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Also Known As: Died:
Born: August 7, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, private investigator

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Whether a blessing or a curse, actor Wayne Knight would be forever remembered as Newman, the annoying neighbor and chief nemesis to Jerry Seinfeld on the famed sitcom "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998). But aside from his enormously popular turn as Seinfeld's nefarious foil, Knight made a name for himself by appearing in a number of television series and films while lending his distinctive voice to extensive voiceover projects. He had notable supporting turns as one of Jim Garrison's investigators in "JFK" (1991), a DNA thief in "Jurassic Park" (1993) and the assistant district attorney who examines Sharon Stone during her infamous leg crossing scene in "Basic Instinct" (1992). From there, he began his long run on "Seinfeld" while simultaneously playing the uninformed officer Don Orville on "3rd Rock from the Sun" (NBC, 1996-2001). Knight also voiced characters in animated films like "Hercules" (1997), "Tarzan" (1999) and "Toy Story 2" (1999), as well as animated series on the Cartoon Network. After "Seinfeld" ended in 1998, he made a string of guest appearances on both dramas and comedies, including "Nip/Tuck" (FX, 2003-2010), "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000- ) and "Hot in Cleveland" (TV Land,...

Whether a blessing or a curse, actor Wayne Knight would be forever remembered as Newman, the annoying neighbor and chief nemesis to Jerry Seinfeld on the famed sitcom "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998). But aside from his enormously popular turn as Seinfeld's nefarious foil, Knight made a name for himself by appearing in a number of television series and films while lending his distinctive voice to extensive voiceover projects. He had notable supporting turns as one of Jim Garrison's investigators in "JFK" (1991), a DNA thief in "Jurassic Park" (1993) and the assistant district attorney who examines Sharon Stone during her infamous leg crossing scene in "Basic Instinct" (1992). From there, he began his long run on "Seinfeld" while simultaneously playing the uninformed officer Don Orville on "3rd Rock from the Sun" (NBC, 1996-2001). Knight also voiced characters in animated films like "Hercules" (1997), "Tarzan" (1999) and "Toy Story 2" (1999), as well as animated series on the Cartoon Network. After "Seinfeld" ended in 1998, he made a string of guest appearances on both dramas and comedies, including "Nip/Tuck" (FX, 2003-2010), "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000- ) and "Hot in Cleveland" (TV Land, 2010- ), and even reprised Newman on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO, 2000- ). By the time he had a recurring role as a CIA honcho on the British series "Torchwood: Miracle Day" (BBC One/Starz, 2011), Knight was one of the most in-demand character actors working in the business.

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 Kung Fu Panda (2008)
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 Kung Fu Panda (2008)
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 Forfeit (2007)
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 Bleacher Bums (2002) Zig
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 Rat Race (2001) Zack
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 Tarzan (1999) Voice Of Tantor
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Raised in Cartersville, Georgia
1977:
Moved back to his native New York
1977:
Made his Broadway debut in the long-running "Gemini"
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Co-starred in the British sitcom, "Assaulted Nuts" with Emma Thompson
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Worked as a private investigator for five years
1982:
US TV acting debut, "For Lovers Only"
1986:
Feature acting debut, "The Sex O'Clock News"
1989:
Returned to Broadway in Larry Gelbart's "Mastergate"
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Played recurring role on the hit series, "Seinfeld"
1992:
Cast as an ensemble member on the series, "The Edge"
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Began appearing in a recurring role on the hit NBC sitcom "3rd Rock From the Sun"; made regular as of the 1999-2000 season
1997:
Signed three-year deal with Carsey-Werner Prods. estimated to be worth $2 million
1999:
Co-starred on Broadway in the Tony-winning play "Art"
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Education

University of Georgia: Athens , Georgia -

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wife:
Paula Sutor. Makeup artist. Married on May 26, 1996; born c. 1952.

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father:
Bill Knight. Former textile factory supervisor. Died in 1993 from heart disease.

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