T. R. Knight

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T. R. Knight
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Knight in January 2008
Born Theodore Raymond Knight
(1973-03-26) March 26, 1973 (age 43)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Patrick Leahy (m. 2013)

Theodore Raymond "T. R." Knight (born March 26, 1973) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Dr. George O'Malley on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy. Having acted on stage since the age of five, Knight had 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 five.[2] He attended Annunciation Catholic School in Minneapolis, for grades K-8.[3] 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 Minnesota for a brief period of time.[4] He dropped out and soon landed leading roles at the Guthrie Theater.[2]


Knight moved to New York City and appeared on the stage. He played opposite Patti LuPone in the 2001 Broadway revival of Noises Off.[5] He performed in 2003 as Damis in Tartuffe.[6] He performed in the 2003 Off-Broadway production of Scattergood,[7] receiving a Drama Desk Award nomination as Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.[8] Knight also starred Off-Broadway at Primary Stages in the 2004 drama Boy.[9]

On television, Knight was a regular cast member of the short-lived Nathan Lane/Laurie Metcalf 2003 CBS television series, Charlie Lawrence.[10]

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,[11] as well as his coming out as gay.[12] 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 October 4, 2009, at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles as Leo Frank.[13] Knight returned to Broadway in David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre in 2010, where he played the role of John,[14] opposite Patrick Stewart.

Personal life[edit]

On October 5, 2013, Knight married his boyfriend of three years, Patrick Leahy, in Hudson, New York.[15][16]







Source: Playbill Vault[25]


Source: Internet Off-Broadway Database[26]

  • Marvin's Room (1998) [27][28]
  • This Lime Tree Bower (1999) as Joe
  • Macbeth (1999) as Donalbain/Messenger
  • "The Refreshment of the Spirit" (2000) [29]
  • Right Way to Sue (2001 at HERE Mainstage) as Franklin/Various characters[30]
  • The Hologram Theory (2000) at MCGinn/Cazale Theater[31] as Tweety
  • The Lake's End (2003)
  • Scattergood (2003) as Brendan Hilliard
  • Voices of Peace and Dissent (2003) at Worth Street Theatre[32]
  • Boy (2004) as title character[33]
  • The Marriage of Bette & Boo (2007)
  • Sold (2011) as Michael
  • Romeo and Juliet (2013) as Mercutio
  • Pocatello (2014) (Playwrights Horizons)
  • Truth or Consequences (Staged Reading)
  • The Fool (2002) (Staged Reading)[34]
  • White People (Staged Reading)
  • The Scholar (Staged Reading)
  • Lend Me A Tenor (2009) (Staged Reading)[35]
  • On a Clear Day (2010) (Staged Reading)
  • Torch Song Trilogy (2011) (Staged Reading)
  • June Moon (2011) (Roundabout PlayReading Series)[36]
  • Honeymoon in Vegas (2011) (Staged Reading) as Jack Singer[37][38]
  • The Miser (2012) (Reading)[39]
  • What Didn't Happen (2000) (Workshop at Vassar)[40]
  • Earth to Bucky (2003) at Bay Street Theater as Bucky[41]
  • Parade (musical) (2009) as Leo Frank at Mark Taper Forum - Los Angeles, CA[42]
  • The Seagull (2012) (radio theater) as Konstantin Gavrilovich Treplev, James Bridges Theater at UCLA - Los Angeles, CA[43]
Guthrie Theater - Minneapolis, MN[44]
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)[4]
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres - Chanhassen, MN
Theatre in the Round - Minneapolis, MN
Off-Broadway Musical Theatre - New Hope, MN
  • Oliver! (1985) as Oliver


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  4. ^ a b Papatola, Dominic P. "'Grey's Anatomy' star comes home for a project near to his heart" twincities.com, October 12, 2008
  5. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Bway Run of Noises Off Revival Ends Sept. 1" playbill.com, September 1, 2002
  6. ^ Isherwood, Charles. "Review. 'Tartuffe' " Variety, January 9, 2003
  7. ^ Weber, Bruce. "Theater Review. A Dedicated Pupil for a Professor of Seduction" The New York Times, March 5, 2003
  8. ^ Murray, Matthew. "2003 Drama Desk Awards Presented" theatermania.com, May 18, 2003
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  10. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Nathan Lane's "Charlie Lawrence" Pulled from CBS Schedule" playbill.com, JUly 1, 2003
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  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ McNulty, Charles. "Theater Review" latimes.com, October 4, 2009
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  16. ^ Blumm, K.C. (October 7, 2013). "T.R. Knight Ties the Knot". People Magazine. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
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  27. ^ under DAVID CASTANEDA (Lighting Design)
  28. ^ under directing credits
  29. ^ Cherry Lane Theatre, http://www.cherrylanetheatre.org/ (2014-03-01). "Mentor Project | Programs". Cherry Lane Theatre. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  30. ^ Murray, Matthew. "Review" talkinbroadway.com, May 21, 2001
  31. ^ Hofler, Robert. "Review" Variety, April 3, 2000
  32. ^ Simonson, Robert. "Worth Street Revives 'Voices of Peace and Dissent' Aug. 16, 23 and 30" playbill.com, August 11, 2004
  33. ^ Hernandez, Ernio (April 2, 2004). "T.R. Knight to Star as Boy in World Premiere Julia Jordan Play at Primary Stages". Playbill. Retrieved 2007-05-25. 
  34. ^ Gans, Andrew. "DIVA TALK: News of Betty, Bernadette, Patti, Karen, Audra & Ute: Who Could Ask for Anything More?" playbill.com, April 12, 2002
  35. ^ "T.R. Knight to Exit 'Grey's Anatomy'; Eyes Tenor on Broadway" broadway.com, June 17, 2009
  36. ^ " 'June Moon' Listing" archive.roundabouttheatre.org, accessed March 31, 2015
  37. ^ " 'Honeymoon in Vegas' Reading" broadwayworld.com, 2011
  38. ^ Healy, Patrick (November 1, 2011). "Investors Check Out 'Honeymoon in Vegas' Workshop". The New York Times. 
  39. ^ Hetrick, Adam. Red Bull Readings to Feature T.R. Knight, Jan Maxwell, Lily Rabe, Michael Urie and More" playbill.com (webcache.googleusercontent.com), October 2, 2012
  40. ^ Rizzo, Frank. An Historic Murder In Verse And Song" Hartford Courant, July 6, 2000
  41. ^ Klein, Alvin. "THEATER; Three Lost Souls, Yearning for a Way Out" The New York Times, July 20, 2003
  42. ^ "Culture Monster". The Los Angeles Times. June 19, 2009. 
  43. ^ Bacalzo, Dan. "Calista Flockhart, T.R. Knight, Dakin Matthews to Head Up L.A. Theatre Works' Seagull'" theatermania.com, August 28, 2012
  44. ^ "Actor TR Knight To Return For Minn.’s Guthrie Gala" minnesota.cbslocal.com, May 3, 2013

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