Nathan Lane

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Nathan Lane

Born

2/3/1956, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

Birth Name

Joseph Lane

Gender

Male
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Nathan was born Joseph Lane on February 3, 1956, in Jersey City, New Jersey to Daniel Lane, a truck driver, and Nora Lane, a secretary. He was the youngest of three sons. Around the time of his birth, his father's eyesight began to fail. Unemployed, the father fell…more

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  • Trivia

    • In 2001, Nathan won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program playing Spot/Scott on Teacher's Pet.

    • In 1996, Nathan won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program playing Timon on Timon & Pumbaa.

    • While filming the TV show Encore! Encore!, Nathan appeared in 2 public service announcements for NBC's The More You Know. His topics were arts education and teacher appreciation.

    • As of 2006 he is starring on broadway as Felix Unger in The Odd Couple.

    • In 1997, Nathan was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for: The Birdcage (1996).

    • In 1997, Nathan & Co. won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for: The Birdcage (1996).

    • In 1997, Nathan was nominated for the Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical for: The Birdcage (1996).

    • In 1999, Nathan won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Male Performer in a New Television Series.

    • In 2002, Nathan & co. won the NBR Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble for: Nicholas Nickleby (2002).

    • In 1997, Nathan & Robin Williams were nominated for the MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo for: The Birdcage (1996).

    • In 1997, Nathan was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for: The Birdcage (1996).

    • In 2006, Nathan was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for: The Producers (2005).

    • In 1998, Nathan was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance in the Mad About You (1992) episode Good Old Reliable Nathan.

    • In 1995, Nathan was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance in the Frasier (1993) episode Fool Me Once, Shame On You. Fool Me Twice....

    • In 2002, Nathan received the Vito Russo Entertainer Award at the GLAAD Media Awards.

    • In 2000, Nathan was nominated for the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for: George and Martha (1999).

    • In 2005, Nathan won the DVDX Award for Best Animated Character Performance (Voice and Animation in a DVD Premiere Movie) for: The Lion King 1½ (2004) He shared the award with Alexs Stadermann (animator).

    • In 1996, Nathan was nominated for the American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for: Jeffrey (1995).

    • In 1997, Nathan won an American Comedy Award for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) for: The Birdcage (1996).

    • Nathan starred in a revival of the comedy classic The Man Who Came to Dinner on Broadway in 2000.

    • Nathan co-hosted AIDS benefit concert Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on January 10 1998 with Madeline Kahn.

    • In April 2001, Nathan co-starred with Matthew Broderick in the Broadway premiere of The Producers.

    • Nathan appeared in a TV commercial for Vick's Nyquil in the 1990s.

    • Nathan appeared in magazine advertisements for a phone company You Inc. in 2000.

    • Nathan was originally named Joseph, he changed his name because he heard of another actor named Joseph Lane. He chose the name Nathan after the character of "Nathan Detroit" from the Broadway musical Guys and Dolls. Coincidentally, he later played that role in the hugely successful 1992 revival of Guys and Dolls on Broadway.

    • Nathan attended St. Peter's Preparatory High School in Jersey City, New Jersey. Class of 1974, where he was voted "Best Actor."

    • Nathan's second Broadway show was Merlin, one of the most notorious, expensive flops in Broadway history. The show was conceived as a vehicle for the magic of Doug Henning, with Henning in the title role; other stars of the production included Chita Rivera and a young Christian Slater.

    • Nathan's father was a New Jersey truck driver. He died 11 years after Nathan's birth due to alcoholism.

    • Nathan is approximately 5' 5" (1.65 m) tall.

    • Nathan "came out" in 1999 to the general public, but he told his family about it when he was 21 years old.

  • Quotes

    • Nathan: I'm one of those old-fashioned homosexuals, not one of the newfangled ones who are born joining parades.

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