Nathan Lane

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
12% The Vanishing of Sidney Hall Harold 2018
63% 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
98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me Actor $0.4M 2014
41% The English Teacher Carl Kapinas $60.7K 2013
50% 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
76% 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
50% 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
43% 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
27% 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
62% Ironweed Harold Allen 1987

TV

CREDIT
87% 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 The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2013
92% American Crime Story
2016
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
2015-2018
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
2000-2017
Chauncey Miles
  • 2014
96% 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
81% 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
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2017
Himself
  • 2004
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000-2017
Himself
  • 2004
71% Sex and the City
1998-2004
Bobby Fine
  • 2002
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
No Score Yet George and Martha
1999-2000
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