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Actor Nathan Lane.

Actor Nathan Lane. He's currently starring in the new Neil Simon comedy on stage, "Laughter on the 23rd Floor." He played Nathan Detroit in the Broadway revival of "Guys and Dolls." Playwright Terrance McNally has written roles for Lane and says, "I need an actor like Nathan to fully express myself. I can't do it with just the words. I need his faces and gestures to finish the sentence." Lane starred in McNally's "The Lisbon Traviata," and in "Lips Together, Teeth Apart." He also was in the films "Frankie and Johnny," (as Michelle Pfeiffer's neighbor -- a part McNally wrote for him), in "Life with Mikey," (co-starring with Michael J. Fox), and has a cameo in "Adams Family Values."

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Other segments from the episode on January 3, 1994

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, January 3, 1994: Interview with Charles Strouse; Interview with Nathan Lane; Review of Alice Kaplan's memoir "French Lessons."

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