Nathan Lane filmography and biography

Date of birth: 3 February 1956, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

Nathan Lane trivia


- Played the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True (1995) (TV). Co-hosted the 1995 Tony Awards. Hosted the 1996 Tony Awards Telecast.
- Originally named Joseph Lane, he changed his name because he heard of another actor named Joseph Lane. He chose the name Nathan after the character of Nathan Detroit from the Broadway musical "Guys and Dolls". Coincidentally, he later played that role in the hugely successful 1992 revival of "Guys and Dolls" on Broadway.
- Starred on Broadway as Max Bialystock in The Producers and Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Zero Mostel played both characters in the earlier film versions. Lane won Tony Awards for both roles. When he accepted his second Tony, he looked up and thanked Mostel's spirit for inhabiting him somehow.
- May 28, 1991: Starred in the first production of Terrence McNally's play Lips Together, Teeth Apart with Swoosie Kurtz, Christine Baranski, and Anthony Heald.
- Attended St. Peter's Preparatory High School in Jersey City, New Jersey, class of 1974, where he was voted Best Actor.
- Father was a New Jersey police officer.
- His second Broadway show was Merlin, one of the most notoriously expensive flops in Broadway history. The show was conceived as a vehicle for the magic of Doug Henning (I), with Henning in the title role; other stars of the production included Chita Rivera and a young Christian Slater.
- Won two Tony Awards as best actor in a musical: in 1996 for playing Pseudolus in the revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and in 2001 for playing Max Bialystock in The Producers. He was also nominated in the same category in 1992 for playing Nathan Detroit in the revival of Guys and Dolls.
- (January 9, 2006) He and Broadway co-star Matthew Broderick (I) were each awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a joint ceremony.
- Frequently works with Matthew Broderick (I). They appeared together in the films The Lion King, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998) (V), The Lion King 1½ (2004) (V) and The Producers. They also appeared together in the original Broadway production of The Producers, and in a revival of The Odd Couple.
- Was a guest at Sarah Jessica Parker's 40th birthday.
- Was considered to play the role of "George Costanza" in _"Seinfeld (1990)"_.
- His Tony Award-winning performances in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and "The Producers" were both roles originally created by Zero Mostel.
- Is now playing Gomez Addams in a musical version of The Addams Family.
- His favorite animated film is Finding Nemo.

Nathan Lane quotes


- "I don't know what goes on in their heads out in Hollywood."
- "I fell in love with the whole ritual. The lights going down, the curtain going up, telling a story to a large group of people in the dark. It was one of those moments where you think, 'I can do that.' You're in control on stage. And I love telling the whole story in one fell swoop. With movies, you never think, 'I nailed it.' In theater you get to go back and do it again, which to me is much more satisfying."
- "There's not a day in my life I'm not proud of being gay but I just wasn't ready for that attention to be placed on it. I remember being on Oprah. Well, not on Oprah. Near Oprah. She started saying, 'Now, Nathan, you got all those girlie moves going down in The Birdcage, where's all that coming from? You're so good at all that girlie stuff!'"
- [About working in the Broadway flop "Merlin"] "Doug Henning (I)'s greatest magic trick was making the audience disappear".
- "You have to be loud...it's the theater." - asked by a reporter about his "loud" persona on stage.
- [On being gay] "From the time I told my mother, I've been living openly. But really, I was born in 1956. I'm one of those old-fashioned homosexuals, not one of the newfangled ones who are born joining parades. My family referred to them as "fags", and that was it."
- [Coming "Out" following the death of Matthew Shepard] "It was like somebody slapped me awake. At this point it's selfish not to do whatever you can....If I do this story and say I'm a gay person, it might make it easier for somebody else."
- "I told my mother I was gay, and she s...and she...and then her face went white, and then she said, 'I would rather you were dead'. And I said, 'I knew you'd understand'. And then once I got her head out of the oven, everything was fine. She came from a generation where, yes, of course, she would have preferred if I was straight and had gotten married, but she, uh, you know, she was very accepting. What she enjoyed most is when I was in a musical. She would always say, um, 'I'm not saying this because I'm your mother; I'm saying it because it's true: you were the best one'" [To James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio].

Nathan Lane filmography

Name Year
Hitman 2 2012
Showing Up 2011
The Nutcracker in 3D 2010
The 8th Annual TV Land Awards 2010
The Marriage Ref 2010
The 64th Annual Tony Awards 2010
Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1980s, 1990s and 2000s 2009
Modern Family 2009
Astro Boy 2009
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2009
Swing Vote 2008
AFI's 10 Top 10: America's 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres 2008
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa 2008
The Roots of 'Hairspray' 2007
Trumbo 2007
ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway 2007
The Dish on Dolls 2006
The Mark Twain Prize: Neil Simon 2006
30 Rock 2006
Forbes Celebrity 100: Who Made Bank? 2006
MTV & Logo Present 'The Out 100' 2005
10 Most Excellent Things: The Producers 2005
The Producers 2005
The 59th Annual Tony Awards 2005
Behind the Legend: Timon 2004
Teacher's Pet 2004
The Lion King 1½ 2004
The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2004
Broadway: The American Musical 2004
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! 2004
Charlie Lawrence 2003
Creating a Classic: The Making of 'Nicholas Nickleby' 2003
Harry for the Holidays 2003
Tribeca Film Festival Presents 2003
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2003
Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Chevy Chase 2002
Nicholas Nickleby 2002
Stuart Little 2 2002
The 74th Annual Academy Awards 2002
Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002
V Graham Norton 2002
The 55th Annual Tony Awards 2001
Laughter on the 23rd Floor 2001
Primetime Glick 2001
Great Streets: The Grand Canal with Nathan Lane 2000
Film-Fest DVD: Issue 4 - Hawaii 2000
Titan A.E. 2000
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 2000
Love's Labour's Lost 2000
The 54th Annual Tony Awards 2000
The Man Who Came to Dinner 2000
Teacher's Pet 2000
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies 2000
Isn't She Great 2000
Trixie 2000
Curb Your Enthusiasm 2000
George and Martha 1999
At First Sight 1999
Get Bruce 1999
Stuart Little 1999
Stuart Little: Making It Big 1999
Saturday Night Live 25 1999
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride 1998
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1998
Encore! Encore! 1998
Comic Relief VIII 1998
Sex and the City 1998
The Howard Stern Radio Show 1998
Timon and Pumbaa's Wild Adventure: Live and Learn 1997
Merry Christmas, George Bailey 1997
The GQ Men of the Year Awards 1997
One Saturday Morning 1997
La mandrĂ¡gora 1997
Mousehunt 1997
The View 1997
The Boys Next Door 1996
The Birdcage 1996
The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1996
Mundo VIP 1996
The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1996
The Daily Show 1996
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996
The 49th Annual Tony Awards 1995
Animated StoryBook: The Lion King 1995
Jeffrey 1995
The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True 1995
Timon and Pumbaa 1995
Curtain Time 1994
The Lion King 1994
Inside the Actors Studio 1994
Intimate Portrait 1993
Life with Mikey 1993
Addams Family Values 1993
Frasier 1993
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1993
Late Show with David Letterman 1993
The Last Mile 1992
Unnatural Pursuits 1992
Absolutely Fabulous 1992
The 46th Annual Tony Awards 1992
Mad About You 1992
Dateline NBC 1992
HBO First Look 1992
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992
He Said, She Said 1991
Frankie and Johnny 1991
The Charlie Rose Show 1991
Joe Versus the Volcano 1990
The Lemon Sisters 1989
The More You Know 1989
Live with Regis and Kathie Lee 1988
The American Experience 1988
The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd 1987
Ironweed 1987
Biography 1987
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1985
Miami Vice 1984
Showbiz Today 1984
One of the Boys 1982
Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls 1981
Entertainment Tonight 1981
Saturday Night Live 1975
Great Performances 1972
Evening at Pops 1970
Sesame Street 1969
Today 1952