David Hyde Pierce
Stage, TV, and Movie Actor
Who is David Hyde Pierce?
David Hyde Pierce is an American stage, television, and movie actor. He is probably best known for his role as psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane on the NBC sitcom Frasier. For the role, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award eleven years in a row for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He won four of those awards. He currently holds the record for most nominations and is surpassed in wins only by actor Don Knotts who won five.
David Hyde Pierce is related to a number of U.S. Presidents including William Howard Taft, Grover Cleveland, James Garfield, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Rutherford B. Hayes, and both Presidents Bush. He also has a royal family connection to the late Princess Diana.
David Hyde Pierce also has a number of fellow celebrities in his family tree including Playboy's Hugh Hefner, the Beach Boys' Wilson brothers, and fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt and her son CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper. Fellow actors with kinship to David Hyde Pierce include Humphrey Bogart, Roy Rogers, Anthony Perkins, Chevy Chase, Bill Paxton, Clint Eastwood, George Kennedy, Ben Affleck, and Oliver Platt. Actresses in his family tree include Lillian Gish, Lucille Ball, Elisabeth Shue, Kate Upton, Jodie Foster, Glenn Close, Brooke Shields, and Shirley Temple.
A few other notable kin to David Hyde Pierce are women's rights advocate Susan B. Anthony, author Harriet Beecher Stowe, Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale, abolitionist John Brown, and aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright, and Amelia Earhart.
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