"I guess there have been a few questions about my sexuality and I'd like to quiet any unnecessary rumors that may be out there. While I prefer to keep my personal life private, I hope the fact that I'm gay isn't the most interesting part of me." T.R. Knight
Emmy Award-nominated and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actor T.R. Knight received rave reviews for his role as the sweet, bumbling surgical intern Dr. George O'Malley on the ABC medical drama series “Grey's Anatomy.” He had previously guest starred in "Frasier," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."
A former member of the Guthrie Theater, Knight starred in the Broadway productions of "Noises Off" (2001-2002) and "Tartuffe" (January 2003). The 5' 8" actor also headlined a string of Off-Broadway plays, most notably “Scattergood” (2003), which earned him a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.
Following "Grey's Anatomy" co-star Isaiah Washington's controversial "faggot" remark in October 2006, Knight came out about his sexual orientation. He recently revealed in an interview that for the past six months he had been dating a student 16 years his junior.
“It's an awesome word, isn't it? I've never been called that to my face before, so I think that when that happened, something shifted and it became bigger than myself. I was under no delusions though. My friends on the set knew. We talked about it. Publicly, it's not my thing to call up People Magazine and be like, 'Hey, you wanna know something about me?' I could have just let it slide and not say anything, but it became important for me to make the statement.” T.R. Knight
Childhood and Family:
Son of Shirley Knight, a health care worker, Theodore Raymond Knight, nicknamed Teddy or T.R., was born on March 26, 1973, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has one brother named Danny Knight.
As a child growing up, Knight developed a passion for acting and became involved with the Guthrie Theater at the age of five. He graduated from the Academy of Holy Angels High School in Richfield, Minnesota, and briefly attended the University of Minnesota. He also participated in acting coach Kent Stephen's Actors' Gym, while studying in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in the 1990s.
Knight is best friends with his “Grey's Anatomy” co-star Katherine Heigl and was a groomsman at her wedding to Josh Kelley. As of November 2007, Knight resides in Los Feliz, California.
At the age of five, T.R. Knight became involved with the acting company of Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater and had his first role as Tiny Tim in the Guthrie Theater's annual production of “A Christmas Carol.” He would later play such lead roles as Richard Miller in Eugene O'Neill's comedy “Ah, Wilderness,” the title role in Peter Shaffer' 1979 play loosely based on the lives of the composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, “Amadeus,” Francis Flute in “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” Joe in “Philadelphia, Here I Come” (1996), Eugene Morris Jerome in “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” and Ewan Gilmour in “Racing Demon.” He also portrayed 2nd Lt. Jimmy Raleigh in R. C. Sherriff's “Journey's End” (1995; Jungle Theatre), Samuel in “Civil Ceremony” (1996; History Theatre), and Allen Ginsberg in “Angelheaded Hipster: Howl for Allen” (1997; Illusion Theatre). Knight subsequently moved to New York City where he appeared in a number of Off-Broadway plays, including “White People,” “Right Way to Sue,” “The Hologram Theory” (2001), William Shakespeare's “Macbeth” (1999), Conor McPherson's “This Lime Tree Bower,” Anto Howard's “Scattergood” (2003), which earned him a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play, and “Boy” (2004).
“It's just hard with New York rent to survive, even if you're lucky to be working. The last Off-Broadway show I did was like $187 a week. Luckily, I was able to get some commercial work every once in a while that would float me.” T.R. Knight: (on his struggle to establish himself in New York)
Knight made his Broadway debut as Tim Allgood in a revival of Michael Frayn's 1982 play "Noises Off" (2001-2002). In January 2003, he returned to Broadway to portray Damis in Moliere's comedic play "Tartuffe" at the American Airlines Theater, in New York City.
During this time, Knight also had a small role in writer/director Michele Maher's dramatic film "Garmento" (2002) and appeared in the pilot episode of the comedy series "Charlie Lawrence" (2003). He was also spotted as a guest in an episode of NBC’s sitcom "Frasier," NBC/USA Network's drama series "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," and CBS’ "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."
In 2005, Knight began playing his most prominent role to date, that of Dr. George O'Malley, the sweet, bumbling surgical intern and later resident at Seattle Grace Hospital, on the ABC primetime television medical drama, "Grey's Anatomy." His work in the show has earned him three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, which he won one in 2007 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. He was also nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and a Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. On February 11, 2008, ABC renewed "Grey's Anatomy" for the 2008-09 television seasons, in which Knight will continue to portray his character.
Knight also starred in John DeBellis' comedy movie "The Last Request" (2006) with Danny Aiello and narrated the short 10-minute animated family movie "Max's Words" (2007; V).
“I think, you know, as an actor, unless you're exceedingly lucky and you're one of the golden few, a lot of your life you're unemployed and a lot of your life you're poor. You gotta be a little insane and driven and have it be the only thing you want to do.” T.R. Knight
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, "Grey's Anatomy," 2007