David Hyde Pierce

David Hyde Pierce
David Hyde Pierce
  • Born: April 3, 1959
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actor, Director

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David Hyde Pierce is an American actor and director. Pierce is known for playing psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane on the NBC sitcom Frasier, for which he won four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series during the show's run. Pierce has played supporting roles in several films, including Little Man Tate, The Fisher King, Sleepless in Seattle, and Oliver Stone's Nixon, in which he portrayed White House Counsel John Dean. In 2010, he starred in the psychological thriller The Perfect Host.

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Alzheimer's is a devastating disease. It was painful for me and my family to watch my grandfather deteriorate. We must find a cure for this horrible disease. Families, Children & Parenting
Don't you always feel bad when they take away one of the spoons? It's like you ordered wrong.
From Kelsey, I have learned among many other things the value of turning on a dime and how you can have an extremely funny and extremely poignant moment with absolutely no separation in between... and sometimes in the same moment. Humor
I don't have the time to tell you all the things I've learned from this cast. It's an extraordinary ensemble because we all support each other so well. Time
I don't remember any sibling rivalry growing up, because by the time I was really conscious, Tom was going away to college. My relationship with him, which is a very close one, really developed in more recent years. Time
I found every single laugh as Laertes that you can find and only realized later that you really shouldn't find any at all.
I probably was as bad as a security guard as I was as a tie salesman.
I was as happy doing theater in New York for little or no money as I am now doing television for more money. The happiness, I guess, comes out of it being a good job. The success has to do with the fact that it's a good job that will continue. Happiness & Unhappiness ;Success ;Money, Coins & Minting
I was chased through a chateau in the Loire Valley by a bunch of American school girls.
I was going to be a concert pianist, and when I was in high school, my parents were scared to death that I would focus too much on that too soon. And that I'd end up in some sort of dead end, and not fulfilling whatever potential they thought I had. Death
I went and took golf lessons so Dad would let me play with him. I was just terrible... but I was able to have a wonderful time just walking around with Dad. I can see the real pleasure of that game. Time ;Families, Children & Parenting
I would always fall down the big main staircase in our house. My favorite thing in the world was to pretend to be horribly killed at the top of it, and to fall dramatically down to the bottom of it.
Last year, I finally got my own grand piano, and that was a big thing for me because it's always been and always will be a very important part of my life. Life
Maybe it's because I'm getting older, I'm finding enjoyment in things that stop time. Just the simple act of tasting a glass of wine is its own event. You're not downing a glass of wine in the midst of doing something else. Time
My dad had been an actor... not only had my dad been an actor, but his dad had been an actor, and my great-grandfather had been an actor. And who knows before then? Families, Children & Parenting
On some level in acting, what you're trying to find is truth, because when it's true is when it's also funny. Truth ;Humor
People can be a hoot on the set, but if they're not good to work with, that tires very quickly. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Sometimes in the most tragic situation, something just profoundly funny happens. Humor
The first year I was on the show, it took an interviewer about 45 minutes to get it out of me that I even had a dog, and even then I wouldn't tell him the dog's name.
There's nothing worse than putting two similar shows back-to-back. Viewers don't want to watch one show and then sit through another half-hour of almost the same thing.
We all went to Kelsey's wedding, and yeah, we go to parties. We also go to each other's house. A group of us got together over at Kelsey's and just read through some plays just for the fun of it. That may not be everyone's idea of a good time, but we had a good time. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
We can't control what the ratings will be. It's like, if you're going to go skiing, do you hope you'll have a good day of skiing? Yes. Do you hope you won't break your leg? Yes. Hope
You only have a week to do a show. I mean, there's only so deep you can dig in that week.

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