Apr. 3rd, 1959
Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
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David Hyde Pierce was born on 3 April 1959 in Saratoga Springs, New York, USA. He is the youngest child of George and Laura Pierce (both deceased) and has two older sisters (Barbara and Nancy) and an older brother (Thomas). As a child, he was very interested in music (particularly piano) and regularly played the organ at his local church (Bethesda Episcopal Church). David discovered a love of drama in high school and, upon his graduation in 1977, he received the Yaddo Medal which is to honor academic achievement and personal character. However, his love of music was still strong so he decided to study classical piano at Yale University. Unfortunately, he soon grew bored with music history lessons and found that he wasn't dedicated enough to practice the required amount of hours to become a successful concert pianist. Instead, he returned to his love of drama and graduated in 1981 with a double major in English and Theatre Arts. He then moved to New York where he worked several menial jobs (including selling ties at Bloomingdales and working as a security guard) while acting in the theater during the late 80s and early 90s. He appeared in small roles in films such as Bright Lights, Big City (1988) before his life and career changed forever when he landed the role of "Dr. Niles Crane" in the television series "Frasier" (1993). Throughout the show's eleven year run (1993-2004), David was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor each year (he won four times: 1995, 1998, 1999 and 2004). David resides in Los Angeles with his romantic partner, 'Brian Hargrove', and their two Wheaton Terriers, Maude and Mabel. He remains very close to his three siblings.
- He received his initial interview with the creators of _"Frasier" (1993)_ (qv) due to his close resemblance to 'Kelsey Grammer' (qv). After the interview, the part of Niles Crane was written for him.
- Graduated from Yale University with a double major in English and theater arts.
- Attended Yale with 'Jodie Foster' (qv). When she was preparing to direct _Little Man Tate (1991)_ (qv), she remembered him from a play he was in at that time and called and offered him a part.
- Has played 'Kelsey Grammer' (qv)'s brother twice: on _"Frasier" (1993)_ (qv) and on _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv) episode: "Brother From Another Series". 'John Mahoney (I)' (qv) also played the father of both pairs of characters.
- Companion of 'Brian Hargrove' (qv) since the early '80s. David said in his Tony award acceptance speech in 2007 that he has been with Brian for 24 years. They moved together to Los Angeles (where they still live) in the early '90s.
- Once worked as a security guard.
- Asked not to be credited as the voice of "Abe Sapien" in _Hellboy (2004)_ (qv) because he felt the characterization of Abe truly belonged to Doug Jones (the actor who played Abe on the set).
- Is active in the fight to find a cure for Alzheimer's, which his grandfather suffered and died from. His father also suffered from the disease but died from pneumonia.