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Nathan Lane



Biography

Equally successful on stage, screen and television, Nathan Lane was last seen in the movie version of the Tony-Award winning musical The Producers, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, reprising the role he created in the smash hit Broadway musical. Most recently, he starred in the blockbuster Broadway production of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple on Broadway in 2005. His wildly acclaimed portrayal of Max Bialystock won Lane the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Tony Awards for Best Actor in a musical. In addition, Nathan won the Olivier Award for his performance in The Producers in London. Nathan in 2005 also starred in Stephen Sondheim’s adaptation of Aristophanes' The Frogs at Lincoln Center, for which he wrote the book. Nathan can next be seen starring as Butley on Broadway in October 2006.

Film Audiences will remember Lane’s triumphant performance that helped catapult Mike Nichols’ The Birdcage, into a major blockbuster hit.  His portrayal of Albert earned Lane a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Nomination.  He also won great acclaim as the voice of ‘Timon’ the meerkat in the smash hit film The Lion King. Lane has also starred in starred in such box office hits as Stuart Little and Mousehunt.

Broadway audiences have long embraced Lane as one of the shining lights of the theater. In 1996, his performance in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, directed by Jerry Zaks, earned him the Tony, the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama Desk Awards. 

Among other Broadway credits are:  ‘Buzz’ in Terrence McNally’s Love! Valor!  Compassion! (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Obie Awards); ‘Max Prince’ in Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor; ‘Nathan Detroit’ in Guys and Dolls (Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Awards, Tony Nomination); Present Laughter (Drama Desk nomination) and On Borrowed Time with George C. Scott; Merlin; The Wind in the Willows; Some Americans Abroad and the national tour of Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound.  Early in the 2001 Broadway season, Lane starred in the Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of The Man Who Came to Dinner.

Off-Broadway credits include Terrence McNally’s Lips Together, Teeth Apart, The Lisbon Traviata (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards) and Bad Habits at the Manhattan Theatre Club; The Film Society and In A Pig’s Valise at Second Stage; The Common Pursuit; She Stoops to Conquer at the Roundabout; and Measure for Measure directed by Joseph Papp at the NYSF.  Lane starred off Broadway in Jon Robin Baitz’ acclaimed Mizlansky/Zilinsky, and he played Dalton Trumbo, in the off Broadway play, Trumbo.  Most recently, Lane starred in Huntington Theatre Company's staging of Butley.

Lane has also been recognized with two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for his work in Disney’s The Lion King’s Timon and Pumbaa,and for his work inDisney’s Teacher’s Pet.

Additional film credits include:  Isn’t She Great?, “Trixie, Love’s Labours Lost, Addams Family Values; Life with Mikey; Frankie & Johnny; He Said, She Said; Ironweed; The Lemon Sisters; Jeffrey; Nicholas Nickelby and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton.  

Lane’s television appearances include Terrence McNally’s “The Last Mile,” Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of “The Boys Next Door,” and the recent “Laughter on the 23rd Floor.” 

Nathan Lane