Ted Knight

Ted Knight

Highest Rated: 96% 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
86% 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
96% 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

Spaulding Smails says: I want a hamburger. No, a cheeseburger. I want a hotdog. I want a milkshake.

Spaulding Smails says: I want a hamburger. No, a cheeseburger. I want a hotdog. I want a milkshake.

Judge Smails says: {Judge hits Spaulding in the back of his head} You'll get nothing and like it!

Judge Smails says: [judge hits Spaulding in the back of his head] You'll get nothing and like it!

Judge Smails says: Well, we're waiting.....

Judge Smails says: Well, we're waiting...

Judge Smails says: You'll get nothing and like it!

Al Czervik says: (Picks up hat) Oh, this is the worst-looking hat I ever saw. What, when you buy a hat like this I bet you get a free bowl of soup, huh?

Al Czervik says: [picks up hat] Oh, this is the worst-looking hat I ever saw. What, when you buy a hat like this I bet you get a free bowl of soup, huh?

Judge Smails says: (Wearing same the same hat, glaring at Al)

Judge Smails says: [wearing same the same hat, glaring at Al]

Al Czervik says: Oh, it looks good on you though. (Rolls eyes)

Al Czervik says: Oh, it looks good on you though. [rolls eyes]