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Biography #2 (for The Producers)

ATHAN LANE is an equally successful actor on stage, screen and television who reprises the role he created in the smash hit Broadway musical at the St. James Theater in New York. He is starring in Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, which opened on Broadway on October 27, 2005.

His wildly acclaimed portrayal of Max Bialystock won Lane the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Tony Awards for Best Actor in a musical. In addition, Lane won the Olivier Award for his performance in The Producers in London. Lane also recently starred in Stephen Sondheim's adaptation of Aristophanes' The Frogs, for which he wrote the book.

Film audiences will remember Lane's triumphant performance that helped catapult Mike Nichols' The Birdcage, into a major blockbuster. His portrayal of Albert earned Lane a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe nomination. He also won great acclaim as the voice of Timon the Meerkat in the smash hit film The Lion King. Lane has also starred in such box office hits as Stuart Little and Mousehunt.

Broadway audiences have long embraced Lane as one of the shining lights of the theater. In 1996, his performance in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, directed by Jerry Zaks, earned him the Tony, the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama Desk Awards.

Among other Broadway credits are Buzz in Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion! (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Obie Awards); Max Prince in Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor; Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls (Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Awards, Tony Nomination); Present Laughter (Drama Desk nomination) and On Borrowed Time with George C. Scott; Merlin; The Wind in the Willows; Some Americans Abroad and the national tour of Neil Simon's Broadway Bound. Early in the 2001 Broadway season, Lane starred in the Roundabout Theater Company's revival of The Man Who Came to Dinner.

Off-Broadway credits include Terrence McNally's Lips Together, Teeth Apart, The Lisbon Traviata (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards) and Bad Habits at the Manhattan Theatre Club; The Film Society and In A Pig's Valise at Second Stage; The Common Pursuit; She Stoops to Conquer at the Roundabout; and Measure for Measure, directed by Joseph Papp at the NYSF. Lane starred off Broadway in Jon Robin Baitz' acclaimed Mizlansky/Zilinsky, and he played Dalton Trumbo in the off-Broadway play Trumbo. Most recently, Lane starred in Huntington Theatre Company's staging of Butley.

Lane has also been recognized with two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for his work in Disney's The Lion King's Timon and Pumbaa and Teacher's Pet.

Additional film credits include: Isn't She Great?; Trixie; Love's Labours Lost; Addams Family Values; Life with Mikey; Frankie and Johnny; He Said, She Said; Ironweed; The Lemon Sisters; Jeffrey; Nicholas Nickelby and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!

Lane's television appearances include Terrence McNally's The Last Mile, Hallmark Hall of Fame's presentation of The Boys Next Door, and the recent Laughter on the 23rd Floor.

Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "The Producers" (07-Jan-2006)


Biography #3 (for Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!)

Nathan Lane is one of the theatre's most honored actors and has also earned acclaim for his work on the screen. On Broadway, he most recently starred in the record-breaking smash hit musical The Producers. Lane's creation of the role of Max Bialystock for the stage brought him the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Actor.

Lane had previously won the 1996 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his show-stopping performance in the successful Broadway revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He had earlier received the Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards, as well as a Tony nomination, for his portrayal of Nathan Detroit in the 1992 revival of Guys & Dolls. His Broadway credits also include the recent revival of The Man Who Came to Dinner, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor, On Borrowed Time, Some Americans Abroad, Merlin, The Wind in the Willows, and Present Laughter, for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination. In addition, he won the Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards for the off-Broadway production of The Lisbon Traviata, and, in 1992, was awarded an Obie for Sustained Excellence for his work off-Broadway.

On the big screen, Lane won an American Comedy Award and earned both Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for his performance in Mike Nichols' hit comedy The Birdcage. He also lent his vocal talents to the role of Timon in the animated blockbuster The Lion King, and to the cat, Snowbell, in the family favorites Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2. He more recently starred in Nicholas Nickleby, and includes among his other film credits Trixie, Love's Labour's Lost, Isn't She Great, Mouse Hunt, Jeffrey, Addams Family Values, Life with Mikey, Frankie and Johnny, He Said, She Said and Ironweed.

Lane has also been recognized with two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for his work in The Lion King's Timon and Pumba and Teacher's Pet. His other television appearances include Showtime's Laughter on the 23rd Floor, the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of The Boys Next Door, and the Great Performances presentation of Terrence McNally's The Last Mile.

Bio courtesy DreamWorks for "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!" (19-Jan-2004)


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