Wayne Knight

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Wayne Knight
BornWayne Eliot Knight
(1955-08-07) August 7, 1955 (age 59)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Georgia
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1979–present
ParentsWilliam Edward Knight
Grace Monti
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Wayne Knight
BornWayne Eliot Knight
(1955-08-07) August 7, 1955 (age 59)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Georgia
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1979–present
ParentsWilliam Edward Knight
Grace Monti

Wayne Eliot Knight (born August 7, 1955) is an American actor and comedian.[1] 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 career beginnings[edit]

Knight was born in New York City, on August 7, 1955, to textile factory supervisor William Edward Knight and Grace (Monti) Knight.[2][3] 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.[4] He attended the University of Georgia but did not complete his degree until 2008.[5]

Although an honors student, Knight left college just one credit shy of completing his degree to pursue his acting career. He received an internship at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, which produced repertory works. After completing his internship, he joined the company and gained standing as an Equity actor. He subsequently moved to New York City and performed street magic for a period of time to make a living. After two years, he landed his first role on Broadway.


Knight appeared in a number of well-known films produced in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including Dirty Dancing (1987), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), JFK (1991) and Basic Instinct (1992), where he played one of the characters in the infamous interrogation scene. He was the first actor cast in Jurassic Park after director Steven Spielberg saw him in the scene from Basic Instinct. Knight was cast as InGen Corporation's chief programmer for the park and secret spy for Biosyn, Dennis Nedry. He also appeared in Dead Again, To Die For, and Space Jam.

During the mid-to-late 1990s, Knight also played prominent supporting roles on two TV series on NBC. He played the mailman Newman, Seinfeld's neighbor and nemesis in Seinfeld, and Officer Don Orville, Sally's love interest, in 3rd Rock from the Sun. He had earlier appeared in Against the Grain, featuring a 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 also appeared on Broadway in the plays Gemini, Mastergate, 'Art' and, most recently, Sweet Charity with Christina Applegate.

Knight has done voice work for numerous animations, including 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 of the TV series. 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, in the first season of the TV Land comedy series Hot in Cleveland (2010), where he became a recurring character for season two, and on an episode of The Whole Truth in fall 2010.[6] He plays an Internet-fixated couch potato in the TV Land sitcom, The Exes. In the summer of 2011, he appeared in the BBC/Starz series Torchwood: Miracle Day as Brian Friedkin.[7]

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 reprised the character Newman during a Super Bowl commercial, alongside Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander.

Knight is a Democrat; he attended the 2012 Democratic National Convention in support of President Obama's re-election.[8]



1979The WanderersWaiterUncredited
1987Dirty DancingStan
1988Everybody's All-AmericanFraternity Pisser
1989Born on the Fourth of JulyOfficial #2 – Democratic Convention
1991V.I. WarshawskiEarl 'Bonehead' Smeissen
1991Dead Again'Piccolo' Pete Dugan
1991JFKNuma Bertel
1992Basic InstinctJohn Correli
1993Jurassic ParkDennis NedryNominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
1995HeatMan in restaurant
1995To Die ForEd Grant
1996ChameleonStuart Langston
1996Space JamStan Podolak
1997HerculesDemetrius the Merchant (voice)
1997For Richer or PoorerBob Lachmen
1998The Brave Little Toaster Goes to MarsMicrowave (voice)
1998SoundmanTim (voice)
1999Hercules: Zero to HeroOrthus (voice)
1999My Favorite MartianZoot (voice)Uncredited
1999Pros & ConsWayne the Guard
1999TarzanTantor (voice)
1999Toy Story 2Al McWhiggin (voice)
2000Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure BeginsEmperor Zurg (voice)
2001Rat RaceZach Mallozzi
2003Cheaper by the DozenPete the chandelier fixerCameo
2004Black CloudMr. Tipping
2007Throwing StarsOfficer Brooks
2008Kung Fu PandaGang Boss (voice)
2008Scooby-Doo and the Goblin KingAmazing Krudsky (voice)
2008Punisher: War ZoneMicrochip
2012She Wants MeWalter Baum
2012Excuse Me For LivingAlbert


1982For Lovers OnlyVideo Game FanaticTV Movie
1983The Day AfterMan in hospitalTV Movie
1984The Burning BedJurorTV Movie
1985Assaulted NutsVarious7 episodes
1988TattingersKenny Axelrod2 episodes
1990MathnetPeter PickwickEpisode: "The Case of the Parking Meter Massacre"
1990Square One TVPeter Pickwick3 episodes
1992–1998SeinfeldNewman48 episodes
Nominated—Q Award for Best Recurring Player (1998)
1992Double EdgeTommy WhiteTV Movie
1992–1993The EdgeVarious Characters18 episodes
1992T Bone N WeaselRoy KrampTV Movie
1993Fallen AngelsLeo CunninghamEpisode: "Dead End Delia"
1993Against the GrainFroggy WilsonEpisode: "Pilot"
1993–1994The Second HalfRobert Piccolo15 episodes
1994Golden GateArthur GenopopoulosTV Movie
1996–20013rd Rock from the SunDon Orville79 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1998, 1999)
1997Contempt of CourtMerill BushmanTV Movie
1998HerculesCyclops Head #2 (voice)2 episodes
1998ToonsylvaniaIgor (voice)19 episodes
2000DilbertThe Security Guard (voice)Episode: "The Security Guard"
2000Buzz Lightyear of Star CommandEmperor Zurg (voice)12 episodes
2001That '70s ShowThe AngelEpisode: "It's a Wonderful Life"
2001Bleacher BumsZigTV Movie
2002BeckerWallyEpisode: "Picture Imperfect"
2002Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen StoryWalter BallouTV Movie
2003The Twilight ZoneNick DarkEpisode: "How Much Do You Love Your Kid?"
2003–2006Xiaolin ShowdownDojo (voice)52 episodes
2003Gary the RatGary's Rival (voice)Episode: "The Reunion"
2003Billy & Mandy's Jacked-Up HalloweenJack O'Lantern (voice)Episode: "Billy & Mandy's Jacked-Up Halloween"
2004I'm with HerKevinEpisode: "Friends in Low Places"
2004The Drew Carey ShowOwenEpisode: "Liar Liar House on Fire"
2004Listen Up!BuddyEpisode: "Sweet Charity"
2005–2007CatscratchMr. Blik (voice)20 episodes
2005Justice League UnlimitedAbnegazar (voice)Episode: "The Balance"
2006CSI: NYTruman BoschEpisode: "Fare Game"
2007Tak and the Power of JujuBug Juju (voice)Episode: "Our Favorite Juju"
2009, 2012The Penguins of MadagascarMax (voice)3 episodes
2009Woke Up DeadAndrew Batten10 episodes
2009CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationMr. Terrence LombardEpisode: "Working Stiffs"
2009Nip/TuckDon HobermanEpisode: "Don Hoberman"
2009, 2011The Super Hero Squad ShowEgghead (voice)3 episodes
2009Curb Your EnthusiasmHimselfUncredited
Episode: "The Table Read"
2010–2011Hot in ClevelandRick5 episodes
2010The Good GuysPerry BlackEpisode: "Little Things"
2010The Whole TruthJudge Mark HulversonEpisode: "Uncanny"
2010BonesJimmy Walpert IIIEpisode: "The Babe in the Bar"
2011TorchwoodBrian Friedkin3 episodes
2011–2012Kung Fu Panda: Legends of AwesomenessJong / Jong's Son (voices)2 episodes
2011–PresentThe ExesHaskell Lutz42 episodes
2012Green Lantern: The Animated SeriesCaptain Goray (voice)Episode: "Into the Abyss"
2012Pound PuppiesRalphie / Construction Worker #1 (voices)Episode: "Good Dog, McLeish!"
2013Regular ShowGuardian of the Friend Zone / God of Street Performing (voices)2 episodes
2014Comedians in Cars Getting CoffeeNewmanEpisode: "The Over-Cheer"
2014UnforgettableDr. Theodore BlumerEpisode: "East of Islip"

Video games[edit]

2011Jurassic Park: The GameDennis NedryUncredited

Awards and Nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "Veromi People Search". veromi.net. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
  2. ^ "Wayne Knight Biography (1955–)". Filmreference.com.
  3. ^ "Grace Knight Obituary: View Obituary for Grace Knight by Owen Funeral Home, Cartersville, GA". Obits.dignitymemorial.com. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Is this it?". The Guardian. March 6, 2009. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ Abrams, Natalie. "Exclusive: The Whole Truth Swears In Wayne Knight". TVGuide.com. Retrieved October 13, 2010. 
  7. ^ Brew, Simon. "Wayne Knight joins Torchwood: Miracle Day". Den of Geek. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  8. ^ Tran, Vivyan (September 7, 2012). "Celebrities spotted at the Democratic National Convention". Politico. 

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