Born: 7 December 1923
Died: 26 August 1986 (cancer)
Birthplace: Terryville, Connecticut
Best known as: Newscaster Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Ted Knight played buffoonish and bombastic newscaster Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
from 1970-77. Knight won two Emmys and stole countless scenes on the show, which was one of the highest-rated comedies of its era. White-haired and firm-jawed, Knight made something of a specialty of pompous egotists; he played the hilarious Judge Smails
in the 1980 film Caddyshack
. Knight later starred in the sitcom Too Close For Comfort
(1980-86), which morphed into The Ted Knight Show
shortly before his death in 1986.
Knight had a small nonspeaking part as a guard at the end of Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1960 film Psycho… Too Close for Comfort was based on a British series, Keep It in the Family… Some sources list Knight’s real name as Tadeus Wladyslaw Konopka or Tadewurz Wladzui Konopka; his gravestone, however, reads Theodore C. Konopka.
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