David Hyde Pierce born April 3,  is an American actor and director. He is best known for playing psychiatrist Dr. He is also known for his appearances on The Good Wife Pierce has also had a successful career on stage. As a child, Pierce frequently played organ at the local Bethesda Episcopal Church.
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He is the youngest child of George and Laura Pierce both deceased and has two older sisters Barbara and Nancy and an older brother Thomas. As a child, he was very interested in music particularly piano and regularly played the organ at his local church Bethesda Episcopal Church. David discovered a love of drama in high school and, upon his graduation in , he received the Yaddo Medal which is to honor academic achievement and personal character. However, his love of music was still strong so he decided to study classical piano at Yale University. Unfortunately, he soon grew bored with music history lessons and found that he wasn't dedicated enough to practice the required amount of hours to become a successful concert pianist. Instead, he returned to his love of drama and graduated in with a double major in English and Theatre Arts. He then moved to New York where he worked several menial jobs including selling ties at Bloomingdales and working as a security guard while acting in the theater during the late 80s and early 90s.
Although he is best known for his role as anal-retentive psychiatrist extraordinaire Niles Crane on the celebrated sitcom Frasier, David Hyde Pierce has also done considerable work on the stage and screen. Fair, birdlike, and bearing an uncanny resemblance to Frasier co-star Kelsey Grammer, Pierce is one of the entertainment business' finest purveyors of a certain kind of blue-blooded neuroticism, and, in the eyes of some viewers, has even gone so far as to make insecurity perversely sexy. Born in Saratoga Springs, New York, on April 3, , Pierce was raised in what he has described as a "very run-of-the-mill, middle-class" household. When he was eight, he began taking piano lessons, and he decided to pursue a career as a concert pianist. He continued to train until he got to Yale University, where he realized that he was better suited to the acting profession.
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