Nathan Lane is an American actor and writer who is most known for his role as Albert in 1996 movie The Birdcage and providing the voice of Timon in the animated film The Lion King (1994).
Nathan Lane’s Fortune In 2020
Nathan Lane has been active in television, movies, and theater since 1978, first appearing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Francis Flute in an Off-Broadway play. He followed the performance with a role in TV series One of the Boys in 1982 in which he appeared as Johnathan Burns. He made his debut in 1987 movie Iron Weed.
As of 2020, the actor is worth $18 million.
Movies, Television, And Theater
Nathan Lane has been primarily focused on Broadway, making at least an appearance in Broadway production every year. Lane appeared in productions including but not limited to Guys and Dolls, The Nance, The Front Page; It’s Only a Play, The Addams Family, Butley, and November.
He has won two Tony Awards for his Broadway performances in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and, most recently, for Angels in America in 2018.
Nathan has starred alongside movie greats such as Christopher Walken, Uma Thurman, Michelle Pfeiffer, Al Pacino, Anne Hathaway, Matt Damon, Robin Williams, and Charlize Theron in a series of critically acclaimed movies such as The Producers, Frankie and Johnny, MouseHunt, and Titan A.E.
In TV shows, he has received six Emmy Award nominations for guest appearances in Fraiser, Mad About You, The Good Wife and Modern Family. He has also made appearances in Sex and the City, Curb Your Enthusiasm, 30 Rock, and The Blacklist.
Nathan Lane is also a sought after voice actor with his credits reading animated movies and TV shows such as The Lion King, Stuart Little, Astro Boy, George and Martha, and Teacher’s Pet.
Coming Out As Gay
Nathan Lane, while promoting Trevor Project, appeared as a guest on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, in which he opened up to Ellen about coming out to his parents as a gay man. He had been living in New Jersey with his mother when he was 21 and was seeing a guy, but his mother thought he was seeing a girl.
It was then that he confessed to his mother about his sexuality, which she did not take well and had a hard time accepting the fact.
Nathan Lane came out publicly after a gay American student, Matthew Shepard, was assaulted to death in Wyoming in 1996. Since then, Lane has been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights and has supported charities such as Broadway Cares, Equity Fights AIDS, and Trevor Project.
Nathan Lane was born on February 3, 1956, in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Daniel Lane and Nora Lane. His father was a truck driver who died when Lane was eleven due to alcoholism. Nora Lane worked as a secretary.
Nathan is the youngest among three sons of Nora and Daniel. Lane is of Irish descent. He was accepted to Saint Joseph’s University on a drama scholarship, but due to scholarship not being sufficient for all of his expenses, he decided to drop out of college and started to work.
Nathan Lane tied the knot with his long-time partner Devin Elliot. Elliot is a theater producer and writer whom Lane had met 18 years prior to marriage.