Pierce, David Hyde 1959–

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Pierce, David Hyde 1959–

(David Hyde-Pierce, David Pierce)


Born April 3, 1959, in Albany (some sources say Saratoga Springs), NY; raised in Saratoga Springs, NY. Education: Yale University, B.A., 1981. Avocational Interests: Playing the piano and organ, skiing.

Addresses: Agent—Marilyn Szatmary, Silver Massetti Szatmary and Associates, 8730 Sunset Blvd., Suite 480, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Career: Actor. Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, member of the resident company, 1986. Appeared in advertisements. Also worked as salesperson in a department store and as a security guard. Active in the fight against Alzheimer disease.

Awards, Honors: Yaddo Medal, best dramatic arts student, Saratoga Springs High School, 1977; Q Awards, best supporting actor in a quality comedy series, Viewers for Quality Television, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, Q Award nominations, best supporting actor in a quality comedy series, 1999, 2001, American Comedy Awards, funniest supporting male performer in a television series, George Schlatter Productions, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, American Comedy Award nomination, funniest supporting male performer in a television series, 2000, Emmy Awards, outstanding supporting ac-tor in a comedy series, 1995, 1998, 1999, Emmy Award nominations, outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, Golden Globe Award nominations, best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, miniseries, or motion picture made for television, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards, outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series, 1996, and outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series (with others), 2000, Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series (with others), 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, TCA Award, outstanding individual achievement in comedy, Television Critics Association, 1997, 1998, Petcabus Award, best supporting actor in a comedy series, 1998, TV Guide Award, favorite actor in a comedy, 2000, TV Guide Award nominations, favorite actor in a comedy, 1999, and actor of the year in a comedy series, 2001, Golden Satellite Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a series, comedy or musical, International Press Academy, 2000, 2003, 2004, all for Frasier; American Comedy Award nomination, funniest male performer, 2000, for The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards; Gemini Award nomination, best performance or host in a variety program or series, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, 2000, for Just for Laughs.


Television Appearances; Series:

Theodore Van Horne, The Powers That Be, NBC, 1992–93.

Dr. Niles Crane, Frasier, NBC, 1993–2004.

Voice of Daedalus, Hercules (animated; also known as Disney's Hercules), ABC and syndicated, 1998–99.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Perry (a deaf rehearsal pianist), Jackie's Back! (also known as Jackie's Back: Portrait of a Diva), Lifetime, 1999.

Emperor Zombie, Amazing Screw-On Head, Sci-Fi Channel, 2006.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Heroes of Comedy: Women on Top, Comedy Central, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Steven Wright in the Appointments of Dennis Jennings (also known as The Appointments of Dennis Jennings), HBO, 1989.

The Golden Globe's 50th Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1994.

Comic Relief VII, HBO, 1995.

Host, Christmas in Washington, NBC, 1995.

The Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary Celebration (also known as The Kennedy Center Presents), PBS, 1996.

The Outer Limits Phenomenon, 1996.

Niles Crane in a parody sketch, Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond, UPN, 1996.

The 1998 Live Emmy Award Post-Show, 1998.

Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Farley, NBC, 1998.

Comedy Central Presents Behind-the-Scenes at the American Comedy Awards, Comedy Central, 1999.

My Favourite Frasier, 1999.

Just for Laughs: Montreal Comedy Festival, 1999.

The Frasier Story, Channel 4, 1999.

Phobias (documentary), The Learning Channel, 2000.

War Letters (documentary), PBS, 2001.

Dr. Niles Crane (uncredited), The 100 Greatest TV Characters, Channel 4, 2001.

NBC's Funniest Outtakes, NBC, 2002.

Interviewee, TV's Most Memorable Weddings, NBC, 2003.

Interviewee, Signing Off: A Dateline Special, NBC, 2004.

Niles Crane, Frasier: Analyzing the Laughter, NBC, 2004.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 1994.

Presenter, The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 1995.

The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards, 1996.

Presenter, The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 1996.

Host, American Comedy Honors, 1997.

Host, The 19th Annual CableACE Awards, 1997.

Presenter, The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, 1997.

Presenter, The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 1997.

Presenter, The Screen Actors Guild Awards, 1997.

Presenter, The 12th Annual American Comedy Awards, 1998.

The 13th Annual American Comedy Awards, 1999.

Host, Hollywood Salutes Jodie Foster: An American Cinematheque Tribute, TNT, 1999.

Host (with Jenna Elfman), The 1999 Emmy Awards (also known as The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards), Fox, 1999.

Presenter, The 53rd Annual Tony Awards, 1999.

Presenter, TV Guide Awards, 1999.

Host, 14th Annual Genesis Awards, Animal Planet, 2000.

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, TNT, 2001.

On Stage at the Kennedy Center: The Mark Twain Prize, PBS, 2002.

The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, NBC, 2002.

9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, TNT, 2003.

10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, TNT, 2004.

The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, 2004.

50th Annual Drama Desk Awards, 2005.

Presenter, The 59th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

(As David Pierce) "Mig 21," Crime Story, NBC, 1987.

(As David Pierce) O'Neill, "The Man Who Wasn't There," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1987.

Jerry Dorfer, "The Guilty Party," Dream On, HBO, 1992.

Storytime, PBS, 1994.

Today, NBC, 1994.

Contestant, "Celebrity Tournament," Jeopardy!, syndicated, 1994.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 1994, 1995, 1996.

Dr. Jack Hinson, "The Sentence," The Outer Limits, Showtime, 1995.

Host, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 1995.

Niles Crane, "Caroline and the Bad Back," Caroline in the City, NBC, 1995.

Voice of Puss, "Puss in Boots," Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales For Every Child (animated), HBO, 1995.

Voice of Buttons the chimp, "Emma Is History/Appalling 13," The Adventures of Hyperman, 1995.

Jimmy Callahan, "Caroline and the Cat Dancer," Caroline in the City, NBC, 1996.

Voice of Baron von Lichtenstamp, Mighty Ducks (animated; also known as Disney's Mighty Ducks), ABC, 1996.

Voice of Cecil Terwilliger, "Brother from Another Series," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1997.

The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1997, 1999.

Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 1997.

Jerry October, "Life Forward," Titus, Fox, 2001.

This Is Your Life, 2002.

The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 2002.

HBO First Look, HBO, 2003.

Voice of Addison, "Strange Bedfellows," Gary the Rat, TNN, 2003.

The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 2005.

The View, ABC, 2005.

The Tony Danza Show, syndicated, 2005.

"Greatest TV Romances," TV Land's Top Ten, TV Land, 2005.

La Mandragora, 2005.

Film Appearances:

Bartender at fashion show, Bright Lights, Big City, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1988.

(As David Pierce) Mark, Crossing Delancey, Warner Bros., 1988.

Monsieur Henri, Rocket Gibraltar, Columbia, 1988.

(As David Pierce) Theatre guy, Vampire's Kiss, Hemdale, 1988.

(As David Pierce) Businessman, The Appointments of Dennis Jennings, 1988.

(As David Pierce) Union soldier, Civil War Diary (also known as Across Five Aprils), 1990.

Dennis Reed, Sleepless in Seattle, TriStar, 1991.

(As David Pierce) Garth, Little Man Tate, Orion, 1991.

(As David Pierce) Lou Rosen, The Fisher King, TriStar, 1991.

Delivery room doctor, Addams Family Values, Paramount, 1993.

Roy, Wolf, Columbia, 1994.

John Dean, Nixon, Buena Vista, 1995.

Peter, Ripple, 1995.

Voice of Slim, A Bug's Life (animated; also known as Bugs), Buena Vista, 1998.

Narrator, The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human, Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 1999.

Michael Hastings, Isn't She Great?, Universal, 2000.

Mr. Kerner, Chain of Fools, Warner Bros., 2000.

Voice of bird, The Tangerine Bear (animated), Artisan, 2000.

Professor Neumann, Wet Hot American Summer, Eureka Pictures, 2001.

Voice of Drixorial, Osmosis Jones (animated), Warner Bros., 2001.

Barney, Happy Birthday, 2001.

Laud Weiner, Laud Weiner, 2001.

Carl, Full Frontal, Miramax, 2002.

Voice of Doctor Doppler, Treasure Planet (animated), Buena Vista, 2002.

Peter MacMannus, Down with Love (also known as Down with Love-Zum teufel mit der liebe!), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2003.

Voice of Abe Sapien (uncredited), Hellboy (animated; also known as Super Sapiens), Columbia, 2004.

Stage Appearances; As David Pierce:

Andrew, Beyond Therapy, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1981, then Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Holiday, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1983.

David, Summer, Manhattan Theatre Club Downstage, New York City, 1983.

Otis, That's It, Folks!, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1983.

Candida, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1983–84.

The Sea Gull, Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, 1983–84.

Game, "The Grand Hysteric," The New Directors Project, Perry Street Theatre, New York City, 1984.

Ivan, The Three Zeks, Pearl Theatre Company, Nameless Theatre, New York City, 1984.

Tartuffe, Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, 1985.

"Donuts," Equity Library Theatre Informals, Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center, New York City, 1985.

Laertes, Hamlet, New York Shakespeare Festival, Estelle R. Newman Theatre, Public Theatre, New York City, 1986.

Count Druftheim, Camille, Long Wharf Theatre, 1987.

Gene, "The Author's Voice," Marathon '87, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York City, 1987.

Gene, "The One about the Guy in the Bar," Marathon '87, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 1987.

Keene Esterhazy, The Maderati, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 1987.

Don John, Much Ado About Nothing, Delacorte Theatre, New York City, 1988.

Himmer, Zero Positive, New York Shakespeare Festival, LuEsther Hall, Public Theatre, New York City, 1988.

Lucky, Waiting for Godot, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, New York City, 1988.

Yasha, The Cherry Orchard, Majestic Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York City, 1988.

Peter Patrone, The Heidi Chronicles, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1989.

Phil, Elliot Loves, Promenade Theatre, New York City, then Goodman Theatre, both 1990.

Frank Finger, It's Only a Play, Center Theatre Group, James A. Doolittle Theatre, Los Angeles, 1991.

Learned Judge, Trial by Jury (benefit performance), Friends of the Musical Arts Saratoga, Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theatre, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 1997.

Host, Bravo Bernstein! A Broadway Tribute, Hudson Theatre, New York City, 2003.

Beyond Therapy, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 2005.

Broadway's Celebrity Benefit for Hurricane Relief, Gershwin Theatre, New York City, 2005.

Dare to Be Classic-Annual Gala, The Pearl Theatre Company, New York City, 2005.

Spamalot, Shubert Theatre, Los Angeles, 2005.

Children and Art, New Amsterdam Theatre, 2005.


Video Games:

Voice of Slim, A Bug's Life, PlayStation, 1998.

Taped Readings:

Appeared in audio recordings.



Entertainment Weekly, October 22, 1993, pp. 60-61; November 12, 1993, p. 50; May 6, 1994, pp. 55-56; June 24, 1994, pp. 42-44; April 28, 1995, pp. 48-49.

National Review, August 1, 1994, pp. 64-65.

People Weekly, September 27, 1993, p. 13; July 11, 1994, p. 104; May 1, 1995, p. 14.

TV Guide, March 26, 1994, pp. 21-22.

USA Today, February 10, 1994.

Variety, August 30, 1999, p. 155.

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