27th Oct 2010
Don Lane was born in New York and came out to Australia in 1965 to host the Tonight Show with Don Lane. After a run in with the law, Don left the country and flew back to America where he returned to nightclub work including stints in Las Vegas. Don came back to Australian TV when Kerry Packer gave him an opportunity with The Don Lane Show, airing from 1976 to 1983, it was and still is the highest rated variety program in Australian television history. Don died from a dementia-related illness caused by Alzheimer's disease on 22 October 2009.
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