Born and raised in Dalton, Georgia, Lane is a veteran of the stage and screen. He has appeared in many theatrical productions, ranging from Shakespeare to more modern pieces. Lane has also directed many plays and has founded both the The Santa Susana Repertory Company and the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival. Although Lane is known well for his work in the theatre, he is also know for his roles on TV. He appeared in the 1980s series Santa Barbara in 320 episodes. He can also be seen in episodes of The Bay, Ladies Man, The Mommies, The Practice, General Hospital, Russians in the City of Angels, Complete Savages, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and Lois and Clark.