Nathan Lane

Actor, Singer, Delivered singing telegrams
A renowned veteran of both stage and screen, actor Nathan Lane established himself both off-Broadway and on the Great White Way as a multi-talented performer capable of essaying roles in comedies, dramas and musicals ... Read more »
Born: 02/02/1956 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (101)

Cabbages & Queens 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Modern Family 2010 - 2011, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Showing Up 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Good Wife 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The English Teacher 2013 (Movie)

Carl Kapinas (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006, 2008 - 2009, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

Mirror Mirror 2012 (Movie)

Brighton (Actor)

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Marriage Ref 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nutcracker in 3D 2010 (Movie)

Uncle Albert (Actor)

'Til Death 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Astro Boy 2009 (Movie)

Hamegg (Voice)

Disney's One Saturday Morning 1997 - 1998, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Voice

Mad About You 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2002, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Primetime Glick 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2002, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years...AFI's 10 Top 10 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Swing Vote 2008 (Movie)

Art Crumb (Actor)

Trumbo 2008 (Movie)

Dalton Trumbo (Actor)

30 Rock 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Absolutely Fabulous: White Box 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2005 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The Producers 2005 (Movie)

Max Bialystock (Actor)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Disney's Teacher's Pet 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Spot Helperman/Scott Leadready II (Actor)

Harry For The Holidays 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

On the Record With Bob Costas 2000 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! 2004 (Movie)

Richard Levy the Driven (Actor)

Charlie Lawrence 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lion King 1 1/2 2003 (Movie)

Timon (Voice)

Broadway Legends 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Teacher's Pet 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Evening at Pops 1969 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Nicholas Nickleby 2002 (Movie)

Vincent Crummles (Actor)

Sex and the City 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stuart Little 2 2002 (Movie)

of Snowbell (Voice)

The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Streets 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Tony Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Ten Awards: Tony 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man Who Came to Dinner 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

George and Martha 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Isn't She Great 2000 (Movie)

Irving Mansfield (Actor)

Love's Labour's Lost 2000 (Movie)

Costard (Actor)

The 54th Annual Tony Awards (CBS) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Titan A.E. 2000 (Movie)

of Preed (Voice)

Trixie 2000 (Movie)

Kirk Stans (Actor)

50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

At First Sight 1999 (Movie)

Phil Webster (Actor)

Encore! Encore! 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Bruce 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Jacqueline Susann 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Nathan Lane's Tribute to Danny Kaye 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Stuart Little 1999 (Movie)

of Snowbell (Voice)

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Comic Relief VIII 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Merry Christmas, George Bailey 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride 1998 (Movie)

of Timon (Voice)

VH1 97 Fashion Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Mouse Hunt 1997 (Movie)

Ernie Smuntz (Actor)

Spotlight: The Birdcage 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Birdcage 1996 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

Frasier 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jeffrey 1995 (Movie)

Father Dan (Actor)

Mickey Rooney: Hollywood's Little Giant 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 49th Annual Tony Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lion King 1994 (Movie)

of Timon (Voice)

Addams Family Values 1993 (Movie)

Desk Sergeant (Actor)

Great Performances' 20th Anniversary Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Life With Mikey 1993 (Movie)

Ed Chapman (Actor)

Coney Island 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Voice

Frankie and Johnny 1991 (Movie)

Tim (Actor)

He Said, She Said 1991 (Movie)

Wally Thurman (Actor)

Joe Versus the Volcano 1990 (Movie)

Baw--Waponi Advance Man (Actor)

Ironweed 1987 (Movie)

Harold Allen (Actor)

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

One of the Boys 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Laughter on the 23rd Floor (TV Show)

Actor

The Boys Next Door (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

The English Teacher 2013 (Movie)

(''Putting It Together'') (Song Performer)

Biography

A renowned veteran of both stage and screen, actor Nathan Lane established himself both off-Broadway and on the Great White Way as a multi-talented performer capable of essaying roles in comedies, dramas and musicals. Following a breakthrough performance opposite the great George C. Scott in "Present Laughter" (1982), Lane became known after touring in Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound" (1987). As a result, he began making strides in television and film, appearing in "Ironweed" (1987) and "Joe Versus the Volcano" (1990) while continuing to excel on the stage; particularly in roles crafted by playwright and friend Terrence McNally. Despite parts in several high-profile features, including "He Said, She Said" (1991) and "Addams Family Values" (1993), Lane made his film breakthrough voicing an animated, scene-stealing meerkat in "The Lion King" (1994). His Tony Award win for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" was followed by perhaps his most recognizable role, playing a flamboyant drag queen stepfather opposite Robin Williams in "The Birdcage" (1996). After affirming suspicions that he was gay following the murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998, Lane went on to enjoy enormous Broadway success playing the conniving theater producer Max Biayalstock in a musical adaptation of Mel Brooks' 1968 film "The Producers" (2001), which earned the actor his second career Tony Award. Though the 2005 film re-adaptation failed to excite audiences like the long-running Broadway show, Lane nonetheless remained a versatile performer able to transition from stage to screen and back again with considerable ease and the full support from his fans.

Relationships

Devlin Elliott Actor

Companion

Daniel Lane

Father
Aspiring tenor; died from alcoholism when Lane was 11

Daniel Lane

Brother
Older

Robert Lane

Brother
Older

Nora Lane

Mother
Died in 2000

EDUCATION

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

2010 - 2010
Graduated 2010

St. Peter's Preparatory High School

Jersey City , New Jersey 1974

Milestones

2012

Appeared in the fantasy comedy "Mirror Mirror," starring Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and Lily Collins as Snow White

2010

Guest starred on ABC's "Modern Family" as the flamboyant friend "Pepper Saltzman"

2010

Co-starred with Bebe Neuwirth in "The Addams Family" at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

2009

Voiced the greedy ring master Ham Egg in the animated feature "Astro Boy"

2009

Co-starred in Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot"

2008

Played a Democratic campaign manager in the comedy "Swing Vote"

2007

Cast as an incumbent U.S. President in the Broadway production of David Mamet's "November"

2006

Starred on Broadway in the title role of Simon Gray's "Butley"

2006

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (January)

2005

Reprised the role of Max Bialystock in the film version of "The Producers"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor

2005

Re-teamed with Broderick to play Oscar and Felix in the Broadway revival of "The Odd Couple"; directed by Joe Mantello

2004

Again voiced Spot in "Disney's Teacher's Pet: The Movie"

2004

Portrayed the title character's (Josh Duhamel) agent Richard Levy in "Win A Date With Tad Hamilton"

2003

Revisied his role as Max Bialystock on Broadway in "The Producers"

2002

Reprised the voice of the cat Snowbell in the sequel "Stuart Little 2"

2001

Reprised role of Max Prince in the Showtime airing of Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor"

2001

Starred alongside Matthew Broderick in the stage musical adaptation of "The Producers"; played the role of Max Bialystock (originated in the film by Zero Mostel); picked up second Tony Award

2000

Starred in the Roundabout revival of "The Man Who Came to Dinner"

2000

Portrayed the clown Costard in Kenneth Brannagh's film version of "Love's Labour's Lost"

2000

Provided the voice of Spot, a talking canine on the animated Disney series "Teacher's Pet" (ABC)

2000

Co-starred with Bette Midler in "Isn't She Great," a biopic of author Jacqueline Susann scripted by Paul Rudnick

1999

Officially "came out" as a homosexual in interview with Bruce Villanch in The Advocate

1999

Voiced Snowbell, the fluffy white Persian cat in the commercial blockbuster "Stuart Little"

1998

Featured in Jon Robin Baitz's off-Broadway play "Mizlansky/Zilinsky, or the Schmucks"

1998

Cast as an opera singer who returns to his family's California winery on the NBC sitcom "Encore! Encore!"

1997

Starred as one of a pair of brothers who become the hapless victims of a rodent in "Mouse Hunt"

1996

Returned to Broadway as lead in revival of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

1996

First starring role, "The Birdcage"; cast as Albert in Mike Nichols' U.S. adaptation of "La cage aux folles" (1978)

1995

Played the Cowardly Lion in the TNT production of "The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Comes True"

1995

Had hilarious cameo as a musical comedy loving priest in "Jeffrey"

1995

Reprised vocals for Timon on the CBS animated series "The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa"; also voiced Timon for the straight-to-video "The Lion King II: Simba's Pride" (1998)

1994

Provided character voice for Timon the meerkat in Disney's "The Lion King"

1994

Offered an excellent turn as a caustic witted gay man coping with HIV and looking for love in McNally's Tony-winning "Love! Valour! Compassion!"; became estranged from McNally when he dropped out of the film version citing "scheduling conflicts"

1993

Had a cameo role in "Addams Family Values"

1993

Portrayed Sid Caesar-like Max Prince on Broadway in Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor"

1992

Starred as Nathan Detroit in the Broadway revival of "Guys and Dolls"; earned a Tony nomination for Lead Actor; first stage teaming with Ernie Sabella (who played Harry the Horse)

1991

Acted in the film adaptation of McNally's play "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune"; McNally wrote the part of Michelle Pfeiffer's gay neighbor specifically for him

1991

Re-teamed with McNally for the off-Broadway hit "Lips Together, Teeth Apart"

1991

Portrayed Death in the Broadway revival of "On Borrowed Time"

1990

Acted in revival of Terrence McNally's "Bad Habits"

1989

First big stage hit, playing a gay Maria Callas obsessive in Terrence McNally's "The Lisbon Traviata"

1988

Starred in Jon Robin Baitz's play "The Film Society" as a mild-mannered yet ruthless South African schoolteacher

1987

Played Stanley in the national tour of Neil Simon's "Broadway Bound"

1987

Feature acting debut, "Ironweed" starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep

1983

Made second Broadway appearance as the dimwitted Prince Fergus in the musical "Merlin"

1982

Moved back to NYC

1982

TV series debut as a regular on NBC's "One of the Boys," starring Mickey Rooney and Dana Carvey

1982

Broadway debut in a revival of Noel Coward's "Present Laughter"

1981

Made TV acting debut in Jacqueline Susann's "Valley of the Dolls" (CBS)

1980

Moved to Los Angeles with friend Patrick Stack; formed the comedy team Stack and Lane

1976

Professional acting debut in the play "Jerz"

Changed first name from Joe to Nathan after portraying Nathan Detroit in a NYC production of "Guys and Dolls"

Skipped college to pursue an acting career in NYC

Bonus Trivia

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"It's a farce and I play a stereotypical flamboyant – that's a camouflage word for 'effeminate' – kind of character. On the other hand, my character is wonderful and caring and I'm proud to play him. He's like a wounded bird. And I think the fact that there are more movies made about homosexuality, slowly but surely people will say, or at least producers will say, 'It's a part of our lives.' I hope one day that it's not just categorized as a gay film with gay characters but rather a film with human beings with a story to tell." – Lane on "The Birdcage" (1996), quoted in Empire magazine, June 1996

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"I had to grow up very fast. My father was an alcoholic, and my mother had to raise three children essentially on her own. So I sort of became the adult and had to deal with the death of my father and help my mother cope. I'm sure that having a sense of humor helped. So did getting involved in theater at school – I'm sure that was my escape. In many ways, if you want to get analytical about it, I'm still living out my childhood. But I don't know where my desire to perform comes from. It's actually a frightening thing, and yet I am driven to do it." – Lane to Brendan Lemon in Interview magazine, March 1996

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"People think they know me because of the plays. There's an expectation that I'm funny, that I'm on. That's one of the reasons I used to drink, because of my shyness. I have a very dark, self-destructive side. And that I keep under control." – Lane quoted in USA Today, March 8, 1996

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"I can remember somebody interviewing me when 'Frankie and Johnny' (1991) came out, and this persistent interviewer asked me to elaborate on my 'dating' life, and I said, 'Well, I've seen fire and I've seen rain,' and I think that annoyed him. He said, 'Everyone knows you're gay,' and I said, 'So why do I need to talk about it then?' I didn't seem to be keeping it a secret, and I made jokes, and I went out to bars. There were no secrets in that sense. I didn't know I was supposed to make a public declaration. I didn't think anybody cared." – Lane to Bruce Vilanch in The Advocate, Feb. 2, 1999

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"I remember telling my mother [about being gay]. I came out in a relationship. I was living with my mother in Rutherford, NJ, but I was moving in with him. I'd let my mother know I was seeing someone, but she assumed it was a girl. I never lied to her, we were always very honest with each other. I had dealt with her manic-depressive illness and my father's alcoholism, so there weren't any secrets."I was feeling good about what was happening, so I felt I could share it with her. 'I know you think it's a girl,' I told her, 'but it's a guy.' The blood drained from her face, and she said [very deeply], 'You mean you're a homosexual?' – why does she suddenly sound like Harvey Fierstein? She's an Irish Catholic woman. 'Well, yes, I guess so.' And she said, 'I would rather you were dead.' I said, 'Well, I knew you'd understand.' And once I got her head out of the oven, everything went fine." – Lane quoted in The Advocate, Feb. 2, 1999

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On the success of "Stuart Little" (1999): "When it came out, I thought it was a perfect family film, it's fun and it's smart. So I'm thrilled it's number one. It's better than not number one. It means they made a lot of money and now 'Stuart and Snowbell Go to Vegas,' there'll be a lot of that."But as an actor, it's not like 'The Talented Mr. Ripley.' I'm the voice of a [expletive] cat. It's disconcerting, after 25 years being an actor, some of the best reviews I've ever gotten – and I'm the voice of a [expletive] cat. Ain't that show business? I just think it's hilarious." – Lane to Stephen Schaefer in the Boston Herald, Jan. 25, 2000

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