Nine has announced a special tribute to Don Lane to air tonight at 8:30pm in place of CSI.
A special tribute to the Lanky Yank, Don Lane, who for years brought laughter and tears to the lives of millions of viewers through his popular show The Don Lane Show.
Nine CEO David Gyngell said, “Today Australia lost one of its finest all-round entertainers.
“Don Lane was a stalwart of the industry and a great mate to so many of us here at Nine.
“While Don may have passed, the memories and the laughs he provided will remain with us for many years to come.
“Our deepest condolences are conveyed to Jayne Ambrose, PJ and Don’s extended family.”
In a one-hour special, Channel Nine tonight says farewell to one of the greatest all-round entertainers this country has ever produced.
A Tribute to Don Lane will air at 8.30pm and will feature highlights from the illustrious career of the “lanky yank” as he was affectionately known.
As one of Australia’s most treasured entertainers, Lane hosted two of Australia’s most successful tonight shows ever. In 1965, Lane travelled to Australia on a six-week contract to take over hosting The Tonight Show at TCN 9 Sydney from Dave Allen.
The young American became an instant hit with local audiences and his six-week stint was extended to include most of the second half of the 1960s.
In 1975 he fronted The Don Lane Show, which ran for eight and a half years from the studios of GTV in Melbourne. Lane won the TV Week Gold Logie Award in 1977. The Don Lane Show was ahead of its time in presenting satellite interviews. Lane interviewed a cavalcade of the world’s greatest stars including Sammy Davis Jr, Bob Hope, Liza Minnelli, Robin Williams, Charlton Heston and Tony Curtis.
The final episode of The Don Lane Show went to air on November 13, 1983. It ran for two and a half hours and featured such stars as Sammy Davis Jr, Phyllis Diller and David Bowie.
It is with great sadness, yet such fond memories, that we say goodbye to one of this country’s most loved and revered performers.
Showcasing the unique Don Lane style from the Tonight Show in the 1960s and The Don Lane Show in the 1970s and 80s, A Tribute to Don Lane will feature the cream of entertainers from around the world, including Muhammad Ali, Sylvester Stallone, Robert de Niro, Elton John, Clint Eastwood, Miss Piggy, Mel Gibson, Tony Curtis, Peter Allen, John Travolta, Oliver Reed, Shirley MacLaine, Simon and Garfunkel, Phyllis Diller, Bob Hope, Alan Alda, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tiny Tim, Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Liza Minnelli, John Cleese, Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, Sammy Davis Jr, David Bowie and, in his first ever live tonight show appearance anywhere in the world, a very young Robin Williams.