Nathan Lane

Nathan Lane

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1956-02-03 (65 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.

64 Movies · 26 TV shows

Biography

Nathan Lane (born Joseph Lane; February 3, 1956) is an American actor and writer. In a career spanning 45 years he has been seen on stage and screen in many roles including Albert in The Birdcage, Max Bialystock in the musical The Producers, Ernie Smuntz in Mouse Hunt, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, and Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. His voice work includes The Lion King as Timon and Stuart Little as Snowbell. He has played recurring roles on television in Modern Family, The Good Wife, The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story as F. Lee Bailey, and was a regular on Penny Dreadful: City of Angels as Detective Lewis Michener.Lane has received six Tony Award nominations and won three for his performances in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1996), The Producers (2001) and Angels in America (2018). Lane has also won six Drama Desk Awards, six Outer Critics Circle awards, two Obies, the Lucille Lortel Award and the Olivier Award. He has also received two Golden Globe nominations, six Primetime Emmy nominations, a Screen Actors Guild Award, two Daytime Emmy Awards, and a People's Choice Award. In 2006, Lane received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2008, he was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. In 2010, The New York Times described Lane as "the greatest stage entertainer of the decade".

Personal Life

Lane claims when he told his mother at age 21 that he was gay, she said "I would rather you were dead", to which he replied, "I knew you'd understand". He then joked that "Once I got her head out of the oven, everything went fine".Lane came out publicly after the death of Matthew Shepard, and has been a long-time board member of and fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He was honored with the Human Rights Campaign Equality Award, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Vito Russo Award, The Trevor Project Hero Award, and the Matthew Shepard Foundation Making A Difference Award for his work in the LGBT community in 2015. Lane resides in Manhattan. On November 17, 2015, he married his long-time partner, theater producer and writer Devlin Elliott.

Early Life

Nathan Lane was born Joseph Lane in Jersey City, New Jersey, on February 3, 1956. His father, Daniel, was a truck driver and an aspiring tenor who died in 1967 from alcoholism when Lane was eleven. His mother, Nora, was a housewife and secretary who suffered from bipolar disorder and died in 2000. He has two older brothers, Daniel Jr. and Robert. Lane's parents were Catholics of Irish descent. He was named after his uncle, a Jesuit priest. Lane attended Catholic schools in Jersey City, including Jesuit-run St. Peter's Preparatory School, where he was voted Best Actor in 1974, and years later received the 2011 Prep Hall of Fame Professional Achievement Award.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Only Murders in the Building

Only Murders in the Building

2021
Three people who share an obsession with true crime suddenly find themselves together.
Too Soon: Comedy After 9/11

Too Soon: Comedy After 9/11

7
2021
Comedy, tragedy, and time are all related to healing. From the immediate aftermath of 9/11 to today stand-up comedians, talk-show hosts, sketch performers, television animators and other entertainers ...

2020.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

2020
Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens is a celebration of the lives lost to AIDS told in free-verse monologues with a blues, jazz and rock score.
Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration

Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration

2020
A line-up of Broadway favorites are celebrating Stephen Sondheim with a concert event live on Broadway.com. There is a benefit for ASTEP.
TV
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

6.05
2020
This saga explores an exciting mix of the supernatural and the reality of 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension.

2019.

1 Movie
Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn

Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn

2019
Roy Cohn was a power broker in the rough and tumble world of New York City business and politics. Senator Joseph R. McCarthy's top counsel during investigations into Communist activities in the 1950s,...

2018.

2 Movies
The Vanishing of Sidney Hall

The Vanishing of Sidney Hall

2018
Over the course of 12 years, Sidney Hall vanished without a trace after falling in love and writing a book of a generation.
Every Act of Life

Every Act of Life

2018
The life of Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally (Master Class, Ragtime): 60 years of groundbreaking plays and musicals, the struggle for gay rights, addiction and recovery, finding true love, and...

2017.

3 Movies
National Theatre Live: Angels In America — Part Two: Perestroika

National Theatre Live: Angels In America — Part Two: Perestroika

2017
America in the late 1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Tony award winning playwrig...
Carrie Pilby

Carrie Pilby

2017
Awkward, isolated and disapproving of most of the people around her, a young genius is challenged to put her convictions to the test by venturing out on to the NYC dating scene.
National Theatre Live: Angels In America — Part One: Millennium Approaches

National Theatre Live: Angels In America — Part One: Millennium Approaches

2017
America in the late 1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Angels in America will be s...

2016.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
American Crime Story

American Crime Story

5.92
2016
The anthology series focused on some of the history's most famous criminals.
Mike Nichols: An American Master

Mike Nichols: An American Master

2016
He talks about his life and career as a performer and director.
No Pay, Nudity

No Pay, Nudity

2016
The way out is through for the aging actor, who has lost his way with his career, with his family, and with his friends.

2015.

1 TV show
TV
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

1
2015
Stephen Colbert is leaving his "The Colbert Report" character to make his long-awaited return to television. As the host of The Late Show franchise redux -- taped at the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre a...

2014.

2 Movies
The Nance

The Nance

2014
Nathan Lane plays a comic from the 1930s who plays gay men. The second episode was from the 40th season of Live From Lincoln Center.
Showing Up

Showing Up

2014
From more than 50 interviews with notable artists, a look at the auditioning artists is compiled.

2013.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
The Blacklist

The Blacklist

6.61
2013
One of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, Raymond "Red" Reddington, surrendered to the FBI in Washington, D.C. He claims that he and the FBI both want to bring down criminals and terrorists. The FBI can...
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

2013
Elaine Stritch is still in the spotlight at 77 years old. In this revealing documentary, join the Tony and Emmy Award-winner both on and off stage. Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me blends rare archival footag...
Mel Brooks: Make a Noise

Mel Brooks: Make a Noise

2013
Mel Brooks: Make a Noise journeys through Brooks’ early years in the creative beginnings of live television — with Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows — to the film genres he so successfully satirized in...
The English Teacher

The English Teacher

2013
Linda Sinclair balances her home life with an incredible passion for her subject, but her routine is forever altered when a former star student and his father return to her life.

2012.

1 Movie
Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror

6.2
2012
An evil queen wants to marry a wealthy prince after she spends all her money. He's in love with Snow White, but there's only one problem. The battle of good vs. bad was launched by Snow White. The per...

2010.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days

Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days

2010
40 years of Seasame Street.
TV
The Marriage Ref

The Marriage Ref

2010
The Marriage Ref is a TV show and panel game hosted by comedian Tom Papa and produced by Jerry Seinfeld, in which a rotating group of celebrities decides the winners of real-life marital disputes. The...
The Nutcracker: The Untold Story

The Nutcracker: The Untold Story

2010
A little girl is given a special doll on Christmas Eve in 1920s Vienna.

2009.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Modern Family

Modern Family

6.46
2009
A large and blended family is what the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan is. They show us a sometimes warm, sometimes twisted embrace of the modern family.
Astro Boy

Astro Boy

6.25
2009
Astro Boy is a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of a son he had lost. Unable to fulfill his creator's expectations, Astro embarked on a journey in searc...

2008.

2 Movies
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa

A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa

2008
When Gonzo forgets to mail three letters to Santa, he convinces the gang to help him deliver the letters to the North Pole. Christmas is the time to be with those you care about the most, as they dash...
Swing Vote

Swing Vote

9
2008
The result of the presidential election came down to one man's vote.

2007.

2 Movies
ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway

ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway

2007
ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway is an American documentary film, directed by Dori Berinstein, a Broadway Producer, Writer and Filmmaker. Berinstein filmed each principal musical on Broadway for he...
Trumbo

Trumbo

2007
The effects on individuals and families of a congressional pursuit of Hollywood Communists after World War II are examined in the film. Writers, directors, and actors invoked the First Amendment to re...

2006.

1 TV show
TV
30 Rock

30 Rock

6.1
2006
30 Rock was created by Tina Fey and ran on NBC from October 11, 2006 to January 31, 2013). The series takes place behind the scenes of a fictional live sketch comedy series that airs on NBC. The addre...

2005.

1 Movie
The Producers

The Producers

2005
After putting together another Broadway flop, down-on-his-luck producer Max Bialystock teams up with timid accountant Leo Bloom in a get-rich- quickly scheme to put on the world's worst show.

2004.

5 Movies
Teacher's Pet

Teacher's Pet

6
2004
Disney has created a new type of comedy. Spot wants to be a real boy. Spot learns that a crazy scientist can make his wish come true when he takes a cross-country trek with his best friend and master....
Behind the Legend: Timon

Behind the Legend: Timon

2004
There is a look at Timone.
The Lion King 1½

The Lion King 1½

6.14
2004
Timon is best friends with Pumbaa. The sequel to the smash Disney animated adventure takes you back a long way. You will learn a lot about Timon and Pumbaa as they attempt to raise a rambunctious lion...
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!

Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!

6
2004
A girl wins a date with a celebrity through a contest. When the date goes well, a love triangle forms between the girl, the celebrity, and the girl's best friend.
Broadway's Lost Treasures II

Broadway's Lost Treasures II

2004
The only filmed record of Broadway's best is provided by the Tony Award broadcast. There are many stars and performances in this second collection of great musical moments from the Tonys. The hosts in...

2003.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

5.15
2003
TheEllenDeGeneres Show is an American television talk show hosted by Ellen Degeneres.
Harry Connick, Jr.:  Harry For The Holidays

Harry Connick, Jr.: Harry For The Holidays

2003
Harry for the Holidays" is both a traditional and musically adventurous Christmas television special, shot in high definition and originally broadcast on NBC in 2003. The unusual yet beautiful setting...
TV
Charlie Lawrence

Charlie Lawrence

2003
There was a sitcom called Charlie Lawrence that aired from June 15 to June 22.

2002.

3 Movies
Austin Powers in Goldmember

Austin Powers in Goldmember

5.8
2002
The world's most shagadelic spy continues his fight. It is evil. The doctor and his clone, Mini-Me, team up with a new foe. Austin got help from his dad and girlfriend while he was chasing the team of...
Stuart Little 2

Stuart Little 2

5.55
2002
The east side of Manhattan is where Stuart's adoptive family live. Stuart, his brother, George, and their cat, Snowbell, set out to rescue a friend.
Nicholas Nickleby

Nicholas Nickleby

2002
Nicholas Nickleby, a young boy in search of a better life, struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his coldheartedly grasping uncle.

2001.

3 Movies
Recording the Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks

Recording the Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks

2001
An exclusive musical comedy event showcasing the antics of the entire cast and crew of the hit Broadway show The Producers. Includes exclusive candid behind-the-scenes footage, 14 song performances, a...
My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs

My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs

2001
A group of Broadway stars sing Broadway's best and most enduring love songs in front of a live audience at Carnegie Hall. The City Center for Music and Dance in New York City filmed a concert in 2000 ...
Laughter on the 23rd Floor

Laughter on the 23rd Floor

2001
Inspired by Neil Simon's early career experience as a junior writer for Your Show of Shows, the play focuses on Sid Caesar/Jackie Gleason-like Max Prince, the star of a weekly comedy-variety show circ...

2000.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Teacher's Pet

Teacher's Pet

2000
Teacher's Pet is an American Disney animated television series about a 9 year old boy and his dog who dress up as boys. It was broadcast on Disney's One Saturday Morning and later on Toon Disney. The ...
The Man Who Came to Dinner

The Man Who Came to Dinner

2000
A live performance of the Roundabout Theater Company's 2000 New York revival of the classic Kaufman-Hart comedy about a famous (and famously acid-tongued) theater critic who is forced to stay in a Mid...
Trixie

Trixie

2000
Passed over at work and numbed after she witnesses a colleague's murder, security guard Trixie Zurbo takes a relatively easy job at a lakefront casino, working undercover keeping an eye out for pickpo...
Titan A.E.

Titan A.E.

6.13
2000
A young man finds out that he holds the key to restoring hope and ensuring survival for the human race, while an alien species called the Drej are bent on mankind's destruction.
Isn't She Great

Isn't She Great

2000
An unsuccessful actress becomes a successful authoress in this biography of the famed writer of "The Valley of the Dolls" and other trashy novels. Susann is faced with a failing career and meets a suc...

1999.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
At First Sight

At First Sight

1999
A blind man has an operation to regain his sight at the urging of his girlfriend and must deal with the changes to his life.
Get Bruce!

Get Bruce!

1999
Affectionate tribute to Bruce Vilanch, who writes material for celebrities who make public appearances, from Oscar hosts and award recipients to Presidents. We meet his mom and see photos of his child...
TV
George and Martha

George and Martha

1999
George and Martha is an animated children's television show which comprises 26 episodes made in 1999. The program revolves around the lives of two hippos: George and Martha. Produced by Nelvana and in...
Stuart Little

Stuart Little

5.81
1999
The adventures of a heroic and debonair stalwart mouse named Stuart Little with human qualities, who faces some comic misadventures while searching for his lost bird friend and living with a human fam...

1998.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Encore! Encore!

Encore! Encore!

1998
Nathan Lane is an opera singer in an American sitcom. Lane's character needs to move in with his family in Northern California because of an injury to his vocal cords. The ratings for the series were ...
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

6.14
1998
A grown man is the king of Pride Rock. The daughter of Nala and Simba is the same person as her father was. She looks at Kovu and distracts her parents. Will Kovu steal Kiara's heart?

1997.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The View

The View

6
1997
The most exciting events of the day are being discussed on ABC daytime's morning chat fest. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are ...
MouseHunt

MouseHunt

4.25
1997
The crumbling old mansion that their brothers inherit isn't happy with them. The estate is worth millions. They have to get rid of the mouse before they can cash in.

1996.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
The Rosie O'Donnell Show

The Rosie O'Donnell Show

3.93
1996
The Rosie O'Donnell Show was an American daytime television talk show hosted and produced by actress and comedian Rosie O'Donnell. It aired for six seasons from 1996 to 2002. Topics often discussed on...
TV
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

5.67
1996
The biggest stories in news, politics and pop culture are tackled by The World's Fakest News Team.
The Boys Next Door

The Boys Next Door

1996
Jack Palmer is a social worker whose job has taken precedence over his personal life. Mainly, his job is to help four mentally challenged men live regular lives in a home. They consist of: Norman, who...
The Birdcage

The Birdcage

6
1996
A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his conservative parents.
A Benefit Celebration: A Tribute to Angela Lansbury

A Benefit Celebration: A Tribute to Angela Lansbury

1996
Broadway salute to Tony Award-winning actress Angela Lansbury in a star-packed gala November 17,1996 at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway. The event was to benefit the American Foundation for AIDS rese...

1995.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable

Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable

1995
A village is being built by Timon and Pumbaa from The Lion King. They were told how harmful their actions are.
TV
The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa

The Lion King's Timon & Pumbaa

6.16
1995
Timon & Pumbaa is an animated comedy television series made by the Walt Disney Company. It centers on Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog from The Lion King, without most of the other characters ...
Jeffrey

Jeffrey

4
1995
Being celibate is the only way to protect Jeffrey, a gay man living in New York City, from contracting AIDS. He met Steve Howard, his dream man, after he declared a sex-free existence. Jeffrey turned ...
Toy Story

Toy Story

6.28
1995
Andy's toys live happily in his room until Buzz Lightyear shows up. Woody is afraid of losing his place in Andy's heart. Buzz and Woody eventually learn to put aside their differences when circumstanc...
The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True

The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True

1995
This production consists an abbreviated script and highlights most musical numbers from the 1939 film.

1994.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Inside the Actors Studio

Inside the Actors Studio

1994
James is interviewing some of the world's most accomplished actors and directors.
The Lion King

The Lion King

6.48
1994
A young lion prince is cast out of his pride by his cruel uncle, who claims to have killed his father. While the uncle rules with an iron paw, the prince lives by a philosophy: No worries for the rest...

1993.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
Life with Mikey

Life with Mikey

10
1993
The child TV star was Michael Chapman. He can't get a job when he grows up, so he and his brother started a talent agency. They have to deal with another agency who is willing to pay bribes to get the...
TV
Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Late Night with Conan O'Brien

6
1993
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity i...
Addams Family Values

Addams Family Values

5.8
1993
Siblings Wednesday and Pugsley Addams will do everything in their power to get rid of Pubert. Things go from bad to worse when the new "black widow" nanny launches her plan to add Fester to her collec...
TV
Frasier

Frasier

5.35
1993
Frasier moved back to Seattle to work as a radio psychiatrist after his policeman father was shot while on duty.

1992.

2 Movies
Guys And Dolls: Off The Record

Guys And Dolls: Off The Record

1992
A behind-the-scenes look at the cast-album recording session of the 1992 Tony-winning Broadway revival of the Frank Loesser musical. Originally broadcast as part of the PBS series "Great Performances...
The Last Mile

The Last Mile

1992
An opera singer is preparing for her debut in an opera. The stage manager is encouraging. She thinks fondly of her brother, who died from AIDS, as she is visited by her "tenor" for the evening. He is ...

1991.

2 Movies
Frankie and Johnny

Frankie and Johnny

4
1991
Johnny got a job as a short-order cook at a New York diner after being released from prison. Following a brief fling with a waitress, a waitress develops an attraction for her friend. When her best fr...
He Said, She Said

He Said, She Said

1991
The Baltimore Sun has a womanising, right-wing Dan Hanson. Rivals for the job of new writer of a vacant column, the paper ends up printing their very different opinions alongside each other, which lea...

1990.

1 Movie
Joe Versus the Volcano

Joe Versus the Volcano

7
1990
Hypochondriac Joe Banks finds out he has six months to live, quits his dead end job, musters the courage to ask his co-worker out on a date, and is hired to jump into a volcano by a mysterious visitor...

1989.

1 Movie
The Lemon Sisters

The Lemon Sisters

1989
Three life-long friends perform the songs of the 1960s girl groups at a bar.

1987.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd

The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd

1987
NBC aired The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd from 1987 to 1988 and Lifetime from 1988 to 1991. The title role is held by Blair Brown.
Ironweed

Ironweed

2
1987
Halloween in Albany, New York. Their birth city is where Francis and Helen were born. She was a singer on the radio. She's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery, and he sees ghosts of...

1982.

1 TV show
TV
One of the Boys

One of the Boys

1982
One of the Boys aired on NBC from January to April 1982. Dana Carvey, Nathan Lane, and Mickey Rooney are in the movie. It was ranked number 24 on the TV Guide's 50 Worst Shows of All Time list.

1976.

1 TV show
TV
Live from Lincoln Center

Live from Lincoln Center

1976
Lincoln Center's historic concerts and events have been made available for public broadcast across the country by the landmark series. It continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in the re...

1975.

1 TV show
TV
Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live

6.36
1975
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...

1971.

1 TV show
TV
Great Performances

Great Performances

1971
Classical music, opera, popular song, musical theater, dance, drama, and performance documentaries are included in the programming portfolio of the best in the performing arts from across America and ...

1956.

1 TV show
TV
Tony Awards

Tony Awards

1956
The Tony Award for excellence in theatre is an award that recognizes achievement in live Broadway theatre. The Broadway League presented the awards. There are awards for regional theatre and Broadway ...

Unknown Year.

1 Movie
Disappointment Blvd.

Disappointment Blvd.

10
A portrait of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time.
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