Born: August 7, 1955
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Wayne Elliot Knight (born August 7, 1955) is an American actor, voice actor and comedian best known for playing Newman in Seinfeld (1992-1998) and Dennis Nedry in Jurassic Park (1993). His other roles include Officer Don Orville in 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996-2001), Stan Podolak in Space Jam (1996), Al McWhiggin in Toy Story 2 (1999), Tantor in Tarzan (1999), the Giraffe in Bee Movie (2007), Zack Mallozzi in Rat Race (2001), Dojo in Xiaolin Showdown (2003-2006), Mr. Blik in Catscratch (2005-2007), Microchip in Punisher: War Zone (2008) and Haskell Lutz in The Exes (2011-2015).
He was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Jurassic Park.Wayne Elliot Knight was born in New York City on August 7, 1955 to textile factory supervisor William Edward Knight and Grace (Monti) Knight. 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. He attended the University of Georgia but did not complete his degree until 2008.
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 after two years landed his first role on Broadway.
Knight appeared in a number of 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 interrogation scene. He was the first actor cast in Jurassic Park after director Steven Spielberg saw his performance in 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.
In the 1990s, Knight played prominent supporting roles on two television series on NBC. He played the mailman Newman, Jerry'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. 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 United Kingdom.
Knight also appeared on Broadway in the plays Gemini, Mastergate, 'Art' and Sweet Charity with Christina Applegate.
Knight has done voice work for numerous animations, including the black cat Mr. 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, the giraffe in Bee Movie, 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 American version of Thank God You're Here. He made a second appearance on the last episode of the first season of the television 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 an episode of 2010 of Fox TV's 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. He played 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.
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. In 2014, Knight reprised the character Newman during a Super Bowl commercial, alongside Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander. In 2017, Knight was featured in a KFC commercial depicting Colonel Sanders.
Knight married makeup artist Paula Sutor on May 26, 1996, in a ceremony held in fellow Seinfeld cast member Michael Richards' home. The couple divorced in 2003. He married his second wife Clare de Chenu on October 15, 2006; together they have a son.
Knight is a Democrat; he attended the 2012 Democratic National Convention in support of President Barack Obama's re-election.
|1988||Everybody's All-American||Fraternity Pisser|
|1989||Born on the Fourth of July||Official #2 - Democratic Convention|
|1991||V.I. Warshawski||Earl 'Bonehead' Smeissen|
|1991||Dead Again||'Piccolo' Pete Dugan|
|1992||Basic Instinct||John Correli|
|1993||Jurassic Park||Dennis Nedry||Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|1995||To Die For||Ed Grant|
|1996||Space Jam||Stan Podolak|
|1997||Hercules||Demetrius the Merchant (voice)||Cameo|
|1997||For Richer or Poorer||Bob Lachmen|
|1998||The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars||Evil Microwave (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1999||Hercules: Zero to Hero||Orthus (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1999||My Favorite Martian||Zoot The Suit (voice)||Uncredited|
|1999||Pros & Cons||Wayne|
|1999||Toy Story 2||Al McWhiggin (voice)|
|2000||Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins||Emperor Zurg (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2001||Rat Race||Zach Mallozzi|
|2003||Cheaper by the Dozen||Electrician||Uncredited cameo|
|2004||Black Cloud||Mr. Tipping|
|2005||Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone||Thudd (voice)|
|2007||Throwing Stars||Officer Brooks|
|2007||Bee Movie||Giraffe (voice)|
|2008||Kung Fu Panda||Gang Boss (voice)||Cameo|
|2008||Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King||The Amazing Krudsky (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2008||Punisher: War Zone||Linus Lieberman / Microchip|
|2012||She Wants Me||Walter Baum|
|2012||Excuse Me For Living||Albert|
|2014||Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon||The Elf Elder (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2016||Kung Fu Panda 3||Big Fun / Hom-Lee (voices)|
|2016||Hail, Caesar!||Lurking Extra #1|
|1982||For Lovers Only||Video Game Fanatic||TV Movie|
|1983||The Day After||Man in hospital||TV Movie|
|1984||The Burning Bed||Juror||TV Movie|
|1985||Assaulted Nuts||Various||7 episodes|
|1988||Tattingers||Kenny Axelrod||2 episodes|
|1990||Mathnet||Peter Pickwick||Episode: "The Case of the Parking Meter Massacre"|
|1990||Square One TV||Peter Pickwick||3 episodes|
Nominated—Q Award for Best Recurring Player
|1992||Double Edge||Tommy White||TV Movie|
|1992-1993||The Edge||Various Characters||18 episodes|
|1992||T Bone N Weasel||Roy Kramp||TV Movie|
|1993||Fallen Angels||Leo Cunningham||Episode: "Dead End Delia"|
|1993||Against the Grain||Froggy Wilson||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1993-1994||The Second Half||Robert Piccolo||15 episodes|
|1994||Golden Gate||Arthur Genopopoulos||TV Movie|
|1996-2001||3rd Rock from the Sun||Don Orville||79 episodes|
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
|1997||Contempt of Court||Merill Bushman||TV Movie|
|1998||Hercules||Cyclops Head #2 (voice)||2 episodes|
|1998||Toonsylvania||Igor (voice)||19 episodes|
|2000||Dilbert||The Security Guard (voice)||Episode: "The Security Guard"|
|2000-2001||Buzz Lightyear of Star Command||Emperor Zurg (voice)||Recurring role|
|2001||That '70s Show||The Angel||Episode: "It's a Wonderful Life"|
|2001||Bleacher Bums||Zig||TV Movie|
|2002||Becker||Wally||Episode: "Picture Imperfect"|
|2002||Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story||Walter Ballou||TV Movie|
|2003||The Twilight Zone||Nick Dark||Episode: "How Much Do You Love Your Kid?"|
|2003-2006||Xiaolin Showdown||Dojo (voice)||Main cast|
|2003||Gary the Rat||Gary's Rival (voice)||Episode: "The Reunion"|
|2003||The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy||Jack O'Lantern (voice)||Episode: "Billy & Mandy's Jacked-Up Halloween"|
|2004||I'm with Her||Kevin||Episode: "Friends in Low Places"|
|2004||The Drew Carey Show||Owen||Episode: "Liar Liar House on Fire"|
|2004||Listen Up!||Buddy||Episode: "Sweet Charity"|
|2005-2007||Catscratch||Mr. Blik (voice)||Lead role|
|2005||Justice League Unlimited||Abnegazar (voice)||Episode: "The Balance"|
|2006||CSI: NY||Truman Bosch||Episode: "Fare Game"|
|2006||How I Met Your Mother||Lily's Landlord (voice, uncredited)||Episode: "How Lily Stole Christmas"|
|2007||Tak and the Power of Juju||Bug Juju (voice)||Episode: "Our Favorite Juju"|
|2009-2012||The Penguins of Madagascar||Max (voice)||3 episodes|
|2009||Woke Up Dead||Andrew Batten||10 episodes|
|2009||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Mr. Terrence Lombard||Episode: "Working Stiffs"|
|2009||Nip/Tuck||Don Hoberman||Episode: "Don Hoberman"|
|2009-2011||The Super Hero Squad Show||Elihas Starr/Egghead (voice)||3 episodes|
|2009||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Himself||Uncredited|
Episode: "The Table Read"
|2010-2011||Hot in Cleveland||Rick||5 episodes|
|2010||The Good Guys||Perry Black||Episode: "Little Things"|
|2010||The Whole Truth||Judge Mark Hulverson||Episode: "Uncanny"|
|2010||Bones||Jimmy Walpert III||Episode: "The Babe in the Bar"|
|2011||Torchwood||Brian Friedkin||3 episodes|
|2011-2012||Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness||Jong / Jong's Son (voice)||2 episodes|
|2011-2015||The Exes||Haskell Lutz||64 episodes|
|2012||Green Lantern: The Animated Series||Captain Goray (voice)||Episode: "Into the Abyss"|
|2012||Pound Puppies||Ralphie / Construction Worker #1 (voice)||Episode: "Good Dog, McLeish!"|
|2013||Regular Show||Guardian of the Friend Zone / God of Street Performing (voice)||2 episodes|
|2013||American Dad!||Overweight Customer Who's pants Are Caught On Fire (voice)||1 episode|
|2014||Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee||Newman||Episode: "The Over-Cheer"|
|2014||Unforgettable||Dr. Theodore Blumer||Episode: "East of Islip"|
|2015||Sirens||Richard||Episode: "Sub-Primal Fears"|
|2015||TripTank||Greg / Customer (voice)||2 episodes|
|2015||Doc McStuffins||Viewy Stewie (voice)||Episode: "Fully Focused"|
|2016||Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh||Boovius (voice)||Episode: "The Gray Matter/Feverbreak"|
|2016||StartUp||Benny Blush||3 episodes|
|2017||Narcos||Alan Starkman||2 episodes|
|2017||The Young and the Restless||Irv||2 episodes|
|2017||Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters||Brick (voice)||1 episode|
|2018||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Grigor||1 episode|
|2018||Legend of the Three Caballeros||Baron Von Sheldgoose (voice)||13 episodes|
|1999||Toy Story 2||Al McWhiggin|
|2011||Jurassic Park: The Game||Dennis Nedry||Uncredited|
|2015||Lego Jurassic World||Dennis Nedry||Uncredited|