T. R. Knight

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T. R. Knight
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Knight at the premiere of 27 Dresses, January 2008.
Born Theodore Raymond Knight
(1973-03-26) March 26, 1973 (age 42)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Religion Roman Catholic [1]
Spouse(s) Patrick Leahy (2013-present)

Theodore Raymond "T. R." Knight (born March 26, 1973) is an American actor known for his role as Dr. George O'Malley on the ABC's medical drama, Grey's Anatomy. Having acted on stage since the age of five, Knight has starred on Broadway, off-Broadway and theatre productions in his home state of Minnesota. He received a Drama Desk Award nomination for his performance in MCC Theater's Scattergood in 2003.

Early life[edit]

Knight was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he became involved with the Guthrie Theater at the age of 5. He went to Annunciation Catholic School in Minneapolis, for grades K-8. Knight received the Conners Foundation Scholarship as a freshman and apprenticed at the Children's Theatre Company. He also worked at the local Red Owl supermarket alongside his brother. After finishing high school at the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Knight enrolled at the University of St. Thomas for a brief period of time. He dropped out and soon landed leading roles at the Guthrie Theater.


Knight moved to New York City and had appeared on Broadway. He played opposite Patti LuPone in the 2001 revival of Noises Off. He also performed in 2003 as Damis in Tartuffe and received a Drama Desk Award nomination in 2003 for his role in the off-Broadway production of Scattergood. Knight also starred in the 2004 drama Boy.

On television, Knight was a regular cast member of the short-lived Nathan Lane/Laurie Metcalf television series, Charlie Lawrence. In 2005, Knight was cast as Dr. George O'Malley on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy. Introduced as a surgical intern at the fictional Seattle Grace Hospital, O'Malley worked his way up to resident level, while his relationships with his colleagues Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl) and Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) formed a focal point of the series. Knight auditioned for the show, expecting a one-season run. In 2009, after the conclusion of the fifth season, it was confirmed that Knight would not be returning for the show's sixth season. The actor stated the reason for his departure was due to a "breakdown in communication" with executive producer Shonda Rhimes, his character's lack of screen time, as well as his decision to be openly gay.[2] Knight received generally positive reviews for his performance as O'Malley, and garnered a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards. Despite this, O'Malley's death received mixed feedback.

Knight starred in a production of the musical Parade, opening Oct. 4, 2009, at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles as Leo Frank. Knight returned to Broadway in David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre in 2010, where he played the role of John,[3] opposite Patrick Stewart.

Personal life[edit]

On October 5, 2013, Knight married his partner of three years, Patrick Leahy, in Hudson, New York.[4][5]




  • Garmento as Daniel
  • The Last Request as Jeffery
  • 42 as Harold Parrott
  • A Year and Change as Kenny





  • Marvin's Room (1998) [7][8]
  • This Lime Tree Bower (1999) as Joe
  • Macbeth (1999) as Donalbain/Messenger
  • What Didn't Happen (2000) (Workshop)
  • "The Refreshment of the Spirit" (2000) [9]
  • Right Way to Sue (2001) as Franklin/Various characters
  • The Hologram Theory (2001) as Tweety
  • The Fool (2002) (Staged Reading)
  • The Lake's End (2003)
  • Truth or Consequences (Staged Reading)
  • Scattergood (2003) as Brendan Hilliard
  • Voices of Peace and Dissent (2003)
  • Earth to Bucky (2003) as Bucky
  • Boy (2004) as title character[10]
  • White People (Staged Reading)
  • The Scholar (Staged Reading)
  • The Marriage of Bette & Boo (2007)
  • Lend Me A Tenor (2009) (Staged Reading)
  • On a Clear Day (2010) (Staged Reading)
  • Torch Song Trilogy (2011) (Staged Reading)
  • June Moon (2011) (Staged Reading)
  • Sold (2011) as Michael
  • Honeymoon in Vegas (2011) (Staged Reading) as Jack Singer [11][12]
  • The Miser (2012) (Reading) as Cleante
  • Romeo and Juliet (2013) as Mercutio
  • Pocatello (2014) (Playwrights Horizons)

James Bridges Theater at UCLA - Los Angeles, CA

  • The Seagull (2012) (radio theater) as Konstantin Gavrilovich Treplev

Mark Taper Forum - Los Angeles, CA

Guthrie Theater - Minneapolis, MN

Jungle Theater - Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota History Theatre - St. Paul, MN

  • Civil Ceremony as Samuel (1996)

Illusion Theatre - Minneapolis, MN

  • Angelheaded Hipster: Howl for Allen (1997) as Allen Ginsberg

Women's Club of Minneapolis - Minneapolis, MN

  • The Laramie Project (2008)

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres - Chanhassen, MN

Theatre in the Round - Minneapolis, MN

Off-Broadway Musical Theatre - New Hope, MN

  • Oliver! (1985) as Oliver


  1. ^ "Janet Charlton's Hollywood » Blog Archive » GREY'S ANATOMY STAR T.R. KNIGHT AND HIS BOYFRIEND STILL BELIEVE". Janetcharltonshollywood.com. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  2. ^ Trisha Yearwood's Chicken Pizza (2006-10-19). "EXCLUSIVE: Grey's Anatomy star T.R. Knight Confirms He's Gay - T.R. Knight". People.com. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  3. ^ "T. R. Knight Returning to Broadway". TVGuide.com. 
  4. ^ Blum, Haley (October 7, 2013). "Former 'Grey's' star T.R. Knight weds boyfriend". USA Today. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Blumm, K.C. (October 7, 2013). "T.R. Knight Ties the Knot". People Magazine. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ T.R. Knight's Dr. George O'Malley Officially Off "Grey's Anatomy", New York Daily News, May 28, 2009
  7. ^ under DAVID CASTANEDA (Lighting Design)
  8. ^ under directing credits
  9. ^ Cherry Lane Theatre, http://www.cherrylanetheatre.org/ (2014-03-01). "Mentor Project | Programs". Cherry Lane Theatre. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  10. ^ Ernio Hernandez (April 2, 2004). "T.R. Knight to Star as Boy in World Premiere Julia Jordan Play at Primary Stages". Playbill. Retrieved 2007-05-25. 
  11. ^ http://broadwayworld.com/article/TR-Knight-Mary-Faber-Tony-Danza-Take-Part-in-HONEYMOON-IN-VEGAS-Reading-20111101
  12. ^ Healy, Patrick (November 1, 2011). "Investors Check Out ‘Honeymoon in Vegas' Workshop". The New York Times. 
  13. ^ "Culture Monster". The Los Angeles Times. June 19, 2009. 

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