P.J. Lane

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P.J. Lane
PJ Lane.jpg
Born Phillip Jacob Isaacson
(1984-12-11)11 December 1984
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Actor, singer, philanthropist, TV presenter
Years active 2009–present
Website
Official website

P.J. Lane (11 December 1984), born Phillip Jacob Isaacson, is an Australian actor, entertainer, philanthropist, and former professional basketball player.

Early life[edit]

Born in the United States but raised in Australia, PJ Lane is the only child of Jayne Ambrose and Logie Hall of Fame inductee Don Lane.[1] Lane attained a Performing Arts Scholarship to The Scots College in Sydney, Australia at the age of 12.[2] While attending Scots, Lane studied acting, voice, and classical piano.[3]

Despite his family affiliation with show business, Lane was a young basketball prospect.[4] Lane’s father Don was the head basketball coach at St Aloysius’ College. Lane often played for The Scots College with his father coaching the opposing team.[5] Lane’s basketball ability led him to complete his high school education at Westlake High School in Westlake Village, California.[6] While attending Westlake High, Lane continued his music study with former Beach Boys keyboard player Mike Meros.[7]

Basketball career[edit]

Upon his completion of high school Lane was awarded a full basketball scholarship to Southern Connecticut State University.[8] While attending SCSU Lane majored in music and made the Dean’s list for academic performance.[9] After university Lane played for three seasons as a professional basketball player in the Greek league. He played for the teams of Apollon Patras BC, Aigio, and AS Manis.[10]

Lane returned to Australia in 2009. An article in the Australian Women's Day stated that his father's deteriorating health brought him back to Australia and prevented him from returning to Europe despite some lucrative offers.[11]

Lane continued to play basketball in the Australian Basketball Association Waratah League for the Hornsby Spiders.[12]

Television[edit]

Early in his career Lane was the feature story on A Current Affair,[13] performed live on Mornings with Kerri-Anne,[14] and performed at the 2009 Carols in the Domain.[15] After his father’s passing Lane performed a Don Lane tribute at the Logie Awards of 2010.[16]

In late 2009 Lane began presenting stories for Sydney Weekender on the Seven Network. According to the Sydney Weekender website Lane is still a featured presenter in 2012.[17]

Acting[edit]

In early 2010, Lane was asked to audition for the Australian film 6 Plots. It was later accepted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and is set for a late 2012 Australian release.[18][19] In July, Lane appeared in the Australian television soap opera Neighbours as Sonya Mitchell's (Eve Morey) ex-boyfriend Eli Baker.[20] He had originally auditioned for another role in May 2010, but was unsuccessful.[20] Lane will play the role of Michael Christiansen in the upcoming installment of Underbelly: Badness.[21] Lane had to put on 18 kg of muscle for the role.[22]

Charity work[edit]

Lane’s father Don Lane died in October 2009 from complications with Alzheimer's disease.[23] Since his father’s passing PJ has been an ambassador for Alzheimer’s Australia to raise funds and awareness for the disease.[24] PJ Lane is the producer of the Memory Lane Concert which raises funds for Alzheimer’s Australia. In the variety style of The Don Lane Show, the concert showcases well-known performers in Australia.[25] In a 2011 interview Lane said that Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia are under-funded based on the number of people affected by the disease.[26] The concert has featured the likes of Alan Jones, Rhonda Burchmore, David Campbell, Peter Cousens, Rob Mills, and other veterans of the industry.[27] The 2011 concert was held at Sydney’s State Theatre[28] and plans for the 2012 concert are yet to be released.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Don Lane dead at 75 - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Abc.net.au. 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  2. ^ "SA 50s Lifestyle : SA 50s Summer 10 11, Page 3". Sa50lifestyle.realviewtechnologies.com. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  3. ^ "PJ Lane / claxton speakers / speaker profile". Claxtonspeakers.com.au. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  4. ^ "Waverley Basketball Association". Waverleybasketball.com. 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  5. ^ Trieste, Laura (2009-10-29). "St Aloysius boys honour their Don - Local News - News - North Shore Times". North-shore-times.whereilive.com.au. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  6. ^ "Westlake boys off to fast start with new varsity hoops’ coach | www.theacorn.com". The Acorn. 2002-12-26. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  7. ^ "Keyboardist Mike Meros will be remembered Saturday in T.O. » Ventura County Star". Vcstar.com. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  8. ^ "Champion the wonder horse - Sport". smh.com.au. 2005-10-21. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  9. ^ "PJ Lane - Entertainer". Ovations!. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  10. ^ "P.J. Isaacson Basketball Player Profile, stats, biography, career". Eurobasket. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  11. ^ "Don Lane's son: I gave up my career for Dad". Womansday.ninemsn.com.au. 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  12. ^ Deare, Steven (2012-06-21). "Spider PJ and his life as the Fast Lane - Basketball - Sport - Hornsby & Upper North Shore Advocate". Hornsby-advocate.whereilive.com.au. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  13. ^ Buy The Don Lane Show DVDs online (2010-12-20). "Memory Lane". Aca.ninemsn.com.au. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  14. ^ Duck, Siobhan (2009-10-23). "Veteran television entertainer Don Lane laid to rest". adelaidenow. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  15. ^ "Latest News Article". Carols in the Domain. 2007-12-22. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  16. ^ "Home and Away's Ray Meagher wins Gold Logie". Perth Now. 2010-05-02. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  17. ^ "The Team". Visit NSW. 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  18. ^ Dudak, Gary (2012-06-12). "10 Questions with Saskia Hampele of '6 Plots'". Mandatory. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  19. ^ [1][dead link]
  20. ^ a b "Don Lane's son PJ gets acting break in Neighbours". Herald Sun (The Herald and Weekly Times). 7 July 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  21. ^ Jo Casamento. "Twin littlies for Leona". Brisbanetimes.com.au. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  22. ^ "Who's who in Badness". TV Week (ACP Magazines) (32): 21. 11–17 August 2012. 
  23. ^ Mex Cooper (2009-10-22). "Don Lane Dead | Bert Newton | Don Lane Show | Dementia | Alzheimer's Australia". Theage.com.au. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  24. ^ "Alzheimer's Australia NSW Ambassadors | Alzheimer’s Australia". Fightdementia.org.au. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  25. ^ "Home - The Memory Lane Concert | Monday 24th October 2011". The Memory Lane Concert. 2011-10-24. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  26. ^ Habib, Rashell (2011-06-16). "Don Lane's son hosts dancing event for 1000 kids - Education - News - Inner West Courier". Inner-west-courier.whereilive.com.au. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  27. ^ October 20, 2011 3:26PM (2011-10-20). "The Memory Lane concert for Alzheimer's disease set up by PJ Lane after death of Don Lane | thetelegraph.com.au". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  28. ^ "The Memory Lane Concert - To benefit Alzheimer's - The State Theatre : Theatres in Sydney, Sydney". My247.com.au. Retrieved 2012-07-09.