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Ted Knight

Highest Rated:   96% Psycho (1960)
Lowest Rated:   76% Caddyshack (1980)
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Birthplace:   Terryville, Connecticut, USA
Actor Ted Knight dropped out of high school in order to enlist for World War II service. During the postwar years, Knight studied acting in Hartford, Connecticut. He became proficient with puppets and ventriloquism, which led to steady work as a TV kiddie-show host. Knight spent most of the 1950s and 1960s doing commercial voice-overs and essaying minor TV and movie roles (he was the nonspeaking cop who handed Norman Bates a robe at the end of Hitchcock's Psycho [1960]). Just barely making ends meet with TV guest spots and cartoon voices, Knight was rescued professionally in 1970 when he was cast in the role of vainglorious TV anchorman Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Three years into the series, Knight threatened to quit because of the one-note stupidity of his character. He was assuaged when the MTM producers "humanized" him with an understanding girlfriend (played by Georgia Engel) -- and it didn't hurt that the actor later won two Emmy awards for his portrayal of the clueless Ted Baxter. When MTM left the air in 1977, Knight attempted to headline a sitcom of his own. After a couple of false starts, he struck pay dirt in 1980 with Too Close for Comfort, playing a comic-strip artist with two nubile daughters. Too Close left the network for syndication in 1984, then matriculated into The Ted Knight Show in 1985. Though gravely ill, Ted Knight valiantly taped a years' worth of episodes before succumbing to cancer at the age of 62.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo Meets Batman
  • Actor
2002
76% Caddyshack
  • Judge Smails
1980
No Score Yet Of Thee I Sing
  • Actor
1972
87% M*A*S*H
  • Offstage Dialog (voice)
1970
No Score Yet Countdown
  • Larson
1968
No Score Yet Blindfold
  • Dr. Bob Berford
1965
No Score Yet Outer Limits - "The Invisible Enemy"
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet Hitler
  • Maj. Buch
1962
No Score Yet Two Rode Together
  • Lt. Upton
1961
96% Psycho
  • Police Guard
1960
No Score Yet Mary Tyler Moore Show - Special Christmas Edition
  • Actor
No Score Yet Mary Tyler Moore Show, The: The Collector's Edition V. 1
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The New Adventures of Superman
  • Actor
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Adams
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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