Nathan Lane (born Joseph Lane; February 3, 1956) is an American actor and writer. He is known for playing the roles of Albert in The Birdcage, Max Bialystock in the musical The Producers, Ernie Smuntz in Mouse Hunt, Nathan Detroit in the 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls, and Pseudolus in the 1996 revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. His voice work includes The Lion King as Timon and Stuart Little as Snowbell, and he has played recurring roles on Modern Family, The Good Wife, and The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story as F. Lee Bailey.
Lane after a performance of Angels in America in 2018
February 3, 1956
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
Devlin Elliott (m. 2015)
|Parent(s)||Daniel Lane (Father)|
Nora Lane (Mother)
He has received three Tony Awards: he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Producers and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Angels in America, as well as six Drama Desk awards, six Outer Critics Circle awards, two Obies, the Lucille Lortel Award and the Laurence 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.
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 (much) older brothers, Daniel Jr. (Danny) and Robert (Bobby). Danny would take Nathan to Broadway to see musicals. 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.
Accepted to Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia on a drama scholarship, he was accompanied on what was supposed to be his first day there by his older brother Dan. Discovering that the scholarship would not cover enough of his expenses, he decided to leave, and work for a year to earn some money. "I remember him saying to me, 'College is for people who don't know what they want to do,'" his brother said. Because there already was a Joseph Lane registered with Actors' Equity, he changed his name to Nathan after the character Nathan Detroit from the musical Guys and Dolls. He moved to New York City where, after a long struggle, his career began to take off, first with some brief success in the world of stand-up comedy with partner Patrick Stack, and later with Off-Broadway productions at Second Stage Theatre, the Roundabout Theatre, and the Manhattan Theatre Club. He made his Broadway debut in a 1982 revival of Noël Coward's Present Laughter as Roland Maule (Drama Desk nomination) with George C. Scott, Kate Burton, Dana Ivey, and Christine Lahti.
His second Broadway appearance was in the 1983 musical Merlin, starring Chita Rivera and magician Doug Henning. This was followed by Wind in the Willows as Mr. Toad, Some Americans Abroad at Lincoln Center, and the national tour of Neil Simon's Broadway Bound.
Off-Broadway productions included Love (the musical version of Murray Schisgal's Luv), Measure for Measure directed by Joseph Papp in Central Park, for which he received the St. Clair Bayfield Award, The Common Pursuit, The Film Society, In a Pig's Valise, She Stoops to Conquer, The Merry Wives of Windsor and A Midsummer Night's Dream. He also appeared at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in The School for Scandal and John Guare's Moon Over Miami.
In 1991, Lane appeared with George C. Scott again in a revival of Paul Osborne's On Borrowed Time at the Circle in the Square Theatre on Broadway. In 1992, he starred in the hit revival of Guys and Dolls, playing Nathan Detroit, the character who lent him his name, opposite Peter Gallagher and Faith Prince. For this performance, he received his first Tony nomination, as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. In 1992, he won an Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance.
His professional association with his close friend the playwright Terrence McNally, whom he met in 1987, includes roles in The Lisbon Traviata (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards, and Outer Critics Circle nomination), Bad Habits, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Love! Valour! Compassion! (Obie, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards), Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams, which opened in 2005 (Drama Desk nomination), The Last Mile on PBS Great Performances, and the film version of Frankie and Johnny.
The early 1990s began a stretch of successful Broadway shows for Lane. In 1993, he portrayed Sid Caesar-like Max Prince in Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor, inspired by Simon's early career writing sketches for Your Show of Shows. In 1996, he starred in the hit revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, for which he won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. In 1998, he appeared Off-Broadway in Jon Robin Baitz's revised 1984 comedy, Mizlansky/Zilinsky or 'Schmucks'.
His association with Stephen Sondheim began with the workshop of Assassins. in 1989. In 1999, he appeared with Victor Garber in the workshop of Wise Guys (later retitled Road Show). His collaboration with Sondheim continued when Lane revised the original book for and starred in the Broadway debut of the composer's The Frogs at Lincoln Center in 2004. The Sondheim song, "Little Dream," in the film The Birdcage, for which Lane received his first Golden Globe nomination, was supposedly written especially for him. This was followed by the dark comedy Mouse Hunt, one of the first films to come out of the newly formed DreamWorks Studios, in which he co-starred with British comedian Lee Evans and Christopher Walken. It was also the feature film debut of Gore Verbinski, who later went on to direct Pirates of the Caribbean.
In 1994, Lane voiced Timon, the meerkat, in Disney's blockbuster animated film The Lion King and reprised the role in its sequels. In 1995, Lane voiced the meerkat in the early episodes of Timon & Pumbaa. In 1995, he played the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz in Concert at Lincoln Center to benefit the Children's Defense Fund. The performance was originally broadcast on Turner Network Television (TNT). In 1999, he appeared in the Encores! concert revival of Do Re Mi at City Center. That same year he also voiced the role of Snowbell in the family film Stuart Little, opposite his Life With Mikey co-star Michael J. Fox.
In 2001, he starred as Max Bialystock in the blockbuster musical version of Mel Brooks's The Producers, a role that earned him his second Tony as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. The following year he would go on to reprise his role as Snowbell in Stuart Little 2 and appear as Vincent Crummles in a film adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby, for which the cast received the Ensemble Acting award from the National Board of Review. In 2004, he replaced Richard Dreyfuss in The Producers in the West End. Dreyfuss was let go just a week before the show's first preview at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Lane went on to win the Olivier Award as Best Actor in a Musical. His performance in the film version, opposite Broadway co-star, Matthew Broderick as Leo Bloom, earned him his second Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. In 2003 he starred Off-Broadway in Trumbo: Red, White, and Blacklisted.
In 2005, Lane rejoined Broderick for a successful limited run of The Odd Couple. In 2006, he took on a primarily dramatic role in a revival of Simon Gray's Butley, having played the role to great success at The Huntington Theater in Boston in 2003. He and Broderick received adjacent stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a joint ceremony on January 9, 2006, and were immortalized in wax as Max and Leo at Madame Tussauds Museum in New York City on January 16, 2009. In 2008, he played the President of the United States in the David Mamet political satire, November, directed by Joe Mantello. This was followed by the critically acclaimed 2009 revival of Waiting for Godot (Outer Critics Circle nomination) in which he played Estragon opposite Bill Irwin's Vladimir. He was a 2008 American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee.
In 2010, Lane starred in the musical version of The Addams Family as Gomez (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations). That year he also received a Drama League Award for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater. Committed to starring in a revival of the Eugene O'Neill play The Iceman Cometh at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in 2012, Lane assumed the role of Hickey, with Brian Dennehy playing the role of Larry Slade in a production directed by the Goodman's Artistic Director, Robert Falls. Receiving rave reviews, it won six Jeff Awards, including Best Ensemble, Director, and Production, and is the most successful show to date in the theater's history. In the spring of 2013, Lane returned to Broadway in The Nance, a Lincoln Center production of a new play by Douglas Carter Beane that was directed by Jack O'Brien. For this performance, he received Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations and won the Outer Critics Circle Award and the 2013 Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance. The play aired on PBS Live From Lincoln Center in 2014.
In autumn 2014, he appeared in an all-star ensemble of Terrence McNally's revised and updated It's Only a Play, with F. Murray Abraham, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint, Megan Mullally, and Micah Stock. The show became one of the biggest hits of the season. In February 2015 he reprised the role of Hickey in the Robert Falls production of The Iceman Cometh to great acclaim at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He later returned to the Broadway run of It's Only a Play. In 2015, he received the Eugene O' Neill Theater Center Monte Cristo Award for his body of work. In March 2016, he opened the play White Rabbit, Red Rabbit Off-Broadway. In fall of 2016, he returned to Broadway to rave reviews in an all-star revival of Hecht and MacArthur's The Front Page, directed by Jack O'Brien and produced by Scott Rudin. He played the ruthless editor Walter Burns opposite John Slattery as Hildy Johnson and John Goodman as Sheriff Hartman, for which he received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award nominations. Following that he played Roy Cohn with Andrew Garfield as Prior Walter in the revival of Angels in America, directed by Marianne Elliott at the Lyttlelton Theatre of the National Theatre of Great Britain. Lane reprised his acclaimed portrayal on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre, and won the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Featured Actor in a Play.
In March 2019, Lane starred in Taylor Mac's absurdist black comedy Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus at the Booth Theatre directed by George C. Wolfe, which received seven Tony nominations including Best Play.
He is known for his voice work in two Disney animated series, Teacher's Pet and Timon & Pumbaa, as well as George and Martha on HBO. He received Daytime Emmy Awards for Teacher's Pet and Timon and Pumbaa and a nomination for George and Martha.
He has received six Emmy Award nominations for his guest appearances on Frasier, Mad About You, Modern Family, and The Good Wife. He has also made appearances on Sex and the City, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Absolutely Fabulous, 30 Rock, Difficult People and The Blacklist.
He played F. Lee Bailey in the first season of American Crime Story, titled The People vs. O.J. Simpson, which premiered on the FX channel in February 2016. It received 22 Emmy nominations and went on to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series.
He has hosted Saturday Night Live and The Tony Awards (once as host for the 50th anniversary telecast, and three as co-host, with Glenn Close and Gregory Hines; Rosie O'Donnell; and Matthew Broderick respectively).
When Lane told his mother at age 21 that he was gay, she told him "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.
|1990||The Lemon Sisters||Charlie Sorrell|
|Joe Versus the Volcano||Baw, Waponi Advance Man|
|1991||He Said, She Said||Wally Thurman|
|Frankie and Johnny||Tim|
|1993||Life with Mikey||Ed Chapman|
|Addams Family Values||Desk Sergeant|
|1994||The Lion King||Timon||Voice|
|1996||The Birdcage||Albert Goldman|
|1997||Mouse Hunt||Ernest "Ernie" Smuntz|
|1998||The Lion King II: Simba's Pride||Timon||Voice |
|At First Sight||Phil|
|2000||Isn't She Great||Irving Mansfield|
|Love's Labours Lost||Costard|
|2002||Stuart Little 2||Snowbell||Voice|
|Austin Powers in Goldmember||Mysterious Disco Man||Cameo|
|Nicholas Nickleby||Vincent Crummles|
|2004||Teacher's Pet||Spot/Scott Leadready II||Voice|
|Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!||Richard Levy the Driven|
|The Lion King 1½||Timon||Voice |
|2005||The Producers||Max Bialystock|
|2008||Swing Vote||Art Crumb|
|2010||The Nutcracker||Uncle Albert|
|2013||The English Teacher||Mr. Kapinas|
|2016||Carrie Pilby||Dr. Petrov|
|No Pay, Nudity||Herschel Thalkin|
|2017||The Vanishing of Sidney Hall||Harold|
|1981||Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls||Stage Manager||Television movie|
|1982||One of the Boys||Johnathan Burns||13 episodes|
|1983||Great Performances||Mouse||Episode: "Alice in Wonderland"|
|1985||Miami Vice||Morty Price||Episode: "Buddies"|
|1989–1991||The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd||Bing Shalimar||3 episodes|
|1995||Frasier||Phil||Episode: "Fool Me Once, Shame on You, Fool Me Twice..."|
|1995||Timon & Pumbaa||Timon||Voice|
|1996||The Boys Next Door||Norman Bulansky||Television movie|
|1997||Merry Christmas, George Bailey||Clarence||Television movie|
|1998||Mad About You||Nathan Twilley||Episode: "Good Old Reliable Nathan"|
|1998–1999||Encore! Encore!||Joseph Pinoni||13 episodes|
|1999–2000||George and Martha||George||Voice|
|2000||The Man Who Came to Dinner||Sheridan Whiteside||PBS live television broadcast|
|2000–2002||Teacher's Pet||Spot Helperman/Scott Leadready II||Voice|
|2001||Laughter on the 23rd Floor||Max Prince||Television movie|
|2002||Sex and the City||Bobby Fine||Episode: "I Love a Charade"|
|2003||Charlie Lawrence||Charlie Lawrence||7 episodes|
|2004||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Nathan Lane||Episode: "Opening Night"|
|2004||Absolutely Fabulous||Kunz||Episode: "White Box"|
|2007||30 Rock||Eddie Donaghy||Episode: "The Fighting Irish"|
|2010–2019||Modern Family||Pepper Saltzman||10 episodes|
|2012–2014||The Good Wife||Clarke Hayden||15 episodes|
|2014||The Money||Gordon McCarren||HBO pilot|
|2016||The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story||F. Lee Bailey||8 episodes|
|2016||Difficult People||Himself||Episode: "Kessler Epstein Foundation"|
|2016||Maya & Marty||Connor Grayfield||Episode: "Steve Martin & Tina Fey"|
|2018||The Blacklist||Abraham Stern||Episode: "Abraham Stern (No. 100)"|
|2020||Penny Dreadful: City of Angels||Lewis Michener||Main cast|
|1978||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Francis Flute||Off-Broadway|
|1982||Present Laughter||Roland Maule||Broadway|
|She Stoops to Conquer||Tony Lumpkin||Off-Broadway|
|1985||Measure for Measure||Pompey||Off-Broadway|
|Wind in the Willows||Toad||Broadway|
|1986||The Common Pursuit||Nick Finchling||Broadway|
|Broadway Bound||Stanley||National tour|
|1988||The Film Society||Jonathan Balton||Off-Broadway|
|1989||In a Pig's Valise||James Taxi||Off-Broadway|
|The Lisbon Traviata||Mendy||Off-Broadway|
|Assassins||Sam Byck||New York Reading|
|1990||Bad Habits||Jason Pepper, M.D./Hugh Gumbs||Off–Broadway|
|Some Americans Abroad||Henry McNeil||Broadway|
|1991||Lips Together, Teeth Apart||Sam Truman||Off-Broadway|
|On Borrowed Time||Mr. Brink||Broadway|
|1992||Guys and Dolls||Nathan Detroit||Broadway||Tony Award Nominee - Best Actor in a Musical|
|1993||Laughter on the 23rd Floor||Max Prince||Broadway|
|1994||Love! Valour! Compassion!||Buzz Hauser||Off-Broadway|
|1996||A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum||Pseudolus||Broadway||Tony Award Winner - Best Actor in a Musical|
|1998||Mizlansky/Zilinsky or "Schmucks"||Davis Mizlansky||Off-Broadway|
|1999||Do Re Mi||Hubert Cram||Off-Broadway|
|Wise Guys||Addison Mizner||New York Workshop|
|2000||The Frogs||Dionysus||Library of Congress|
|The Man Who Came to Dinner||Sheridan Whiteside||Broadway|
|2001||The Producers||Max Bialystock||Broadway||Tony Award Winner - Best Actor in a Musical|
|2003||The Play What I Wrote||Mystery Guest Star||Broadway|
|Trumbo: Red White and Blacklisted||Dalton Trumbo||Off-Broadway|
|Butley||Ben Butley||Boston / Regional|
|The Producers||Max Bialystock||West End|
|2005||Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams||Lou Nuncle||Off-Broadway|
|Catch Me If You Can||Hanratty||New York reading|
|The Odd Couple||Oscar Madison||Broadway|
|2006||Catch Me If You Can||Hanratty||New York Workshop|
|2007||Catch Me If You Can||Hanratty||New York reading|
|2009||Waiting for Godot||Estragon||Broadway|
|2010||The Addams Family||Gomez Addams||Broadway|
|2012||The Iceman Cometh||Theodore "Hickey" Hickman||Chicago / Regional|
|2013||The Nance||Chauncey Miles||Broadway||Tony Award Nominee - Best Actor in a Play|
|2014||It's Only a Play||Jimmy Wicker||Broadway|
|2015||The Iceman Cometh||Theodore "Hickey" Hickman||Brooklyn Academy of Music|
|2016||White Rabbit, Red Rabbit||Himself||Off-Broadway|
|The Front Page||Walter Burns||Broadway||Tony Award Nominee - Best Featured Actor in a Play|
|2017||Angels in America||Roy Cohn||West End|
|2018||Broadway||Tony Award Winner - Best Featured Actor in a Play|
|2019||Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus||Gary||Broadway|
|1995||Animated Storybook: The Lion King||Timon||Voice|
- Presented Mike Birbiglia's (2008) Off-Broadway show Sleepwalk With Me.
- Lane provided the voice of Tom Morrow, the Audio-Animatronic host of Disneyland's Innoventions attraction.
- Children's book Naughty Mabel, written with husband Devlin Elliott, published by Simon and Schuster, released in October 2015. A second book, Naughty Mabel Sees It All was released in October 2016.
- Wrote the introduction to Neil Simon's Memoirs, published by Simon and Schuster.
Awards and nominations
Golden Globe Award
|1997||The Birdcage||Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy||Nominated|
|2006||The Producers||Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy||Nominated|
Screen Actors Guild Award
|1997||The Birdcage||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Motion Picture||Won|
|1997||The Birdcage||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
Primetime Emmy Award
|1995||Frasier||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|1998||Mad About You||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|2011||Modern Family||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|2013||The Good Wife||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2013||Modern Family||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|2014||Modern Family||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
Daytime Emmy Awards
|1996||Timon & Pumbaa||Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program||Won|
|2000||George and Martha||Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program||Nominated|
|2001||Teacher's Pet||Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program||Won|
|1992||Guys and Dolls||Best Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
|1996||A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum||Best Actor in a Musical||Won|
|2001||The Producers||Best Actor in a Musical||Won|
|2013||The Nance||Best Actor in a Play||Nominated|
|2017||The Front Page||Best Featured Actor in a Play||Nominated|
|2018||Angels in America||Best Featured Actor in a Play||Won|
Drama Desk Awards
|1983||Present Laughter||Featured Actor in a Play||Nominated|
|1990||The Lisbon Traviata||Actor in a Play||Won|
|1992||Guys and Dolls||Actor in a Musical||Won|
|1995||Love! Valour! Compassion!||Featured Actor in a Play||Won|
|1996||A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum||Actor in a Musical||Won|
|2001||The Producers||Actor in a Musical||Won|
|2006||Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams||Actor in a Play||Nominated|
|2010||The Addams Family||Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
|2013||The Nance||Actor in a Play||Nominated|
|2017||The Front Page||Featured Actor in a Play||Nominated|
|2018||Angels in America||Featured Actor in a Play||Won|
|2005||The Producers||Best Actor in a Musical||Won|
|1987||St. Clair Bayfield Award Actors' Equity Association||Won|
|1997||GQ Man of the Year Award for Theater||Won|
|2001||GQ Man of the Year Award for Theater||Won|
|2002||GLAAD Media Award, Vito Russo Award||Won|
|2003||Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame inductee||Won|
|2006||Star on the Walk of Fame - Motion Picture 6801 Hollywood, Blvd.||Won|
|2006||American Theater Wing Honor American Theater Wing||Won|
|2006||Project Angel Food Angel Award||Won|
|2007||Trevor Project Hero Award||Won|
|2007||Human Rights Campaign Equality Award||Won|
|2008||American Theater Hall of Fame Inductee American Theater Hall of Fame||Won|
|2009||Sustained Excellence in Theater from The Barrow Group||Won|
|2010||National Corporate Theater Fund Theater Artist Award||Won|
|2010||Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater The Drama League||Won|
|2012||COAF Humanitarian Award Children of Armenia Fund||Won|
|2012||Tribute Award from the League of Chicago Theaters||Won|
|2012||The Drama League Distinguished Performance Award for The Nance||Won|
|2013||Guild Hall Lifetime Achievement Award for the Performing Arts Guild Hall of East Hampton||Won|
|2013||The Joan and Joseph P. Cullman Award for Extraordinary Creativity Lincoln Center||Won|
|2014||Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award Banff World Media Festival||Won|
|2015||Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Monte Cristo Award Eugene O'Neill Theater Center||Won|
|2015||Matthew Shepard "Making A Difference" Award||Won|
|2019||New Dramatists Distinguished Achievement Award||Won|
|2019||John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement Theater World Awards||Won|
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