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David Hyde Pierce

Highest Rated:   100% The Terminator (1984)
Lowest Rated:   25% Isn't She Great (2000)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
59% Down With Love
  • Peter MacMannus
$20.2M 2003
69% Treasure Planet
  • Doctor Doppler
$38.2M 2002
38% Full Frontal
  • Carl
2002
No Score Yet On the Edge
  • Barney
2001
55% Osmosis Jones
  • Drix
$12.4M 2001
32% 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
75% Nixon
  • John Dean
1995
61% Wolf
  • Roy
1994
78% Addams Family Values
  • Delivery Room Doctor
1993
72% Sleepless in Seattle
  • Dennis Reed
1993
76% Little Man Tate
  • Garth
1991
82% The Fisher King
  • Lou Rosen
1991
61% Vampire's Kiss
  • Theater Guy
1989
No Score Yet Rocket Gibraltar
  • Monsieur Henri
1988
63% Bright Lights, Big City
  • Bartender at Fashion Show
1988
90% Crossing Delancey
  • Mark
1988
No Score Yet Moving Violations
  • Immigration Officer
1985
100% The Terminator
  • Tanker Partner
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Wet Hot American Summer:
2017
  • Henry
  • 2017
81% When We Rise
2016
  • Dr. Jones
  • 2017
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2013
84% Wet Hot American Summer
2015
  • Henry
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
95% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Frank Prady
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Sesame Street
2014
  • Actor
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2014
  • 2007
  • 1997
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Performer
  • Host
  • Screenwriter
  • 2013
  • 2010
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Commander Chiphead
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Michael Feinstein's American Songbook
2010-2013
  • Appearing
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Apprentice
2004
  • Appearing
  • Actor
  • 2008
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Niles Niles Crane
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • Narrator
  • 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1995

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