David Hyde Pierce portrays Dr. Niles Crane, Frasier’s younger, but equally neurotic, brother in the top-rated comedy series Frasier.
Pierce’s brilliant comedic portrayal of Niles has earned him three Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor. Most recently, he was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2003 for “Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.” Additionally, Pierce has won multiple American Comedy Awards for Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a TV Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Supporting Actor, Television Critics Association Awards and Viewers For Quality Television Awards for his portrayal of the character. Pierce holds the record for most SAG Award nominations, at eighteen.
Pierce studied acting at Yale University and worked for two seasons at Mr. Psacharapoulus’s Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. After graduating in 1981, he moved to New York, and made his professional and Broadway debut in 1982 in Beyond Therapy. He went on to create roles in the off-broadway productions of That’s it Folks!, The Author’s Voice, The Maderati, Zero Positive and Elliot Loves, before returning to Broadway in The Heidi Chronicles. In addition to his work in new plays, Mr. Pierce also appeared in Hamlet, Much Ado, Holiday, Camille, Candida, The Seagull, Tartuffe, Cyrano, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Cherry Orchard.
In 1991, he came to Los Angeles where he appeared in It’s Only a Play, The Boys from Syracuse and Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks. Mr. Pierce’s film credits include Bright Lights, Big City, Crossing Delancy, Little Man Tate, Sleepless in Seattle, Wolf, Nixon, Isn’t She Great, Wet, Hot, American Summer, Full Frontal, Down With Love and the animated films A Bug’s Life, Osmosis Jones and Treasure Planet.
Pierce resides in Los Angeles.