In 2007, David won a Tony for his role of Lt. Frank Cioffi in Curtains. The play finally closed after a long run in June 2008.
While on Frasier, David appeared in 4 public service announcements for NBC's The More You Know campaign. His topics were 'stay in school', 'school support', 'designated drivers', and 'parental involvement'.
David's fear that he wasn't competitive enough also contributed to his decision to quit playing the piano as a profession.
David is no stranger to music. He's been playing the piano since childhood and used to be a church organist.
In 2005 David began to play 'brave Sir Robin' in the Broadway production of Spamalot, the musical version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
One year when David was performing at the international comedy festival "Just for Laughs", he arrived in Montreal for check-in with the festival exhausted and dishevelled. He remarked to one of the festival workers how he was looking forward to resting in his hotel room. The worker replied with empathy, saying how tired they were working overtime with few breaks trying to tie up the lose ends and help the performers before the comedy routines. Moments later, David returned with fresh coffee and pastries for all those working at the Festival's check-in.
David asked not to be credited as the voice of Abe Sapien in Hellboy because he felt the characterization of Abe truly belonged to Doug Jones (the actor who played Abe on the set).
David made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in April 2003 in the role of Benedict, in the concert staging of Berlioz's opera Beatrice and Benedict.
David attended Yale with Jodie Foster. When she was preparing to direct Little Man Tate in 1991, she remembered him from a play he was in at that time and called and offered him a part.
David attended Bethesda Episcopal Church in Saratoga Springs. In 1977 he received the Yaddo Medal as best dramatic arts student upon graduation from Saratoga Springs High School. He then graduated from Yale University with a double major in English and theatre arts.
David enjoys kick-boxing as a form of exercise.
David's jobs before he embarked on his acting career included a stint as a security guard and a tie salesman.
David is active in the fight to find a cure for Alzheimer's, which both his father and grandfather suffered from.
David holds the record for most Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Series, Comedy or Drama. He received 11 consecutive nominations for his portrayal as Dr. Niles Crane on Frasier, winning 4 times.
David: Both my parents had a strong influence on my sense of humour and my ending up in this profession. They both had terrific and very different senses of humour. Mom had a very dry, deadpan sense of humour. My Dad has a very wet, anything-goes kind of humour. He tends toward the wild and crazy.
David: I was as happy doing theatre in New York for little or no money as I am now doing television for more money. The happiness, I guess, comes out of it being a good job. The success has to do with the fact that it's a good job that will continue.
David: (on his never seen wife on Frasier) There will always be a Maris, because she is such a great character. In fact, I think NBC should give her a spin-off show in which she never appears.
David: I am, by nature, a fairly shy person, and one of the things I had to learn was, when you're on a popular show and people feel they know you, what used to pass for shyness can be perceived as rude. I do feel more vulnerable, but people are always nice. Nobody ever comes up and throws food on me and says the show is crap.
David: (on saying goodbye to the Frasier cast) In sitcom school they tell you how great it is to have a long-running show, but they don't tell you how hard it is to say goodbye.
David: I can vividly recall telling a joke in, like, second grade and realizing it was funnier if I didn't laugh. I've been deadpan ever since.
David: Last year, I finally got my own grand piano, and that was a big thing for me because it's always been and always will be a very important part of my life.
David: We could have a serious epidemic on our hands. Alzheimer's is a ticking time bomb in the heads of people in my generation. We must defuse it before it detonates and destroys our minds. Time is running out.
David: So much of good comedy is timing and being able to hear the music of a line and the rhythm of a joke. I think that's why a lot of the best comedians have some sort of musical instincts. That's one reason why Kelsey and I work so well together. He's also a musician.
David: I was chased through a chateau in the Loire Valley by a bunch of American school girls.