When Lane told his mother at age 21 that he was gay, she told him "I would rather you were dead" to which he replied, "I knew you'd understand." Lane has received three Daytime Emmy nominations for George and Martha, Timon and Pumbaa and Teacher's Pet, and won two Daytime Emmy Awards, in 1995 for Disney's Timon and Pumbaa and in 2000 for Disney's Teacher's Pet.
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Nathan Lane (born Joseph Lane; February 3, 1956) is an American actor and writer. His mother, Nora, was a housewife and secretary who suffered from manic depression and died in 2000.
He is known for his roles as Albert in The Birdcage, Max Bialystock in the musical The Producers, Ernie Smuntz in Mouse Hunt, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, his voice work in The Lion King as Timon and Stuart Little as Snowbell, and his recurring roles on Modern Family, The Good Wife, and The People v. Lane attended Catholic schools in Jersey City, including Jesuit-run St.
Discovering that the scholarship would not cover enough of his expenses, he decided to leave, and work for a year to earn some money.
"I remember him saying to me, 'College is for people who don't know what they want to do,'" his brother said.
His father, Daniel, was a truck driver and an aspiring tenor who died in 1967 from alcoholism when Lane was eleven.