List of Famous people named Alan
Alan Mathison Turing was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and theoretical biologist. Turing was highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of algorithm and computation with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general-purpose computer. Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. Despite these accomplishments, he was never fully recognised in his home country during his lifetime due to the prevalence of homophobia at the time and because much of his work was covered by the Official Secrets Act.
Alan Cumming is a Scottish-American actor, comedian, singer, writer, filmmaker, and activist who has acted in numerous films, television shows, and plays. His London stage appearances include Hamlet, the Maniac in Accidental Death of an Anarchist, the lead in Bent, and The National Theatre of Scotland's The Bacchae. On Broadway, he has appeared in The Threepenny Opera, as the master of ceremonies in Cabaret, Design for Living and a one-man adaptation of Macbeth. His best-known film roles include his performances in Emma, GoldenEye, the Spy Kids trilogy, Son of the Mask, and X2. Cumming also introduces Masterpiece Mystery! for PBS and appeared on The Good Wife, for which he has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and a Satellite Award. A filming of his Las Vegas cabaret show, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, aired on PBS stations in November 2016.
Alan Alda is an American actor. A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, he played Hawkeye Pierce in the war television series M*A*S*H (1972–1983). He has had recurring roles on television programs such as The West Wing, and 30 Rock, and has received critical acclaim for films such as Same Time, Next Year (1978) alongside Ellen Burstyn and his directorial debut film The Four Seasons (1981) opposite Carol Burnett. Alda is also known for his performances in Woody Allen's dramedy film Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), David O. Russell's comedy Flirting with Disaster (1996), Steven Spielberg's Cold War drama film Bridge of Spies (2015), and Noah Baumbach's relationship drama Marriage Story (2019). In 2004, Alda was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Martin Scorsese's Hollywood epic The Aviator. He is also known as Uncle Pete in Louis C.K.'s Peabody Award–winning tragicomedy web series Horace and Pete. Alda has also received three Tony Award nominations for his performances in The Apple Tree (1967), Jake's Women (1992), and Glengarry Glen Ross (2005). In 2019, Alda received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.
Alan Michael Ritchson is an American actor, model, and singer. He is known for his modeling career as well as his portrayals of the superhero Aquaman on The CW's Smallville and Thad Castle on Spike TV's Blue Mountain State.
Alan Charles Lancaster is an English bassist, best known as a founding member of the English rock band Status Quo from 1967 to 1985, with brief reunions in 2013 & 2014. As well as contributing to songwriting, he was also one of the lead vocalists on albums and live concerts taking the lead on tracks such as "Backwater", "Is There a Better Way", "Bye Bye Johnny", "High Flyer" and "Roadhouse Blues".
Alan Eugene Jackson is an American singer and songwriter. He is known for blending traditional honky-tonk and mainstream country pop sounds, as well as penning many of his own songs. Jackson has recorded 16 studio albums, three greatest hits albums, two Christmas albums, and two gospel albums.
Alan Graham Carr is an English comedian, television personality, radio presenter, and writer.
Alan Tudge is an Australian politician who has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2010, representing the Division of Aston for the Liberal Party. He has been a government minister since 2016, serving as Minister for Human Services (2016–2017), Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs (2017–2018), and Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure (2018–present). He was promoted to Cabinet after the 2019 federal election. On 13 December 2019, Tudge was appointed the acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural and Office Affairs.
Alan Morton Dershowitz is an American lawyer known for his work in U.S. constitutional law and American criminal law, and for controversial political views.
Alan Shearer CBE DL is an English football pundit and retired footballer who played as a striker. Widely regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation and one of the greatest players in the history of the Premier League, he is the Premier League's record goalscorer. He was named Football Writers' Association Player of the Year in 1994 and won the PFA Player of the Year award in 1995. In 1996, he came third in both Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. In 2004, he was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players.