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Nathan Lane Biography

Birth Name:
Joseph Lane
Birth Place:
Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Profession
Actor, singer

Fast Facts

  • After high school, worked as a bail interviewer in a Jersey City police station
  • Starred in a series of memorable NyQuil commercials
  • Took the name Nathan from the character of Nathan Detroit in the musical Guys and Dolls; years later, he originated the role in the 1992 Broadway revival
  • Has won two Daytime Emmys for voice work on the animated children's programs The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa and Teacher's Pet
  • Tried unsuccessfully for years to produce a film biography of Jackie Gleason, whom he would have portrayed
  • Was a 2008 inductee into the Theater Hall of Fame
  • In 2009, he and Matthew Broderick (his costar in The Producers) were honored with a Double Star Ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Had a small role in the 1993 film Addams Family Values; in 2010, he originated the Broadway role of patriarch Gomez Addams in the musical The Addams Family
  • Works with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Awards

  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2006Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1999People's Choice Awards-Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Series: winner
  • 1997Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated

Relationships

  • Daniel Lane Jr. -- Brother
  • Robert Lane -- Brother
  • Daniel Lane -- Father
  • Devlin Elliott -- Husband
  • Nora Lane -- Mother