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Joseph Lane (Lane, Nathan)

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Born: 1956 AD
Currently alive, at 58 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actors, Entertainers

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1956 - Nathan Lane born on the 3rd of February to Irish American Catholic parents in Jersey City, New Jersey, he was named after a paternal uncle, a Jesuit priest. His father Daniel was a truck driver and an aspiring tenor who died from alcoholism when Lane was 11; his mother Nora was a manic-depressive housewife. He is a Tony Award-winning American actor of the stage and screen.

1974 - Attended Catholic schools in Jersey City, including Jesuit run St. Peter's Preparatory High School where he was elected Best Actor.

1982 -  Broadway debut in a revival of Noel Coward's Present Laughter with a cast headed by George C. Scott, Kate Burton, Dana Ivey, and Christine Lahti.

1983 - His second Broadway appearance was a flop "Merlin", which starred magician Doug Henning and Chita Rivera. Commenting on the show, Lane later said, "Doug Henning's greatest magic trick was making the audience disappear."

1992 - Starred in the revival of Guys and Dolls, playing the character who lent him his name opposite Peter Gallagher and Faith Prince.

1993 - Portrayed Sid Caesar-like Max Prince in Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor, inspired by Simon's early career writing sketches for Your Show of Shows.

1994 - He starred in the highly successful revival of Larry Gelbart's A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, for which he won a Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical.

2004 - Revised the original book for and starred in the Broadway debut of the composer's The Frogs at Lincoln Center. He also sang a song written especially for him by Sondheim in the film The Birdcage.

2005 - Rejoined Broderick for a limited run of The Odd Couple.

2006 - Changed gears to take on a primarily dramatic role in a revival of Simon Gray's Butley

       - He and Broderick were awarded a joint star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the 9th of January.

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