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Charles Lane (born December 26, 1953) is an African-American actor and filmmaker.

Charles Lane
Born (1953-12-26) December 26, 1953 (age 65)
ResidenceDobbs Ferry, New York
Alma materState University of New York at Purchase (1980)
OccupationActor, filmmaker
Notable work
Sidewalk Stories

While attending Purchase College as a film student, he made a short titled A Place in Time based on the famous Kitty Genovese incident. This short gained him a certain amount of attention, including a Student Academy Award win.[1]

Lane then directed and starred in feature films True Identity, a vehicle for British comedian Lenny Henry funded by the Walt Disney Company. He wrote, directed and starred in 1989's Sidewalk Stories, a black-and-white feature about a homeless street artist who becomes the guardian of a small girl after her father is murdered.[2] The nearly silent film was an homage to Charlie Chaplin's The Kid and was a critical favorite.[3] It won several festival awards, including the Prix du Publique at the Cannes Film Festival, where its 12-minute ovation set a new record.[2][4] He also received three nominations at the Film Independent Spirit Awards: Best Director, Best First Feature and Best Male Lead[5] On its 25th anniversary in 2014, Sidewalk Stories was digitally remastered and rescreened at the Cannes Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival.[2]

Lane also had a starring role in the Mario Van Peebles film Posse, as Weezie, often the butt of jokes.

He has worked with James Earl Jones, Lenny Henry, and Frank Langella and offered one of the first film roles to The Sopranos actress Edie Falco. Lane often casts various friends and family in his films, including brother Gerald, friend George, and daughter Nicole Alysia.



Year Title Role Notes
1977 A Place in Time The Artist Short film
also writer and director
1989 Sidewalk Stories Artist also writer, director and editor
1991 True Identity Duane also director
1993 Posse Weezie
2009 The Mind Stan the Landlord
2014 Mr. Nice Episode 4: cinematographer
2015 Yellow Tape writer and director


Year Title Role Notes
1993 American Playhouse: Hallelujah director

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Nominated work Result
1976 Student Academy Awards A Place in Time Won
1989 Cannes Film Festival Prix du Public Sidewalk Stories Won
1990 Independent Spirit Award for Best Director Sidewalk Stories Nominated
Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature Sidewalk Stories Nominated
Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead Sidewalk Stories Nominated
Würzburg International Film Weekend Audience Favorite Sidewalk Stories Won


  1. ^ "Sidewalk Stories "Local Element: Works from Westchester"". Jacob Burns Film Center. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Amorosi, A.D. (June 25, 2014). "Filmmaker Charles Lane's star shines again with 'Sidewalk Stories' anniversary". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
  3. ^ Ross, Michael E. (November 18, 1989). "The Serious Ends of Comedy". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Black, Ed (23 August 1991). "Is 'True Identity' a movie or a sitcom?". The Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
  5. ^ "Twenty-Nine Years of Nominees & Winners" (PDF). Film Independent Spirit Awards. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2015.

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