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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 3 February 1956Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Birth NameJoseph Lane
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Nathan Lane was born on February 3, 1956 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA as Joseph Lane. He is an actor, known for The Lion King (1994), The Birdcage (1996) and The Producers (2005). He has been married to Devlin Elliott since November 17, 2015.

Spouse (1)

Devlin Elliott (17 November 2015 - present)

Trivia (22)

Hosted the 1996 Tony Awards telecast and co-hosted them in 1995 (with Glenn Close and Gregory Hines), 2000 (with Rosie O'Donnell) and 2001 (with Matthew Broderick).
Born Joseph Lane, he had to change his first name in order to join Actors Equity because there was already 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.
Starred on Broadway as Max Bialystock in "The Producers" and Pseudolus in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum". Zero Mostel played both characters in the earlier film versions. Lane won Tony Awards for both roles. When he accepted his second Tony Award, he said he shared the award with Zero Mostel who was an inspiration to all who saw him.
(May 28, 1991) Starred in the first production of Terrence McNally's play "Lips Together, Teeth Apart" with Swoosie Kurtz, Christine Baranski and Anthony Heald.
Attended and graduated from St. Peter's Preparatory High School in Jersey City, New Jersey (1974), where he was voted Best Actor.
His second Broadway show was "Merlin", one of the most notoriously 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.
Won two Tony Awards as best actor in a musical: in 1996 for playing Pseudolus in the revival of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", and in 2001 for playing Max Bialystock in "The Producers". He was also nominated in the same category in 1992 for playing Nathan Detroit in the revival of "Guys and Dolls".
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on January 9, 2006.
Frequently works with Matthew Broderick. They appeared together in the films The Lion King (1994), The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (1998), The Lion King 1 1/2 (2004) and The Producers (2005). They also appeared together in the original Broadway production of "The Producers", and in a revival of "The Odd Couple".
Was a guest at Sarah Jessica Parker's 40th birthday on March 25, 2005.
Was considered to play the role of George Costanza on Seinfeld (1989), which went to Jason Alexander.
His Tony Award-winning performances in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and "The Producers" were both roles originally created by Zero Mostel.
Has played Gomez Addams in a musical version of "The Addams Family" on Broadway.
His favorite animated film is Finding Nemo (2003).
He was nominated for the 2013 New Jersey Hall of Fame for Arts and Entertainment.
He was nominated for the 2015 New Jersey Hall of Fame in the Performance Arts Category.
Has played a mouse chaser three times: Mousehunt (1997), then he voiced a cat in Stuart Little (1999) and Stuart Little 2 (2002).
He was awarded the 1990 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Featured Performance for "The Lisbon Traviata" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
He was awarded the 1990 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for "The Lisbon Traviata" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
When Nathan Lane and Devlin Elliott got married on November 17, 2015 at New York's city hall, the witnesses were the comedian and writer Mike Birbiglia and Birbiglia's wife, Jen Stein.
Nathan Lane and Devlin Elliott had been romantic partners for 18 years before they got married on November 17, 2015.
Has English and Irish ancestry.

Personal Quotes (24)

I don't know what goes on in their heads out in Hollywood.
I fell in love with the whole ritual. The lights going down, the curtain going up, telling a story to a large group of people in the dark. It was one of those moments where you think, "I can do that." You're in control on stage. And I love telling the whole story in one fell swoop. With movies, you never think, "I nailed it." In theater, you get to go back and do it again, which to me is much more satisfying.
There's not a day in my life I'm not proud of being gay but I just wasn't ready for that attention to be placed on it. I remember being on Oprah. Well, not on Oprah. Near Oprah. She started saying, "Now, Nathan, you got all those girlie moves going down in The Birdcage (1996), where's all that coming from? You're so good at all that girlie stuff!".
[on working in the Broadway flop "Merlin"] Doug Henning's greatest magic trick was making the audience disappear.
[asked by a reporter about his "loud" persona on stage] You have to be loud... it's the theater.
[on being gay] From the time I told my mother, I've been living openly. But really, I was born in 1956. I'm one of those old-fashioned homosexuals, not one of the newfangled ones who are born joining parades. My family referred to them as "fags", and that was it.
[Coming "Out" following the death of Matthew Shepard] It was like somebody slapped me awake. At this point, it's selfish not to do whatever you can... If I do this story and say I'm a gay person, it might make it easier for somebody else.
I told my mother I was gay, and she s... and she... and then her face went white, and then she said, "I would rather you were dead." And I said, "I knew you'd understand." And then once I got her head out of the oven, everything was fine. She came from a generation where, yes, of course, she would have preferred if I was straight and had gotten married, but she, uh, you know, she was very accepting. What she enjoyed most is when I was in a musical. She would always say, um, "I'm not saying this because I'm your mother; I'm saying it because it's true: you were the best one.". [To James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio (1994)].
[on William Duell] The audience adored him. The first time around he'd get a huge laugh. The second time he'd get a huge laugh. The third time, he'd just hold up his fingers - and it brought the house down.
[on accepting his first Tony Award] This means a lot to me because, as you know, I'm an enormously unstable, desperately needy little man.
[on Robin Williams] I feel I have to say something more than just 'heartbreaking and shocking' which everyone has said and I feel as well, but something a little more personal. Thus the following: One day in 1995 while riffing in the character of a snobby French toy store owner, Robin made me laugh so hard and so long that I cried. It seemed to please him no end. Yesterday, I cried again at the thought that he was gone. What I will always remember about Robin, perhaps even more than his comic genius, extraordinary talent, and astounding intellect, was his huge heart - his tremendous kindness, generosity, and compassion as an acting partner, colleague, and fellow traveler in a difficult world.
The thing that everyone remembers about Bambi (1942) is that moment. The Lion King (1994) took it to quite an extreme, because it was an action sequence, his father was killed in a wildebeest stampede - I related, because mine was too. It's an ugly story, I won't go into it now. And the guilt, the evil uncle laying some guilt on him. But the minimal version, and maybe the more upsetting and terrifying is just hearing the gunshot, and hearing Bambi's voice saying "Mother? Mother?". That's even, maybe worse.
[on The Lion King (1994)] I just thought that it was amazing that they've gone this far, because it was so dark, I mean it was again, the death of a parent. But then the most twisted thing was Jeremy Irons coming out of nowhere and saying to him "Simba, what have you done?". I'll always remember that thinking "Wow, they're also going to lay in guilt," and sending him off, banishing him, and trying to kill him but he gets away. But I thought "That's really something", that's the darkest they've been since Bambi that I can recall. Because the film at that point had gotten so heavy, when Ernie and I came on, there was such relief when I saw it with an audience. People laughed twice as hard because they were so glad to see two upbeat characters. And it was great fun to do, and Ernie and I just had a blast.
[his response to a question about his sexual orientation] I'm forty, single and work a lot in musical theatre. You do the math.
There doesn't seem to be a lot of middle ground with me.
Sure I think it is healthy to speak the truth, and be who you are, and be proud of that.
I'm really an honorary Jew, you know; all the best people are. I really do feel Jewish, even though I'm a Catholic. The way the Church has been behaving, I'm happy to be Jewish.
I have to accept the fact that, no matter what I do, it's going to annoy someone.
I am not a sad clown. I am not a sad clown.
I'm still the fat kid from high school who never had a date.
One of the nicest compliments I would get very often on the street is people would say, "I love you on The Good Wife (2009). I just can't tell whether I should like you or hate you!".
People have to do things in their own time, and that's what I did.
I'm one of those old-fashioned homosexuals, not one of the newfangled ones who are born joining parades.
I seem to always inspire a strong reaction one way or the other.

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