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
On Monday 11th August 2014 the world was shook by the news that Robin Williams had sadly died. We have lost a brilliant man and one of the worlds most artistic and funny souls. There are many reasons the world loved, and still loves, this man but it’s in no small part due to his giant catalogue of well above par works from stand up comedy to TV and film. It’s clear to see from the worlds response to the news how much he has affected our lives through his work and for many of us he was a massive part of our childhood. So we’ve cherry picked five of his very top works. These are not in order from best to worst (or visa versa), just five of the very many good pieces of work from this wonderful man’s career.
5. Mork and Mindy: This Happy Days spin off was probably most peoples first introduction to Robin Williams. Mork and Mindy received world wide acclaim from viewers and sky rocketed Robin’s career in a very short time. This show is a very brilliant and comic look to life and holds a special place in a lot of eighties kids hearts.
4. Jumanji: This film is a children’s classic and will forever be regarded so. While this is not a cinematic feat of genius in filmic terms, it is still fantasy gold with a lot of Robin’s usual comic personality thrown in.
3. Good Morning Vietnam: Probably Robin’s first world renowned block buster. He plays a crazy radio DJ that is assigned to the armed forces radio. He is joined by Forest Whitaker in the cast and delivers brilliance after brilliance from beginning to end. This film is probably at the top of a lot of people’s favourite Robin Williams films list.
2. Mrs Doubtfire: This film is seen the world over as one of the greatest comedy films of all time. And I don’t doubt that everybody who is reading this has at least some recollection of this film. This is a true family classic with a heart warming story built in to a barrel of laughs. Sadly though due to Robin’s passing Mrs Doubtfire 2, which was in development, will probably never see the light of day.
1. Robin’s Stand-up Comedy: Through-out the world of stand-up comedy, Robin is often placed near the top. And sadly, his work in this field is often overlooked by most people. Not many people could be as unique and quick witted as Robin and his often childlike way of delivering his stand up show made him stand out from everyone else. His show ‘Weapons Of Self Destruction’ is a personal highlight of his stand up career.
Other picks: There are of course too many works to mention in just one article but here are just a few more to get your teeth stuck into. Jack, a film where he plays a child with the body of a full grown man. Good Will Hunting, a multi award winning film written by Matt Damon & Ben Affleck. He was also capable of fantastic dramatic acting like in One Hour Photo a dark thriller that showed his ability’s didn’t just lie in comedy.
Let us not forget what this man means to us all. Let his films live on for many years to come.
Rest in peace Robin. You will be missed dearly by us all.
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