Ted Knight - biography

Actor from United States of America

Ted Knight Ted Knight (December 7, 1923 – August 26, 1986) was an American actor best known for playing the comedic role of Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Henry Rush on Too Close for Comfort, and Judge Elihu Smails in Caddyshack. Born Tadeusz Wladyslaw Konopka to a Polish-American family in Terryville, Connecticut, Knight dropped out of high school to enlist for military service in World War II. He was a member of A Company, 296th Combat Engineer Battalion, earning five battle stars while serving in the European Theatre. During the postwar years, Knight studied acting in Hartford, Connecticut. He became proficient with puppets and ventriloquism, which led to steady work as a television kiddie-show host at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island from 1950 to 1955. In 1955, he left Providence for Albany, New York, where he landed a job at station WROW-TV (now WTEN), hosting The Early Show featuring MGM movies and a kids’ variety show, playing a "Gabby Hayes" type character named "Windy Knight". He was also a radio announcer for sister station WROW radio. He left the station in 1957 after receiving advice from station manager (and future Capital Cities Chairman) Thomas S. Murphy that he  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Tadeusz Wladyslaw Konopka,Tadeus Wladyslaw Konopka
Date of birth
1923-12-07
Place of birth
Terryville
Nationality
United States of America
Spouse(s)
Dorothy E. Smith
Profession
Actor

Performances

Year Performance Character
1968 Countdown Walter Larson
0 The Candidate

Death

Date of death
1986-08-26
Cause of death
Colorectal cancer,Cancer
Place of death
Glendale

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