DAVID HYDE PIERCE (Carl) studied acting at Yale University with
Bart Teusch, Austin Pendleton, Lynne Meadow, and Nikos Psacharapoulus,
and worked for two seasons at Mr. Psacharapoulus's 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" in
Chicago, "The Seagull," "Tartuffe," "Cyrano" and "Midsummer's 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 and in the Reprise production of "The Boys from Syracuse,"
directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman.
Pierce's film credits include "Bright Lights, Big
City," "Crossing Delancy," "Little Man Tate," "Sleepless in Seattle,"
"Isn't She Great," "Wet, Hot, American Summer," and the animated films
"A Bug's Life," "Osmosis Jones" and "Treasure Planet."
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 on "Frasier."
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