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Nathan Lane

Highest Rated:   98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014)
Lowest Rated:   0% Nutcracker in 3D (2010)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
17% Sidney Hall
  • Harold
2017
71% No Pay, Nudity
  • Herschel
2016
No Score Yet Carrie Pilby
  • Dr. Petrov
2016
75% Carrie Pilby
  • Dr. Petrov
2016
98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
  • Actor
2014
42% The English Teacher
  • Carl Kapinas
2013
49% Mirror Mirror
  • Brighton
2012
0% Nutcracker in 3D
  • Uncle Albert
2010
49% Astro Boy (AstroBoy)
  • Hamegg
2009
No Score Yet Letters to Santa: A Muppets Christmas
  • Actor
2008
38% Swing Vote
  • Art Crumb
2008
82% Trumbo
  • Actor
2007
50% The Producers
  • Max Bialystock
2005
No Score Yet Sesame Street: What's the Name of That Song
  • Actor
2004
76% The Lion King 1 1/2
  • Timon
2004
52% Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!
  • Richard Levy the Driven
2004
76% Teacher's Pet
  • Spot/Scott
2004
No Score Yet Cabbages & Queens
  • Actor
2004
77% Nicholas Nickleby
  • Crummles
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
2002
81% Stuart Little 2
  • Snowbell
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
27% 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
66% Stuart Little
  • Snowbell
1999
71% Get Bruce
  • Himself
1999
32% At First Sight
  • Phil Webster
1999
33% The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
  • Timon
1998
43% 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
92% The Lion King
  • Timon
1994
78% Addams Family Values
  • Desk Sergeant
1993
20% Life with Mikey
  • Ed Chapman
1993
78% Frankie & Johnny
  • Tim
1991
33% He Said, She Said
  • Wally
1991
59% Joe Versus the Volcano
  • Ben, the Waponi Advance Man
1990
14% The Lemon Sisters
  • Charlie Sorrel
1989
65% Ironweed
  • Harold Allen
1987

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
97% The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
2015
  • F. Lee Bailey
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
85% Modern Family
2009
  • Pepper Pepper Saltzman
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
98% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2011
  • Himself
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Guest
No Score Yet Absolutely Fabulous
1992-2012
  • Kunz
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • The Dormouse
  • Host
  • Performer
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
  • Chauncey Miles
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Clarke Clarke Hayden
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Eddie
No Score Yet In Performance at the White House
2010
  • Performer
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Marriage Ref
2010-2011
  • Panelist
92% Difficult People
2015
  • Actor
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Actor
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
Lass es, Larry!
2000
  • Himself
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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