David Hyde Pierce Net Worth

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Net Worth $ 50,000,000
Real name David Hyde Pierce
Source of Wealth Movies, TV Shows
Profession Actor
Spouse/Partner Brian Hargrove
Date of Birth Apr 3, 1959
Zodiac Aries
Age 64
Gender Male
Pronoun He/Him
Height 176 cm / 5 ft 9 inch
Nationality American
Siblings Barbara, Nancy and Thomas


David Hyde Pierce is a famous American actor, theater director, and musician famous for his role as Dr. Niles Crane in the television sitcom "Frasier" which aired from 1993 to 2004.

His role as Dr. Niles Crane has earned him four Emmy Awards and 11 consecutive nominations (one for each year of the show) in the Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category. He has also won a Screen Actors Guild award for the same role.

In addition to the evergreen comedy, the actor has appeared in numerous other notable roles. He was featured in "Crossing Delancey," "Sleepless in Seattle," and acted alongside Anthony Hopkins in the political drama "Nixon."

His net worth is estimated at $50 million.

Early life, college, and acting career

David Hyde Pierce was born on April 3, 1959, in Saratoga Springs, New York, USA, to George Pierce, an insurance agent, and Laura Marie Pierce, a housewife.[1]


David was born into a family full of siblings. Aside from him, he has two sisters and a brother, all of whom are older than him.[2]

As a child, he showed a keen interest in art, especially music and acting, which he explored further by playing the piano at his hometown's church. His love for music was encouraged by his piano teacher, who suggested turning his talent into a profession.[3]

Although David's parents weren't initially happy with the idea, given the uncertainty of the music profession, they would later attend his performances as front-row spectators.

His teenage years were the point in David's life when he originally started showing a fascination with acting. David even won a Yaddo Artist Medal, an award for sustaining a high level of achievement in the artistic discipline [4]right after he graduated high school.

After finishing high school, David enrolled at Yale University to study music. However, upon studying, he grew out of love for his first passion and earned a degree in English literature and theater studies in 1981.

His next step was moving to New York and earning his place in the Broadway show "Beyond Therapy" which was David's debut on the theater scene.[5]

According to the actor, the audience loved the show, but a negative New York Times review led to empty seats for their second performance, canceling the show altogether.

Despite this, David continued to work in the theater and took part in the plays "That's it, Folks!, "The Author's Voice and The Maserati, "Hamlet," and many others.

Pierce's first TV appearances and acting in "Frasier."

The early ‘90s and ‘00s were the years when the actor was most active.

In 1990 he starred in the American sitcom "The Powers That Be," as a congressman named Theodore.

Besides having good reviews, the series was canceled after two seasons.

His career-defining role as Dr. Niles Crane, the brother of Dr. Frasier Crane, came right after. A little-known fact is that the TV series "Frasier" is a spin-off of the famous TV Series "Cheers." [6]

Dr. Frasier Crane was originally an only child; however, that became a problem for the writers who wanted to expand the plot about the doctor.

The decision to create Dr. Niles Crane came after the writers saw how much the two actors looked alike.


David wasn't even given lines, he was called to a meeting with the casting director, and later the role was made specifically for him.[7]

David was part of the "Frasier" TV series for eleven years. During the time the series was airing, he was nominated each year for an Emmy Award for a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and won four times.

More notable moments from Pierce's career include the movies "Little Man Tate," where he worked with Jodie Foster, "Nixon," where he got the chance to act with Anthony Hopkins, and "Down with Love."

He also borrowed his voice for multiple cartoons such as "Treasure Planet," "A Bug's Life" and "Hellboy."

His later engagements include acting in the Broadway play "Hello, Dolly!" and directing the musical "It Shoulda be You."

David also appeared in the political drama "The Good Wife" and starred in the comedy "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp."

In 2020 David replaced Tom Hollander in the TV Series "Julia."

Personal Life

David Hyde Pierce is married to Brian Hargrove. The couple met in 1982 and married almost ten years later, a few days before California banned same-sex marriages.

They have been together for around 40 years.[8]


David Hyde Pierce is an American actor mostly known for his role as Dr.Niles Crane from the famous comedy TV show "Frasier."

During his career, Davida was part of many successful movies and borrowed his voice for a few Disney and Pixar cartoons.

His net worth is estimated at $50 million.


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  2. David Hyde Pierce. (2022, November 30). Retrieved December 1, 2022, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hyde_Pierce#cite_note-32

  3. David Hyde Pierce. (n.d.). Retrieved December 1, 2022, from https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001383/bio

  4. Yaddo Artist medal. (n.d.). Retrieved December 1, 2022, from https://www.britannica.com/art/Yaddo-Artist-Medal

  5. Engel, A. (n.d.). University of Southern California. Retrieved December 1, 2022, from https://dramaticarts.usc.edu/his-career-began-with-a-fall-down-the-stairs/

  6. Francese, A. (2020, October 20). The role of dr. Niles Crane on 'Frasier' was reportedly created specifically for David Hyde Pierce. Retrieved December 1, 2022, from https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/the-role-of-dr-niles-crane-on-frasier-was-reportedly-created-specifically-for-david-hyde-pierce.html/

  7. Ramirez, C. (2022, March 31). David Hyde Pierce opens up about his nearly 40-year-long relationship with husband Brian Hargrove. Retrieved December 1, 2022, from https://people.com/tv/david-hyde-pierce-opens-up-about-his-40-year-relationship-with-husband-brian-hargrove/