David Hyde Pierce is one of those actors who is so recognizable that well-loved that I honestly feel silly for even trying to summarize his career. You know this guy! Pierce studied at Yale before moving to New York City to pursue acting in the 1980s. He acted in a number of off-Broadway shows and began acting in television in the late 80s starting with an appearance on Spenser: For Hire. The early 1990s saw Pierce move into movie acting as well, appearing in small roles in the films Little Man Tate and The Fisher King, among others. 1993 saw Pierce in his most famous role as Niles Crane, brother of Frasier Crane in the Cheers spin-off series Frasier. Pierce won four Emmys for his performance as Niles, and since then he’s appeared in films including Sleepless in Seattle, Nixon, Wolf, A Bug’s Life, Osmosis Jones, Full Frontal, Treasure Planet, Down with Love, Hellboy, and The Perfect Host. David Hyde Pierce turns 54 today.