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Nathan Lane
(February 3, 1956 - living) U.S.A.

Nathan Lane

Actor, entertainer


Nathan LaneNathan LaneBorn as Joseph Lane in Jersey City, New Jersey,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. He attended St. Peter's Preparatory High School in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Openly gay and celebrated comedic actor, Nathan Lane for many years his sexuality was Broadway's best-kept secret. But after co-starring with Robin Williams in Mike Nichols' The BirdcageNathan Lane in 1996 and lending his voice to one-half of The Lion King's comic relief team, the former bail bond interviewer who also briefly chirped out a living singing telegrams finds the small and large screens calling. Lane told The Advocate (Jan 1999):

"I don't think I'm a role model. My dating history alone would disqualify me. I'm really not political, and worry if I set myself up as some role model, that I can't live up to that, or am not well enough informed for that position - whatever position they apply to you. People seem to like me. I get warmth from them. I make them laugh. If I do this story and say I'm a gay person, it might make it easier for somebody else."


  • Ironweed (1987)
  • Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
  • The Lemon Sisters (1990)
  • He Said, She Said (1991)
  • Frankie and Johnny (1991)
  • Life with Mikey (1993)
  • Addams Family Values (1993)
  • The Lion King (1994)
  • Jeffrey (1995)
  • Stand by Me (1995)
  • The Birdcage (1996)
  • Mouse Hunt (1997)
  • The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998)
  • Get Bruce! (1998)
  • The Best Man (1999)
  • At First Sight (1999)
  • Isn't She Great (2000)
  • Love's Labour's Lost (2000)
  • Trixie (2000)
  • Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
  • Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (2003)
  • Teacher's Pet: The Movie (2003)
Website: http://www.nathanlane.com/

  • The Wind in the Willows (1985)
  • Guys and Dolls (1992)
  • Laughter on the 23rd Floor (1993-94)
  • Love! Valour! Compassion! (1994-95)
  • The Producers (2001-02)
  • Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls (1981)
  • One of the Boys (1982)
  • Alice in Wonderland (1983)
  • The Last Mile (1992)
  • Timon and Pumbaa (1995)
  • The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True (1995)
  • The Boys Next Door (1996)
  • One Saturday Morning (1997)
  • Merry Christmas, George Bailey (1997)
  • Encore! Encore! (1998)
  • George and Martha (1999)
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner (2000)
  • Laughter on the 23rd Floor (2001)
  • Life of the Party (2002)
  • Charlie Lawrence" (2002)
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