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David Hyde Pierce        

Actor Known for His Role on "Frasier" & "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp"

David Hyde Pierce has received three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, seven American Comedy Awards and five Viewers for Quality Television Awards for his portrayal of the snobbish psychiatrist Niles Crane, brother to the title character on “Frasier.” “His relationship with Frasier is a mix of sibling rivalry, condescension, passive aggression and brotherly love,” says Pierce.

Pierce was born in Saratoga Springs, New York. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Yale with a double major in English and theater arts.

In 1981 Pierce went to New York City and quickly got a job selling ties in Bloomingdale’s while he studied acting. He landed his first professional acting job in “Beyond Therapy” on Broadway, followed by stints off-Broadway and in regional theater. Between 1983-85, he worked in various productions at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis before returning to appear in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of “Hamlet.” He interrupted his stage work for a role in his first feature film, “Bright Lights, Big City,” before departing on a tour of the Soviet Union and Japan in “The Cherry Orchard,” from 1988-89.

Pierce’s big break came when he appeared on Broadway for six months in “The Heidi Chronicles,” which earned him the attention of the media and his peers. More featured roles followed in such films as “Little Man Tate” and “The Fisher King.” His other big-screen credits include “Crossing Delancey,” “Rocket Gibraltar,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Wolf,” “Nixon,” “A Bug’s Life” and “Isn’t She Great?” Pierce will next be seen opposite Jeff Goldblum and Salma Hayek in the film “Chain of Fools.”

During his most recent hiatus from “Frasier,’ Pierce wrapped production on the independent film “Wet, Hot, American Summer,” opposite Janeane Garofolo and Paul Rudd.

Prior to “Frasier,” Pierce starred in the comedy “The Powers That Be,” in which he portrayed a chronically depressed and suicidal United States congressman. His additional television credits include guest-starring roles on “Crime Story,” “Spenser: For Hire,” NBC’s “Caroline in the City,” “The Outer Limits” and “The Simpsons.” Most recently, he starred in the Netflix original comedy, "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp."

In his leisure time, Pierce enjoys playing piano (he used to be a church organist) and skiing. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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David Hyde Pierce returning to 'Vanya' as director of L.A. production ...

David Hyde Pierce played one of the title characters in Christopher Durang's acclaimed play "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" when it debuted in 2012.

'The Landing,' theater review - NY Daily News

New musical at Vineyard Theatre is on unsteady ground despite talents of star David Hyde Pierce and team of John Kander and Greg Pierce. NEW YORK DAILY ...

David Hyde Pierce to host Drama League Awards - UPI.com

Actor David Hyde Pierce is to serve as host of the 79th annual Drama League Awards in New York, organizers said Monday. 2011 file photo. UPI /Laura ...

For David Hyde Pierce, finding an Alzheimer's cure is personal ...

In off-Broadway's “A Life,” David Hyde Pierce's 54-year-old character realizes he's forgotten what he was talking about. That's no big deal, says Pierce, 57: “It's  ...

'A Life' Review: David Hyde Pierce Stars in a Play by Adam Bock ...

David Hyde Pierce is giving a quietly devastating performance at Playwrights Horizons in “A Life,” Adam Bock's meditative one-act play about the meaning and  ...

'Hello, Dolly!' to Co-Star David Hyde Pierce at the Shubert Theater ...

David Hyde Pierce has signed on to co-star with Bette Midler in the upcoming Broadway revival of “Hello, Dolly!” The brewing production, from producer Scott ...

Ellen Burstyn, David Hyde Pierce Join in Marathon Reading of Elie ...

Representatives from the entertainment and media industries included actors Joel Grey, Ellen Burstyn, Ron Rifkin, Tovah Feldshuh, David Hyde Pierce and ...

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