Colin Cunningham


Colin Cunningham Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Colin is of Northern Irish descent.

    • Colin did telephone sales for about 2 years.

    • Colin won a Best Actor award at The Method Fest Independent Film Festival for the short film Centigrade.

    • Colin wrote, directed and starred in the short film Centigrade. It won Best Short Drama at the 2008 N.H. Film Festival.

    • Colin attended Vancouver Film School.

    • Colin has been nominated for the following Leo Awards:

      2008 for Best Performance by a Male in a Short Drama and Best Direction in a Short Drama for "Centigrade". (won)
      2008 for Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series for jPod episode "Senseless Prom Death".
      2006 for Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series for The Collector episode "The Media Baron".
      2005 for Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series for The Collector episode "Beginnings".
      2004 for Short Drama by a Male in a Dramatic for The 30 Second Guaranteed Foolproof Ancient Cantonese Method and for Best Performance or Host in a Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series for Big Sound episode "The Day The Music Croaked".
      2004 for Best Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series for DaVinci's Inquest episode "25 Dollar Conversation". (won)
      2001 for Best Performance or Host in a Music, Comedy or Variety Program or Series for Big Sound for the episode "The Day The Music Croaked".

    • Colin's best friend is Madison Graie. He's also his acting coach, peer, and business partner.

    • Colin's favorite movie is Run Lola Run. His favorite TV show is I Love Lucy.

    • Colin has two siblings, an older sister and younger brother.

    • Colin produced and directed the music video for Sean Hogan's Catalina Sunrise.

    • Colin produced, directed, and acted in the music Video For Sean Hogan's I'd Rather Have You.

    • Colin acted in the music video for Sean Hogan's Tired of Leavin'.

    • Colin has brown hair and green eyes.

    • Colin is stunt course-certified and trained for stunt driving.

    • Colin has more than 15 years of experience in professional make-up for stage and film.

    • Colin is fluent in English and Spanish.

    • Colin is 5'11" (1.80 m) tall.

    • Colin's film Zacharia Farted, couldn't have been done without his family. His mom, dad and sister acted in the movie and his brother did the original soundtrack.

    • Colin is a songwriter.

    • Colin plays the saxophone and guitar.

  • Quotes

    • Colin Cunningham: Yeah, yeah. If you can get paid doing the thing you love, then you'll never work another day in your life.

    • Colin Cunningham: I lived sitting in my Honda Civic for two weeks out at the park. Showered out of the drinking fountain for the first couple of weeks I was here in Vancouver.

    • Colin Cunningham: We learned a long time ago that in this business having "expectations" is the surest road to suicide. That said, our hope was to simply make the best movie we could. That goal was high enough. Seriously, to be able to make a giant piece of crap is almost a miracle. But to end up with something that's worth watching? It's quite the trick.

    • Colin Cunningham: (about how the internet will affect the movie industry) In terms of the big studios, it will decimate them… if the studio heads don't get on the ball very soon. Not only will they be out of a job, but their big studio back lots will be turned into car parks. There's some young kid out there who's going to kick the studios right up the ass. He or she doesn't need the studios, the studios need him. But there's a lot of studio people out there in very cushy positions. The old guard is terrified of losing their parking spots and so they're afraid of taking chances. Time to wake up and smell the broadband.

    • Colin Cunningham: (about fan conventions): To see so many people come together all over the world for this one thing blows my mind. It really is quite the experience-and they're good people too. Everyone has the perfect balance between being just a little 'nuts' and being normal. Kind of like me! It's perfect!

    • Colin Cunningham: (about Stargate SG-1): I have always been grateful to be part of the family over there. It was pleasant-it always is.

    • Colin Cunningham: (On remaining grounded) Probably because I went eight years before I ever booked an agent or a job for that matter. I would bust my hump when I was living in LA. You would literally drive two or three hours up to some community college that was shooting a two-minute short on VHS and there would be four hundred people there, all auditioning for the same part. I am not exaggerating. If anything keeps me grounded it is simply gratitude. I am actually blown away that I am actually able to pay my rent doing this stuff.

    • Colin Cunningham: Chris Judge has a heart the size of Texas! He is a great guy.

    • Colin Cunningham: (About Amanda Tapping) Amanda is an amazing human being, she is fun and spontaneous and gorgeous and incredible! She was probably the warmest, the most welcoming for me and the kindest of them all.

    • Colin Cunningham: I tell you what, this was an awesome experience. I worked three months together with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Boy, this was cool. As an actor, you're reacting pretty normal if you meet such a celebrity. But there were moments when I was thinking "Good god, I am on screen now with Arnold Schwarzenegger!"

    • Colin Cunningham: (On signing autographs) It is a really strange feeling that people know me that didn't really meet me. I mean they don't really know me, but they are having a certain connection with me through Stargate. Whatever I say is kind of funny, and if I open the door for someone or I am just being nice, I am a hero for the fans and the nicest person in the universe. Everything here is exaggerated in a positive way, but it is very nice.

    • Colin Cunningham: (On leaving Los Angeles) Enough! To hell with this! I'm going to get out of this town, go to Vancouver, take a film class, start up my own production company, make a movie and put me in it!

    • Colin Cunningham: Be Bold. Impossible: Redefine It. The most valuable thing that anyone will ever give you is their TIME. Not their money. Remember that. Ask for people's help. Not their permission. The 'squeaky wheel' should be dismantled and replaced. Be careful what you wish for because you will get it. Be even more careful what you work for because you will get it even more quickly. Remember those that help you. Help others when they need it. Don't EVER give up. Making films is hard. Awesome, but hard. You want easy, make a sandwich. Don't lose your focus. That little speck of light way off in the distance, don't stop until you're standing in it. If you have to, take a break, go to your corner, get some sleep but don't ever give up. You will get there.