When George C. Scott was in Nathan’s Lane.

Lane and Scott along with Matthew Porac in “On Borrowed Time”

Listen to Nathan Lane remember his mentor and friend George C. Scott with whom he co-starred on Broadway in 1982 in Noel Coward’s Present Laughter which Scott also directed.  In 1991, Scott convinced him to co-star in Paul Osborn’s old chestnut On Borrowed Time which Scott also directed.  In that one, Scott played Gramps and Lane limned a character named Mr. Brink who was a stand-in for Death Itself.  Scott’s drinking at that point was pretty deadly as well.

Lane and I were having lunch in TriBeCa so there is some ambient noise but you still can hear the empathetic regard – even maybe abiding gratitude and love –  in Lane’s voice.

On Home Page: Photo of Lane by Ryan Pfluger for The New York Times, photo of Scott from the Playbill cast list for Present Laughter.

Scott and Lane in Present Laughter


  • Kevin Sessums is the author of two New York Times bestselling memoirs, Mississippi Sissy and I Left It on the Mountain.

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