Considered one of the most versatile actors in film and television, California native Colin Cunningham has made an underground name for himself with his 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,” for TNT. Cunningham is a scene stealer, as “John Pope,” the rogue survivor of the alien attack that has hit the world.
In addition to “Falling Skies,” Cunningham can be seen recurring on the CBS series “Flashpoint.” He also recently landed a role on the TNT pilot “Perception” alongside Rachael Leigh Cook and Eric McCormack, which he filmed in 2010. Cunningham has been a series lead on the shows “The Collector” [Chum TV], on 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 put his life on the line for Jennifer Garner in ELEKTRA [20th Century Fox]. He has also appeared in multiple indie favorites, including comedic turns in BEST IN SHOW [Warner Bros.] and BREAKFAST WITH SCOTT [Regent Releasing].
In 2009, Cunningham made a name for himself 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 over two dozen “Best Of” awards and nominations, and 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 right alongside such Hollywood blockbusters as IRON MAN and INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL. The film 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 Canadian Film Center [CFC]. CENTIGRADE enjoys the notoriety as one of the most successful short films ever made and is currently being developed into a project for television.
Although relatively a new name to hit the industry in the United States, Cunningham has dominated the Canadian scene for years, being nominated for twelve Leo Awards [including three wins, in 2008 for Best Director for a Short Drama and Best Performance by a Male in a Short Drama for CENTIGRADE, and in 2004 for Dramatic Series: Best Guest Performance by a Male for “Da Vinci’s Inquest.”] He has also directed several award winning music videos, and was nominated for Best Emerging Director at the 2008 Vancouver International Film Festival [VIFF].
Cunningham currently resides in Malibu, California. In addition to acting, he is on the stable of music video directors for Country Music Television [CMT] and he also plays the tenor saxophone.