David Hyde Pierce

David Hyde Pierce

Highest Rated: 100% The Terminator (1984)

Lowest Rated: 25% Isn't She Great (2000)

Birthday: Apr 3, 1959

Birthplace: Saratoga Springs, New York, USA

Although he is best known for his role as anal-retentive psychiatrist extraordinaire Niles Crane on the celebrated sitcom Frasier, David Hyde Pierce has also done considerable work on the stage and screen. Fair, birdlike, and bearing an uncanny resemblance to Frasier co-star Kelsey Grammer, Pierce is one of the entertainment business' finest purveyors of a certain kind of blue-blooded neuroticism, and, in the eyes of some viewers, has even gone so far as to make insecurity perversely sexy.Born in Saratoga Springs, New York, on April 3, 1959, Pierce was raised in what he has described as a "very run-of-the-mill, middle-class" household. When he was eight, he began taking piano lessons, and he decided to pursue a career as a concert pianist. He continued to train until he got to Yale University, where he realized that he was better suited to the acting profession. Following graduation, Pierce moved to New York and did a brief stint as a tie salesman at Bloomingdale's before being cast in a Broadway play. Although the production was a flop, Pierce continued to work on the stage in New York and Chicago for several years and was eventually cast as a suicidal congressman on the short-lived sitcom The Powers That Be in 1992. His work on the show, coupled with his resemblance to Kelsey Grammer, led to his casting on Frasier the following year.Frasier proved to be the turning point in Pierce's career. His portrayal of Niles, aside from winning him a slew of awards, including an Emmy, also provided a number of opportunities for the actor on the big screen. Pierce, who had been acting sporadically in films since the early '80s, could be seen in supporting roles in such '90s films as Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Nixon (1995), in which he played John Dean, and the animated A Bug's Life (1998), for which he provided the voice of a stick insect.As the first decade of the 21st century opened, Pierce began appearing in more and more feature films, selecting an eclectic array of roles that utitlized his strengths without resorting to rehashing the Niles Crane character. Diverse in their genre and theme, the projects also ranged in their levels of success and acclaim. The 2000 comedy Isn't She Great was an abysmal failure, while the indie films Wet Hot American Summer and Full Frontal both left audiences and critics fiercely split. Pierce also continued to flex his voice skills in the animated features Osmosis Jones and Treasure Planet.One of Pierce's best-received roles came in 2003, when he costarred in the tongue-in-cheek comedy Down With Love. While not much of a box-office hit, the film managed to charm many critics with its wall-to-wall homages to 1960s sex-comedies. A year later, Pierce again showed up sans-body, providing the voice of Abe Sapien in the comic-book adaptation Hellboy. He reunited with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola's animated comic adaptation The Amazing Screw-On Head to voice the role of the dreaded Emperor Zombie in 2006, and joined the cast of The Perfect Host in 2010 for a leading role as Warwick Wilson, whose genteel façade hides a deep rage and mental instability.


Highest Rated Movies



96% The Lavender Scare Dr. Franklin E. Kameny 2019
No Score Yet American Masters: Robert Shaw - Man of Many Voices Narrator 2019
74% The Outrageous Sophie Tucker Narrator 2015
No Score Yet Hurricane Of Fun: The Making Of Wet Hot Actor 2015
80% The Standbys Actor 2014
45% The Perfect Host Warwick Wilson $48.8K 2011
No Score Yet Forever Plaid Anniversary Tribute Actor 2009
No Score Yet Stingray Sam Actor 2009
86% Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) Voice of Abe Sapien $75.8M 2008
No Score Yet Amazing Screw-On Head Emperor Zombie 2006
81% Hellboy Abe Sapien $59.1M 2004
No Score Yet The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's Host 2004
60% Down With Love Peter MacMannus $20.2M 2003
69% Treasure Planet Doctor Doppler $38.2M 2002
39% Full Frontal Carl 2002
No Score Yet On the Edge Barney 2001
55% Osmosis Jones Drix $12.4M 2001
36% Wet Hot American Summer Henry 2001
No Score Yet Chain of Fools Mr. Kerner 2000
25% Isn't She Great Michael Hastings 2000
No Score Yet The Tangerine Bear Bird 2000
No Score Yet Jackie's Back Perry 1999
33% The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human Narrator 1999
No Score Yet Celebrity Mix Actor 1999
92% A Bug's Life Slim 1998
74% Nixon John Dean 1995
60% Wolf Roy 1994
76% Addams Family Values Delivery Room Doctor 1993
74% Sleepless in Seattle Dennis Reed 1993
73% Little Man Tate Garth 1991
83% The Fisher King Lou Rosen 1991
61% Vampire's Kiss Theater Guy 1989
No Score Yet Rocket Gibraltar Monsieur Henri 1988
60% Bright Lights, Big City Bartender at Fashion Show 1988
88% Crossing Delancey Mark 1988
No Score Yet Moving Violations Immigration Officer 1985
100% The Terminator Tanker Partner 1984


No Score Yet Wet Hot American Summer:
Henry 2017
82% When We Rise
Dr. Jones 2017
No Score Yet The View
Guest 2017
84% Wet Hot American Summer
Henry 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
Guest 2015
94% The Good Wife
Frank Prady 2015
No Score Yet Sesame Street
85% The Simpsons
Voice 2014
No Score Yet Great Performances
Host Performer Screenwriter 2013
No Score Yet Sesame Street
Commander Chiphead 2012
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
Guest 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Guest 2010
No Score Yet Michael Feinstein's American Songbook
Appearing 2010
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
Guest 2010
No Score Yet The Apprentice
Appearing 2008
94% Frasier
Niles Niles Crane 2004
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Guest 2003
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Guest 2003
No Score Yet American Experience
Voice Narrator 2001
55% Emmys
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest 1995
63% The Powers That Be
Rep. Theodore Van Horne


Emperor Zombie says: Mine now.

Dennis Reed says: It rains nine months a year in Seattle.

Annie Reed says: I know!

Prof. Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm says: In medieval stories, there is often a young knight who is inexperienced, but pure of heart.

Agent John Myers says: Oh, come on. I am not pure of heart.

Abe Sapien says: Yes, you are.

Captain Amelia says: (to Delbert) You have the most beautiful eyes.

Captain Amelia says: You have the most beautiful eyes.

Doctor Doppler says: She's lost her mind!

Warwick Wilson says: No need to thank me, John. You made things very entertaining.

Warwick Wilson says: People need to understand their government's fucking serious!

Warwick Wilson says: You're nothing. you're disposable,forgettable, a supporting player. You're nothing. It's like you don't even exist.

John Taylor says: Please don't kill me.

Warwick Wilson says: Your my guest, and I'm glad you're here, but you've only got yourself to blame.

Warwick Wilson says: There are many women who have travelled the road to warwick. I can't be blamed for the love I've shared.

Warwick Wilson says: It's a cheeky little drop, isn't it?

Osmosis Jones says: We were so poor, we lived off peanut butter and cellulite sandwiches! You ever try to blow-dry your hair with a fart?

Drix says: OK, I get it. You were poor.

Osmosis Jones says: You bet I was! You ever try to make a snowman out of toilet paper cling-ons? Now that's poor!

Drix says: OK, please, you're going to make me vomit!

Osmosis Jones says: Vomit? We couldn't afford no vomit; that's for rich folk.

Drix says: Excuse me while I wipe my eyes.

Osmosis Jones says: Oh, you wanna talk about wiping?

The Mayor says: NO!

Slim says: I'm the only stick with eyeballs!!

Warwick Wilson says: You can't kill me, I'm having a dinner party.

Warwick Wilson says: Of course you can come in.