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In addition to three Emmys for his portrayal of Niles Crane on NBC's "Frasier," DAVID HYDE PIERCE (Drix) has won multiple American Comedy Awards, the Screen Actors Guild Award the Viewers for Quality Television Award and the Television Critics Association Award. Among his other television credits were a starring role in the NBC series "The Powers that Be," as well as guest starring roles in the series "Crime Story," "Spencer for Hire" and "The Outer Limits." for which he won a CableAce Award.

This summer. Pierce will star in a two-person play. "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks," at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Also active in film, Piece recently completed the independent "Wet, Hot American Summer," which debuted in competition at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. He also recently starred in "Isn't She Great" and voiced the walking stick character in the animated comedy "A Bug's Life." Pierce made his feature debut in "Bright Lights, Big City" in 1988 and went on roles in "Crossing Delaney. "Rocket Gibraltar." "Sleepless in Seattle," "Little Man Tate," "The Fisher King" and "Wolf" In Oliver Stone's "Nixon," he played the part of John Dean.

Originally focused on a career as a concert pianist. Pierce became interested in acting while at Yale. His first professional acting job was in the Broadway production of Christopher Durang's "Beyond Therapy." Pierce's next Broadway role was in Wendy Wasserman's award-winning play "The Heidi Chronicles." Off-Broadway, Piece appeared in numerous plays including Mike Nichols' production of Jules Feiffer's "Elliot Loves," Peter Brooks' production of "The Cherry Orchard" and Richard Greenberg's "The Author's Voice" as well as "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Hamlet" with the New York Shakespeare Festival.

Last fall, Piece returned to the stage to star in the highly praised Los Angeles production of "The Boys from Syracuse."

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