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|Born||Wayne Eliot Knight
August 7, 1955
Cartersville, Georgia, U.S.
|Other names||Wayne Elliot Knight|
|Alma mater||University of Georgia|
|Parents||William Edward Knight
Wayne Eliot Knight (born August 7, 1955) is an American actor and comedian. He is known for playing Newman in the TV sitcom Seinfeld and Officer Don Orville in 3rd Rock from the Sun. Knight's other roles include Dennis Nedry in Jurassic Park, Stan Podolak in Space Jam, Al McWhiggin in Toy Story 2, Tantor in Tarzan, Zack Mallozzi in Rat Race, Mr. Blik in Catscratch, and Haskell Lutz in The Exes.
Early life and education
Knight was born in New York City, on August 7, 1955 to textile factory supervisor William Edward Knight and Grace (Monti) Knight. His father moved the family to Cartersville, Georgia, where he worked in the textile industry. Knight went to local schools and was a lineman on his high school's football team. He attended the University of Georgia, though did not graduate until 2008.
Although an honor student, Knight left college when still one credit shy of a degree to pursue his acting career. He gained an internship at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, which produced repertory works year-round. After an internship, he joined the company and gained standing as an Equity actor, leaving to go to New York City. When he first arrived in New York, he was hard pressed to find a job and had to rely on his street magic to sustain a living. Two years later, he had his first role on Broadway.
Knight has had prominent film roles, such as in JFK (1991), directed by Oliver Stone, and in Basic Instinct (1992), where he took part in a notable interrogation scene. He was the first person to be cast in Jurassic Park after the director Steven Spielberg saw him in the scene. Knight was cast as the bumbling overweight InGen Corporation's chief programmer for the park and spy for Biosyn, Dennis Nedry. He also appeared in Dead Again, To Die For, Space Jam, and Dirty Dancing.
During the mid-to-late 1990s, Knight also played prominent supporting roles on two TV series on NBC. He played the role of the mailman Newman in Seinfeld; he also played Officer Don Orville, Sally's love interest in 3rd Rock from the Sun. He had earlier appeared in Against the Grain, featuring the then-unknown Ben Affleck. He also appeared as a regular on two sketch comedy series, The Edge for Fox and Assaulted Nuts for Cinemax and Channel 4 in the UK. Knight has appeared on Broadway in the plays Gemini, Mastergate, 'Art' and, most recently, in Sweet Charity with Christina Applegate.
Knight has done voice work for numerous animations: the black cat Mister Blik on the Nickelodeon cartoon Catscratch, Igor on the Fox Kids cartoon Toonsylvania, the dragon Dojo Kanojo Cho in the Kids' WB! animated series Xiaolin Showdown, Evil Emperor Zurg on Buzz Lightyear of Star Command on Toon Disney and Disney Channel; Al McWhiggin, the toy store manager of Al's Toy Barn, in Toy Story 2; Tantor the elephant in Tarzan, Demetrius the shopkeeper in Hercules, and the bug Juju on Tak and the Power of Juju. He made guest appearances on Billy & Mandy's Jacked-Up Halloween as the Jack-O-Lantern and Brandy and Mr. Whiskers as Mr. Cantarious the snail.
Knight appeared on the Pilot episode of the U.S. version of Thank God You're Here. He made a second appearance on the last episode of the first season. He won the Thank God You're Here blue door award. He played the Punisher's techno sidekick Microchip in Punisher: War Zone. Knight guest stars in The Penguins of Madagascar as Max the Cat in the episodes "Launchtime" and "Cat's Cradle". In 2009, Knight reprised his role as the Seinfeld character Newman for the seventh season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Wayne also guest starred on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation season 10, episode "Working Stiffs."
Knight guest starred on a 2010 episode of Fox TV's hit drama series Bones. He also guest-starred in the first season of the TV Land comedy series Hot in Cleveland (2010), and was a recurring character for season two. Knight also guest-starred on an episode of The Whole Truth in fall 2010. He plays an Internet-fixated couch potato in the TV Land sitcom, The Exes. In summer 2011 he appeared in the BBC/Starz series Torchwood: Miracle Day as Brian Friedkin.
Knight appeared as Santa in Elf the Musical in November 2012. He previously appeared on Broadway in Art in 1999. In 2012 Knight was featured in the romantic comedy, She Wants Me starring Josh Gad, Kristen Ruhlin and Hilary Duff, the film was written and directed by Rob Margolies and executive produced by Charlie Sheen. In 2014 Knight again reprised the character Newman during a Superbowl commercial, alongside Jerry Seinfeld as his fictional tv counterpart and Jason Alexander as George Costanza, respectively. Knight is a Democrat and attended the 2012 Democratic National Convention in support of President Obama's re-election.
|1988||Everybody's All-American||Fraternity Pisser|
|1989||Born on the Fourth of July||Official #2 - Democratic Convention|
|1991||V.I. Warshawski||Earl 'Bonehead' Smeissen|
|1991||Dead Again||'Piccolo' Pete Dugan|
|1992||Basic Instinct||John Correli|
|1993||Jurassic Park||Dennis Nedry||Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|1995||Heat||Man in restaurant|
|1996||Space Jam||Stan Podolak|
|1997||Hercules||Demetrius the Merchant (voice)|
|1997||For Richer or Poorer||Bob Lachmen|
|1998||The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars||Microwave (voice)|
|1999||Hercules: Zero to Hero||Orthus (voice)|
|1999||My Favorite Martian||Zoot (voice)||Uncredited|
|1999||Pros & Cons||Wayne the Guard|
|1999||Toy Story 2||Al (voice)|
|2000||Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins||Emperor Zurg (voice)|
|2001||Rat Race||Zach Mallozzi|
|2003||Cheaper by the Dozen||Pete the chandelier fixer||Cameo|
|2004||Black Cloud||Mr. Tipping|
|2007||Throwing Stars||Officer Brooks|
|2008||Kung Fu Panda||Gang Boss (voice)|
|2008||Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King||Amazing Krudsky (voice)|
|2008||Punisher: War Zone||Microchip|
|2012||She Wants Me||Walter Baum|
|2012||Excuse Me For Living||Albert|
|1982||For Lovers Only||Video Game Fanatic||TV Movie
|1983||The Day After||Man in hospital||TV Movie|
|1984||The Burning Bed||Juror||TV Movie
|1985||Assaulted Nuts||Various||7 episodes|
|1988||Tattingers||Kenny Axelrod||2 episodes|
|1990||Mathnet||Peter Pickwick||Episode: "The Case of the Parking Meter Massacre"|
|1990||Square One TV||Peter Pickwick||3 episodes|
Nominated—Q Award for Best Recurring Player (1998)
|1992||Double Edge||Tommy White||TV Movie|
|1992-1993||The Edge||Various Characters||18 episodes|
|1992||T Bone N Weasel||Roy Kramp||TV Movie|
|1993||Fallen Angels||Leo Cunningham||Episode: "Dead End Delia"|
|1993||Against the Grain||Froggy Wilson||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1993-1994||The Second Half||Robert Piccolo||15 episodes|
|1994||Golden Gate||Arthur Genopopoulos||TV Movie|
|1996-2001||3rd Rock from the Sun||Don Orville||79 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1998, 1999)
|1997||Contempt of Court||Merill Bushman||TV Movie|
|1998||Hercules||Cyclops Head #2 (voice)||2 episodes|
|1998||Toonsylvania||Igor (voice)||19 episodes|
|2000||Dilbert||The Security Guard (voice)||Episode: "The Security Guard"|
|2000||Buzz Lightyear of Star Command||Emperor Zurg (voice)||12 episodes|
|2001||That '70s Show||The Angel||Episode: "It's a Wonderful Life"|
|2001||Bleacher Bums||Zig||TV Movie|
|2002||Becker||Wally||Episode: "Picture Imperfect"|
|2002||Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story||Walter Ballou||TV Movie|
|2003||The Twilight Zone||Nick Dark||Episode: "How Much Do You Love Your Kid?"|
|2003-2006||Xiaolin Showdown||Dojo (voice)||52 episodes|
|2003||Gary the Rat||Gary's Rival (voice)||Episode: "The Reunion"|
|2003||Billy & Mandy's Jacked-Up Halloween||Jack O'Lantern (voice)||Episode: "Billy & Mandy's Jacked-Up Halloween"|
|2004||I'm with Her||Kevin||Episode: "Friends in Low Places"|
|2004||The Drew Carey Show||Owen||Episode: "Liar Liar House on Fire"|
|2004||Listen Up!||Buddy||Episode: "Sweet Charity"|
|2005-2007||Catscratch||Mr. Blik (voice)||20 episodes|
|2005||Justice League Unlimited||Abnegazar (voice)||Episode: "The Balance"|
|2006||CSI: NY||Truman Bosch||Episode: "Fare Game"|
|2007||Tak and the Power of Juju||Bug Juju (voice)||Episode: "Our Favorite Juju"|
|2009, 2012||The Penguins of Madagascar||Max (voice)||3 episodes|
|2009||Woke Up Dead||Andrew Batten||10 episodes|
|2009||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Mr. Terrence Lombard||Episode: "Working Stiffs"|
|2009||Nip/Tuck||Don Hoberman||Episode: "Don Hoberman"|
|2009, 2011||The Super Hero Squad Show||Egghead (voice)||3 episodes|
|2009||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Himself||Uncredited
Episode: "The Table Read"
|2010-2011||Hot in Cleveland||Rick||5 episodes|
|2010||The Good Guys||Perry Black||Episode: "Little Things"|
|2010||The Whole Truth||Judge Mark Hulverson||Episode: "Uncanny"|
|2010||Bones||Jimmy Walpert III||Episode: "The Babe in the Bar"|
|2011||Torchwood||Brian Friedkin||3 episodes|
|2011–2012||Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness||Jong / Jong's Son (voices)||2 episodes|
|2011–Present||The Exes||Haskell Lutz||42 episodes|
|2012||Green Lantern: The Animated Series||Captain Goray (voice)||Episode: "Into the Abyss"|
|2012||Pound Puppies||Ralphie / Construction Worker #1 (voices)||Episode: "Good Dog, McLeish!"|
|2013||Regular Show||Guardian of the Friend Zone / God of Street Performing (voices)||2 episodes|
|2014||Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee||Newman||Episode: "The Over-Cheer"|
|2014||Unforgettable||Dr. Theodore Blumer||Episode: "East of Islip"|
|2011||Jurassic Park: The Game||Dennis Nedry||uncredited
Awards and Nominations
- 1994 - Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor - Nominated
- 1998 - Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominated
- 1998 - Q Award for Best Recurring Player - Nominated
- 1999 - Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominated
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- Fretts, Bruce (October 8, 1993). "Wayne Knight: Gaining Roles, Losing Weight - The "Seinfeld" star takes on three NBC shows this fall", Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
- "Is this it?". The Guardian. March 6, 2009. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
- Abrams, Natalie. "Exclusive: The Whole Truth Swears In Wayne Knight". TVGuide.com. Retrieved October 13, 2010.
- Brew, Simon. "Wayne Knight joins Torchwood: Miracle Day". Den of Geek. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
- Tran, Vivyan (September 7, 2012). "Celebrities spotted at the Democratic National Convention". Politico.