David Hyde Pierce
Real name: David Hyde Pierce
Birthdate: April 3, 1959
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David Hyde Pierce (born April 3, 1959) is a Screen Actors Guild, Tony and Emmy Award-winning American actor, best known for his co-starring role as psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane on the NBC sitcom Frasier alongside Kelsey Grammer.
In his role in Sleepless in Seattle Pierce plays Ryan’s character’s brother, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University. Upon his sister’s admission that she has been fantasizing about the man in Seattle, Hyde-Pierce’s character replies, “It rains nine months of the year in Seattle.” This was roughly one year before the start of Frasier.
In 2005, Pierce joined Tim Curry and others in the stage production Spamalot. In August/September 2006, he starred in Curtains, a new Kander and Ebb musical at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, which transferred to Broadway in March 2007. On 10 June 2007 Pierce won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical at the 61st Tony Awards for his role in Curtains.
Pierce has a distinctive voice and, like his Frasier co-star Kelsey Grammer, is often called upon to provide voice work. Some of his more notable roles in this calling include the walking stick insect Slim in A Bug’s Life and the amphibian Abe Sapien in Hellboy (of note is the fact that Pierce refused credit for his Hellboy role, because he felt that it was Doug Jones’ performance, and not his own voice, which ultimately brought the character of Abe Sapien to life). He provided the voice for Drix, a cold pill in the animated comedy Osmosis Jones. In a deliberate in-joke, he has also voiced Sideshow Bob’s brother, Cecil, in an episode of The Simpsons, "Brother from Another Series", in which he and Grammer essentially recreated the Niles/Frasier relationship (at one point, Cecil mistakes Bart for Maris, the unseen wife of Niles on Frasier), and will be returning for another episode in Season 19. In 2006, he co-starred in the animated pilot for The Amazing Screw-On Head as the Screw-On Head’s arch-nemesis Emperor Zombie; however, the series was not picked up.
His commercial voiceover work includes voicing the Tassimo coffee system, an appropriate role as his trademark character Niles Crane was known for being an excessively fussy coffee connoisseur.
Pierce's relationship with longtime partner, TV writer/director/producer Brian Hargrove, was first covered by the media in a 30 May 2007 CNN.com interview with Pierce, whose publicist soon confirmed that he and Hargrove were a couple. When accepting his Tony Award for Curtains, Pierce thanked "my partner, Brian, because it's 24 years of listening to your damn notes — that's why I'm up here tonight."
Pierce and Hargrove live in Los Angeles with two Wheaten Terriers, Maude and Mabel. Pierce is very active in fighting for research into Alzheimer's Disease, as his father and grandfather suffered from the disease. He is also a regular supporter of AIDS charities and LGBT causes.