Nathan Lane

Nathan Lane

  • Highest Rated: 99% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% The Nutcracker in 3D (2010)
  • Birthday: Feb 3, 1956
  • Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
  • Known for his outrageous, divinely comedic performances on stage and screen, Nathan Lane has led a career encompassing Broadway, television, and film. Born Joe Lane in Jersey City, New Jersey on February 3, 1956, Lane took his stage name from Nathan Detroit, the character he played to great acclaim in the 1992 Broadway version of Guys and Dolls.Lane made his film debut in 1987's Ironweed, and he spent the rest of the 1980s and early 1990s playing secondary roles in films like Joe Versus the Volcano (1990), Frankie and Johnny (1991), and Addams Family Values (1993). During this time, his stage career was thriving; in addition to his celebrated turn in Guys and Dolls (for which he won a Tony nomination, as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards), he frequently collaborated with playwright Terrence McNally, who cast him in a number of his plays, including The Lisbon Traviata, in which Lane played an opera queen, and Love! Valour! Compassion!, in which he starred as Buzz, an HIV-positive musical aficionado who provides much of the play's comic relief and genuine anger. The actor won particular acclaim for his portrayal of the latter character, taking home Obie and Drama Desk Awards, as well as other honors, for his work.In 1994, the same year that he starred in the stage version of Love! Valour! Compassion! (his role was played in the film version by Jason Alexander), Lane gained fame of a different sort, lending his voice to Timon, a hyperactive meerkat in Disney's animated The Lion King. He reprised the role for the extremely successful movie's 1998 sequel. Two years after playing a meerkat, Lane finally became widely visible to screen audiences as Robin Williams' flamboyantly limp-wristed lover in The Birdcage, Mike Nichols' remake of La Cage aux Folles. The film helped to establish Lane--who was at the time starring on Broadway in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum--as a comic actor worthy of big-screen exposure, and in 1997 he was given his own vehicle to display his talents, Mouse Hunt. Unfortunately, the film was a relative disappointment, as was Encore! Encore!, a 1998 sitcom that cast the actor as a Pavorotti-like opera singer alongside Glenne Headly and Joan Plowright. However, Lane continued to work steadily, appearing both on stage and in film. In 1999, he could be seen in At First Sight and Get Bruce, a documentary about comic writer Bruce Vilanch. The same year, he could also be heard in Stuart Little, a live action/animated adaptation of E.B White's celebrated children's book.Over the coming years, Lane would appear in several films, including a new big screen adaptation of The Producers and the fairy tale Mirror Mirror.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

11% The Vanishing of Sidney Hall Harold 2018
62% Carrie Pilby Dr. Petrov $19.5K 2017
No Score Yet NT Live: Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches Actor 2017
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: Angels In America Part Two - Perestroika Actor 2017
71% No Pay, Nudity Herschel $20.5K 2016
99% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me Actor $0.4M 2014
39% The English Teacher Carl Kapinas $60.7K 2013
50% Mirror Mirror Brighton $65M 2012
0% The Nutcracker in 3D Uncle Albert $0.3M 2010
50% Astro Boy (AstroBoy) Hamegg $19.6M 2009
No Score Yet Letters to Santa: A Muppets Christmas Actor 2008
38% Swing Vote Art Crumb $16.3M 2008
83% Trumbo Actor $28.6K 2007
50% The Producers Max Bialystock $19.2M 2005
No Score Yet Sesame Street: What's the Name of That Song Actor 2004
78% The Lion King 1 1/2 Timon 2004
53% Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! Richard Levy the Driven $16.9M 2004
76% Teacher's Pet Spot/Scott $6.3M 2004
78% Nicholas Nickleby Crummles $1.4M 2002
No Score Yet Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Chevy Chase Actor 2002
54% Austin Powers in Goldmember Mysterious Disco Man $213.1M 2002
81% Stuart Little 2 Snowbell $64.8M 2002
No Score Yet Recording The Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks Actor 2001
No Score Yet Neil Simon's 'Laughter on the 23rd Floor' Max Prince 2001
No Score Yet The Man Who Came to Dinner Actor 2000
28% Trixie Kirk Stans 2000
51% Titan A.E. Preed 2000
50% Love's Labour's Lost Costard 2000
25% Isn't She Great Irving Mansfield 2000
No Score Yet My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs Actor 2000
67% Stuart Little Snowbell 1999
71% Get Bruce Himself 1999
32% At First Sight Phil Webster 1999
62% The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Timon 1998
42% Mouse Hunt Ernie Smuntz 1997
79% The Birdcage Albert/Starina 1996
No Score Yet The Boys Next Door Norman Bulansky 1996
68% Jeffrey Father Dan 1995
93% The Lion King Timon $94.3M 1994
76% Addams Family Values Desk Sergeant 1993
27% Life with Mikey Ed Chapman 1993
66% Frankie & Johnny Tim 1991
33% He Said, She Said Wally 1991
62% Joe Versus the Volcano Ben, the Waponi Advance Man 1990
14% The Lemon Sisters Charlie Sorrel 1989
62% Ironweed Harold Allen 1987

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2015
  • 2014
86% Modern Family
2009
Pepper Pepper Saltzman
  • 2019
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
91% The Blacklist
2013
Abraham Stern
  • 2018
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2013
93% American Crime Story
2016-2018
F. Lee Bailey
  • 2016
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Appearing
  • 2016
95% Difficult People
2015-2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
Chauncey Miles
  • 2014
94% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Clarke Clarke Hayden
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2006
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Performer Host The Dormouse
  • 2013
  • 2003
  • 2001
  • 1983
No Score Yet In Performance at the White House
2010-2016
Performer
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Marriage Ref
2010-2011
Panelist
  • 2010
85% 30 Rock
2006-2013
Eddie
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
96% Absolutely Fabulous
1992-2012
Kunz
  • 2005
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2017
Himself
  • 2004
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000-2017
Himself
  • 2004
71% Sex and the City
1998-2004
Bobby Fine
  • 2002
No Score Yet Teacher's Pet
2000-2002
Voice
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
Guest
  • 2000
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host
  • 1997
94% Frasier
1993-2004
  • 1995
33% Encore! Encore!
1999
Joseph Pinoni
No Score Yet George and Martha
1999-2000
Voice

QUOTES FROM Nathan Lane CHARACTERS

Carl Kapinas
All great art comes from pain.
Preed
An intelligent guard. I didn't see that one coming.
Albert Goldman / Starina
I know what you're thinking: dress like this, I'm even more obvious.
Albert Goldman / Starina
Tannins?!
Albert Goldman / Starina
Tannins?
Timon
What's going on here?!!
Timon
What's going on here?
Timon
Woah! Jeez, why do I always have to save your a-aaaaahhhhh!
Uncle Albert
It's all relative.
The Evil Queen
Brighton, a word, please.
Brighton
Yes, Your Majesty.
The Evil Queen
Loose lips, sink ships.
Brighton
Yes, indeed, Your Majesty. Exactly which ship would you like sunk?
The Evil Queen
It's an expression, Brighton!
Uncle Albert
Reality is really an illusion.
Phil Webster
Virgil, you can see a lot, but none of that matters if you lose sight of what you want.
Phil Webster
Basically, your eyes work, but you brain hasn't learned to process the information. You are mentally blind.
Pumbaa
Ya know, in times like these, my buddy Timon says "You gotta put your behind in the past"
Pumbaa
Ya know, in times like these, my buddy Timon says 'You gotta put your behind in the past'
Timon
No, no, no....amateur. Lie down before you hurt yourself. It's "You gotta put your past behind ya."
Timon
No, no, no....amateur. Lie down before you hurt yourself. It's 'You gotta put your past behind ya.'
Banzai
Hey, who's the pig?
Pumbaa
Are you talking to me?
Timon
Oh, you called him a pig.
Timon
You shouldn't have done that.
Pumbaa
ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?
Timon
Now you're in for it!
Pumbaa
THEY CALLED ME, MR. PIG!
Timon
(Singing) Luau! If you're hungry for a hunk of fat & juicy meat Eat my buddy, Pumbaa, here because he is a treat Come on down and dine on this tasty swine All you gotta do is get in line! Are you aching? adsf a
Timon
[singing] Luau! If you're hungry for a hunk of fat & juicy meat Eat my buddy, Pumbaa, here because he is a treat Come on down and dine on this tasty swine All you gotta do is get in line! Are you aching?
Pumbaa
Yup, yup, yup!
Timon
(Singing) For some bacon?!
Timon
[singing] For some bacon?!
Timon
(Singing) He's a big pig!
Timon
[singing] He's a big pig!
Pumbaa
Yup, yup!
Pumbaa
(Singing) You can be a big pig, too! Oi!
Pumbaa
[singing] You can be a big pig, too! Oi!
Leopold Bloom
Thank you very much for smiling. That helped a great deal.
Max Bialystock
Well, you know what they say. Smile and the whole world smiles with you. Ha ha ha (Whispers to Shakespeare bust) This man belongs in a strait jacket!
Max Bialystock
Well, you know what they say. Smile and the whole world smiles with you. Ha ha ha [whispers to Shakespeare bust] This man belongs in a strait jacket!
Timon
This stinks
Timon
This stinks.
Pumbaa
Oops! Sorry.
Timon
Not you, them.
Snowbell
I'm alive! I'm alive!
Falcon
I'll be back with you later, furball!
Snowbell
Don't hurry!
Snowbell
[Teasing Stuart] One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do! Ha ha ha ha!
Stuart Little
[Hands on hips; sarcastically] Ha, ha, ha.
Snowbell
Go away! There's no food here!
Monty
Please??
Snowbell
Shoo!
Monty
Hey, Snow. What's wrong with you?
Snowbell
Nothing.
Monty
You know, you're the one acting strange. What is it, worms? Fleas? Yeah, you look pale. Eww. Maybe you should see a vet.
Snowbell
A vet?! What a swell idea! Do you know one? I'm not happy with mine. He makes us wait and his hands are always cold!
Monty
[After seeing the door close] What was that?
Snowbell
What was that what?
Monty
What-- what was that... what?
Snowbell
[Confused] Huh?
Snowbell
Talk to the butt.
Snowbell
[Lunges at Stuart] AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH...
Stuart Little
[Jumps off of the trash bin, which he then opens up]
Snowbell
...AAAAAAAAAHHHHHH... [Falls into the trash bin, which then closes] OW!!
Stuart Little
[Runs away]
Snowbell
[Crawling out of the trash bin] All right! No more Mr. Nice Kitty!
Stuart Little
[Runs back]
Snowbell
YOU!
Stuart Little
Aaah! [Runs away]
Snowbell
[After Monty farts] WHOA! Phew! That was gross!
Snowbell
[Screeches and catches Stuart in his mouth]
Mrs. Little
Ohh! Snowbell! Drop him right now!
Mr. Little
You spit Stuart out this instant, Snowbell! Spit him right out!
Mrs. Little
[Nods]
Snowbell
[Spits Stuart out]
Snowbell
All right! No more Mr. Nice Kitty!
Monty
[After seeing the door close] What was that?
Snowbell
What was that what?
Monty
What-- what was that... what?
Snowbell
[Confused] Huh?
Smokey
[After Snowbell gets rid of the other cats] Not bad for a *dead* housecat. Say good night... Tinkerbell!
Snowbell
[Gulps]
Stuart Little
[Sing-song voice] Hey, Smokey!
Smokey
[Turns to look at Stuart]
Stuart Little
[Grabbing ahold of a branch] His name is Snowbell! [Lets go of the branch, which hits Smokey in the face]
Snowbell
[Flinches]
Smokey
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH! [Splashes into the water]
Stuart Little
[Upon meeting Monty] Oh, hello. You must be a friend of Snowbell's. I'm Stuart.
Monty
Aren't you gonna run?
Stuart Little
Why?
Monty
'Cause you're a mouse?
Stuart Little
I'm-- I'm not just a mouse. I'm-- I'm also a member of this family.
Snowbell
[Starting to get embarrassed] Ohhh...
Monty
A mouse with a pet cat? [Rolls on the counter laughing] A mouse with a pet cat?!
Stuart Little
I guess that-- that is... pretty funny!
Monty
Pretty funny?! I'm gonna wet my fur! A mouse with a pet cat!
Stuart Little
[Laughs]
Monty
Ha ha! [To Snowbell] He's your little master! Ho ho, wait 'til the boys hear about this! Ho ho!
Snowbell
Ohhhh! The humiliation!
Monty
[Laughs along with Stuart]
Snowbell
[To Stuart, angrily] I'm gonna KILL YOU!
Stuart Little
Oh, dear! [Jumps off the counter]
Snowbell
[Sees Stuart running away] Come back here!
Pumbaa
I ate like a pig.
Timon
You are a pig, Pumba.
Ernie Smuntz
I don't think we're dealing with an ordinary mouse...
Max Bialystock
What happened?
Ulla
Tidy up! Make look nice?
Hold Me-Touch Me
... How about the virgin milkmaid, and the well hung stableboy?
Hold Me-Touch Me
...How about the virgin milkmaid, and the well hung stableboy?
Max Bialystock
Oh... ohohoho. Today?
Hold Me-Touch Me
Don"t worry, I'll be gentle! Oh, this milk is so heavy! I don't think I'll ever make it to the house. You there, well hung stableboy! Would you care to help me with my milk?
Max Bialystock
But of course, little lady. First I'll take your milk... and then, I'll take, your virginity!!!
Max Bialystock
But of course, little lady. First I'll take your milk... and then, I'll take, your virginity!
Max Bialystock
There's a lot more to you than there is to you!!
Max Bialystock
There's a lot more to you than there is to you!
Franz Liebkind
.... And swear my eternal alleigence to Adolf Elizabeth Hitler.
Max Bialystock
(with Bloom) And swear my eternal aleigence to ... Elizabeth?
Franz Liebkind
Ja! Not many people know this, but the fuhrer was descended from a long line of English queens.
Timon
Eat my buddy pumba here because he is a treat!
Pumbaa
Maybe you should look beyond the big pointy rock.
Timon
Hey, I know: maybe I should look BEYOND the big pointy rock!
Timon
What do you want me to do? Dress in drag and do the hula?
Armand Goldman
I think I need a doctor.
Albert Goldman / Starina
Oh, don't be silly. It isn't even swollen.
Armand Goldman
Maybe we should go to the emergency room. Y'know I can get it x-rayed.
Albert Goldman / Starina
Oh, dear, you're overreacting Don't be such a baby. Just sit down on the-AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! We've been robbed.
Albert Goldman / Starina
Oh, dear, you're overreacting Don't be such a baby. Just sit down on the-AAAAAAHHHHHH! We've been robbed.
Timon
Gee. He looks blue.
Pumbaa
I'd say brownish-gold.
Timon
No, no, no, no. I mean he's depressed.
Pumbaa
Oh.
Timon
Hey, where are you going?
Simba
Nowhere.
Timon
You okay kid?
Simba
I guess so...
Pumbaa
You nearly died.
Timon
I saved you!
Pumbaa
[Snorts]
Pumbaa
[snorts]
Timon
Well, uh, Pumbaa helped. A little.
Timon
O.K, so how are we going to get past those hyenas?
Simba
Well, we need some bait.
Timon
O.K. (Realising) Hey!
Simba
Oh, c'mon!
Timon
What do you want me to do, dress in drag and do the hula?
Timon
(Cheering while Nala and Simba fight, turns around to Pumbaa) See, I told you having a lion on our side wasn't such a bad idea.
Timon
[cheering while Nala and Simba fight, turns around to Pumbaa] See, I told you having a lion on our side wasn't such a bad idea.
Timon
Hakuna matata!
Young Simba
Hakuna matata?
Pumbaa
It's our motto.
Young Simba
What's a motto?
Timon
I don't know, what's the matter with you?
Pumbaa
What's eating you?
Timon
Nothing, he's at the top of the food chain!
Snowbell
I'm a house cat. We're prestigious creatures. We don't just yell, BOMBS AWAY! AND GO WHERE EVER WE ARE!
Timon
What do you want me to do, dress in drag and do the hula?
Timon
Pumbaa, hey. What's going on?
Pumbaa
She's gonna eat me!
Timon
Huh? (looks at Nala running towards them) Whoa! Geez, why do I always have to save your- Ahh!
Timon
Huh? [looks at Nala running towards them] Whoa! Geez, why do I always have to save your- Ahh!
Simba
(Attacks Nala to protect Timon and Pumbaa)
Simba
[attacks Nala to protect Timon and Pumbaa]
Timon
Hey, he looks blue.
Pumbaa
I'd say brownish-gold.
Timon
No,no,no,no, I mean he is depressed.
Timon
No, no, no. I mean he's depressed.
Pumbaa
Oh.
Pumbaa
What do we do? What do we do?
Timon
There's one thing, Pumbaa. "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." That's our motto.
Timon
There's one thing, Pumbaa. 'When the going gets tough, the tough get going.' That's our motto.
Pumbaa
I thought our motto was, "Hakuna Matata."
Pumbaa
I thought our motto was, 'Hakuna Matata.'
Timon
Pumbaa, stop living in the past! We need a new motto. Yee-haw. (Both screaming "for war," lion roars at them, both scream) Like I said, "Let's get going!"
Timon
Pumbaa, stop living in the past! We need a new motto. Yee-haw. [both screaming 'for war,' lion roars at them, both scream] Like I said, 'let's get going!
Timon
Geez, it's a lion! Run Pumbaa! Move it!
Pumbaa
Hey, Timon! It's just a little lion. Look at him. So cute, and all alone. Can we keep him?
Timon
Pumbaa, are you nuts!? We're talking about a lion. Lions eat guys like us!
Pumbaa
But he's so little.
Timon
It's gonna get bigger.
Pumbaa
Maybe he'll be on our side.
Timon
Ha! That's the stupidest thing I have ever heard! Maybe he'll be... Wait, I got it. What if he is on our side? You know having a lion around might not be such a bad idea.
Timon
Hakuna Matata
Timon
...just us and the little guy.
Timon
Just us and the little guy.
Rafiki
hehehe.. It's a girl.
Rafiki
[laughing] It's a girl.
Timon
oh, A GIRL!!!???
Timon
Oh, a girl?!
Timon
The good news is, we found your daughter. The bad news is, we dropped a warthog on her.
Timon
What do you want me to do, dress in drag and do the hula?
Akima
Well this is great: travel halfway across the galaxy, nearly getting our butt shot off by the Drej, just so we can save the window washer.
Akima
Well this is great, travel halfway across the galaxy, nearly getting our butt shot off by the Drej, just so we can save the window washer.
Cale
Hey! For your information I happen to be humanity's last great hope.
Preed
I weep for the species.
Preed
An intelligent guard..didn't see that one coming.
Preed
[after Stith knocks out the guard outside Akima's cell] An intelligent guard... didn't see that one coming.
Zazu
LET ME OUT, LET ME OUT!
Zazu
[caged while the battle rages around him] Let me out! Let me out!
Timon
LET ME IN!
Timon
[fleeing the hyenas] Lemme in! Lemme in!
Ulla
God Bless America
Ulla
God bless America.
Max Bialystock
God Bless Sweden
Max Bialystock
God bless Sweden.
Timon
That's no king! That's a fuzzy maraca!
Timon
That's not a king! That's a fuzzy maraca!
Timon
Why do I always have to save your...Aaah!
Simba
Yes, Timon. This is my home.
Timon
Whoa. Talk about your fixer-upper.
Pumbaa
It's our motto.
Young Simba
What's a motto?
Timon
Nothing. What's a motto with you?