Ted Knight

Highest Rated: 97% Psycho (1960)
Lowest Rated: 74% Caddyshack (1980)
Birthday: Dec 7, 1923
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

CREDIT
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo Meets Batman Actor 2002
74% Caddyshack Judge Smails 1980
No Score Yet Of Thee I Sing Actor 1972
85% M*A*S*H Offstage Dialog (voice) 1970
80% Countdown Larson 1968
No Score Yet Blindfold Dr. Bob Berford 1965
No Score Yet Hitler Maj. Buch 1962
80% Two Rode Together Lt. Upton 1961
97% Psycho Police Guard 1960

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Too Close for Comfort
1980-1987
Henry Rush
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1979
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1970-1977
Ted Baxter
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1970
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
Guest
  • 1974
  • 1973
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Mayor Sgt. Brown Halloran
  • 1972
  • 1966
  • 1961
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
Hans
  • 1967
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Mooney Rains
  • 1966
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Bill Miller Rabb
  • 1965
  • 1959
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Mr. Maynard
  • 1960
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Adams
  • 1959
No Score Yet Super Friends
1973-1984
Narrator
No Score Yet The New Adventures of Superman

QUOTES FROM Ted Knight CHARACTERS