Michael E. Knight

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Michael E. Knight
Born Michael Edward Knight
(1959-05-07) May 7, 1959 (age 57)
Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Catherine Hickland (1992–2006)

Michael Edward Knight (born May 7, 1959) is an American actor, best known for his role as Tad Martin on ABC soap opera All My Children.[1][2][3]


Knight was born in Princeton, New Jersey. He was educated at The Thacher School in Ojai, California, and attended Wesleyan University, graduating in 1980, a year ahead of schedule.

Knight's first major acting role was portraying Tad Martin on the soap opera All My Children. His first stint on the show ran from 1982–1986. He returned from 1988–1990, and again from 1992 until the ABC series finale in 2011 and the online revival of the series in 2013. Knight also appeared as Ted Orsini on AMC from 1993–1994.[4]

His reason for leaving the show was to pursue acting projects on the West Coast, which included a starring role in the feature film Date with an Angel (1987), and various primetime appearances — including Murder, She Wrote, Dear John and Grapevine. Knight co-starred in the off-Broadway play Wrong Turn at Lungfish, and he appeared in the ABC movie for television She Stood Alone: The Tailhook Scandal, and in the off-Broadway Cakewalk with Linda Lavin.

Knight was honored with two Daytime Emmy Awards for 'Outstanding Younger Leading Actor' (1986 and 1987). In 2001, he was honored with his third Daytime Emmy Award. He also received the 1997 Soap Opera Digest Award for 'Best Supporting Actor' and a nomination in the same category in 1998. In 2005, he was nominated for an Emmy for 'Outstanding Leading Actor'.

Knight was married from June 27, 1992 – 2006 to One Life to Live star Catherine Hickland, who, curiously, was previously married to actor David Hasselhoff, who famously played a character named "Michael Knight".

Knight and Hickland were honored for their charitable work by the West End Intergenerational Residence in Manhattan in 1999.

In 2015 and 2016 Knight had a recurring role as Dr. Simon Neville on CBS' The Young and the Restless.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
All My Children Tad Martin lead role
1987 Date with an Angel Jim Sanders feature film
1993 Hexed Simon Littlefield feature film
1993-1994 All My Children Ted Orsini recurring role
2003, 2005 One Life to Live Tad Martin crossover guest star
2011 Hot in Cleveland himself two episodes
2015–2016 The Young and the Restless Dr. Simon Neville recurring role
2015 NCIS Leland Robert Spears "Blast From The Past" Season 12, Episode 16

See also[edit]


  1. ^ About Michael E. Knight: All My Children on WCHS-TV8. Wchstv.com. Retrieved on 2011-09-06.
  2. ^ Michael E. Knight Biography. Tvguide.com (2011-06-09). Retrieved on 2011-09-06.
  3. ^ Michael E. Knight (Tad, AMC) at the Wayback Machine (archived June 29, 2010). soapoperadigest.com
  4. ^ Michael E. Knight at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ "All My Children Vet Michael E. Knight Joins Young and the Restless". TVLine.com. September 9, 2015. Retrieved October 7, 2015. 

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