David Hyde Pierce is probably best known for playing Niles Crane on the hit TV sitcom spin-off from Cheers, Frasier! This man is often forgotten of when talking about the greatest actors of all time, but why? His talent know no bounds. From crazy slapstick to dark and sinister drama, here’s 5 of his greatest moments:
The Short Jokes
During episodes of Frasier, Niles was often leaving to see patients and support groups and during this he says one line jokes about these patients or groups and David Hyde Pierce gives these jokes extra life. Along with mid conversation short jokes. He plays a small amount of words and totally steals the limelight.
David Hyde Pierce – Best of Niles
In an episode of Frasier in which Niles’ ex wife Maris murdered someone and drives Niles to breakdown in the coffee shop, losing his clothes in the process. David Hyde Pierce brilliantly and hysterically acts out this scene with comic precision.
David Hyde Pierce – Niles Breakdown
If you know Frasier then you must know this scene. A solely acted scene by David in which Niles is getting ready for a valentines date. With slapstick hysteria this ends in catastrophe. Watch below for one of the most iconic scenes in sitcom history.
David Hyde Pierce – Valentines Slapstick
Along with many other voice works, David is perhaps most famous in the animation world for playing alongside Kelsey Grammer as brothers (just like Frasier) Cecil Terwilliger and Sideshow Bob. His voice work is brilliant.
David Hyde Pierce – The Simpsons
The Perfect Host
This is a dark thriller staring David as a psychotic murderer who imagines his victims are still with him in his house walking around and partying. He travels down a dark and fearful road but does it so smoothly you’d swear it wasn’t the same guy who played Niles Crane.
David Hyde Pierce – The Perfect Host
Bonus: Have a look at this talk David did where he addresses his long career on stage amongst many other things.
David Hyde Pierce on Larry King Now