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Nathan Lane was born in New Jersey, U.S. in 1956 and has since established himself as a stage, television and film actor. Despite receiving a drama scholarship from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, he decided to move to New York City where he changed his name to Nathan after the Guys and Dolls character and started his career in Off- Broadway productions at the Roundabout Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club before making his Broadway debut as Roland Maule in the revival of Noel Coward’s Present Laughter in 1982; for this performance he received a Drama Desk nomination and much recognition.
Notable Broadway performances include his appearance in the 1991 revival of Paul Osborne’s On Borrowed Time at the Circle in the Square Theatre, his performance in Guys and Dolls, playing the character of Nathan Detroit, with whom he borrowed his changed name and as Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He also starred in the original Broadway production of The Producers as Max Bialystock in 2001. Lane made his West End debut in London revival of The Producers alongside Lee Evans in 2004, replacing Richard Dreyfuss a week before the preview at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, recieving positive reviews. The role was also reprised in the 2005 film version opposite Uma Thurman and his Broadway co-star Matthew Broderick. More recently Lane starred as Gomez in the musical adaptation of The Addams Family on Broadway, as Hickey in The Iceman Cometh at the Goodman Theatre in 2012, a production which won six Jeff Awards and rave reviews; this role was reprised in 2015 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Outside the theatre Nathan Lane is well known for his voice role of Timon in the film The Lion King (1994), as Albert in The Birdcage (1996) alongside Robin Williams and in recurring role on Modern Family. Lane’s award repertoire includes a Laurence Olivier Award, two Tony Awards, five Drama Desk awards and two Drama League awards for his work in acting. Along with two Daytime Emmy Awards, the People’s Choice Award for Favourite Male Performer (1999), a Screen Actors Guld Award, American Comedy Award and a National Board of Review Award among others.
In 2017 Lane will return to the West End in Angels in America at The National, Lyttleton Theatre as role alongside Denise Gough, Russell Tovey and Andrew Garfield. The show is set to run from May 2017.
Selected London and West End Appearances
|Angels in America||Lyttleton||2017|
|The Producers||Max Bialystock||Theatre Royal||2004||Review|