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David Hyde Pierce Biography

Birth Place:
Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Set out to be a concert pianist, originally studying music at Yale before making the switch to acting
  • Worked as a security guard and sold ties at Bloomingdale's while trying to make it in New York as an actor
  • Was stage legend Uta Hagen's last leading man
  • They costarred in a 2001 Los Angeles production of the two-character comedy Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks; Hagen insisted on waiting for Pierce to finish his season of Frasier so that they could appear together on Broadway, but while waiting she had a stroke (and later died)
  • In 2005, made his Broadway musical debut in Monty Python's Spamalot
  • Is a national board member of the Alzheimer's Association; lost his father and grandfather to the disease

Awards

  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 2003Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2002Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2001Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2001Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2000Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1999Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1999Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 1999Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 1998Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1998Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1998Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 1997Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1997Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1997Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1996Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1996Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor for a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1996Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1996Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1995Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 1995Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1995Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 1995Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1995Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1994Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1994Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated

Relationships

  • Thomas Pierce -- Brother
  • George Hyde Pierce -- Father
  • Brian Hargrove -- Husband
  • Laura Pierce -- Mother
  • Barbara -- Sister
  • Nancy -- Sister