Wayne Knight

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Wayne Knight
BornWayne Eliot Knight
(1955-08-07) August 7, 1955 (age 58)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Other namesWayne Elliot Knight
Alma materUniversity of Georgia
OccupationActor/Comedian/Voice Actor
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Paula Sutor
(1996–2003; divorced)
Clare De Chenu
(2006–present) 1 child
ChildrenOne son
 
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Wayne Knight
BornWayne Eliot Knight
(1955-08-07) August 7, 1955 (age 58)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Other namesWayne Elliot Knight
Alma materUniversity of Georgia
OccupationActor/Comedian/Voice Actor
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Paula Sutor
(1996–2003; divorced)
Clare De Chenu
(2006–present) 1 child
ChildrenOne son

Wayne Eliot Knight[1] (born August 7, 1955) is an American actor, comedian, and voice actor best known for his roles as Newman in the TV sitcom Seinfeld, and Officer Don Orville in 3rd Rock from the Sun. His other prominent 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[edit]

Knight was born in New York City, New York on August 7, 1955, the son of Grace (née Monti) and William Edward "Bill" Knight, a textile factory supervisor.[2][3] He is of British and Italian descent.[4] 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.[5] He was an undergraduate at the University of Georgia. After many attempts, he finally garnered the role of Uga the Georgia University mascot. [6]

Early career[edit]

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.

Career[edit]

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.

During filming of an episode of Seinfeld, Knight felt what he thought to be angina pains and sought the help of a cardiologist, who said the actor was morbidly obese, had high blood pressure, and was near diabetic. Knight took on a serious program involving diet, exercise, and outside support. He eventually lost 117 pounds (53 kg). Currently,[when?] he maintains about 75–80 lb (35 kg) of that loss.[citation needed]

Knight has done considerable voiceover work: 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.[7] 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.[8]

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.

Knight is a Democrat and attended the 2012 Democratic National Convention in support of President Obama's re-election.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
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
1996ChameleonStuart Langston
1996Space JamStan Podolak
1997HerculesDemetrius the MerchantVoice
1997For Richer or PoorerBob Lachmen
1998The Brave Little Toaster Goes to MarsMicrowaveVoice
direct-to-video
1998SoundmanTimVoice
1999Hercules: Zero to HeroOrthusVoice
direct-to-video
1999My Favorite MartianZootVoice
1999Pros & ConsWayne the Guarddirect-to-video
1999TarzanTantorVoice
1999Toy Story 2AlVoice
2000Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure BeginsEmperor ZurgVoice
direct-to-video
2001Rat RaceZach Mallozzi
2003Cheaper by the DozenPete the chandelier fixercameo
2004Black CloudMr. Tipping
2007ForfeitBob
2007Throwing StarsOfficer Brooks
2008Kung Fu PandaGang BossVoice
2008Scooby-Doo and the Goblin KingAmazing KrudskyVoice
direct-to-video
2008Punisher: War ZoneMicrochip
2012She Wants MeWalter Baum
2012Excuse Me For LivingAlbert

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1982For Lovers OnlyVideo Game FanaticTV Movie
uncredited
1983The Day AfterMan in hospitalTV Movie
1984The Burning BedJurorTV Movie
uncredited
1985Assaulted NutsVariousMain Role
Appeared in 7 episodes
1988TattingersKenny AxelrodAppeared in 2 episodes
1990MathnetPeter PickwickAppeared in 1 episode
1990Square One TVPeter PickwickAppeared in 3 episodes
1992-1998SeinfeldNewmanRecurring Role
Appeared in 48 episodes
Nominated—Q Award for Best Recurring Player (1998)
1992Double EdgeTommy WhiteTV Movie
1992-1993The EdgeVarious CharactersMain Role
Appeared in 18 episodes
1992T Bone N WeaselRoy KrampTV Movie
1993Fallen AngelsLeo CunninghamAppeared in 1 episode
1993Against the GrainFroggy WilsonAppeared in 1 episode
1993-1994The Second HalfRobert PiccoloMain Role
Appeared in 15 episodes
1994Golden GateArthur GenopopoulosTV Movie
1996-20013rd Rock from the SunDon OrvilleMain Role
Appeared in 100 Episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1998, 1999)
1997Contempt of CourtMerill BushmanTV Movie
1998HerculesCyclops Head #2Voice
Appeared in 1 episode
1998ToonsylvaniaIgorVoice
Appeared in 19 episodes
2000DilbertThe Security GuardVoice
Appeared in 1 episode
2000Buzz Lightyear of Star CommandEmperor ZurgVoice
Appeared in 12 episodes
2001That '70s ShowEric's Guardian AngelAppeared in 1 episode
2001Bleacher BumsZigTV Movie
2002BeckerWallyAppeard in 1 episode
2002Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen StoryWalter BallouTV Movie
2003The Twilight ZoneNick DarkAppeared in 1 episode
2003-2006Xiaolin ShowdownDojoVoice
Appeared in 52 episodes
2003Gary the RatGary's RivalVoice
Appeared in 1 episode
2003Billy & Mandy's Jacked-Up HalloweenJack O'LanternVoice
Appeared in 1 episode
2004I'm with HerKevinAppeared in 1 episode
2004The Drew Carey ShowOwenAppeared in 1 episode
2004Listen Up!BuddyAppeared in 1 episode
2005-2007CatscratchMr. BlikVoice
Appeared in 20 episodes
2005Justice League UnlimitedAbnegazarVoice
Appeared in 1 episode
2006CSI: NYTruman BoschAppeared in 1 episode
2007Tak and the Power of JujuBug JujuVoice
Appeared in 1 episode
2009-2012The Penguins of MadagascarMaxVoice
Appeared in 3 episodes
2009Woke Up DeadAndrew BattenWeb series
Appeared in 10 episodes
2009CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationMr. Terrence LombardAppeared in 1 episode
2009Nip/TuckDon HobermanAppeared in 1 episode
2009-2011The Super Hero Squad ShowEggheadVoice
Appeared in 3 episodes
2009Curb Your EnthusiasmHimselfuncredited
Appeared in 1 episode
2010-2011Hot in ClevelandRickRecurring Role
Appeared in 5 episodes
2010The Good GuysPerry BlackAppeared in 1 episode
2010BonesJimmy Walpert IIIAppeared in 1 episode
2011TorchwoodBrian FriedkinAppeared in 3 episodes
2011Kung Fu Panda: Legends of AwesomenessJong
Jong's Son
Voice
Appeared in 1 episode
2011–PresentThe ExesHaskell LutzMain Role
Appeared in 22 episodes
2012Green Lantern: The Animated SeriesCaptain GorayVoice
Appeared in 1 episode
2012Pound PuppiesRalphie
Construction Worker #1
Voice
Appeared in 1 episode
2013Regular ShowGuardian of the Friend Zone, God of Street PerformingVoice
Episode Meteor Moves, Silver Dude

Video Game[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2011Jurassic Park: The GameDennis Nedryuncredited
Voice

Awards and Nominations[edit]

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