Nathan Lane Biography (1956-)

Original name, Joseph Lane; born February 3, 1956, in Jersey City, NJ; son ofDaniel Lane (a truck driver); mother, a secretary. Addresses: Agent:United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Publicist: Simon Halls, PMK/HBH Public Relations, 8500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, voice artist, singer
Birth Details
February 3, 1956
Jersey City, New Jersey

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • Jerz, 1976
  • Nathan Detroit, Guys and Dolls (musical), New York City, 1977
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, Equity Library Theatre, New York City,1978
  • Roland Maule, Present Laughter, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1982-1983
  • Prince Fergus, Merlin (musical), Mark Hellinger Theatre, New YorkCity, 1983
  • Harry, Love, Audrey Wood Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • Patrick, "Raving," One-Act Play Marathon 84, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • Tony Lumpkin, She Stoops to Conquer, Roundabout Theatre, New YorkCity, 1984
  • The Common Pursuit, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1984-1985
  • Leonard, Haji Rahaji, and Jed Rubin, A Backer's Audition, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1985
  • Pompey, Measure for Measure, New York Shakespeare Festival, PublicTheatre, Delacorte Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • Toad, The Wind in the Willows (musical), Nederlander Theatre, NewYork City, 1985
  • Nick Finchling, The Common Pursuit, Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1986-1987
  • Harvey Wheatcraft, Claptrap, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1987
  • Stanley, Broadway Bound, Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1987, also Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles
  • Jonathan Balton, The Film Society, Second Stage Theatre, New YorkCity, 1988
  • "Hidden in This Picture" (one-act), Uncounted Blessings, St. Clement's Church Theatre, New York City, 1988
  • A Pig's Valise (also known as In a Pig's Valise), Second Stage Theatre, 1989
  • Mendy, The Lisbon Traviata, Manhattan Theatre Club, City Center Theatre, 1989, then Promenade Theatre, 1989-1990
  • Henry McNeil, Some Americans Abroad, Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 1990
  • Hugh Gumbs, Bad Habits, Manhattan Theatre Club, 1990
  • Mr. Brink (Death), On Borrowed Time, Circle in the Square, 1991-1992
  • Sam Truman, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Manhattan Theatre Club, City Center Stage I Theatre, 1991, then Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum,Los Angeles, 1993
  • Nathan Detroit, Guys and Dolls, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, beginning 1992
  • Cohost, Broadway Canteen Seventh Annual Easter Bonnet Competition,Broadway Theatre, New York City, 1993
  • Max Prince, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York City, 1993-1994
  • Buzz Hauser, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Manhattan Theatre Club, Walter Kerr Theatre, New York City, 1995
  • Host, Angela Lansbury--A Celebration (benefit performance), Majestic Theatre, New York City, 1996
  • Pseudolus, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (musical), St. James Theatre, New York City, 1996-1998
  • Cohost, Classical Action: Performing Arts against AIDS (benefit concert), Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York City, 1998
  • David Mizlansky, Mizlansky/Zilinsky, or "Schmucks," Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I, 1998
  • Hubert Cram, "Do Re Mi," City Center Encores!, City Center Theatre, 1999
  • Sheridan Whiteside (title role), The Man Who Came to Dinner, Roundabout Theatre Company, American Airlines Theatre, New York City, 2000
  • Max Bialystock, The Producers (musical), Cadillac Palace Theatre,Chicago, IL, 2001, then St. James Theatre, 2001-2002, 2003-2004
  • Title role, Butley, Huntington Theatre Company, Boston UniversityTheatre, Boston, MA, 2003
  • Dalton Trumbo, Trumbo: Red, White, and Blacklisted (also known asTrumbo), Westside Theatre, New York City, 2003
  • Mystery guest star, The Play What I Wrote, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 2003
  • Great Joy! A Holiday Celebration from Broadway (benefit performance), New Amsterdam Theatre, New York City, 2003
  • Dionysos, The Frogs (musical), Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 2004
  • Appeared in the musical workshop production Wise Guys.
  • Major Tours
  • Stanley, Broadway Bound, U.S. cities, 1987
  • Film Appearances
  • Harold Allen, Ironweed, TriStar, 1987
  • Ben, Joe versus the Volcano (also known as Joe vs. the Volcano), Warner Bros., 1990
  • Charlie Sorrel, The Lemon Sisters, Miramax, 1990
  • Tim, Frankie and Johnny, Paramount, 1991
  • Wally Thurman, He Said, She Said, Paramount, 1991
  • Desk sergeant, Addams Family Values (also known as Addams Family II), Paramount, 1993
  • Ed Chapman, Life with Mikey (also known as Give Me a Break), Buena Vista, 1993
  • Voice of Timon, The Lion King (animated; also known as King ofthe Jungle), Buena Vista, 1994, also released in an IMAX format
  • Father Dan, Jeffrey, Orion, 1995
  • Voice of Timon, Stand by Me (short animated musical), Buena Vista,1995
  • Albert Goldman (Starina), The Birdcage (also known as Bird Cage, Birds of a Feather, and La cage aux folles), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1996
  • Ernie Smuntz, Mouse Hunt (also known as Mousechase), DreamWorks SKG, 1997
  • Voice of Timon, Timon and Pumbaa's Wild Adventure: Live and Learn(animated), Disney Studios, 1997
  • Voice of Timon, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (animated), Walt Disney Home Video, 1998
  • Himself, Get Bruce!, Miramax, 1999
  • Phil Webster, At First Sight, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1999
  • Voice of Snowbell (Snow), Stuart Little, Sony Pictures Releasing,1999
  • The Best Man, Universal/October Films/PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, 1999
  • Costard, Love's Labour's Lost (also known as Peines d'amour perdues), 2000
  • Irving Mansfield, Isn't She Great? (also known as Ist sie nichtgrossartig?), Universal, 2000
  • Kirk Stans, Trixie, Sony Pictures Classics, 2000
  • Voice of Preed, Titan A.E. (animated; also known as Titan: After Earth), 2000
  • Mysterious disco man, Austin Powers in Goldmember (also known as Austin Powers: Goldmember), New Line Cinema, 2002
  • Vincent Crummles, Nicholas Nickleby, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2002
  • Voice of Snowbell, Stuart Little 2, Columbia, 2002
  • Cabbages and Queens, 2003
  • Richard Levy the Driven, Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, DreamWorksSKG, 2004
  • Voices of Spot/Scott and other characters, Teacher's Pet (animated; also known as Disney's Teacher's Pet), Buena Vista, 2004
  • Voice of Timon, The Lion King 1 1/2 (animated; also known as Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata), Buena Vista, 2004
  • Max Bialystock, The Producers (musical), Universal, 2005
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Jonathan Burns, One of the Boys (also known as O'Malley), NBC, 1982
  • Voice of Timon, The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa (animated; also known as Timon and Pumbaa), CBS and syndicated, 1995-1996 The Disney Channel, c. 1997-1998
  • Joseph Pinoni, Encore! Encore!, NBC, 1998-1999
  • Voice of George the hippo, George and Martha (animated), HBO, 1999-2000
  • Voice of Timon, One Saturday Morning (animated; also known as Disney's One Saturday Morning), ABC, c. 2000
  • Voice of Spot Helperman/Scott Leadready II, Teacher's Pet (animated; also known as Disney's Teacher's Pet), ABC, 2000-2002
  • Title role, Charlie Lawrence, CBS, 2003
  • Miniseries
  • Stage manager, Jacqueline Susann's "Valley of the Dolls" (also known as Valley of the Dolls), CBS, 1981
  • Movies
  • Max Prince, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Showtime, 2001
  • Specials
  • Mouse, Alice in Wonderland, 1983
  • Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NBC, 1985
  • Voice, Coney Island, PBS, 1991
  • Stage manager, "The Last Mile," Great Performances' 20th Anniversary Special, PBS, 1992
  • Guys and Dolls off the Record, PBS, 1992
  • Cowardly Lion, The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True (alsoknown as The Wizard of Oz in Concert), TNT, 1995
  • Norman Bulansky, "The Boys Next Door," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS,1996
  • Spotlight: The Birdcage, Comedy Central, 1996
  • Clarence the Angel, Merry Christmas, George Bailey, PBS, 1997
  • Comic Relief VIII, HBO, 1998
  • Hollywood & Vinyl: Disney's 101 Greatest Musical Moments, VH1,1998
  • Host, An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre, ABC, 1999
  • Himself, Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary Primetime Special,NBC, 1999
  • Himself, Stuart Little: Making It Big, 1999
  • Nathan Lane's Tribute to Danny Kaye, PBS, 1999
  • Host, "Venice's Grand Canal," Great Streets, PBS, 2000
  • Himself, AFI's 100 Years, 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies, CBS, 2000
  • Sheridan Whiteside (title role), The Man Who Came to Dinner, PBS,2000
  • Himself, "My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs," Great Performances, PBS, 2001
  • Himself, Recording "The Producers": A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks, PBS, 2001
  • Himself, Broadway Legends, Trio Channel, 2002
  • Comedy Central Presents the NY Friars Club Roast of Chevy Chase, Comedy Central, 2002
  • Cohost, Great Performances 30th Anniversary: A Celebration in Song, PBS, 2003
  • Harry for the Holidays, NBC, 2003
  • Evening at Pops: Keith Lockhart's 10th Anniversary Special, PBS, 2004
  • Awards Presentations
  • Host, The 49th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1995
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1995
  • Host, The 50th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1996
  • Presenter, The 68th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1996
  • Presenter, Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, UPN, 1997
  • Presenter, VH1 97 Fashion Awards, VH1, 1997
  • Presenter, The 50th Emmy Awards, NBC, 1998
  • Presenter, The 52nd Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1998
  • Cohost, The 54th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2000
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 2000
  • Host, The 55th Annual Tony Awards, CBS and PBS, 2001
  • The First Ten Awards: Tony 2001, PBS, 2001
  • Presenter, The 74th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2002
  • Presenter, The 58th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2004
  • Episodic
  • Monty (some sources cite Morty) Price, "Buddies," Miami Vice, NBC,1985
  • Bing Shalimar, "Here's a Leisurely Stroll through the Park," The Daysand Nights of Molly Dodd, NBC and Lifetime, 1989
  • Bing Shalimar, "Here's Why You Order from the Spanish Side of the Menu,"The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, NBC and Lifetime, 1989
  • Herman in fantasy sequence, "Here Are Just a Few Things That Could Possibly Go Wrong," The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, NBC and Lifetime, 1990
  • Bing Shalimar, "Here's How to Break the Other Leg," The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, NBC and Lifetime, 1991
  • Himself, "Mickey Rooney: Hollywood's Little Giant," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • Phil, "Fool Me Once, Shame on You. Fool Me Twice...," Frasier, NBC, 1995
  • Guest, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, multiple appearances, beginning 1995
  • Guest, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1996, 2000
  • Guest, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 1997
  • Guest host, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 1997
  • Nathan Twilley, "Good Old Reliable Nathan," Mad about You (also known as Loved by You), NBC, 1998
  • Guest, The Howard Stern Show, 1999
  • Narrator, Intimate Portrait: Jacqueline Susann, Lifetime, 1999
  • Guest, Primetime Glick, Comedy Central, 2001
  • Bobby Fine, "I Love a Charade," Sex and the City, HBO, 2002
  • Guest, V Graham Norton, 2003
  • Guest, The View, ABC, 2003
  • Himself, "Opening Night," Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO, 2004
  • Appeared as a guest on Inside the Actors Studio, Bravo; The Merv Griffin Show, syndicated; and The Oprah Winfrey Show (also knownas Oprah), syndicated. Lane's performance as the voice of Timon has been featured in broadcasts of the animated programs House of Mouse, PokeMadness 3000, and Teletubbies: The Revenge.
  • Pilots
  • Title role, Charlie Lawrence (also known as Life of the Party), CBS, 2002
  • Television Executive Producer
  • Series
  • Charlie Lawrence, CBS, 2003
  • Radio Appearances
  • Episodic
  • Guest, The Howard Stern Radio Show, 1999
  • Guest, Radio Playbill, 2004
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums; Cast Recordings
  • Guys and Dolls, RCA, 1992
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, 1996
  • Do Re Mi, DRG, 1999
  • The Producers, Sony, 2001
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner, Image Entertainment, 2003
  • Sherry! (studio cast recording), Angel Records, 2004
  • Videos
  • Himself, Film-Fest DVD: Issue 4--Hawaii, 2000
  • (Uncredited) Voice of Timon, Behind the Legend: Timon (short film), included in The Lion King 1 1/2 (also known as Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata), Buena Vista, 2004
  • Audiobooks
  • Narrator, McNally's Secret, by Lawrence Sanders, Simon & Schuster, 1992
  • Voice of George the hippo, George and Martha: Best Friends, Sony Wonder/Doors of Wonder, 2000
  • Voice of Oscar Madison, The Odd Couple, by Neil Simon, LA TheatreWorks, 2000
  • WRITINGS
  • Stage Plays
  • (With Burt Shevelove) Adaptor and librettist, The Frogs (musical),Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 2004

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • Advocate, February 2, 1999, p. 30
    • Empire, June, 1996
    • Esquire, May, 1996, pp. 86-91
    • Interview, March, 1996, pp. 62-63
    • InTheater, February 20, 1998
    • Newsweek, April 9, 2001, p. 58
    • Parade, May 21, 2000, pp. 4-6
    • USA Today, March 8, 1996
    • US Weekly, February, 1998
    • Vanity Fair, February, 1996, pp. 126-27
    • Vogue, June, 2000, pp. 126, 135
    Electronic
    • Playbill.com, http://www.playbill.com, April 17, 1996; January 10,2003; June 18, 2003; February 29, 2004; April 4, 2004; July 1, 2004

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