Please explain what just happened.

There was a Big Bang, Elvis died, and then Obama tripled the deficit.

What is your earliest memory?

My ears scraping across a birth canal.

If you weren’t an actor/writer/director/producer, what other profession would you choose?

One that pays.

Describe a typical workday.

Wake up in the morning. Go to set, save the world, kill the bad guy, kiss the girl. Go home and watch Leno.

Is there a time you wish you’d lied?

When my ex-fiance said, “Does my ass look big in this?”

What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?

“Don’t turn out like you.”

If you could have only one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?

An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May.

What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?

My Pet Skeleton,, Wonder How To.

From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

Abraham Lincoln and Rebecca Black’s Friday.

Name three books that have impacted your life.

Dennis Prager’s Think a Second Time.
Marcus Lutrell’s Sole Survivor.
National Geographic’s Naked Pygmies of the Sahara.

If you could relive one moment over and over again, what would it be?

The day I first discovered my wiener.

How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

I worked with Charles Durning, who worked with Al Pacino, who worked with Kevin Spacey, who worked with Guy Pierce, who once ate 2 eggs over easy, some toast and a side of Kevin Bacon.

What makes you feel most guilty?

Confessing to the police that I had hidden a dead body under my mattress. But not telling them that I’d cut off the ‘Do Not Remove’ tag.

How do you incorporate the work of other artists into your own?

I steal it.

Please explain the motivation/inspiration behind FALLING SKIES.


What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

Ask for people’s help, not their permission.

List your favorite in the following categories:  Comedian, Musician, Author, Actor.

Marx Brothers, Joe Bonamassa, Victor Frankl, Gene Hackman.

If you had complete creative license and an unlimited budget, what would your next project be?

Mohammed – The Musical.

What do you want to know?

How to concentrate orange juice? Specifically, how do you take away the water, but leave the flavor? I mean, isn’t the flavor attached to the water?

What would you like your last words to be?

I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit.

Please explain what will happen.

People will continue to write history, without ever having read it.

Photos courtesy of Nathaniel Taylor

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Considered one of the most versatile actors in film and television, California native COLIN CUNNINGHAM has made a name for himself in the indie market playing many complex and captivating characters. In 2011, Cunningham will debut his biggest project to date, starring alongside Noah Wyle and Moon Bloodgood in the Steven Spielberg/ Dreamworks produced series Falling Skies (TNT). Cunningham steals scenes as “John Pope,” the rogue survivor of the alien attack on the world.

In addition to Falling Skies, Cunningham can be seen as a recurring character on the CBS series Flashpoint. He also recently landed a role on the TNT pilot Perception alongside Rachael Leigh Cook and Eric McCormack, which was filmed in 2010. Cunningham has been a series lead on The Collector [Chum TV], the critically acclaimed series Da Vinci’s Inquest [CBC], and is currently co-starring in the comedy Living in Your Car for HBO Canada. On film, Cunningham has been pursed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Sixth Day [Columbia Pictures], and has put his life on the line for Jennifer Garner in Elektra [20th Century Fox]. He has also appeared in many indie favorites, including comedic turns in Best in Show [Warner Bros.] and Breakfast with Scott [Regent Releasing].

In 2009, Cunningham put himself on the map as a director, when he (along with actor/producer Madison Graie) made the short list for an Academy Award nomination for their film Centigrade. The film, in which Cunningham also starred, took home over two dozen “Best Of” awards and nominations. In addition to being considered for the Oscar, it became the first short film in iTunes history to break the Top Ten in Feature Downloads, finding itself in the company of Hollywood blockbusters like Iron Man, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Centigrade hit numerous top ten lists, including the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Jackson Hole International Film Festival, the Montreal World Film Festival, Short Film Corner (Cannes), Best of Shorts Film Festival (France), and the Canadian Film Center (CFC). Centigrade enjoys notoriety as one of the most successful short films ever made and is currently being developed for television.

Although relatively a new name to hit the industry in the US, Cunningham has dominated the Canadian scene for years, and has been nominated for twelve Leo Awards, including three wins, Best Director for a Short Drama and Best Performance by a Male in a Short Drama for Centigrade (2008), and for the dramatic series: Best Guest Performance by a Male for Da Vinci’s Inquest. (2004). He has also directed several award winning music videos, and was nominated for Best Emerging Director at the 2008 Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF).

In addition to acting, he is in the stable of music video directors for Country Music Television (CMT). Cunningham currently resides in Malibu, California. He also plays the tenor saxophone.

Falling Skies premiers June 19th on TNT.

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