Nathan Lane

American actor

Nathan Lane (born Joseph Lane, February 3, 1956) is an American actor and writer. He is known for voicing Timon in The Lion King (1994). He won three Tony Awards, an Screen Actors Guild Award, an Emmy Award, and an Drama Desk Award.

Nathan Lane
Lane after a performance of Angels in America in 2018
Joseph Lane

(1956-02-03) February 3, 1956 (age 68)
Occupation(s)Actor, writer
Years active1975–present
SpouseDevlin Elliott
Parent(s)Daniel Lane (father)
Nora Lane (mother)

In television, he is known for his roles in Modern Family, The Good Wife and The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story.

Lane won three Tony Awards for his stage roles in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Producers and for Angels in America.

Lane was born on February 3, 1956 in Jersey City, New Jersey.[1] He studied at St. Peter's Preparatory High School. He is openly gay. In 2015, Lane married Devlin Elliott.


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Ironweed Harold Allen
1990 The Lemon Sisters Charlie Sorrell
Joe Versus the Volcano Baw, Waponi Advance Man
1991 He Said, She Said Wally Thurman
Frankie and Johnny Tim
1993 Life with Mikey Ed Chapman
Addams Family Values Desk Sergeant
1994 The Lion King Timon Voice
1995 Jeffrey Father Dan
1996 The Birdcage Albert Goldman
Around the World with Timon & Pumbaa Timon Voice
1997 Mouse Hunt Ernest "Ernie" Smuntz
1998 The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Timon Voice
The Emperor's New Clothes: An All-Star Illustrated Retelling of the Classic Fairy Tale The Imperial Dresser Voice
1999 Stuart Little Snowbell Voice
At First Sight Phil
Get Bruce! Himself Documentary
2000 Isn't She Great Irving Mansfield
Love's Labours Lost Costard
Titan A.E. Preed Voice
Trixie Kirk Stans
2002 Stuart Little 2 Snowbell Voice
Austin Powers in Goldmember Mysterious Disco Man
Nicholas Nickleby Vincent Crummles
2004 Teacher's Pet Spot AKA Scott Leadready II Voice
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Richard Levy the Driven
The Lion King 1½ Timon Voice
2005 The Producers Max Bialystock
2007 Trumbo Himself Documentary
2008 Swing Vote Art Crumb
2009 Astro Boy Hammegg Voice
2010 I'm Still Here Nathan Lane Uncredited
The Nutcracker Uncle Albert
2012 Mirror Mirror Brighton
2013 The English Teacher Mr. Kapinas
2016 Carrie Pilby Dr. Petrov
No Pay, Nudity Herschel Thalkin
2017 The Vanishing of Sidney Hall Harold
National Theatre Live: Angels in America Roy Cohn


  1. "Nathan Lane Biography". Film Reference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-09.

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