David Hyde Pierce

Actor, Security guard, Clothing salesman
A supporting player of American stage, TV, and film who has specialized in playing neurotic and priggish men of privilege, Pierce made his professional debut on Broadway in Christopher Durang's "Beyond Therapy" (1982) ... Read more »
Born: 04/03/1959 in Saratoga Springs, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (83)

The Good Wife 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker 2015 (Movie)

Additional Narration (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Late Show With David Letterman 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Simpsons 1997, 2007, 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Runway 2012 (Movie)

Frog's Da (Actor)

The 65th Annual Tony Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Perfect Host 2011 (Movie)

Warwick Wilson (Actor)

The 64th Annual Tony Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Tony Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Apprentice 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Future of Alzheimer's 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Caroline in the City 1991 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1993 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

Frasier 1993 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Frasier: Analyzing the Laughter 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Hellboy 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Abe Sapien (Actor)

Signing Off: A Dateline Special 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Powers That Be 1991 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Titus 1991 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Down With Love 2003 (Movie)

Peter McMannus (Actor)

TV's Most Memorable Weddings 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Full Frontal 2002 (Movie)

Carl (Actor)

Treasure Planet 2002 (Movie)

Voice of Doctor Doppler (Actor)

War Letters 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Osmosis Jones 2001 (Movie)

of Drix (Voice)

Wet Hot American Summer 2001 (Movie)

Professor Henry Neuman (Actor)

14th Annual Genesis Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Chain of Fools 2000 (Movie)

Marty Kerner (Actor)

Isn't She Great 2000 (Movie)

Michael Hastings (Actor)

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 13th Annual American Comedy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 Live Emmy Award Post-Show 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tangerine Bear 1999 (Movie)

of Bird (Voice)

12th Annual American Comedy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

A Bug's Life 1998 (Movie)

of Slim (Voice)

American Comedy Honors 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Mighty Ducks 1996 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

The 19th Annual CableACE Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Washington 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Nixon 1995 (Movie)

John Dean (Actor)

Wolf 1994 (Movie)

Roy (Actor)

Addams Family Values 1993 (Movie)

Delivery Room Doctor (Actor)

Sleepless in Seattle 1993 (Movie)

Dennis Reed (Actor)

Little Man Tate 1991 (Movie)

Garth (Actor)

The Fisher King 1991 (Movie)

Lou Rosen (Actor)

Vampire's Kiss 1989 (Movie)

Theatre Guy (Actor)

Bright Lights, Big City 1988 (Movie)

Bartender at Fashion Show (Actor)

Crime Story 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Crossing Delancey 1988 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)

Rocket Gibraltar 1988 (Movie)

Monsieur Henri (Actor)

The Terminator 1984 (Movie)

Tanker Partner (Actor)

Jackie's Back! (TV Show)

Actor

On the Edge (TV Show)

Actor

Phobias (TV Show)

Narrator

The 69th Annual Tony Awards (TV Show)

Presenter

The Amazing Screw-On Head (TV Show)

Voice

Biography

A supporting player of American stage, TV, and film who has specialized in playing neurotic and priggish men of privilege, Pierce made his professional debut on Broadway in Christopher Durang's "Beyond Therapy" (1982) before working off-Broadway and in regional theater. Onstage, billed as David Pierce, the Yale graduate distinguished himself as Laertes to Kevin Kline's "Hamlet" (1986), toured the Soviet Union and Japan in "The Cherry Orchard" (1988-89) and won plaudits for his turn as a gay pediatrician opposite Christine Lahti in Wendy Wasserstein's award-winning "The Heidi Chronicles" (1989-90).

Relationships

Brian Hargrove Writer

Domestic Partner
Began dating in the early 1990s married in California on October 24, 2008, just before Proposition 8 was adopted as law, banning same-sex marriages in the state

George Pierce

Father
suffered from Alzheimer's Disease

Laura Pierce

Mother
died in May 1995

EDUCATION

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1981
enrolled as a music major before switching majors

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1981
enrolled as a music major before switching majors

Milestones

2009

Earned a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word for the Children's album, The Phantom Tollbooth

2006

Played a Boston detective in the Kander and Ebb musical, "Curtains" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles; show moved to Broadway in 2007

2005

Co-starred in "Spamalot," Eric Idle's Broadway musical version of 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail'

2004

Voice of Abe Sapien in the horror film "Hellboy"

2003

Cast in the feature "Down With Love"

2003

Received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series for his role in "Frasier"

2002

Cast in Soderbergh's "Full Frontal"

2002

Voiced the character Dr. Doppler in the Disney animated feature "Treasure Planet"

2001

Voiced a rookie cold tablet in "Osmosis Jones"

2001

Played an astrophysicist in "Wet Hot American Summer"

2001

Starred opposite Uta Hagen in the L.A. stage production "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks"

2000

Cast as fictionalized version of book editor Michael Korda, called Michael Hastings in "Isn't She Great", the biopic of Jacqueline Susann

1995

Portrayed John Dean in Oliver Stone's biopic "Nixon"

1993

Cast as Dr Niles Crane, brother of the title character, on the NBC sitcom "Frasier"; role created especially for him due to his physical resemblance to actor Kelsey Grammer

1993

Had featured role in "Sleepless in Seattle"

1988

First film appearance, bit role in "Bright Lights, Big City"

1986

Played Laertes in a New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Hamlet", starring Kevin Kline

1983

Moved to Minneapolis, MN; appeared in various productions at the Guthrie Theater

1982

Broadway acting debut, "Beyond Therapy"

1981

Moved to NYC after graduating from Yale

1981

Began selling ties at Bloomingdale's while studying acting

Appeared on Broadway in "The Heidi Chronicles" for six months opposite Christine Lahti

Toured the Soviet Union and Japan with "The Cherry Orchard"

Became a regular on "The Powers That Be", an NBC political sitcom from Norman Lear

Worked in off-Broadway and regional theater

Bonus Trivia

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"I don't like showing imperfections in real life, so acting's a way to do that." --Pierce quoted in Us, September 1996

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"I used to think, 'I want to be in an Oliver Stone movie, but I'm not sure I want to work with Oliver Stone'. I liked working with him, but he's no bed of roses. He HAS his opinions, and if you want to challenge him, you better be prepared." --On working on the film "Nixon", quoted in Movieline, December 1995.

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In 2007, Pierce revealed he is gay, after keeping his sexuality secret for decades. The actor has always refused to talk about his personal life, despite rumos about his sexual orientation. The 48-year-old actor allowed his long-term partner Brian Hargrove's name to be mentioned in an interview on CNN.com.

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On November 19, 2007, Pierce was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from Niagara University in Lewiston, New York.

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