David Hyde Pierce

David Hyde Pierce (born April 3, 1959)[1] is an American actor and director. He is best known for playing psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane on the NBC sitcom Frasier, for which he won four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series during the show's run. Pierce has played supporting roles in several films, including Little Man Tate, The Fisher King, Sleepless in Seattle, and Oliver Stone's Nixon, in which he portrayed White House Counsel John Dean. In 2010, he starred in the psychological thriller The Perfect Host.

Pierce has also had a successful career on stage. His Broadway roles include Sir Robin in Spamalot, Vanya in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Horace Vandergelder in Hello Dolly. He won the 2007 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance in Curtains. In 2015, he directed the Broadway musical It Shoulda Been You.

David Hyde Pierce
David Hyde Pierce VF Shankbone 2010
Pierce in New York City in 2010
Born
David Hyde Pierce

April 3, 1959 (age 59)
Alma materYale University
OccupationActor, director
Years active1982–present
Notable credit(s)
Niles Crane in Frasier
Lt. Frank Cioffi in Curtains
Spouse(s)
Brian Hargrove (m. 2008)

Early life

Pierce was born David Pierce in Saratoga Springs, New York. His father, George Hyde Pierce,[2] was an aspiring actor, and his mother, Laura Marie (née Hughes),[2] was an insurance agent.[1] He added his middle name "Hyde" to avoid confusion with another actor named David Pierce.[3]

As a child, Pierce frequently played organ at the local Bethesda Episcopal Church.[4] While attending Yale, Pierce performed in and directed student productions, appearing in the Yale Gilbert & Sullivan Society's production of H.M.S. Pinafore. He also directed the Gilbert & Sullivan Society's operetta Princess Ida.[5] Among other productions Pierce appeared in at Yale were Waiting for Godot, Saint Joan, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

Career

After his graduation, Pierce moved to New York City, where during the 1980s and early 1990s he was employed in various jobs, such as selling ties at Bloomingdale's and working as a security guard, while pursuing an acting career and studying at Michael Howard Studios. During this period he played Laertes in a popular off-Broadway production of Hamlet and made his Broadway debut in 1982 in Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy.[6]

David Hyde Pierce at 47th Emmy Awards
Pierce at the 1994 Emmy Awards

Pierce's first big television break came in the early 1990s with Norman Lear's political comedy, The Powers That Be, in which Pierce played Theodore, a Congressman.[7] Despite positive reviews from critics, the show was canceled after a brief run.

In part due to his close physical resemblance to Kelsey Grammer,[8] the producers of the Cheers spin-off Frasier created the role of Niles Crane (Frasier Crane's younger brother) for him.[7] Although prior to Frasier going into production, Pierce had petitioned the Screen Actors Guild to change his billing to David Pierce, the name he had used on the stage, the use of his middle name in the show's credits helped reinforce the actor's and the character's "snooty" image.[8] For his work on Frasier, Pierce was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Emmy a record eleven consecutive years, winning in 1995, 1998, 1999 and 2004.

Mikulski, Bond, and Pierce at Alzheimer's Press Conference
Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski, Missouri Senator Kit Bond and Pierce at the Alzheimer's Press Conference to promote awareness

Pierce also appeared alongside Jodie Foster in Little Man Tate, with Anthony Hopkins in Oliver Stone's Nixon, and with Ewan McGregor in Down With Love.[7] He provided the voice for Doctor Doppler in Disney's 42nd animated feature, Treasure Planet, Slim, a stick insect in Pixar's A Bug's Life and Abe Sapien in Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy. In his role in Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Pierce played the brother of Meg Ryan's character, a professor at Johns Hopkins University. The movie was released three months before the start of Frasier.[7] In 2001, he starred in the cult 1981-set summer camp comedy Wet Hot American Summer, as the befuddled astrophysicist, Prof. Henry Newman.

In 2005, Pierce joined Tim Curry and others in the stage production of Spamalot.[7] In August and September 2006, he starred as Lieutenant Frank Cioffi in Curtains, a new Kander and Ebb musical staged at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. In March 2007, Curtains opened on Broadway[7] and on June 10, 2007, Pierce won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical at the 61st Tony Awards for his performance.[7] In his acceptance speech, Pierce said the first words he spoke on a Broadway stage were, "I'm sorry, I'm going to have to ask you to leave."[9]

On November 19, 2007, Pierce was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from Niagara University in Lewiston, New York. In 1999 he was awarded an Honorary Degree from Skidmore College, located in his native Saratoga Springs. In 2010, Pierce appeared in a revival of David Hirson's play La Bête directed by Matthew Warchus. The production debuted on London's West End before moving to New York.[10] Also in 2010, Pierce had his first starring film role as Warwick Wilson in the dark comedy/psychological thriller The Perfect Host.

David Hyde Pierce outside Harold Pinter Theatre
Pierce outside Harold Pinter Theatre after the final performance of La Bête in September 4, 2010

Pierce directed the Broadway production of the musical It Shoulda Been You. In 2015 he directed the Manhattan Theater Club production of David Lindsay-Abaire's play Ripcord Off-Broadway at City Center.[11]

Pierce appeared in the Off-Broadway limited engagement of A Life by Adam Bock. The play premiered at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater on October 24, 2016, directed by Anne Kaufman, and closed on November 27.[12]

Pierce appears in the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! as Horace Vandergelder. The musical opened on April 20, 2017 at the Shubert Theatre.[13] Pierce received a 2017 Drama League award nomination for Hello, Dolly! and A Life.[14]

Voice acting

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Pierce at the Governor's Ball dinner after the Emmy Awards in September 1995

Pierce is known for his distinctive voice and, like his Frasier co-star, Kelsey Grammer, is often called upon to provide voice work. His notable roles include the narrator of the movie The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human in 1999, walking stick insect Slim in A Bug's Life, Doctor Delbert Doppler in Disney's film Treasure Planet, and the amphibian Abe Sapien in Hellboy.[7] Pierce refused credit for his Hellboy role because he felt it was the performance of Doug Jones, and not his own voice, which ultimately brought the character of Abe Sapien to life.[15] He was the voice for Drix, a cold pill, in the animated comedy Osmosis Jones.

In a deliberate in-joke, he voiced Cecil, the brother of Kelsey Grammer-voiced Sideshow Bob, in The Simpsons episode "Brother from Another Series", in which the two characters parallel the Frasier-Niles relationship. At one point in the episode, Cecil mistakes Bart for Maris, the unseen wife of Niles on Frasier. He returned as Cecil in the Season 19 episode "Funeral for a Fiend" where Frasier co-star John Mahoney voices Dr. Robert Terwilliger, Sr., the father of Cecil and Sideshow Bob.

Pierce provided the voice of Mr. Daedalus in the 1998 Disney show Hercules: The Animated Series. In 2006, he co-starred in the animated pilot for The Amazing Screw-On Head as the Screw-On Head's nemesis Emperor Zombie; however, the series was not picked up. His commercial voiceover work included ads for the Tassimo coffee system, Seattle's Metro Transit, and home furnishings retailer Ikea Canada.[16]

Pierce narrated an audio tour guide, Napa Uncorked, in 2002.[17]

Personal life

After years of media speculation about his sexuality, Pierce came out in 2007 and later confirmed through his publicist that he and television writer, director and producer Brian Hargrove were a couple.[18][19] When accepting his Tony Award for Curtains, Pierce thanked "my partner, Brian, because it's 24 years of listening to your damn notes—that's why I'm up here tonight."[20] They married in California on October 24, 2008, just days before Proposition 8 was adopted as law, banning same-sex marriages in the state.[21] On May 28, 2009, while a guest on The View, he publicly announced his marriage to Hargrove and expressed his anger about the approval of Proposition 8.[22]

He is a godparent to Frasier co-star Jane Leeves' son, Finn, as was his late Frasier co-star John Mahoney.[23] Pierce has spent years working with the Alzheimer's Association on behalf of Americans with Alzheimer's disease. He has appeared in Washington, D.C., to testify in support of expanding funding for treatment, and he publicly campaigned for the National Alzheimer's Project Act. Pierce told MSNBC in 2011, "it is up to us, to all of us, to the American people and to their representatives about whether we face the challenges and make all the effort necessary or if we ignore it and just let this sort of tidal wave crash over us."[24]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Appointments of Dennis Jennings Businessman Short film
1988 Bright Lights, Big City Bartender at Fashion Show
1988 Crossing Delancey Mark
1988 Rocket Gibraltar Monsieur Henri
1989 Vampire's Kiss Theater Guy
1990 Across Five Aprils Union Soldier
1991 Little Man Tate Garth Emmerick
1991 The Fisher King Lou Rosen
1993 Sleepless in Seattle Dennis Reed
1993 Addams Family Values Delivery Room Doctor
1994 Wolf Roy
1995 Ripple Peter Short film
1995 Nixon John Dean Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1998 A Bug's Life Slim Voice
1999 The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human Narrator Voice
2000 Isn't She Great Michael Hastings
2000 Chain of Fools Mr. Kerner
2000 The Tangerine Bear Bird Voice
2001 Wet Hot American Summer Henry Newman
2001 Happy Birthday Barney Short film
2001 Osmosis Jones Drix Voice
2001 Laud Weiner Laud Weiner Short film
2002 Full Frontal Carl
2002 Treasure Planet Doctor Doppler Voice
2003 Down with Love Peter MacMannus
2004 Hellboy Abe Sapien Voice
Uncredited
2008 Forever Plaid: The Movie Narrator Voice
2009 Stingray Sam Narrator Voice
2010 The Perfect Host Warwick Wilson

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Spenser: For Hire O'Neill Episode: "The Man Who Wasn't There"
1987 Crime Story NSA Agent Carruthers Episode: "Mig 21"
1988 Knightwatch Gibson Episode: "Friday Knight"
1992 Dream On Jerry Dorfer Episode: "The Guilty Party"
1992–1993 The Powers That Be Theodore Van Horne 21 episodes
1993–2004 Frasier Dr. Niles Crane 264 episodes
American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male in a Television Series (1995–2000)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1995, 1998–1999, 2004)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (1997–98)
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy Series (1994–1998, 2000)
Nominated—American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male in a Television Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1995–1998, 2001)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1994, 1996–97, 2000–2003)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2003–2004)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (1995, 1997–2002)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1995–1999, 2001–2004)
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy Series
1995 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "David Hyde Pierce/Live"
1995 Caroline in the City Dr. Niles Crane Episode: "Caroline and the Bad Back"
1996 The Outer Limits Dr. Jack Henson Episode: "The Sentence"
CableACE Award for Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series
1996 Mighty Ducks Baron von Lichtenstamp Voice
3 episodes
1996 Caroline in the City Jimmy Callahan Episode: "Caroline and the Cat Dancer"
1997 Happily Every After Puss Voice
Episode: "Puss in Boots"
1997–2007 The Simpsons Cecil Terwilliger Voice
2 episodes
1999 Jackie's Back Perry Television film
2001 Titus Jerry October Episode: "Life Forward"
2001 On the Edge Barney Television film
2003 Gary the Rat Addison Voice
Episode: "Strange Bedfellows"
2006 The Amazing Screw-On Head Emperor Zombie Voice
Television film
2012 Sesame Street Commander Chiphead Episode: "Get Lost, Mr. Chips"
2014 The Simpsons Felix Voice
Episode: "Clown in the Dumps"
2014–2015 The Good Wife Frank Prady 8 episodes
2015 Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Henry Newman 2 episodes
2017 When We Rise Dr. Jones 3 episodes
2017 Julie's Greenroom Himself 2 episodes
2017 Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later Henry Newman Episode: "End Summer Night's Dream"

Theatre

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Beyond Therapy Andrew
1990 The Heidi Chronicles Peter Patrone
2001 Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks[25] Michael Minetti
2005–2006 Spamalot Sir Robin and others Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
2005 A Wonderful Life Clarence
2007–2008 Curtains Lieutenant Frank Cioffi Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical
Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
2009 Accent on Youth Steven Gaye
2010–2011 La Bête Elomire
2013 Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Vanya Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play
2015 It Shoulda Been You Director
2015 Ripcord Director
2016 A Life Nate Martin Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
Nominated—Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance
Nominated—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
2017–2018 Hello, Dolly! Horace Vandergelder Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical
Nominated—Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance
Nominated—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical

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External links

5th Screen Actors Guild Awards

The 5th Screen Actors Guild Awards, honoring the best achievements in film and television performances for the year 1998, took place on March 7, 1999. The ceremony was held at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, California, and was televised live by TNT.

The nominees were announced on January 26, 1999 by Salma Hayek and David Hyde Pierce.

Adam Bock

Adam Bock is a Canadian playwright currently living in the United States. He was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. In the fall of 1984, Bock studied at the National Theater Institute at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. He is an artistic associate of the Shotgun Players, an award-winning San Francisco theater group. His play Medea Eats was produced in 2000 by Clubbed Thumb, which subsequently premiered his play The Typographer's Dream in 2002. Five Flights was produced in New York City by the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in 2004.The Thugs opened Off-Off-Broadway in a production by SoHo Rep in October 2006, directed by Anne Kauffman. He won a 2006-07 Obie award, Playwriting, for The Thugs.During the 2007-2008 New York theatrical season, two plays by Bock were produced Off Broadway: The Receptionist at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2007 and The Drunken City, originally commissioned by the Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, New York, at Playwrights Horizons.

Bock is openly gay and often writes about homosexuality. He is quoted as saying "I'm a gay playwright. I like being called a gay playwright. It's who I am. It's how I write. I have a very specific take on the world because I'm gay."Bock has been nominated for two 2007-2008 Outer Critics Circle Awards. Both The Receptionist and The Drunken City were nominated for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play. In 2012, he won a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for his work.Bock's play A Small Fire ran December 16, 2010 – January 23, 2011 Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, under the direction of Trip Cullman. A Life premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons on September 30, 2016 (previews), starring David Hyde Pierce and directed by Anne Kauffman. A Life was nominated for the 2017 Drama Desk Awards: Outstanding Play; David Hyde Pierce as Outstanding Actor in a Play; Anne Kauffman for Outstanding Director of a Play; Laura Jellinek for Outstanding Set Design for a Play; and Mikhail Fiksel for Outstanding Sound Design in a Play.

Brian Hargrove

David Brian Hargrove (born April 2, 1956) is an American television writer and producer. He was a co-creator of the television series Titus (2000–2002), along with Christopher Titus and Jack Kenny.

Brother from Another Series

"Brother from Another Series" is the sixteenth episode of The Simpsons' eighth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on February 23, 1997. Sideshow Bob is released from prison into the care of his brother Cecil and claims to be a changed man. However, Bart does not believe him and tries to find out what Bob is up to. It was the first episode directed by Pete Michels and was written by Ken Keeler. The episode guest stars Kelsey Grammer in his sixth appearance as Sideshow Bob and David Hyde Pierce as Cecil. The title is not only a pun on the movie The Brother from Another Planet (used for a previous episode as well), but also a reference to the fact that guest stars Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce also played bickering brothers Frasier Crane and Niles Crane, respectively, on the NBC sitcom Frasier.

Full Frontal (film)

Full Frontal is a 2002 film by Steven Soderbergh about a day in the life of a handful of characters in Hollywood. It stars Catherine Keener, Blair Underwood, David Duchovny, Julia Roberts, Mary McCormack, Brad Pitt, and David Hyde Pierce. The film was shot on digital video using the Canon XL-1s in under a month.

The film blurs the line between what is real and what is fiction in its depiction of a film within a film (and possibly within another). It is in the loose structural style and narrative ambiguity of the French New Wave, and it received critical notice for this style.

Funeral for a Fiend

"Funeral for a Fiend" is the eighth episode of The Simpsons' nineteenth season. It first aired on the Fox network in the United States on November 25, 2007. It was written by Michael Price and was directed by Rob Oliver. It features Kelsey Grammer in his tenth appearance as Sideshow Bob, as well as David Hyde Pierce in his second appearance as Cecil Terwilliger. John Mahoney makes his first appearance as Dr. Robert Terwilliger, Sr., the father of Bob and Cecil. Keith Olbermann also makes a guest appearance as himself.

Glenn Fitzgerald

Glenn Fitzgerald (born December 21, 1971) is an American actor of stage, film, and television.

Film roles include: Homicide Detective Anderson in Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit; Lonnie, the son of Alan Alda and Lily Tomlin's characters, in David O. Russell's cult classic Flirting with Disaster; Neil, the boy at the "key party" that goes home with Sigourney Weaver's character in Ang Lee's The Ice Storm; the Hasidic scholar husband of Renee Zellweger's character in A Price Above Rubies; the uptight assistant to Sean Connery's character in Gus Van Sant's Finding Forrester; and the earnest antique dealer in love with Bruce Willis' character's wife in M. Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense.

He has also played diverse roles in several independent films, including a terminally ill pacifist forced to fight for his life in Series 7: The Contenders; a sociopathic skinhead opposite Ryan Gosling in The Believer ; the sensitive, kind brother in Tully ; and the reckless, drug-addled tank commander opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Buffalo Soldiers.

Between film jobs Glenn has built a respected stage career, originating roles in Jon Robin Baitz's Mizlansky/Zilinsky, opposite Nathan Lane and directed by Joe Mantello; Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero (Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor); Will Eno's The Realistic Joneses with Tracy Letts and Parker Posey, directed by Sam Gold; Melissa James Gibson's THIS at Playwrights Horizons with Julianne Nicholson; and David Lindsay-Abaire's Ripcord directed by David Hyde Pierce with Holland Taylor.

Fitzgerald has appeared in innovative productions of classic plays such as Hedda Gabler at New York Theatre Workshop directed by Ivo van Hove; The Importance of Being Earnest at Williamstown Theater Festival directed by David Hyde Pierce and starring Tyne Daly; Classic Stage Company's Ivanov and Hamlet directed by Austin Pendleton alongside Ethan Hawke and Peter Sarsgaard and Othello at New York Theatre Workshop directed by Sam Gold with Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo.

Television credits includes series regular Brian Darling on ABC's Dirty Sexy Money, and guest starring roles on Six Feet Under, Billions, Madam Secretary, Elementary, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Homicide: Life on the Street, and CSI:Miami.

Fitzgerald is also a photographer whose intimate, behind-the-scenes portraits of theatre productions have been featured in the New York Times.

Isabelle Stevenson Award

The Isabelle Stevenson Award is a special non-competitive Tony Award. It is given to "an individual from the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations, regardless of whether such organizations relate to the theatre."

The award is named for the late president of the American Theatre Wing, Isabelle Stevenson, and was first presented at the 2009 Tony Awards ceremony. The first recipient was Phyllis Newman, who founded The Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative of The Actors' Fund of America. The second recipient was David Hyde Pierce, recognized "for his work in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease."

Isn't She Great

Isn't She Great is a 2000 biographical comedy-drama film that presents a fictionalized biography of author Jacqueline Susann, played by Bette Midler. An international co-production between the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan, the film was directed by Andrew Bergman from a screenplay by Paul Rudnick based on a 1995 New Yorker profile by Michael Korda. The film covers Susann's entire life, focusing on her early struggles as an aspiring actress relentlessly hungry for fame, her relationship with press agent husband Irving Mansfield (Nathan Lane), with whom she had an institutionalized autistic son, her success as the author of Valley of the Dolls, and her battle with and subsequent death from breast cancer. In addition to Midler and Lane, the film stars Stockard Channing as Susann's "gal pal" Florence Maybelle, David Hyde Pierce as book editor Michael Hastings, and John Cleese as publisher Henry Marcus. John Larroquette, Amanda Peet, Christopher McDonald, Debbie Shapiro, and Paul Benedict have supporting roles.

Opening in 750 US theaters on January 28, 2000, it was assaulted by critics and shunned by the public, and earned only $3 million at the box office, far less than its cost of $44 million. Midler was nominated for a Worst Actress Golden Raspberry Award.

List of awards and nominations received by Frasier

Frasier is an American television sitcom created by David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee as a spinoff of the 1980s sitcom Cheers. The series revolves around the titular character Frasier Crane, a psychiatrist who returns to his hometown to start a new life for himself. The series stars Kelsey Grammer in role of the main character, as well as Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin and John Mahoney.

Frasier aired on NBC from September 16, 1993 to May 13, 2004, broadcasting 264 episodes over eleven seasons during its initial run. During the series' run, the show received critical acclaim for its writing and humor. The series amassed 318 nominations for a variety of industry awards, including 108 Emmy awards (with 37 wins), 24 Golden Globe Awards (with two wins), 26 Screen Actors Guild Awards (with 2 wins), 11 TCA Awards (with five wins), 9 Writers Guild of America awards (with six wins), and 9 Directors Guild of America awards (with two wins).

In addition to the awards for the series, several individual cast members received acclaim for their performance on the series. Pierce stands as the most decorated cast member on the series, winning 4 Emmy awards, 5 Q Awards, 2 TCA awards, 2 SAG awards and 6 American Comedy awards. Grammer also won 4 Emmy Awards, 4 Q awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Satellite awards, 2 American Comedy Awards and a SAG award. Several other actors and crew members in the series received many awards and nominations, including Leeves, Mahoney, and the creators of the show.

Little Man Tate

Little Man Tate is a 1991 American family drama film directed by Jodie Foster from a screenplay written by Scott Frank. The film stars Adam Hann-Byrd as Fred Tate, a seven-year-old child prodigy, who struggles to self-actualize in social and psychological settings that largely fail to accommodate his intelligence. It also stars Foster, Dianne Wiest, Harry Connick, Jr., David Hyde Pierce, Debi Mazar and P.J. Ochlan.

Little Man Tate was released theatrically on October 18, 1991 by Orion Pictures. The film marked Foster's directorial debut and was a critical and commercial success, critics praised; Foster's direction, Frank's screenplay and the performances of the cast, while the film grossed $25 million domestically, on a $10 million budget.

Osmosis Jones

Osmosis Jones is a 2001 American live-action/animated action comedy film with animated scenes directed by Tom Sito and Piet Kroon and live-action scenes directed by the Farrelly brothers. The film centers on Frank Detorre, a slovenly zookeeper; the live-action scenes are set outside Frank's body, while the animated scenes are set inside his body, which is portrayed as a city inhabited by anthropomorphic blood cells and microorganisms. White blood cell cop Osmosis "Ozzy" Jones and cold pill Drix must prevent deadly virus Thrax from killing Frank within forty-eight hours.

The film was met with mixed reviews, with critics praising the animated portions but criticizing the live-action portions and their use of gross-out humor. The film was also a box office bomb, earning $14 million against a budget of $70 million, though it later sold well in home media. It also served as the pilot to the Kids' WB spin-off television series Ozzy & Drix (2002–04), where the two main characters get transferred by a mosquito to the body of a teenage boy named Hector and continue their battle against germs and viruses from there. Unlike the film, however, the series is entirely animated and does not contain any live-action sequences and the two leads are recast with Phil LaMarr replacing Chris Rock as Ozzy and Jeff Bennett replacing David Hyde Pierce as Drix.

Pearl Theatre (New York City)

The Pearl Theatre Company, commonly referred to as the Pearl Theatre, was a theatre in New York City. It was established in Chelsea by Shepard Sobel in 1984, with David Hyde Pierce part of the company's first season. The company focused on producing classic works performed by their resident acting company. After moving to St Mark's Place and then to City Center, the company moved in 2012 into their first permanent home, a 160-seat theatre at 555 West 42nd Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenue in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.

After 33 seasons, the company closed in June 2017, filing for bankruptcy. Members of the company then formed The Resident Acting Company, performing a similar repertory program at the Players Club in Gramercy Park South.

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

This is a list of winners and nominees of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. In early Primetime Emmy Award ceremonies, the supporting categories were not always genre, or even gender, specific. Beginning with the 22nd Primetime Emmy Awards, supporting actors in comedy have competed alone. However, these comedic performances often included actors from miniseries, telefilms, and guest performers competing against main cast competitors. Such instances are marked below:

# – Indicates a performance in a Miniseries or Television film, prior to the category's creation.

§ – Indicates a performance as a guest performer, prior to the category's creation.

Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

The Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series is an award given by the Screen Actors Guild to honor the finest acting achievements by a male actor on a comedy television series. The award is for both lead and supporting characters.

Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

The Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series is an award given by the Screen Actors Guild to honor the finest acting achievements in Comedy Series.

TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy

The TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy is an award given by the Television Critics Association.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a comedy play written by Christopher Durang. The story revolves around the relationships of three middle-aged single siblings, two of whom live together, and takes place during a visit by the third, Masha, who supports them. They discuss their lives and loves, argue, and Masha threatens to sell the house. Some of the show's elements were derived from works of Anton Chekhov, including several character names, the play's setting in a cherry orchard, and the theme of the possible loss of an ancestral home.

The play premiered at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey in 2012, followed by an Off-Broadway production later the same year. It transferred to Broadway in 2013. The original McCarter, Off-Broadway, and Broadway casts included David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, Sigourney Weaver and Billy Magnussen. Subsequently, the play has been produced in Tennessee, California, Indiana, Minnesota, Arizona, Washington, Massachusetts, Missouri, Wyoming, Georgia, Colorado, South Carolina, Alaska, and the District of Columbia. The play is currently running in St. Charles, Illinois at the Steel Beam Theater. Directed by Marge Uhlarik-Boller and starring Douglas Orlyk, Karen Bronson, Susan Anderson, Mary Nigohsian, Frank Menolascino and up-and-comer Keaton Stewart as Nina.

Critics praised Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike as a humorous adaptation of Chekhov themes that doesn't require familiarity with Chekhov. The original Broadway production proved to be a commercial success, recouping its $2.75 million investment in under four months. In 2013, it won the Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, among other awards.

Viewers for Quality Television

Viewers for Quality Television (also called "VQT") was an American nonprofit organization (under 501(c)(3)) founded in 1984 to advocate network television series that members of the organization voted to be of the "highest quality." The group's goal was to rescue "...critically acclaimed programs from cancellation despite their Nielsen program rating." It was a participatory organization that was open to all interested viewers. The organization was dissolved in late 2000 due to financial problems.

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