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Also Known As: David Pierce Died:
Born: April 3, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Saratoga Springs, New York, USA Profession: actor, church organist, security guard, clothing salesman

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A supporting player of American stage, TV, and film who has specialized in playing neurotic and priggish men of privilege, Pierce made his professional debut on Broadway in Christopher Durang's "Beyond Therapy" (1982) before working off-Broadway and in regional theater. Onstage, billed as David Pierce, the Yale graduate distinguished himself as Laertes to Kevin Kline's "Hamlet" (1986), toured the Soviet Union and Japan in "The Cherry Orchard" (1988-89) and won plaudits for his turn as a gay pediatrician opposite Christine Lahti in Wendy Wasserstein's award-winning "The Heidi Chronicles" (1989-90).

A supporting player of American stage, TV, and film who has specialized in playing neurotic and priggish men of privilege, Pierce made his professional debut on Broadway in Christopher Durang's "Beyond Therapy" (1982) before working off-Broadway and in regional theater. Onstage, billed as David Pierce, the Yale graduate distinguished himself as Laertes to Kevin Kline's "Hamlet" (1986), toured the Soviet Union and Japan in "The Cherry Orchard" (1988-89) and won plaudits for his turn as a gay pediatrician opposite Christine Lahti in Wendy Wasserstein's award-winning "The Heidi Chronicles" (1989-90).

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Runway, The (2011)
3.
4.
 Hellboy (2004) Voice Of Abe Sapien
5.
 Down With Love (2003) Peter Mcmannus
6.
 Treasure Planet (2002) Voice Of Dr Doppler
7.
 Full Frontal (2002) Carl
8.
 Osmosis Jones (2001) Voice Of Drix
9.
 On the Edge (2001) Barney ("Happy Birthday")
10.
 Wet Hot American Summer (2001) Professor Henry Neuman
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Milestones close milestones

1981:
Moved to NYC after graduating from Yale
1981:
Began selling ties at Bloomingdale's while studying acting
1982:
Broadway acting debut, "Beyond Therapy"
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Worked in off-Broadway and regional theater
1983:
Moved to Minneapolis, MN; appeared in various productions at the Guthrie Theater
1986:
Played Laertes in a New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Hamlet", starring Kevin Kline
1988:
First film appearance, bit role in "Bright Lights, Big City"
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Toured the Soviet Union and Japan with "The Cherry Orchard"
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Appeared on Broadway in "The Heidi Chronicles" for six months opposite Christine Lahti
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Became a regular on "The Powers That Be", an NBC political sitcom from Norman Lear
1993:
Cast as Dr Niles Crane, brother of the title character, on the NBC sitcom "Frasier"; role created especially for him due to his physical resemblance to actor Kelsey Grammer
1993:
Had featured role in "Sleepless in Seattle"
1995:
Portrayed John Dean in Oliver Stone's biopic "Nixon"
2000:
Cast as fictionalized version of book editor Michael Korda, called Michael Hastings in "Isn't She Great", the biopic of Jacqueline Susann
2001:
Starred opposite Uta Hagen in the L.A. stage production "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks"
2001:
Played an astrophysicist in "Wet Hot American Summer"
2001:
Voiced a rookie cold tablet in "Osmosis Jones"
2002:
Cast in Soderbergh's "Full Frontal"
2002:
Voiced the character Dr. Doppler in the Disney animated feature "Treasure Planet"
2003:
Cast in the feature "Down With Love"
2003:
Received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series for his role in "Frasier"
2004:
Voice of Abe Sapien in the horror film "Hellboy"
2005:
Co-starred in "Spamalot," Eric Idle's Broadway musical version of 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail'
2006:
Played a Boston detective in the Kander and Ebb musical, "Curtains" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles; show moved to Broadway in 2007
2009:
Earned a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word for the Children's album, <i>The Phantom Tollbooth</i>
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Education

Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1981
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1981

Notes

"I don't like showing imperfections in real life, so acting's a way to do that." --Pierce quoted in Us, September 1996

"I used to think, 'I want to be in an Oliver Stone movie, but I'm not sure I want to work with Oliver Stone'. I liked working with him, but he's no bed of roses. He HAS his opinions, and if you want to challenge him, you better be prepared." --On working on the film "Nixon", quoted in Movieline, December 1995.

Family close complete family listing

father:
George Pierce. Ran an insurance agency.
mother:
Laura Pierce. Died in May 1995.

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