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 2012, Cunningham will return to television starring starring alongside Noah Wyle and Moon Bloodgood in season two of the hit 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. Cunningham has been a series lead on the shows The Collector [Chum TV], on the critically acclaimed series Da Vinci's Inquest [CBC], and co-starred on the comedy Living in Your Car for HBO Canada. In August 2011, Cunningham received two Gemini Award nominations, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series for his work on Living in Your Car and Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series for Flashpoint. In film, Cunningham has been pursued 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.