David Hyde Pierce– Biography, Facts & Life Story
David Hyde Pierce is an American film director and actor. Pierce won four Primetime Emmy Awards for his role as psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane on the NBC sitcom Frasier from 1993 to 2004. He is also known for his roles in the television series The Good Wife (2014–2015).
David Hyde Pierce: Net Worth 2022/2023
David Hyde Pierce is an American actor and director with a net worth of $40 million. During the final two seasons of “Frasier,” he was paid $1 million per episode. In today’s dollars, that translates to about $1.5 million after inflation. He ended up earning $22 million per season, $44 million for the final two seasons, and tens of millions in reruns.
In Los Feliz, Los Angeles, the actor paid $3.625 million for an 8,184-square-foot home in 2003. He sold the seven-bedroom home for $7.05 million in 2012. There is a library, a theater, a gym, and a pool in the house. The 92-acre estate includes a guesthouse and a swimming pool.
David Hyde Pierce moved to New York City after graduating from college, where he worked as a security guard and sold ties at Bloomingdale’s while taking classes at Michael Howard Studios. He made his Broadway debut in Christopher Durang’s “Beyond Therapy” in 1982, and his television debut five years later in guest roles on “Spenser: For Hire” and “Crime Story.”
“Bright Lights, Big City” was the artist’s first feature film, and by the end of the decade, he had also appeared in “Crossing Delancey,” “Rocket Gibraltar,” and “Vampire’s Kiss” (1989). In 1993, David starred in “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Addams Family Values” before landing the role of psychiatrist Niles Crane on “Frasier,” which would make him famous. He won numerous awards for the film, which aired 264 episodes over 11 seasons, and won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series for five consecutive years.
From 1997 to 2007, the 62-year-old played Cecil Terwilliger on “The Simpsons,” and he returned in 2014 as a different character. Hyde starred in the 2010 psychological thriller “The Perfect Host” and narrated “Forever Plaid: The Movie” (2008) and “Stingray Sam” (2009).
The actor directed the Broadway musical “It Shoulda Been You” as well as an Off-Broadway production of David Lindsay’s “Ripcord” in 2015. Abaire’s He made his Broadway comeback in 2017, co-starring with Bette Midler in “Hello, Dolly!” for which he won Tony, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League awards. Pierce starred in Julie Andrews’ educational Netflix series “Julie’s Greenroom” in the same year, as well as a miniseries about LGBT rights called “When We Rise.” The horror film “The Georgetown Project,” starring David, will be released in 2021.
Awards and Nominations for David Hyde Pierce
David Hyde Pierce has won 11 Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on “Frasier,” including Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1995, 1998, 1999, and 2004. For his portrayal of Niles Crane, he received five Golden Globe nominations, six American Comedy Awards, five Online Film & Television Association Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Television Critics Association Awards, six Viewers for Quality Television Awards, and a “TV Guide” Award.
For his work on “The Outer Limits,” the actor received a Cable ACE Award for Guest Actor in a Dramatic Special or Series in 1997, and an Online Film & Television Association award for Best Guest Actor Comedy Series in 1998 for “Caroline in the City.”
Pierce has won four Tony Awards, including Best Actor in a Musical and the Isabelle Stevenson Award for “Curtains” in 2007. In 2007, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree by Niagara University in Lewiston, New York, as well as an Honorary Degree by Skidmore College in his hometown.
After years of media speculation about his sexuality, David Hyde Pierce announced in 2007 that he is gay, and later clarified via his publicist that he and television journalist, director, and producer Brian Hargrove were a couple. Pierce thanked “my partner, Brian, for 24 years of listening to your damn notes—why that’s I’m up here tonight” while accepting his Tony Award for Curtains.
On October 24, 2008, the couple married in California, just days before Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriages in the state, became law. He publicly announced his marriage to Hargrove and expressed his displeasure with the passage of Proposition 8 while appearing on The View on May 28, 2009.
David Hyde Pierce- Early Life
David Hyde Pierce was born David Pierce on April 3, 1959, in Saratoga Springs, New York. He grew up with his insurance agent mother Laura, his aspiring actor father George, his older sisters Nancy and Barbara, and his older brother Thomas. David Pierce began using the middle name Hyde (his father’s middle name) when he was another actor.
As a child, the 64-year-old actor enjoyed playing the organ at a local church, and as a teenager, he became involved in drama. He enrolled at Yale to study classical piano after graduation, but changed his major and graduated in 1981 with degrees in English and Theatre Arts. David directed and starred in student productions of “Waiting for Godot” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” in college.