Joseph "Nathan" Lane
(born February 3
) is an American actor and writer. He is known for his roles as Albert in The Birdcage
, Max Bialystock in the musical The Producers
, Ernie Smuntz in MouseHunt
, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls
, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
, his voice work in Stuart Little
, and his recurring roles on Modern Family, The Good Wife
, and The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story
as F. Lee Bailey.
For Disney, he was the original voice of Timon in The Lion King film franchise, reprising the role for the bonus material on The Lion King 1½ DVD and for The Lion King Bloopers and Outtakes. He also did Timon's voice on select episodes of the Timon & Pumbaa TV series and Spot Helperman in Teacher's Pet.
Additionally, he performed in Broadway musicals. One of his most notable musicals was Mel Brooks' Tony Award-winning musical The Producers (2001-2007), alongside Matthew Broderick. He also played Ed Chapman in the 1993 Touchstone Pictures film Life with Mikey.
(All seasons and every episodes and movie except Season 2b on Episodes 31-32)
Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella
behind the scenes of The Lion King
Nathan Lane during production of Simon Gray's Butley in January 2012.