Friday, March 14, 2008

Out in Film: Nathan Lane

Idol worship: Nathan Lane, actor.

- Star of stage, screen and television, he has won awards for all three: two Tonys, two Emmys and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

- On Broadway, he originated the roles of Max Bialystock in Mel Brooks' The Producers (recreating it on film as well) and Buzz in Terrence McNally 's Love! Valour! Compassion! and has also starred in revivals of Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Odd Couple and Butley; he is currently headlining David Mamet's political satire November.

- In the movies, he has co-starred in Frankie and Johnny, Jeffrey, The Birdcage, Mousehunt and Nicholas Nickleby.

- Turning to TV, he has guest-starred on such favorites as Frasier, Sex and the City, Absolutely Fabulous and 30 Rock and starred in the short-lived sitcom Encore! Encore!

- Also a prolific voice-over performer, he voiced the show tune belting meerkat Timon in The Lion King trilogy, the fussy feline Snowball in the Stuart Little movies and the title character in Teacher's Pet.

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