Wayne Knight

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Wayne Knight
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Born August 7, 1955 in Cartersville, Georgia, USA
Notable Roles Seinfeld: Newman
3rd Rock from the Sun: Officer Don Orville
Xiaolin Showdown: Dojo Kanojo Cho
Catscratch: Mr. Blik
Notable Episodes
Awards

Wayne Knight is an American Actor, best known for portraying Newman on Seinfeld and Officer Don Orville on 3rd Rock from the Sun. His notable film roles include Jurassic Park, Basic Instinct and Dirty Dancing. He is well known for his large spectacles, wich have become some sort of a trademark for him.

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Biography

Wayne Knight was born August 7, 1955 in Cartersville, Georgia, USA to Bill Knight, a textile factory supervisor. Knight studied at the University of Georgia, while attending here, he was told by a theater professor that he would never make it as an actor. After he dropped out in 1975 he joined the Barter Theatre company in Abingdon, Virginia, one of the premier regional theaters in the country. Knight polished his craft at the as part of the repertory company, which gained him his Equity union card, he then moved to New York City, where he had his first mayor broadway role as Herschel Weinberger in the award winning play Gemini. After some small or uncredited roles his film breakthrough came in 1987 when he had a small role as Stan in the Academy Award winning film Dirty Dancing. He continued having small film, television and stage roles until in 1991 he was cast to portray Newman on Seinfeld wich gained him television immortality. In 1993 he was the first person to get cast for Jurassic Park, after Steven Spielberg saw him in the "interview scene" of Basic Instinct. During the mid-to-late 1990s he simultaneously played a prominent supporting role on 3rd Rock from the Sun as Officer Don Orville, he was als featured in the pilot episode of Against the Grain, wich featured the then unknown Ben Affleck. During filming of an episode of Seinfeld, Knight felt what he thought to be angina pains and sought the help of a cardiologist who told him that he was morbidly obese, had high blood pressure and was near diabetic. The actor then took on a serious program involving diet, exercise and outside support. He eventually lost 117 lb (53 kg). Currently, he maintains about 75-80 lb (about 35 kg) of that loss. In 2001 he had a supporting role in the Jerry Zucker comedy, Rat Race wich was poorly recieved. In 2003 he went on voicing the dragon Dojo Kanojo Cho on Xiaolin Showdown. He voiced the angry Mr. Blik on Catscratch for a total of 20 episodes.

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
The Edge Various 1992–1993 1
The Second Half Robert Piccolo 1993–1994 1
Toonsylvania Igor 1998–2000 1 2
3rd Rock from the Sun Don Orville 1996–2001 3 4 5 6
Xiaolin Showdown Dojo Kanojo Cho 2003–2006 1 2 3
Catscratch Mr. Blik 2006–2007 1
The Exes Haskell Lutz 2011–2015 1 2 3 4

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Mathnet Peter Pickwick 3x03 - The Case of the Parking Meter Massacre 1990
Square One TV Peter Pickwick 3x13 - Episode 3x13 January 31, 1990
Square One TV Peter Pickwick 3x14 - Episode 3x14 February 1, 1990
Square One TV Peter Pickwick 3x15 - Episode 3x15 February 2, 1990
Seinfeld Newman 3x15 - The Suicide January 29, 1992
Seinfeld Newman 3x22 - The Parking Space February 4, 1992
Seinfeld Newman 3x17 - The Boyfriend (1) February 12, 1992
Seinfeld Newman 3x18 - The Boyfriend (2) February 12, 1992
Seinfeld Newman 3x23 - The Keys May 6, 1992
Seinfeld Newman 4x03 - The Pitch September 16, 1992
Seinfeld Newman 4x04 - The Ticket September 16, 1992
Seinfeld Newman 4x13 - The Pick December 16, 1992
Seinfeld Newman 4x18 - The Old Man February 18, 1993
Seinfeld Newman 4x24 - The Pilot (2) May 20, 1993
Fallen Angels Leo Cunningham 1x01 - Dead End for Delia August 1, 1993
Against the Grain Froggy Wilson 1x01 - Pilot October 1, 1993
Seinfeld Newman 5x04 - The Sniffing Accountant October 7, 1993
Seinfeld Newman 5x06 - The Lip Reader October 28, 1993
Seinfeld Newman 5x07 - The Non-Fat Yogurt November 4, 1993
Seinfeld Newman 5x08 - The Barber November 11, 1993
Seinfeld Newman 5x14 - The Marine Biologist February 10, 1994
Seinfeld Newman 5x19 - The Raincoats (2) April 28, 1994
Seinfeld Newman 6x02 - The Big Salad September 29, 1994
Seinfeld Newman 6x11 - The Switch January 5, 1995
Seinfeld Newman 6x12 - The Label Maker January 19, 1995
Seinfeld Newman 6x13 - The Scofflaw January 26, 1995
Seinfeld Newman 6x20 - The Doodle April 6, 1995
Seinfeld Newman 6x22 - The Diplomat's Club May 4, 1995
Seinfeld Newman 7x01 - The Engagement September 21, 1995
Seinfeld Newman 7x06 - The Soup Nazi November 2, 1995
Seinfeld Newman 7x08 - The Pool Guy November 16, 1995
Seinfeld Newman 7x13 - The Seven February 1, 1996
Seinfeld Newman 7x16 - The Shower Head February 15, 1996
Seinfeld Newman 7x20 - The Calzone April 25, 1996
3rd Rock from the Sun Officer Don 1x17 - Assault with a Deadly Dick April 30, 1996
Seinfeld Newman 7x21 - The Bottle Deposit (1) May 2, 1996
Seinfeld Newman 7x22 - The Bottle Deposit (2) May 2, 1996
Seinfeld Newman 8x02 - The Soul Mate September 26, 1996
3rd Rock from the Sun Officer Don 2x05 - Much Ado About Dick October 13, 1996
Seinfeld Newman 8x05 - The Package October 17, 1996
3rd Rock from the Sun Officer Don 2x06 - Dick the Vote October 27, 1996
Seinfeld Newman 8x08 - The Chicken Roaster November 14, 1996
Seinfeld Newman 8x10 - The Andrea Doria December 19, 1996
3rd Rock from the Sun Officer Don 2x14 - Romeo & Juliet & Dick January 12, 1997
Seinfeld Newman 8x16 - The Pothole February 20, 1997
3rd Rock from the Sun Officer Don 2x21 - Sensitive Dick April 27, 1997
Seinfeld Newman 8x20 - The Millennium May 1, 1997
Seinfeld Newman 8x21 - The Muffin Tops May 8, 1997
3rd Rock from the Sun Officer Don 2x25 - A Nightmare on Dick Street (1) May 18, 1997
3rd Rock from the Sun Officer Don 2x26 - A Nightmare on Dick Street (2) May 18, 1997
Seinfeld Newman 9x01 - The Butter Shave September 25, 1997
Seinfeld Newman 9x04 - The Blood October 16, 1997
Seinfeld Newman 9x08 - The Betrayal November 20, 1997
Seinfeld Newman 9x12 - The Reverse Peephole January 15, 1998
Seinfeld Newman 9x13 - The Cartoon January 29, 1998
Seinfeld Newman 9x17 - The Bookstore April 9, 1998
Seinfeld Newman 9x23 - The Finale (1) May 14, 1998
Seinfeld Newman 9x24 - The Finale (2) May 14, 1998
Dilbert Path-E-Tech Security Guard 2x06 - The Security Guard January 18, 2000
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Emperor Zurg 1x06 - NOS-4-A2 October 8, 2000
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Emperor Zurg 1x10 - The Main Event October 12, 2000
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Emperor Zurg 1x16 - Panic on Bathyos October 19, 2000
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Emperor Zurg 1x17 - Shiv Katall October 20, 2000
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Emperor Zurg 1x18 - Stress Test October 22, 2000
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Emperor Zurg 2x05 - Star Smasher November 11, 2000
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Emperor Zurg 1x43 - Millennial Bugs November 20, 2000
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Emperor Zurg 1x49 - War and Peace and War November 29, 2000
That '70s Show The Angel 4x01 - It's a Wonderful Life September 25, 2001
Becker Wally 4x17 - Picture Imperfect March 11, 2002
The Twilight Zone Nick Dark 1x34 - How Much Do You Love Your Kid? September 26, 2003
Gary the Rat Gary's Rival 1x07 - The Reunion August 7, 2003
I'm With Her Kevin 1x20 - Friends in Low Places April 6, 2004
The Drew Carey Show Owen 9x20 - Liar, Liar, House on Fire August 18, 2004
Listen Up Buddy 1x08 - Sweet Charity November 15, 2004
Bleach Various 1x18 - Reclaim! The Power of the Shinigami February 8, 2005
Bleach Soul Reaper 2x47 - The Avengers August 30, 2006
Justice League Unlimited Abnegazar 4x05 - The Balance May 28, 2005
CSI: NY Truman Bosch 2x15 - Fare Game March 1, 2006
Ergo Proxy Will B. Good/Park Visitor 1x19 - Shôjo sumairu July 15, 2006
Tak & the Power of Juju Big Juju 1x07 - Big Boss Brawl/Our Favorite Juju November 24, 2007
Bones Jimmy Walpert III 6x07 - The Babe in the Bar November 18, 2010

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
For Lovers Only Video Game Fanatic October 15, 1982
Double Edge Tommy White March 22, 1992
T Bone N Weasel Roy Kramp November 2, 1992
Golden Gate May 8, 1994
M*A*S*H, Tootsie & God: A Tribute to Larry Gelbart Himself March 5, 1998
Bleacher Bums Mr. Zig April 7, 2002
Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story Walter Ballou November 10, 2002
Billy and Mandy's Jacked Up Halloween Jack October 31, 2003 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
Nicole Kidman: An American Cinematheque Tribute Himself December 1, 2003

Talk Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Show 1116 June 17, 1999
Pet Star Show 30 November 12, 2003
Thank God You're Here Episode 101 April 9, 2007
Thank God You're Here Episode 106 May 16, 2007

Notable Film Roles

Film Role Released
Dirty Dancing Stan 1987
Born on the Fourth of July Official #2 - Democratic Convention 1989
JFK Numa Bertel 1991
Basic Instinct John Correli 1992
Jurassic Park Dennis Nedry 1993
Toy Story 2 Al 1999

Awards and Accolades

Screen Actors Guild Awards

(2 Nominations)

  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1999)
3rd Rock from the Sun
  • Nominated: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1998)
3rd Rock from the Sun

Viewers for Quality Television Q Awards

(1 Nomination)

  • Nominated: Best Recurring Player (1998)
Seinfeld

Other Awards

  • Saturn Award
    • Nominated: Best Supporting Actor (1994) - Jurassic Park