Who is Grant Shaffer?
Grant Shaffer was born in 1965, in San Francisco, California, USA. He is an artist, illustrator, and graphics designer, but better known to the public as the husband of actor Alan Cumming. His husband has been awarded several times for his acting work in projects such as “X2” and the “Spy Kids” trilogy.
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The Riches of Grant Shaffer
Grant Shaffer’s net worth is estimated to be over $1 million, earned through success in work as an artist. He’s worked in various fields within the entertainment industry, from films to music, and other artistic designs.
He also probably benefits from the success of his husband who has a net worth estimated to be over $5 million.
Life and Career
Grant grew up in San Francisco, though he later moved to Manhattan, New York where he could establish himself as an artist. He began his career in the entertainment industry as a part of the art department of several films. Some of the films he’s worked on during his career include “Species”, “Ransom”, “What Happens in Vegas”, and “Death to Smoochy”. These opened the door for more opportunities, and soon he was contracted to more high profile films.
He was a part of the art team for “Zoolander”, a fashion industry satire film starring Ben Stiller. He was also a member of the art teams for “Closer”, and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” which is the 2010 sequel to 1987’s “Wall Street”. He’s also made waves in the music industry, working on the art direction for music videos of several artists, with names such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Beyonce.
In recent years, he’s focused his skill and experience on the print industry. Some of the publications he’s worked with include “Interview Magazine”, “The New York Times”, and “The New Yorker”.
Husband – Alan Cumming
Alan was born on 27 January 1965, in Aberfeldy, Scotland, where he grew-up, but had a difficult time as he was subjected to physical and emotional abuse from his father, stemming from a belief his father had that Alan and his siblings were not the father’s biological children – later DNA tests proved him wrong.
In 1984 he forayed into the entertainment industry, and made his television debut in “Travelling Man”, then his film debut in the short “Passing Glory” in 1986.
He continued working on shows in the UK such as “Take the High Road” and “Taggart”, but also made a name for himself in theatre, working on productions of “Conquest of the South Pole”, and “Accidental Death of an Anarchist”. He gained critical acclaim for his work in “Hamlet” which won him a TMA Best Actor Award ,and “Cabaret” which gained him a nomination for an Olivier Award. He later won a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway revival of “Cabaret”, as seeking more opportunities, he went to the US in the late ‘90s, and started a string of projects both in front of the camera and on stage.
The Success of Alan Cumming
Over the years, Cumming became known for his work in film, becoming a part of the “Spy Kids” trilogy. He also worked on “X-Men 2” or “X2” as Nightcrawler. Other projects in this period include “Son of the Mask”, “GoldenEye” and “Emma”. His work in the television show “The Good Wife” gained him numerous award nominations, including three for Primetime Emmy Awards. One of his latest television projects is “Instinct”, which he worked on from 2018 up to 2019.
Aside from acting, he’s also written several books, including his autobiography “Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir”, which talked about his tragic past up to his present success. He’s also written the novel “Tommy’s Tale”, and narrated several audiobooks during his career.
He’s also released two full-length music albums too, which are odes to his popular performances on stage, and has also appeared in music videos of other artists. He hosted the Tony Awards in 2015.
— Alan Cumming (@Alancumming) March 26, 2019
He launched a career in photography too, and uses some of his free time involved with charitable endeavors. He’s partnered with Broadway Cars and Equity Fight AIDS, in a few fundraisers for those organizations.
Shaffer married Cumming in 2007 in a ceremony held in London at the Royal Naval College, with numerous celebrity guests in attendance including Sir Ian McKellan and Geri Halliwell.
They had a winter ceremony with both of them sporting custom made suits, and instead of a first dance, the couple had a first skate using a rented ice rink. Since their first marriage, they expressed their desire to marry in the US, hoping that it would also be an expression of ending prejudice in the country. Five years after their first ceremony, in 2012 they remarried in New York at the Soho Grand Hotel.