T.R. Knight

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Dr. George O'Malley on Grey's Anatomy


3/26/1973, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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  • American actor T.R. Knight, known to television fans as Dr. George O'Malley of Grey's Anatomy, grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and started out as a theater actor in his hometown. He was part of the acting company at the Guthrie Theater since he was a child. After graduating from the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, T.R. briefly attended the University of Minnesota before dropping out and continuing with acting on stage. In the Guthrie, Knight played Richard Miller in Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness! and the title character in Amadeus by Peter Shaffer. On Broadway, he portrayed Damis in Tartuffe alongside Brian Bedford and acted as Tim Allgood in Michael Frayn's Noises Off opposite Patti LuPone, Peter Gallagher, and Richard Easton. Other theatrical credits include Joe in Conor McPherson's This Lime Tree Bower and Brendan Hilliard in Anto Howard's Scattergood, for which he earned a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play. Before winning the role of the endearing intern George on the hit ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy in 2005, Emmy-nominated Knight was a series regular opposite Nathan Lane and Laurie Metcalf on Charlie Lawrence. He has also made guest appearances in TV shows such as Frasier, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and CSI.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Theodore Raymond Knight



    Birth Place:

    Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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    • T.R. Knight: 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: (on growing up gay and his coming out) You are taught you are wrong, that you are bad. [So] you don't do anything, and you wrap yourself in a little straitjacket, and you put yourself in your little room. 'Don't do it! Don't look at someone, don't touch them, don't kiss them, don't do anything!' Then maybe it's OK. I mean, sure, that plagued me all through childhood, you know, in so many ways, and that's stuff that's hard to get away from. But you have to, and eventually, you know, you do.

    • T.R. Knight: (on closeted actors) Everyone has their own path. You just have to respect that. I don't know what it's like to be in their shoes. I know a lot of people who make statements, but you have to do it when it's right for you. It don't think it's right to force that. It's impossible to know ... There's a lot of soul searching you have to do.

    • T.R. Knight: (about coming out of the closet after being called a faggot by "Grey's Anatomy" co-star Isaiah Washington) 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: (about his co-star Katherine Heigl's wedding) Incredible and beautiful.

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    • T.R. dyes his hair dark brown for the role of George in Grey's Anatomy. His natural hair color is light brown.

    • Grey's Anatomy co-star and friend Katherine Heigl has referred to T.R. as "the host of Grey's Anatomy." According to Heigl, every time a guest star or new recurring character comes to the show, he knocks on their trailer door, introduces himself, and invites them out to lunch. Heigl says that T.R. did this for her when they first met at the beginning of the series, and they went out together that very first night, so they became good friends.

    • On January 17, 2007, Knight went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and expressed that what Isaiah Washington spoke about his sexuality was true and that Isaiah did call him a [censored word].

    • T.R. is close friends with Grey's Anatomy co-star Katherine Heigl. He was Heigl's bridesman during her wedding to singer Josh Kelley.

    • T.R., along with his Grey's Anatomy castmates, was nominated in 2006 and 2008 for a Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. They won in 2007 for the same category. T.R. was also nominated for a Satellite Award in 2007 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, as well as for an Emmy Award in 2007 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

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