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'Frasier's Pierce took talents to Broadway,best bets [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

September 9, 2013


Question: Recently viewing "Frasier" reruns, I wondered what happened to David Hyde Pierce, who played Frasier's brother.

To me, he played more than a supporting role. In many episodes, he was major.

Answer: Kelsey Grammer played Frasier Crane, but he certainly had a lot of comedic help from regulars John Mahoney, Jane Leeves, Peri Gilpin -- and David Hyde Pierce, as well as an array of guest stars. But Pierce has hardly disappeared since the series ended in 2004.

While there have been a few screen appearances, including in the film "The Perfect Host," he has been especially active in theater.

In 2007, he won a Tony Award for best actor in a musical for his work in "Curtains." In 2010, he received the Tonys' Isabelle Stevenson Award, 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."

Pierce has been active and outspoken about the battle against Alzheimer's disease, which his father had.

In 2012, Pierce directed the Williamstown Theatre Festival's production of "The Importance of Being Earnest," which put Oscar Wilde's play through a "Guys and Dolls"-like filter.

He has been appearing in Christopher Durang's play "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," and received a best-actor Tony nomination for it.

Q: I would like to know why episodes of "Taxi" aren't in rerun. Thank you in advance for snooping into this.

A: These days, old shows can be spread across broadcast, cable, online services, DVD, Blu-ray and digital downloads. has a bunch of episodes of "Taxi," including its premiere, available for online viewing. (Look at the list of "TV classics" in the site's "Shows" section.) All five seasons are also on DVD. ME-TV (Memorable Entertainment TV), a nostalgia channel, is adding the series to its Tuesday-night lineup Sept. 3.

Rich Heldenfels is a staff writer for the Akron Beacon Journal. Write him at Akron Beacon Journal, 44 E. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44328 or,The Million Second Quiz

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