about sexuality, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Armand Assante, Sherilyn Fenn, Kate Nelligan, Sean Young, Christopher McDonald, Tony Randall
Rating57% 2.852.852.852.852.85
Ned Ravine, who's both a police officer and a lawyer (who often defends the people he arrests), believes that he knows everything about women, and says that he'll throw away his badge if anyone ever proves him wrong. While on a stakeout, he encounters a seductive woman named Lola Cain; the next day, Lola shows up at his law office, saying that she needs him to look over some papers she's come across. Meanwhile, Max Shady, who was just released from prison after seven years, starts stalking Ned, planning to kill him for failing to successfully defend Max in court.
State of Grace, 2h14
Directed by Phil Joanou
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about immigration, Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors Sean Penn, Ed Harris, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright, John C. Reilly, John Turturro
Roles Frankie's Man
Rating72% 3.648563.648563.648563.648563.64856
Terry Noonan (Penn) returns to Hell's Kitchen in New York City after a 10-year absence, where his unpredictable childhood friend Jackie Flannery (Oldman) is involved in an Irish crime organization (based on The Westies) run by his older brother Frank/Frankie (Harris). Terry also rekindles an old flame with Jackie's sister Kathleen (Wright).