Lane, Nathan

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Lane, Nathan Gender: M
Joseph Lane
born on 3 February 1956 at 14:29 (= 2:29 PM )
Place Jersey City, New Jersey, 40n44, 74w05
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 13°57' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 15°32 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 11°30'


American actor, a Hollywood, television and Broadway star known for his outrageous scene-stealing comedy roles. The youngest of three boys, Nathan Lane was born Joseph Lane in 1956 in Jersey City. His mother worked as a secretary and his father was a truck driver and aspiring tenor singer who died of alcoholism when Lane was 11. Lane fell in love with acting in the 6th grade after a role in "Around the World in 80 Days" secured his first laugh from an audience. After graduating in 1974, he won a scholarship to a university in Philadelphia, but had to return to Jersey City and take a job at the county clerk's office because the scholarship didn't provide enough money to live on. He also worked as a singing messenger and stand-up comedian.

At 22, he changed his stage name to Nathan so he could join the Actors Guild inasmuch as the name Joseph Lane was already taken. He chose this moniker because his favorite character was Nathan Detroit from the Broadway classic, "Guys and Dolls" (and coincidentally, a character he would later play to acclaim in the 1992 Broadway version of the play). Lane made his film debut in 1987's "Ironweed," and he spent the rest of the 1980s and early 1990s playing secondary film roles as he struggled with alcoholism, beginning to sober up in 1993. In addition to his celebrated performance in "Guys and Dolls," for

which he won a Tony nomination, he appeared in a number of plays including "The Lisbon Traviata" in which he played an opera queen, and "Love! Valour!

Compassion!" 1994 in which he starred as Buzz, an HIV-positive musical aficionado. The latter role earned him Obie and Drama Desk Awards. In 1994 he also did the voice of Timon, a hyperactive meerkat in Disney's animated "The Lion King," reprising the role for the movie's 1998 sequel. In between, his profile increased when he co-starred as Robin Williams' hysterically-flamboyant, limp-wristed, cross-dressing lover in "The

Birdcage," 1996, a remake of "La Cage aux Folles." Few were surprised when Lane came out publicly as gay via a cover story in "The Advocate" magazine in February 1999, quipping, "I'm single, I'm 40, and I love musical theater -- you do the math." He added about his sexuality, "It's never been something I kept secret."

Lane moved into a TV sitcom, "Encore! Encore!," in 1998 but it had no more than a short run.

After six months of starring in Broadway's biggest hit, "The Producers," Tony-winning Nathan Lane, 45, is suffering from a polyp on his left vocal cord that has forced him to cancel out of all of this week's performances on 11/01/2001. Doctors have imposed a strict "no speaking" regimen for the leading man, who sings and screams eight times a week for the Mel Brooks musical, in which Lane costars with Matthew Broderick. Because of the strain that the role has placed upon him, Lane, who was apparently diagnosed this past Tuesday, has missed about 15 performances since "The Producers" opened in April. "He just wants to get better," said a spokesman. "He's got to take this week off, and he's got to have total silence." Stage stars are particularly susceptible to polyps, which are nodules that develop on stressed-out vocal cords.

Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick completed their run in the smash Mel Brooks musical "The Producers" on 3/17/2002, closing with a record 12 Tony awards. The show continued with other actors playing the lead roles. They were both offered salary increases but had prior commitments. Lane, who won a Tony last year for his role of Max is headed for another sitcom, "Life of the Party," a CBS show about a one-time TV star who lands on a much bigger stage in Washington when he wins a congressional seat.

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  • Social : End a program of study 1974 (Graduated high school)
  • Work : New Job 1987 (Film debut in "Ironweed")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1992 (Appered in "Guys and Dolls")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1994 (Did voice-over, Disney's Lion King)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1996 (Appeared in "The Birdcage")
  • Social : Secrets revealed February 1999 (Revealed homosexuality)
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  • Work : Begin Major Project April 2001 (Started in The Producers)
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  • Health : Medical diagnosis 1 November 2001 (Vocal chord polyp, loss of one week's work)
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  • Work : End Major Project 17 March 2002 (Left cast of The Producers)
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Source Notes

B.C. in hand, LMR


  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Throat (Vocal chord polyp)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol (Recovered)
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Age 11 when dad died)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Third of three boys)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Homosexual male
  • Personal : Misc. : Changed name (Stage name for work)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (TV and Broadway)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Legitimate theater)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Night Club/ Vaudeville (Stand-up comedy)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Voice-Over (Disney animated film)