Nathan Lane

Nathan Lane

Highest Rated: 99% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Nutcracker in 3D (2010)

Birthday: Feb 3, 1956

Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

Known for his outrageous, divinely comedic performances on stage and screen, Nathan Lane has led a career encompassing Broadway, television, and film. Born Joe Lane in Jersey City, New Jersey on February 3, 1956, Lane took his stage name from Nathan Detroit, the character he played to great acclaim in the 1992 Broadway version of Guys and Dolls.Lane made his film debut in 1987's Ironweed, and he spent the rest of the 1980s and early 1990s playing secondary roles in films like Joe Versus the Volcano (1990), Frankie and Johnny (1991), and Addams Family Values (1993). During this time, his stage career was thriving; in addition to his celebrated turn in Guys and Dolls (for which he won a Tony nomination, as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards), he frequently collaborated with playwright Terrence McNally, who cast him in a number of his plays, including The Lisbon Traviata, in which Lane played an opera queen, and Love! Valour! Compassion!, in which he starred as Buzz, an HIV-positive musical aficionado who provides much of the play's comic relief and genuine anger. The actor won particular acclaim for his portrayal of the latter character, taking home Obie and Drama Desk Awards, as well as other honors, for his work.In 1994, the same year that he starred in the stage version of Love! Valour! Compassion! (his role was played in the film version by Jason Alexander), Lane gained fame of a different sort, lending his voice to Timon, a hyperactive meerkat in Disney's animated The Lion King. He reprised the role for the extremely successful movie's 1998 sequel. Two years after playing a meerkat, Lane finally became widely visible to screen audiences as Robin Williams' flamboyantly limp-wristed lover in The Birdcage, Mike Nichols' remake of La Cage aux Folles. The film helped to establish Lane--who was at the time starring on Broadway in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum--as a comic actor worthy of big-screen exposure, and in 1997 he was given his own vehicle to display his talents, Mouse Hunt. Unfortunately, the film was a relative disappointment, as was Encore! Encore!, a 1998 sitcom that cast the actor as a Pavorotti-like opera singer alongside Glenne Headly and Joan Plowright. However, Lane continued to work steadily, appearing both on stage and in film. In 1999, he could be seen in At First Sight and Get Bruce, a documentary about comic writer Bruce Vilanch. The same year, he could also be heard in Stuart Little, a live action/animated adaptation of E.B White's celebrated children's book.Over the coming years, Lane would appear in several films, including a new big screen adaptation of The Producers and the fairy tale Mirror Mirror.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
11% The Vanishing of Sidney Hall Harold 2018
62% Carrie Pilby Dr. Petrov $19.5K 2017
No Score Yet NT Live: Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches Actor 2017
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: Angels In America Part Two - Perestroika Actor 2017
71% No Pay, Nudity Herschel $20.5K 2016
99% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me Actor $0.4M 2014
41% The English Teacher Carl Kapinas $60.7K 2013
51% Mirror Mirror Brighton $65M 2012
0% The Nutcracker in 3D Uncle Albert $0.3M 2010
50% Astro Boy (AstroBoy) Hamegg $19.6M 2009
No Score Yet Letters to Santa: A Muppets Christmas Actor 2008
38% Swing Vote Art Crumb $16.3M 2008
83% Trumbo Actor $28.6K 2007
50% The Producers Max Bialystock $19.2M 2005
No Score Yet Sesame Street: What's the Name of That Song Actor 2004
78% The Lion King 1 1/2 Timon 2004
53% Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! Richard Levy the Driven $16.9M 2004
76% Teacher's Pet Spot/Scott $6.3M 2004
78% Nicholas Nickleby Crummles $1.4M 2002
No Score Yet Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Chevy Chase Actor 2002
54% Austin Powers in Goldmember Mysterious Disco Man $213.1M 2002
81% Stuart Little 2 Snowbell $64.8M 2002
No Score Yet Recording The Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks Actor 2001
No Score Yet Neil Simon's 'Laughter on the 23rd Floor' Max Prince 2001
No Score Yet The Man Who Came to Dinner Actor 2000
28% Trixie Kirk Stans 2000
51% Titan A.E. Preed 2000
49% Love's Labour's Lost Costard 2000
25% Isn't She Great Irving Mansfield 2000
No Score Yet My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs Actor 2000
67% Stuart Little Snowbell 1999
71% Get Bruce Himself 1999
32% At First Sight Phil Webster 1999
62% The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Timon 1998
42% Mouse Hunt Ernie Smuntz 1997
79% The Birdcage Albert/Starina 1996
No Score Yet The Boys Next Door Norman Bulansky 1996
68% Jeffrey Father Dan 1995
93% The Lion King Timon $94.3M 1994
76% Addams Family Values Desk Sergeant 1993
25% Life with Mikey Ed Chapman 1993
66% Frankie & Johnny Tim 1991
33% He Said, She Said Wally 1991
62% Joe Versus the Volcano Ben, the Waponi Advance Man 1990
14% The Lemon Sisters Charlie Sorrel 1989
61% Ironweed Harold Allen 1987

TV

Credit
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest 2019
2018
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest 2019
2018
2015
2014
86% Modern Family
2009
Pepper Pepper Saltzman 2019
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2011
2010
2009
91% The Blacklist
2013
Abraham Stern 2018
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest 2018
2016
2015
2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest 2018
2016
2013
93% American Crime Story
2016-2018
F. Lee Bailey 2016
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Appearing 2016
95% Difficult People
2015-2017
2016
2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest 2016
2015
2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2019
Guest 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest 2015
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest 2015
2013
2012
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest 2014
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
Chauncey Miles 2014
94% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Clarke Clarke Hayden 2014
2013
2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest 2013
2006
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Host Performer The Dormouse 2013
2003
2001
1983
No Score Yet In Performance at the White House
2010-2016
Performer 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest 2010
No Score Yet The Marriage Ref
2010-2011
Panelist 2010
85% 30 Rock
2006-2013
Eddie 2007
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest 2007
2006
2005
2004
96% Absolutely Fabulous
1992-2012
Kunz 2005
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000-2017
Himself 2004
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000
Himself 2004
2000
71% Sex and the City
1998-2004
Bobby Fine 2002
No Score Yet Teacher's Pet
2000-2002
Voice 2002
2001
2000
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
Guest 2000
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
1998
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest 1997
94% Frasier
1993-2004
1995
33% Encore! Encore!
1999
Joseph Pinoni
No Score Yet George and Martha
1999-2000
Voice
No Score Yet Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
Lewis Michener

QUOTES FROM Nathan Lane CHARACTERS

Carl Kapinas says: All great art comes from pain.

Preed says: An intelligent guard. I didn't see that one coming.

Albert Goldman / Starina says: I know what you're thinking: dress like this, I'm even more obvious.

Albert Goldman / Starina says: Tannins?!

Albert Goldman / Starina says: Tannins?

Timon says: What's going on here?!!

Timon says: What's going on here?

Timon says: Woah! Jeez, why do I always have to save your a-aaaaahhhhh!

Uncle Albert says: It's all relative.

The Evil Queen says: Brighton, a word, please.

Brighton says: Yes, Your Majesty.

The Evil Queen says: Loose lips, sink ships.

Brighton says: Yes, indeed, Your Majesty. Exactly which ship would you like sunk?

The Evil Queen says: It's an expression, Brighton!

Uncle Albert says: Reality is really an illusion.

Phil Webster says: Virgil, you can see a lot, but none of that matters if you lose sight of what you want.

Phil Webster says: Basically, your eyes work, but you brain hasn't learned to process the information. You are mentally blind.

Pumbaa says: Ya know, in times like these, my buddy Timon says "You gotta put your behind in the past"

Pumbaa says: Ya know, in times like these, my buddy Timon says 'You gotta put your behind in the past'

Timon says: No, no, no....amateur. Lie down before you hurt yourself. It's "You gotta put your past behind ya."

Timon says: No, no, no....amateur. Lie down before you hurt yourself. It's 'You gotta put your past behind ya.'

Banzai says: Hey, who's the pig?

Pumbaa says: Are you talking to me?

Timon says: Oh, you called him a pig.

Timon says: You shouldn't have done that.

Pumbaa says: ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?

Timon says: Now you're in for it!

Pumbaa says: THEY CALLED ME, MR. PIG!

Timon says: (Singing) Luau! If you're hungry for a hunk of fat & juicy meat Eat my buddy, Pumbaa, here because he is a treat Come on down and dine on this tasty swine All you gotta do is get in line! Are you aching? adsf a

Timon says: [singing] Luau! If you're hungry for a hunk of fat & juicy meat Eat my buddy, Pumbaa, here because he is a treat Come on down and dine on this tasty swine All you gotta do is get in line! Are you aching?

Pumbaa says: Yup, yup, yup!

Timon says: (Singing) For some bacon?!

Timon says: [singing] For some bacon?!

Timon says: (Singing) He's a big pig!

Timon says: [singing] He's a big pig!

Pumbaa says: Yup, yup!

Pumbaa says: (Singing) You can be a big pig, too! Oi!

Pumbaa says: [singing] You can be a big pig, too! Oi!

Leopold Bloom says: Thank you very much for smiling. That helped a great deal.

Max Bialystock says: Well, you know what they say. Smile and the whole world smiles with you. Ha ha ha (Whispers to Shakespeare bust) This man belongs in a strait jacket!

Max Bialystock says: Well, you know what they say. Smile and the whole world smiles with you. Ha ha ha [whispers to Shakespeare bust] This man belongs in a strait jacket!

Timon says: This stinks

Timon says: This stinks.

Pumbaa says: Oops! Sorry.

Timon says: Not you, them.

Snowbell says: I'm alive! I'm alive!

Falcon says: I'll be back with you later, furball!

Snowbell says: Don't hurry!

Snowbell says: [Teasing Stuart] One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do! Ha ha ha ha!

Stuart Little says: [Hands on hips; sarcastically] Ha, ha, ha.

Snowbell says: Go away! There's no food here!

Monty says: Please??

Snowbell says: Shoo!

Monty says: Hey, Snow. What's wrong with you?

Snowbell says: Nothing.

Monty says: You know, you're the one acting strange. What is it, worms? Fleas? Yeah, you look pale. Eww. Maybe you should see a vet.

Snowbell says: A vet?! What a swell idea! Do you know one? I'm not happy with mine. He makes us wait and his hands are always cold!

Monty says: [After seeing the door close] What was that?

Snowbell says: What was that what?

Monty says: What-- what was that... what?

Snowbell says: [Confused] Huh?

Snowbell says: Talk to the butt.

Snowbell says: [Lunges at Stuart] AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH...

Stuart Little says: [Jumps off of the trash bin, which he then opens up]

Snowbell says: ...AAAAAAAAAHHHHHH... [Falls into the trash bin, which then closes] OW!!

Stuart Little says: [Runs away]

Snowbell says: [Crawling out of the trash bin] All right! No more Mr. Nice Kitty!

Stuart Little says: [Runs back]

Snowbell says: YOU!

Stuart Little says: Aaah! [Runs away]

Snowbell says: [After Monty farts] WHOA! Phew! That was gross!

Snowbell says: [Screeches and catches Stuart in his mouth]

Mrs. Little says: Ohh! Snowbell! Drop him right now!

Mr. Little says: You spit Stuart out this instant, Snowbell! Spit him right out!

Mrs. Little says: [Nods]

Snowbell says: [Spits Stuart out]

Snowbell says: All right! No more Mr. Nice Kitty!

Monty says: [After seeing the door close] What was that?

Snowbell says: What was that what?

Monty says: What-- what was that... what?

Snowbell says: [Confused] Huh?

Smokey says: [After Snowbell gets rid of the other cats] Not bad for a *dead* housecat. Say good night... Tinkerbell!

Snowbell says: [Gulps]

Stuart Little says: [Sing-song voice] Hey, Smokey!

Smokey says: [Turns to look at Stuart]

Stuart Little says: [Grabbing ahold of a branch] His name is Snowbell! [Lets go of the branch, which hits Smokey in the face]

Snowbell says: [Flinches]

Smokey says: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH! [Splashes into the water]

Stuart Little says: [Upon meeting Monty] Oh, hello. You must be a friend of Snowbell's. I'm Stuart.

Monty says: Aren't you gonna run?

Stuart Little says: Why?

Monty says: 'Cause you're a mouse?

Stuart Little says: I'm-- I'm not just a mouse. I'm-- I'm also a member of this family.

Snowbell says: [Starting to get embarrassed] Ohhh...

Monty says: A mouse with a pet cat? [Rolls on the counter laughing] A mouse with a pet cat?!

Stuart Little says: I guess that-- that is... pretty funny!

Monty says: Pretty funny?! I'm gonna wet my fur! A mouse with a pet cat!

Stuart Little says: [Laughs]

Monty says: Ha ha! [To Snowbell] He's your little master! Ho ho, wait 'til the boys hear about this! Ho ho!

Snowbell says: Ohhhh! The humiliation!

Monty says: [Laughs along with Stuart]

Snowbell says: [To Stuart, angrily] I'm gonna KILL YOU!

Stuart Little says: Oh, dear! [Jumps off the counter]

Snowbell says: [Sees Stuart running away] Come back here!

Pumbaa says: I ate like a pig.

Timon says: You are a pig, Pumba.

Ernie Smuntz says: I don't think we're dealing with an ordinary mouse...

Max Bialystock says: What happened?

Ulla says: Tidy up! Make look nice?

Hold Me-Touch Me says: ... How about the virgin milkmaid, and the well hung stableboy?

Hold Me-Touch Me says: ...How about the virgin milkmaid, and the well hung stableboy?

Max Bialystock says: Oh... ohohoho. Today?

Hold Me-Touch Me says: Don"t worry, I'll be gentle! Oh, this milk is so heavy! I don't think I'll ever make it to the house. You there, well hung stableboy! Would you care to help me with my milk?

Max Bialystock says: But of course, little lady. First I'll take your milk... and then, I'll take, your virginity!!!

Max Bialystock says: But of course, little lady. First I'll take your milk... and then, I'll take, your virginity!

Max Bialystock says: There's a lot more to you than there is to you!!

Max Bialystock says: There's a lot more to you than there is to you!

Franz Liebkind says: .... And swear my eternal alleigence to Adolf Elizabeth Hitler.

Max Bialystock says: (with Bloom) And swear my eternal aleigence to ... Elizabeth?

Franz Liebkind says: Ja! Not many people know this, but the fuhrer was descended from a long line of English queens.

Timon says: Eat my buddy pumba here because he is a treat!

Pumbaa says: Maybe you should look beyond the big pointy rock.

Timon says: Hey, I know: maybe I should look BEYOND the big pointy rock!

Timon says: What do you want me to do? Dress in drag and do the hula?

Armand Goldman says: I think I need a doctor.

Albert Goldman / Starina says: Oh, don't be silly. It isn't even swollen.

Armand Goldman says: Maybe we should go to the emergency room. Y'know I can get it x-rayed.

Albert Goldman / Starina says: Oh, dear, you're overreacting Don't be such a baby. Just sit down on the-AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! We've been robbed.

Albert Goldman / Starina says: Oh, dear, you're overreacting Don't be such a baby. Just sit down on the-AAAAAAHHHHHH! We've been robbed.

Timon says: Gee. He looks blue.

Pumbaa says: I'd say brownish-gold.

Timon says: No, no, no, no. I mean he's depressed.

Pumbaa says: Oh.

Timon says: Hey, where are you going?

Simba says: Nowhere.

Timon says: You okay kid?

Simba says: I guess so...

Pumbaa says: You nearly died.

Timon says: I saved you!

Pumbaa says: [Snorts]

Pumbaa says: [snorts]

Timon says: Well, uh, Pumbaa helped. A little.

Timon says: O.K, so how are we going to get past those hyenas?

Simba says: Well, we need some bait.

Timon says: O.K. (Realising) Hey!

Simba says: Oh, c'mon!

Timon says: What do you want me to do, dress in drag and do the hula?

Timon says: (Cheering while Nala and Simba fight, turns around to Pumbaa) See, I told you having a lion on our side wasn't such a bad idea.

Timon says: [cheering while Nala and Simba fight, turns around to Pumbaa] See, I told you having a lion on our side wasn't such a bad idea.

Timon says: Hakuna matata!

Young Simba says: Hakuna matata?

Pumbaa says: It's our motto.

Young Simba says: What's a motto?

Timon says: I don't know, what's the matter with you?

Pumbaa says: What's eating you?

Timon says: Nothing, he's at the top of the food chain!

Snowbell says: I'm a house cat. We're prestigious creatures. We don't just yell, BOMBS AWAY! AND GO WHERE EVER WE ARE!

Timon says: What do you want me to do, dress in drag and do the hula?

Timon says: Pumbaa, hey. What's going on?

Pumbaa says: She's gonna eat me!

Timon says: Huh? (looks at Nala running towards them) Whoa! Geez, why do I always have to save your- Ahh!

Timon says: Huh? [looks at Nala running towards them] Whoa! Geez, why do I always have to save your- Ahh!

Simba says: (Attacks Nala to protect Timon and Pumbaa)

Simba says: [attacks Nala to protect Timon and Pumbaa]

Timon says: Hey, he looks blue.

Pumbaa says: I'd say brownish-gold.

Timon says: No,no,no,no, I mean he is depressed.

Timon says: No, no, no. I mean he's depressed.

Pumbaa says: Oh.

Pumbaa says: What do we do? What do we do?

Timon says: There's one thing, Pumbaa. "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." That's our motto.

Timon says: There's one thing, Pumbaa. 'When the going gets tough, the tough get going.' That's our motto.

Pumbaa says: I thought our motto was, "Hakuna Matata."

Pumbaa says: I thought our motto was, 'Hakuna Matata.'

Timon says: Pumbaa, stop living in the past! We need a new motto. Yee-haw. (Both screaming "for war," lion roars at them, both scream) Like I said, "Let's get going!"

Timon says: Pumbaa, stop living in the past! We need a new motto. Yee-haw. [both screaming 'for war,' lion roars at them, both scream] Like I said, 'let's get going!

Timon says: Geez, it's a lion! Run Pumbaa! Move it!

Pumbaa says: Hey, Timon! It's just a little lion. Look at him. So cute, and all alone. Can we keep him?

Timon says: Pumbaa, are you nuts!? We're talking about a lion. Lions eat guys like us!

Pumbaa says: But he's so little.

Timon says: It's gonna get bigger.

Pumbaa says: Maybe he'll be on our side.

Timon says: Ha! That's the stupidest thing I have ever heard! Maybe he'll be... Wait, I got it. What if he is on our side? You know having a lion around might not be such a bad idea.

Timon says: Hakuna Matata

Timon says: ...just us and the little guy.

Timon says: Just us and the little guy.

Rafiki says: hehehe.. It's a girl.

Rafiki says: [laughing] It's a girl.

Timon says: oh, A GIRL!!!???

Timon says: Oh, a girl?!

Timon says: The good news is, we found your daughter. The bad news is, we dropped a warthog on her.

Timon says: What do you want me to do, dress in drag and do the hula?

Akima says: Well this is great: travel halfway across the galaxy, nearly getting our butt shot off by the Drej, just so we can save the window washer.

Akima says: Well this is great, travel halfway across the galaxy, nearly getting our butt shot off by the Drej, just so we can save the window washer.

Cale says: Hey! For your information I happen to be humanity's last great hope.

Preed says: I weep for the species.

Preed says: An intelligent guard..didn't see that one coming.

Preed says: [after Stith knocks out the guard outside Akima's cell] An intelligent guard... didn't see that one coming.

Zazu says: LET ME OUT, LET ME OUT!

Zazu says: [caged while the battle rages around him] Let me out! Let me out!

Timon says: LET ME IN!

Timon says: [fleeing the hyenas] Lemme in! Lemme in!

Ulla says: God Bless America

Ulla says: God bless America.

Max Bialystock says: God Bless Sweden

Max Bialystock says: God bless Sweden.

Timon says: That's no king! That's a fuzzy maraca!

Timon says: That's not a king! That's a fuzzy maraca!

Timon says: Why do I always have to save your...Aaah!

Simba says: Yes, Timon. This is my home.

Timon says: Whoa. Talk about your fixer-upper.

Pumbaa says: It's our motto.

Young Simba says: What's a motto?

Timon says: Nothing. What's a motto with you?