Nathan Lane to join CBS drama The Good Wife

Television success has so far eluded the openly gay two-time Tony winner

Nathan Lane to join CBS drama The Good Wife
27 June 2012

Nathan Lane has been a huge star on Broadway for three decades now and appeared in such hit movies as The Birdcage, Austin Powers in Goldmember and this year’s Mirror Mirror.

But what he has never manage to do is be one of the stars of a hit television series.

His NBC sitcom Encore! Encore, in which he played an opera singer who loses hos voice and moves home with his mother, lasted just 12 episodes on 1998. Then in 2003. he starred as a gay politician in the CBS sitcom Charlie Lawrence which ran for only six episodes.

Now he is assured of television success after being cast in a recurring role in the hit CBS drama The Good Wife which begins its fourth season this fall.

Lane will play a bottom line-obsessed manager imposed by a bank on the show’s fiscally ailing law firm Lockhart & Gardner. It is his character’s job to cut costs and this puts him find at odds with partners Will (Josh Charles) and Diane (Christine Baranski) and everyone else at the firm.

Lane will make his debut in the season premiere in September.

The actor came out publicly more than a decade ago telling a reporter: ‘I’m 40, single and work a lot in the musical theater. You do the math.’

He most recently appeared on Broadway in the hit musical The Addams Family and won his Tonys for The Producers and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

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