Knight, Wayne 1955–

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Knight, Wayne 1955–


Born August 7, 1955, in New York, NY; raised in Cartersville, GA; son of Bill Knight (a textile factory supervisor); married Paula Sutor (a makeup artist and hair stylist), May 26, 1996 (divorced 2003). Education: Studied theatre at the University of Georgia. Avocational Interests: Computers, baseball.

Addresses: Agent—Agency for the Performing Arts, 9200 Sunset Blvd., Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Manager—Lee Kernis, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, 9150 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 350, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career: Actor and voice performer. Barter Theatre, Abindgon, VA, member of the company, 1976, guest artist, 1977; appeared in television commercials. Worked as a private investigator in New York City.

Awards, Honors: Saturn Award nomination, best supporting actor, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, 1994, for Jurassic Park; Q Award, best recurring player, Viewers for Quality Television, 1998, for Seinfeld; Screen Actors Guild Award nominations (with others), outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series, 1998 and 1999, both for 3rd Rock from the Sun.


Television Appearances; Series:

Member of ensemble, Assaulted Nuts, Channel 4 (England), beginning 1985.

Member of ensemble, The Edge, Fox, 1992–93.

Newman, Seinfeld, NBC, 1992–98.

Robert Piccolo, The Second Half, NBC, 1993–94.

Officer Don Leslie Orville, 3rd Rock from the Sun (also known as Life as We Know It and 3rd Rock), NBC, 1997–2001.

Voice of Igor, Toonsylvania (animated; also known as Steven Spielberg Presents "Toonsylvania"), Fox, 1998.

Voice, Hercules (animated; also known as Disney's "Hercules"), ABC and syndicated, 1998–99.

Voice of Emperor Zurg, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (animated; also known as Disney/Pixar's "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command"), UPN and syndicated, 2000–2001, ABC, 2001.

Voice of Dojo, Xiaolin Showdown (animated), The WB, beginning 2003.

Voices of Mr. Blik and others, Catscratch (animated), Nickelodeon, 2005–.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Walter Ballou, Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story, CBS, 2002.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Roy Kramp, T Bone N Weasel, TNT, 1992.

Tommy White, Double Edge (also known as Hit Woman, Hit Woman: The Double Edge, Hit Women, and Two Women), CBS, 1992.

Stuart Langston, Chameleon, HBO, 1997.

Voice of microwave, The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (animated; also known as Brave Little Toaster 2), The Disney Channel, 1998.

Zig, Bleacher Bums (also known as The Cheap Seats), Showtime, 2002.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Baseball Relief: An All-Star Comedy Salute, Fox, 1993.

Tarzan in Concert with Phil Collins, ABC, 1999.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 1996 Clio Awards, Fox, 1996.

M∗A∗S∗H, Tootsie, and God: A Tribute to Larry Gelbart, PBS, 1998.

Himself, Nicole Kidman: An American Cinematheque Tribute, American Movie Classics, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Peter Pickwick, "The Case of the Parking Meter Massacre," Mathnet, a segment of Square One TV, PBS, 1990.

Leo Cunningham (landlord), "Dead End for Delia," Fallen Angels (also known as Perfect Crimes), Showtime, 1993.

Voice of Path-E-Tech security guard, "The Bet," Dilbert (animated), UPN, 1999.

Guest, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 1999.

Voice of Path-E-Tech security guard, "The Security Guard," Dilbert (animated), UPN, 2000.

The guardian angel, "It's a Wonderful Life," That '70s Show (also known as Feelin' Alright, The Kids Are Alright, Reeling in the Years, and Teenage Wasteland), Fox, 2001.

Wally, "Picture Imperfect," Becker, CBS, 2002.

Nick Dark, "How Much Do You Love Your Kid?," The Twilight Zone, UPN, 2003.

Voice of Gary's rival, "The Reunion," Gary the Rat (animated), Spike TV, 2003.

Voice of Jack O'Lantern, "Billy and Mandy Jacked-Up Halloween," Grim & Evil (also known as The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy), Cartoon Network, 2003.

Judge, Pet Star, Animal Planet, 2003.

Buddy, "Sweet Charity," Listen Up, CBS, 2004.

Kevin, "Friends in Low Places," I'm with Her, ABC, 2004.

Owen, "Liar Liar House on Fire," The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 2004.

Himself, E! 101 Most Starlicious Makeovers (also known as E's "101"), E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

Voice of Abnegazar, "The Balance," Justice League (animated; also known as JL and Justice League Unlimited), Cartoon Network, 2005.

Truman Bosch, "Fare Game," CSI: NY (also known as CSI: New York), CBS, 2006.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Video game fanatic, For Lovers Only, ABC, 1982.

Froggy Wilson, Against the Grain, NBC, 1993.

Robert Piccolo, The Second Half, NBC, 1993.

Golden Gate, NBC, 1994.

Man, The Binikers, NBC, 2000.

Brother, Sorry Charlie, Fox, 2004.

Voice of Mr. Blik, "Bringin' down the Mouse/To the Moon," Catscratch (animated), Nickelodeon, 2005.

Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Gang member, The Wanderers (also known as Les seigneurs), Orion, 1979.

Double Negative, Sam Irvin Productions, 1985.

Bill Wright, The Sex O'Clock News, Chase/Prism, 1986.

Stevie, Forever, Lulu (also known as Crazy Streets), TriStar, 1986.

Stan, Dirty Dancing, Vestron, 1987.

Fraternity person, Everybody's All-American (also known as When I Fall in Love), Warner Bros., 1988.

Second official at the Democratic National Convention, Born on the Fourth of July, Universal, 1989.

Earl "Bonehead" Smeissen (some sources cite Ernie Smeissen), V.I. Warshawski (also known as V.I. Warshawski, Detective in High Heels), Buena Vista, 1991.

Numa Bertel, JFK, Warner Bros., 1991.

"Piccolo" Pete Dugan, Dead Again, Paramount, 1991.

John Correli, Basic Instinct (also known as Ice Cold Desire), TriStar, 1992.

Dennis Nedry, Jurassic Park (also known as JP), Universal, 1993.

Ed Grant, To Die For (also known as 2 Die 4), Columbia, 1995.

Stan Podolak, Space Jam (live action and animated), Warner Bros., 1996.

Bob Lachman, For Richer or Poorer, Universal, 1997.

Voice of Demetrius the pot maker, Hercules (animated), Buena Vista, 1997.

Voice of Tim, Soundman, Cargo Films/The Asylum, 1998.

Wayne the guard, Pros and Cons, Abandon Pictures, 1999.

Voice of Orthus, Hercules: Zero to Hero (animated), Walt Disney Pictures, 1999.

Voice of Tantor, Tarzan (animated), Buena Vista, 1999.

(Uncredited) Voice of Zoot the Suit, My Favorite Martian (also known as My Favourite Martian), Buena Vista, 1999.

Voices of Al McWhiggin and chicken man, Toy Story 2 (animated), Buena Vista, 1999.

Voice of Emperor Zurg, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins (animated), Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2000.

Zack Mallozzi, Rat Race (also known as Course folle), Paramount, 2001.

(Uncredited) Electrician, Cheaper by the Dozen, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2003.

Mr. Tipping, Black Cloud, Old Post Films, 2004.

Voice of Thudd, Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone (animated), Goodtimes Entertainment, 2005.

Bob, Gone, Corndog Productions, 2006.

Voice of Max, Cat Tale (animated), Imagi Entertainment, 2006.

Stage Appearances:

Herschel Weinberger, Gemini, Little Theatre, New York City, c. 1979–81.

Pompey, Measure for Measure, Lincoln Center, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, New York City, 1989.

Senator Knight, Steward Butler, and Representative Byers, Mastergate, Criterion Center Stage Right Theatre, New York City, 1989.

Art, One of the Guys, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Estelle R. Newman Theatre, Public Theatre, New York City, 1990.

Yvan, Art, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1998–99.

Herman, Sweet Charity (musical), Al Hirschfeld Theatre, New York City, 2005.

Sir Peter Lustforth, Measure for Pleasure, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Anspacher Theatre, New York City, beginning 2006.



Making "Rat Race," Fireworks Pictures/Paramount, 2001.

The Bench: Life before "Seinfeld," Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment, 2004.

Kramer vs. Kramer: Kenny to Cosmo, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2004.

Music Videos:

Madonna, "Material Girl," 1985.



Entertainment Weekly, December 31, 1993, p. 64.

People Weekly, December 9, 1996, p. 180; December 1, 2003, p. 64.

Starlog, September, 1993.

TV Zone Special, May, 1999, pp. 68-70.

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