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DAVID HYDE PIERCE (Doctor Doppler) lends his comic timing and dramatic skills to this bookish canine astrophysicist who is a good friend of the Hawkins family and has a secret longing for adventure. When the map to Treasure Planet falls into his hands, he scares up a rough and ready crew and embarks on the adventure he has dreamed about his whole life. This is Pierce's third voice for a Disney animated production, following roles as Daedalus in the TV series "Hercules” and the harassed stick insect Slim in the Disney/Pixar film, "A Bug's Life.”

Pierce studied acting at Yale University with Bart Teusch, Austin Pendleton, Lynne Meadow, and Nikos Psacharapoulus, and worked for two seasons at Mr. Psacharapoulus' Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. After graduating in 1981, he moved to New York and made his professional and Broadway debut in 1982 as the waiter in Christopher Durang's "Beyond Therapy.” He went on to create roles in the Off-Broadway productions of Mark O'Donnell's "That's It, Folks!,” Richard Greenberg's "The Author's Voice” and "Maderati,” Harry Kondoleon's "Zero Positive,” and Jules Feiffer's "Elliot Loves,” before returning to Broadway in Wendy Wasserstein's "The Heidi Chronicles.”

In addition to his work in new plays, Pierce also appeared in "Hamlet” and "Much Ado About Nothing” at Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival, "Holiday” and "Camille” at Chicago, "The Seagull,” "Tartuffe,” "Cyrano de Bergerac,” and "A Midsummer Night's Dream” at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, and Peter Brook's production of "The Cherry Orchard” in New York, Moscow, Leningrad and Tokyo.

In 1991 he came to Los Angeles, where he appeared in Terrence McNally's "It's Only a Play” at the Doolittle Theatre. He was recently featured in the Reprise production of "The Boys from Syracuse,” directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman. Pierce teamed with Seidelman once again in the Geffen Playhouse presentation of "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” with Uta Hagen.

Pierce's film credits include "Bright Lights, Big City” (1988), "Crossing Delancey” (1988), "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings” (1988, also featuring Laurie Metcalf), "Little Man Tate” (1991), "The Fisher King” (1991), "Sleepless in Seattle” (1993), "Addams Family Values” (1993), "Wolf” (1994), "Nixon” (1995), "Isn't She Great” (2000), "Wet Hot American Summer” (2001) and "Full Frontal” (2002). The actor's other animated voice credits include Drix, the uptight partner to Osmosis in "Osmosis Jones” (2001).

Pierce recently wrapped production on Fox Searchlight's "Down with Love,” playing opposite Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. His television credits include a short but happy stint on Norman Lear's political satire "The Powers That Be,” and a long but happy stint playing Dr. Niles Crane on "Frasier.”


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