Wayne Knight

Wayne Knight

Aug. 7th, 1955
Born in
Cartersville, Georgia, USA
5' 7

Wayne Knight's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Seinfeld TV Show
3rd Rock from the Sun TV Show
3rd Rock from the Sun
Hot In Cleveland TV Show
Hot In Cleveland
The Penguins of Madagascar TV Show
The Penguins of Madagascar
The Exes TV Show
The Exes
Xiaolin Showdown TV Show
Xiaolin Showdown
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command TV Show
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Catscratch TV Show
Fallen Angels TV Show
Fallen Angels
Square One TV TV Show
Square One TV
Toonsylvania TV Show
Listen Up TV Show
Listen Up
Against the Grain TV Show
Against the Grain
Assaulted Nuts (UK) TV Show
Assaulted Nuts (UK)
Gary the Rat TV Show
Gary the Rat
The Second Half TV Show
The Second Half

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Actor Wayne Knight achieved television immortality assaying the role of the overweight mailman Newman, nemesis of the eponymous lead character in the classic TV series "Seinfeld" (1990). He also appears in one of the most notorious scenes in American cinema, as one of the detectives interrogating 'Sharon Stone (I)' in Basic Instinct (1992).

Wayne Knight was born on August 7, 1955 in Cartersville, Georgia, where he was raised and lived until matriculating at the University of Georgia. Despite being an honor student, Knight left university before taking a degree to join 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. Now a professional actor, Knight moved to New York City, where he made his Broadway debut by replacing 'Jonathan Hadary' in 'Albert Innaurato's award winning play "Gemini" at the Circle Rep. Since then he has established himself as a leading character actor in television, film and on the stage, and as a voice-artist in cartoons.

  • Has worn the same pair of his trademark glasses since his role in _"Seinfeld" (1990)_ (qv).
  • Before landing the role of Newman in _"Seinfeld" (1990)_ (qv), he had auditioned for the role of George Costanza.
  • Performed at the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia, after he dropped out of college.
  • Held his wedding ceremony in 'Michael Richards (I)' (qv)' house.
  • The first reference to "Newman" on _"Seinfeld" (1990)_ (qv) has the unseen character attempting suicide by jumping out of Jerry's building. In the original episode, the voice of "Newman" is supplied by 'Larry David (I)' (qv) (co-creator of _"Seinfeld" (1990)_ (qv)). On the syndicated version, Wayne Knight's voice was dubbed in.
  • While attending college in Georgia, was told by a theater professor that he would never make it as an actor.
  • Reports claim he was the first person to be cast for _Jurassic Park (1993)_ (qv) after 'Steven Spielberg' (qv) saw him in the "interview scene" of _Basic Instinct (1992)_ (qv).
  • He attended the University of Georgia for a short time.

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