Charles Lane

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
A highly enterprising black filmmaker and actor, Lane played the leading role in his own low-budget comedy-drama, "Sidewalk Stories" (1989), which he also wrote and edited. An unusual effort in that it was silent as ... Read more »
Born: 12/05/1953 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (17)

Posse 1993 (Movie)

Weezie (Actor)

True Identity 1991 (Movie)

Duane (Actor)

Sidewalk Stories 1989 (Movie)

Artist (Actor)

Away Goes Prudence (Movie)

Mr. Thorne (Actor)

Barbed Wire (Movie)

The Commandant (Actor)

Broadway Scandals (Movie)

(Actor)

Fascination (Movie)

Eduardo de Lisa, her father (Actor)

Married Alive (Movie)

Mr. Fountain (Actor)

Romola (Movie)

Baldassarre Calve (Actor)

Sadie Thompson (Movie)

Dr. McPhail (Actor)

Saturday's Children (Movie)

Mr. Halvey (Actor)

The Blind Goddess (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

The Branded Woman (Movie)

Herbert Averill (Actor)

The Canary Murder Case (Movie)

Charles Spotswoode (Actor)

The Outsider (Movie)

Sir Jasper Sturdee (Actor)

The White Sister (Movie)

Prince Chiaromonte (Actor)

The Winning of Barbara Worth (Movie)

Jefferson Worth (Actor)
Director (3)

Hallelujah 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Director

True Identity 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Sidewalk Stories 1989 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (3)

Cleveland House of Horror: Beyond the Headlines 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Associate Producer

Jodi Arias: Beyond the Headlines 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Associate Producer

Sidewalk Stories 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

Sidewalk Stories 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

A highly enterprising black filmmaker and actor, Lane played the leading role in his own low-budget comedy-drama, "Sidewalk Stories" (1989), which he also wrote and edited. An unusual effort in that it was silent as well as black and white, it paid overt homage to the great silent comics of yore and garnered critical acclaim for its sensitive, Chaplinesque portrayal of a homeless man who cares for an abandoned little girl. Lane followed up with the decidedly more expensive and mainstream comedy "True Identity" (1991), based on an Eddie Murphy "Saturday Night Live" sketch about a black actor who disguises himself as a white man to hide from the underworld. Despite containing some interesting satirical insights into the social construction of race and racial identity, the film did less well with critics than his initial effort and, lacking any big names, did very poorly at the box office.

Despite this setback, Lane continued to develop his own, very personal projects. He made his TV directorial debut with a well-received original production for PBS's "American Playhouse" series, "Hallelujah" (1993), about a young black minister assigned to a church in Washington, DC. Lane also acted a role in Melvin Van Peeble's angrily revisionist but slickly superficial black Western, "Posse" (1993).

Relationships

Laura Lane

Wife
separated

Nicole Lane

Daughter
born c. 1987 appeared with father in "Sidewalk Stories" (1989) at age two

Julian Lane

Son
born on February 10, 1991

EDUCATION

State University of New York, Purchase

Purchase , New York 1980
graduated with honors

Milestones

1993

Acted in the feature, "Posse", which he did not direct

1993

TV directorial debut, "Hallelujah", a feature-length original production made by PBS's "American Playhouse"

1991

Directed first Hollywood feature, "True Identity", partially produced by Touchstone Pictures

1989

Feature directing debut with the low-budget, independently made black-and-white film, "Sidewalk Stories", which he also produced, wrote, edited and starred in

1976

Wrote, produced and starred in award-winning student short, "A Place in Time", filmed silent and in black and white

Bonus Trivia

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His "Sidewalk Stories" won eleven international film awards.

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Lane received the Guggenheim Special Award for "Inspiration to Children"

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He was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame (1990).

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Lane is not to be confused with the durable, prolific and delightfully recognizable character actor Charles Lane, a gaunt, hawk-nosed supporting and small part player most typically cast as officious snoops, who has credits in films from the early 1930s until the 90s and TV credits from the early 50s until the 90s as well.

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