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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 5, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: director, producer, actor, screenwriter

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A highly enterprising black filmmaker and actor, Lane played the leading role in his own low-budget comedy-drama, "Sidewalk Stories" (1989), which he also wrote and edited. An unusual effort in that it was silent as well as black and white, it paid overt homage to the great silent comics of yore and garnered critical acclaim for its sensitive, Chaplinesque portrayal of a homeless man who cares for an abandoned little girl. Lane followed up with the decidedly more expensive and mainstream comedy "True Identity" (1991), based on an Eddie Murphy "Saturday Night Live" sketch about a black actor who disguises himself as a white man to hide from the underworld. Despite containing some interesting satirical insights into the social construction of race and racial identity, the film did less well with critics than his initial effort and, lacking any big names, did very poorly at the box office.Despite this setback, Lane continued to develop his own, very personal projects. He made his TV directorial debut with a well-received original production for PBS's "American Playhouse" series, "Hallelujah" (1993), about a young black minister assigned to a church in Washington, DC. Lane also acted a role in Melvin Van...

A highly enterprising black filmmaker and actor, Lane played the leading role in his own low-budget comedy-drama, "Sidewalk Stories" (1989), which he also wrote and edited. An unusual effort in that it was silent as well as black and white, it paid overt homage to the great silent comics of yore and garnered critical acclaim for its sensitive, Chaplinesque portrayal of a homeless man who cares for an abandoned little girl. Lane followed up with the decidedly more expensive and mainstream comedy "True Identity" (1991), based on an Eddie Murphy "Saturday Night Live" sketch about a black actor who disguises himself as a white man to hide from the underworld. Despite containing some interesting satirical insights into the social construction of race and racial identity, the film did less well with critics than his initial effort and, lacking any big names, did very poorly at the box office.

Despite this setback, Lane continued to develop his own, very personal projects. He made his TV directorial debut with a well-received original production for PBS's "American Playhouse" series, "Hallelujah" (1993), about a young black minister assigned to a church in Washington, DC. Lane also acted a role in Melvin Van Peeble's angrily revisionist but slickly superficial black Western, "Posse" (1993).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  True Identity (1991) Director
2.
  Sidewalk Stories (1989) Director
3.
  Hallelujah (1993) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Posse (1993) Weezie
2.
 True Identity (1991) Duane
3.
 Sidewalk Stories (1989) Artist
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1976:
Wrote, produced and starred in award-winning student short, "A Place in Time", filmed silent and in black and white
1989:
Feature directing debut with the low-budget, independently made black-and-white film, "Sidewalk Stories", which he also produced, wrote, edited and starred in
1991:
Directed first Hollywood feature, "True Identity", partially produced by Touchstone Pictures
1993:
TV directorial debut, "Hallelujah", a feature-length original production made by PBS's "American Playhouse"
1993:
Acted in the feature, "Posse", which he did not direct
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Education

State University of New York, Purchase: Purchase , New York - 1980

Notes

His "Sidewalk Stories" won eleven international film awards.

Lane received the Guggenheim Special Award for "Inspiration to Children"

He was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame (1990).

Lane is not to be confused with the durable, prolific and delightfully recognizable character actor Charles Lane, a gaunt, hawk-nosed supporting and small part player most typically cast as officious snoops, who has credits in films from the early 1930s until the 90s and TV credits from the early 50s until the 90s as well.

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wife:
Laura Lane. Separated.

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daughter:
Nicole Lane. Born c. 1987; appeared with father in "Sidewalk Stories" (1989) at age two.
son:
Julian Michael Lane. Born on February 10, 1991.

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