Wayne Knight

Wayne Elliot Knight (born August 7, 1955) is an American actor, voice artist and comedian.[3] He is known for playing Newman in Seinfeld (1992–1998) and Dennis Nedry in Jurassic Park (1993). His other roles include Officer Don Orville in 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996–2001), Stan Podolak in Space Jam (1996), Al McWhiggin in Toy Story 2 (1999), Tantor in Tarzan (1999), the Giraffe in Bee Movie (2007), Zack Mallozzi in Rat Race (2001), Dojo in Xiaolin Showdown (2003–2006), Mr. Blik in Catscratch (2005–2007), Microchip in Punisher: War Zone (2008) and Haskell Lutz in The Exes (2011–2015).

He was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Jurassic Park.

Wayne Knight
Wayne Knight2013
Knight in 2013
Born
Wayne Elliot Knight

August 7, 1955 (age 63)
Alma materUniversity of Georgia
OccupationActor, voice artist, comedian
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)
Paula Sutor
(m. 1996; div. 2003)
[1][2]
Clare de Chenu
(m. 2006)
Children1
Parent(s)William Edward Knight
Grace Monti

Early life

Wayne Elliot Knight was born in New York City on August 7, 1955, to textile factory supervisor William Edward Knight and Grace (Monti) Knight.[4][5] His father moved the family to Cartersville, Georgia, where he worked in the textile industry. Knight went to local schools and was a lineman on his high school's football team.[6] He attended the University of Georgia, but did not complete his degree until 2008.[7]

Although an honors student, Knight left college just one credit shy of completing his degree to pursue his acting career. He received an internship at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, which produced repertory works. After completing his internship, he joined the company and gained standing as an Equity actor. He subsequently moved to New York City and after two years landed his first role on Broadway.

Career

Knight appeared in a number of films produced in the end of the 1980s and beginning of the 1990s, including Dirty Dancing (1987), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), JFK (1991) and Basic Instinct (1992), where he played one of the characters in the interrogation scene. He was the first actor cast in Jurassic Park after director Steven Spielberg saw his performance in Basic Instinct. Knight was cast as InGen Corporation's chief programmer for the park and secret spy for Biosyn, Dennis Nedry.

He also appeared in Dead Again, To Die For, and Space Jam. In the 1990s, Knight played prominent supporting roles on two television series on NBC. He played the mailman Newman, Jerry's neighbor and nemesis in Seinfeld, and Officer Don Orville, Sally's love interest, in 3rd Rock from the Sun. He had earlier appeared in Against the Grain. He also appeared as a regular on two sketch comedy series, The Edge for Fox and Assaulted Nuts for Cinemax and Channel 4 in the United Kingdom.

Knight also appeared on Broadway in the plays Gemini, Mastergate, 'Art' and Sweet Charity with Christina Applegate.

Knight has done voice work for numerous animations, including the black cat Mr. Blik on the Nickelodeon cartoon Catscratch, Igor on the Fox Kids cartoon Toonsylvania, the dragon Dojo Kanojo Cho in the Kids' WB! animated series Xiaolin Showdown, Evil Emperor Zurg on Buzz Lightyear of Star Command on Toon Disney and Disney Channel; Al McWhiggin, the toy store manager of Al's Toy Barn, in Toy Story 2; Tantor the elephant in Tarzan, the giraffe in Bee Movie, Demetrius the shopkeeper in Hercules, and the bug Juju on Tak and the Power of Juju. He made guest appearances on Billy & Mandy's Jacked-Up Halloween as the Jack-O-Lantern and Brandy and Mr. Whiskers as Mr. Cantarious the snail.

Knight appeared on the pilot episode of the American version of Thank God You're Here. He made a second appearance on the last episode of the first season of the television series. He won the Thank God You're Here blue door award. He played the Punisher's techno sidekick Microchip in Punisher: War Zone. Knight guest stars in The Penguins of Madagascar as Max the Cat in the episodes "Launchtime" and "Cat's Cradle".

In 2009, Knight reprised his role as the Seinfeld character Newman for the seventh season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. He also guest starred on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 10, Episode "Working Stiffs".

Knight guest starred on an episode of 2010 of Fox TV's drama series Bones, in the first season of the TV Land comedy series Hot in Cleveland (2010), where he became a recurring character for season two, and on an episode of The Whole Truth in the fall of 2010.[8] He played an Internet fixated couch potato in the TV Land sitcom, The Exes. In the summer of 2011, he appeared in the BBC/Starz series Torchwood: Miracle Day as Brian Friedkin.[9]

Knight appeared as Santa in Elf: The Musical in November 2012. He previously appeared on Broadway in Art in 1999. In 2012, Knight was featured in the romantic comedy, She Wants Me. In 2014, Knight reprised the character Newman during a Super Bowl commercial, alongside Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander. In 2017, Knight was featured in a KFC commercial depicting Colonel Sanders.

Personal life

Knight married makeup artist Paula Sutor on May 26, 1996, in a ceremony held in fellow Seinfeld cast member Michael Richards' home.[10] The couple divorced in 2003.[11] He married his second wife Clare de Chenu on October 15, 2006; together they have a son.[12]

Knight is a Democrat; he attended the 2012 Democratic National Convention in support of President Barack Obama's re-election.[13]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1979 The Wanderers Waiter Uncredited
1987 Dirty Dancing Stan
1988 Everybody's All-American Fraternity Pisser
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Official #2 – Democratic Convention
1991 V.I. Warshawski Earl 'Bonehead' Smeissen
1991 Dead Again 'Piccolo' Pete Dugan
1991 JFK Numa Bertel
1992 Basic Instinct John Correli
1993 Jurassic Park Dennis Nedry Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
1995 To Die For Ed Grant
1995 Chameleon Stuart Langston
1996 Space Jam Stan Podolak
1997 Hercules Demetrius the Merchant (voice) Cameo
1997 For Richer or Poorer Bob Lachmen
1998 The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars Evil Microwave (voice) Direct to video
1998 Soundman Tim (voice)
1999 Hercules: Zero to Hero Orthus (voice) Direct to video
1999 My Favorite Martian Zoot The Suit (voice) Uncredited
1999 Pros & Cons Wayne
1999 Tarzan Tantor (voice)
1999 Toy Story 2 Al McWhiggin (voice)
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins Emperor Zurg (voice) Direct to video
2001 Rat Race Zach Mallozzi
2003 Cheaper by the Dozen Electrician Uncredited cameo
2004 Black Cloud Mr. Tipping
2005 Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone Thudd (voice)
2007 Forfeit Bob
2007 Throwing Stars Officer Brooks
2007 Bee Movie Giraffe (voice)
2008 Kung Fu Panda Gang Boss (voice) Cameo
2008 Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King The Amazing Krudsky (voice) Direct to video
2008 Punisher: War Zone Linus Lieberman / Microchip
2012 She Wants Me Walter Baum
2012 Excuse Me For Living Albert
2014 Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon The Elf Elder (voice) Direct-to-video
2016 Kung Fu Panda 3 Big Fun / Hom-Lee (voices)
2016 Hail, Caesar! Lurking Extra #1
2018 Blindspotting Patrick

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1982 For Lovers Only Video Game Fanatic TV Movie
Uncredited
1983 The Day After Man in hospital TV Movie
1984 The Burning Bed Juror TV Movie
Uncredited
1985 Assaulted Nuts Various 7 episodes
1988 Tattingers Kenny Axelrod 2 episodes
1990 Mathnet Peter Pickwick Episode: "The Case of the Parking Meter Massacre"
1990 Square One TV Peter Pickwick 3 episodes
1992–1998 Seinfeld Newman 48 episodes
Nominated—Q Award for Best Recurring Player (1998)
1992 Double Edge Tommy White TV Movie
1992–1993 The Edge Various Characters 18 episodes
1992 T Bone N Weasel Roy Kramp TV Movie
1993 Fallen Angels Leo Cunningham Episode: "Dead End Delia"
1993 Against the Grain Froggy Wilson Episode: "Pilot"
1993–1994 The Second Half Robert Piccolo 15 episodes
1994 Golden Gate Arthur Genopopoulos TV Movie
1996–2001 3rd Rock from the Sun Don Orville 79 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1998–1999)
1997 Contempt of Court Merill Bushman TV Movie
1998 Hercules Cyclops Head #2 (voice) 2 episodes
1998 Toonsylvania Igor (voice) 19 episodes
2000 Dilbert The Security Guard (voice) Episode: "The Security Guard"
2000–2001 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Emperor Zurg (voice) Recurring role
12 episodes
2001 That '70s Show The Angel Episode: "It's a Wonderful Life"
2001 Bleacher Bums Zig TV Movie
2002 Becker Wally Episode: "Picture Imperfect"
2002 Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story Walter Ballou TV Movie
2003 The Twilight Zone Nick Dark Episode: "How Much Do You Love Your Kid?"
2003–2006 Xiaolin Showdown Dojo (voice) Main cast
52 episodes
2003 Gary the Rat Gary's Rival (voice) Episode: "The Reunion"
2003 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Jack O'Lantern (voice) Episode: "Billy & Mandy's Jacked-Up Halloween"
2004 I'm with Her Kevin Episode: "Friends in Low Places"
2004 The Drew Carey Show Owen Episode: "Liar Liar House on Fire"
2004 Listen Up! Buddy Episode: "Sweet Charity"
2005–2007 Catscratch Mr. Blik (voice) Lead role
2005 Justice League Unlimited Abnegazar (voice) Episode: "The Balance"
2006 CSI: NY Truman Bosch Episode: "Fare Game"
2006 How I Met Your Mother Lily's Landlord (voice, uncredited) Episode: "How Lily Stole Christmas"
2007 Tak and the Power of Juju Bug Juju (voice) Episode: "Our Favorite Juju"
2009–2012 The Penguins of Madagascar Max (voice) 3 episodes
2009 Woke Up Dead Andrew Batten 10 episodes
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mr. Terrence Lombard Episode: "Working Stiffs"
2009 Nip/Tuck Don Hoberman Episode: "Don Hoberman"
2009–2011 The Super Hero Squad Show Elihas Starr/Egghead (voice) 3 episodes
2009 Curb Your Enthusiasm Himself Uncredited
Episode: "The Table Read"
2010–2011 Hot in Cleveland Rick 5 episodes
2010 The Good Guys Perry Black Episode: "Little Things"
2010 The Whole Truth Judge Mark Hulverson Episode: "Uncanny"
2010 Bones Jimmy Walpert III Episode: "The Babe in the Bar"
2011 Torchwood Brian Friedkin 3 episodes
2011–2012 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Jong / Jong's Son (voice) 2 episodes
2011–2015 The Exes Haskell Lutz 64 episodes
2012 Green Lantern: The Animated Series Captain Goray (voice) Episode: "Into the Abyss"
2012 Pound Puppies Ralphie / Construction Worker #1 (voice) Episode: "Good Dog, McLeish!"
2013 Regular Show Guardian of the Friend Zone / God of Street Performing (voice) 2 episodes
2013 American Dad! Overweight Customer Who's pants Are Caught On Fire (voice) 1 episode
2014 Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Newman Episode: "The Over-Cheer"
2014 Unforgettable Dr. Theodore Blumer Episode: "East of Islip"
2015 Sirens Richard Episode: "Sub-Primal Fears"
2015 TripTank Greg / Customer (voice) 2 episodes
2015 Doc McStuffins Viewy Stewie (voice) Episode: "Fully Focused"
2016 Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh Boovius (voice) Episode: "The Gray Matter/Feverbreak"
2016 StartUp Benny Blush 3 episodes
2017 Still the King Dan Episode: "Still Still the King"
2017 Narcos Alan Starkman 2 episodes
2017 The Young and the Restless Irv 2 episodes
2017 Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters Brick (voice) 1 episode
2018 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Grigor 1 episode
2018 Legend of the Three Caballeros Baron Von Sheldgoose (voice) 13 episodes
2018 The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair Benjamin Roth 10 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Toy Story 2 Al McWhiggin
2011 Jurassic Park: The Game Dennis Nedry Uncredited
2013 Tomodachi Life Marco, Kentaro, Vincenzo
2015 Lego Jurassic World Dennis Nedry Uncredited

References

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  2. ^ "Articles about Wayne Knight — tribunedigital-chicagotribune". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Veromi People Search". veromi.net. Retrieved December 11, 2012.
  4. ^ "Wayne Knight Biography (1955–)". Filmreference.com.
  5. ^ "Grace Knight Obituary: View Obituary for Grace Knight by Owen Funeral Home, Cartersville, GA". Obits.dignitymemorial.com. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  6. ^ Fretts, Bruce (October 8, 1993). "Wayne Knight: Gaining Roles, Losing Weight – The "Seinfeld" star takes on three NBC shows this fall", Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 11, 2012.
  7. ^ "Is this it?". The Guardian. March 6, 2009. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  8. ^ Abrams, Natalie. "Exclusive: The Whole Truth Swears In Wayne Knight". TVGuide.com. Retrieved October 13, 2010.
  9. ^ Brew, Simon. "Wayne Knight joins Torchwood: Miracle Day". Den of Geek. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
  10. ^ "Weddings of the Year". People. February 10, 1997. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
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External links

Bleacher Bums

Bleacher Bums is a 1977 play written collaboratively by members of Chicago's Organic Theater Company, from an idea by actor Joe Mantegna. Its original Chicago production was directed by Stuart Gordon. A 1979 performance of the play was taped for PBS television, and in 2002 a made-for-TV movie adaptation was produced.

Blindspotting

Blindspotting is a 2018 American comedy-drama film written, produced by and starring Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal. Carlos López Estrada directs while Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Ethan Embry, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and Wayne Knight also star. The plot follows a parolee with three days left on his sentence, only to have him witness a police shooting that threatens to ruin a lifelong friendship.

Casal and Diggs, childhood friends in real-life, wrote the screenplay in the mid-2000s, initially to speak for the city of Oakland which they felt was often misrepresented in film. After years of delays, the pair's schedules finally allowed them to make the film, with principal photography beginning in June 2017.

Blindspotting had its world premiere on January 18, 2018 in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was released in the United States on July 20, 2018, by Lionsgate. The film received positive reviews from critics, and at the 34th Independent Spirit Awards, was nominated for Best Male Lead for Diggs' performance, while López Estrada earned a Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directing – First-Time Feature Film.

Dead Again

Dead Again is a 1991 American romantic thriller film written by Scott Frank and directed by Kenneth Branagh. It stars Branagh and his then-wife Emma Thompson, and co-stars Andy García, Derek Jacobi, Wayne Knight, and Robin Williams.

Dead Again was a moderate box office success and was positively received by the majority of critics. Jacobi was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and Patrick Doyle, who composed the film's music, was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Score.

Don Orville

Officer Donald Leslie "Don" Orville is a fictional character in the NBC sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. He is portrayed by Wayne Knight and works as a Police Sergeant in the fictional town of Rutherford, Ohio, though he is consistently referred to as "Officer" throughout the series, much like real-world Police Sergeants and others are referred to as Officer by lay-persons, despite their actual rank. The character is first introduced to the series late in the first season, in the episode "Assault with a Deadly Dick", in which the Solomon family go to the police for help after they fall victim to crime.

For Richer or Poorer

For Richer or Poorer is a 1997 American comedy film directed by Bryan Spicer starring Tim Allen and Kirstie Alley as a New York socialite couple who decide to end their spoiled relationship. The supporting cast includes Jay O. Sanders, Michael Lerner, Wayne Knight, and Larry Miller.

Despite featuring the star-power of both Tim Allen and Kirstie Alley, For Richer or for Poorer gained negative reviews from critics and audiences alike. Despite this, the film made $67.2 million at the box office.

Forever, Lulu (1987 film)

Forever, Lulu is a 1987 American comedy-mystery film starring Hanna Schygulla, Deborah Harry and Alec Baldwin, in his film debut. The film also features Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Wayne Knight, and director Amos Kollek.

Jurassic Park (film)

Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Gerald R. Molen. The first installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, it is based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Michael Crichton and a screenplay written by Crichton and David Koepp. The film is set on the fictional island of Isla Nublar, located off Central America's Pacific Coast near Costa Rica. There billionaire philanthropist John Hammond and a small team of genetic scientists have created a wildlife park of de-extinct dinosaurs. When industrial sabotage leads to a catastrophic shutdown of the park's power facilities and security precautions, a small group of visitors, and Hammond's grandchildren, struggle to survive and escape the perilous island.

Before Crichton's novel was published, four studios put in bids for its film rights. With the backing of Universal Studios, Spielberg acquired the rights for $1.5 million before its publication in 1990; Crichton was hired for an additional $500,000 to adapt the novel for the screen. Koepp wrote the final draft, which left out much of the novel's exposition and violence and made numerous changes to the characters. Filming took place in California and Hawaii between August and November 1992, and post-production rolled until May 1993, supervised by Spielberg in Poland as he filmed Schindler's List.

The dinosaurs were created with groundbreaking computer-generated imagery by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and with life-sized animatronic dinosaurs built by Stan Winston's team. To showcase the film's sound design, which included a mixture of various animal noises for the dinosaur roars, Spielberg invested in the creation of DTS, a company specializing in digital surround sound formats. Following an extensive $65 million marketing campaign, which included licensing deals with 100 companies, Jurassic Park premiered on June 9, 1993, at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C., and was released on June 11 in the United States. It went on to gross over $914 million worldwide in its original theatrical run becoming the highest-grossing film of 1993 and the highest-grossing film ever at the time, a record held until the release of Titanic in 1997. It was well received by critics, who praised its special effects, John Williams' musical score, and Spielberg's direction. Following its 3D re-release in 2013 to celebrate its 20th anniversary, Jurassic Park became the seventeenth film in history to surpass $1 billion in ticket sales.

The film won more than twenty awards, including three Academy Awards for its technical achievements in visual effects and sound design. Jurassic Park is considered a landmark in the development of computer-generated imagery and animatronic visual effects and was followed by four commercially successful sequels, The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Jurassic Park III (2001), Jurassic World (2015) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), with a fifth sequel, currently titled Jurassic World 3, scheduled for a 2021 release.

In 2018, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Microchip (comics)

David Linus "Microchip" Lieberman (often known as Micro) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He was an ally of The Punisher for many years and assisted the Punisher by building weapons, supplying technology and providing friendship. In more recent publications, Microchip gradually evolved from the Punisher's friend to a bitter enemy.Micro was portrayed by Wayne Knight in 2008's Punisher: War Zone and by Ebon Moss-Bachrach in the Netflix television adaption set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Newman (Seinfeld)

Newman is a recurring character and occasional antagonist on the television show Seinfeld, portrayed by Wayne Knight from 1991 until the show's finale in 1998.

TV Guide included him in their 2013 list of The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time. In 2016, Rolling Stone ranked him #16 of their "40 Greatest TV Villains of All Time".

Rat Race (film)

Rat Race is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Jerry Zucker. Inspired by Stanley Kramer's 1963 classic It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, the film features an ensemble cast consisting of Rowan Atkinson, Whoopi Goldberg, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jon Lovitz, Kathy Najimy, Lanai Chapman, Breckin Meyer, Amy Smart, Seth Green, Vince Vieluf, Wayne Knight, John Cleese and Dave Thomas. The film centers on six teams of people who are given the task of racing 563 miles from a Las Vegas casino to a Silver City, New Mexico train station where a storage locker contains a duffel bag filled with $2 million; the first person to reach the locker wins and gets to keep the money.

Produced by Fireworks Pictures, Alphaville Films, and Zucker's Zucker Productions, the film was released by Paramount Pictures on August 17, 2001 in the United States and Canada. It received mixed reviews from critics but was a box office success, having grossed $85.5 million worldwide against a $48 million budget.

Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King

Scooby-Doo and the Goblin King is a 2008 direct-to-DVD animated comedy horror fantasy film, and the twelfth in the series of Scooby-Doo direct-to-video films produced by Warner Bros. Animation (though it used a Hanna-Barbera logo at the end of the movie). It was dedicated to Paulette Oates, who helped resurrect Warner Bros. Animation in the late 1980s. All the main voice actors of Mystery, Inc. reprise their roles. The DVD was released on September 23, 2008. This is the first Scooby cartoon produced entirely without either one of the original creators, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.

Unlike the previous seven movies, this film is similar to Zombie Island, Witch's Ghost (which previously featured Tim Curry), Alien Invaders and Cyber Chase, by making all the fantastical elements of the story real.

Tarzan (1999 film)

Tarzan is a 1999 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation for Walt Disney Pictures. The 37th Disney animated feature film and the tenth and last released during the Disney Renaissance era, it is based on the story Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs, being the first animated major motion picture version of the story. Directed by Chris Buck and Kevin Lima from a screenplay by Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker, and Noni White, the film stars the voices of Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Glenn Close, and Rosie O'Donnell, with Brian Blessed, Lance Henriksen, Wayne Knight, and Nigel Hawthorne.

Pre-production of Tarzan began in 1995, with Lima selected as director and Buck joining him the same year. Following Murphy's first draft, Tzudiker, White, and Dave Reynolds were brought in to reconstruct the third act and add additional material to the screenplay. English recording artist Phil Collins was recruited to compose and record songs integrated with a score by Mark Mancina. Meanwhile, the production team embarked on a research trip to Uganda and Kenya to study the gorillas. Animation for the film was done in California, Orlando, and Paris, with the pioneering computer animation software system Deep Canvas being predominantly used to create three-dimensional backgrounds.

Tarzan premiered at the El Capitan Theatre on June 12, 1999, and was released in the United States on June 16, 1999. It received a positive reaction from critics, who praised its animation and music. Against a production budget of $130 million (then the most expensive animated film ever made until Disney's Treasure Planet in 2002), the film grossed $448.2 million worldwide, becoming the fifth-highest film release in 1999, the second-highest animation release of 1999 behind Toy Story 2, and the first Disney animated feature to open at first place at the North American box office since Pocahontas (1995). The film has led to many derived works, such as a Broadway adaptation, a television series, and two direct-to-video sequels: Tarzan & Jane (2002) and Tarzan II (2005).

The Boyfriend (Seinfeld)

"The Boyfriend" (also known as "The New Friend") is a two-part episode of the sitcom Seinfeld. It makes up the 34th and 35th episodes of the show, and 17th and 18th episodes of the show's third season. It first aired on February 12, 1992. In the "extras" section of the Season 3 DVD, Jerry Seinfeld says it is his favorite episode. Upon its first airing, it was initially titled "The New Friend".

The Exes

The Exes is an American sitcom starring Donald Faison, Wayne Knight, Kristen Johnston, David Alan Basche, and Kelly Stables. It debuted on TV Land on November 30, 2011, airing on Wednesday nights at 10:30 p.m. The series was created by Mark Reisman and follows three divorced men who live in a New York City apartment owned by their divorce lawyer.

In February 2014, TV Land renewed the series for a twelve-episode fourth season that premiered on November 5, 2014. Additional episodes were ordered before the season premiered. On August 10, 2015, the series was cancelled by TV Land with six episodes remaining in the fourth season. The network announced that all six episodes would air, with the finale airing September 16, 2015.

The Suicide (Seinfeld)

"The Suicide" is the 32nd episode of the sitcom Seinfeld. It is the 15th episode of the show's third season. It first aired on January 29, 1992, and it marked the first on-screen appearance of Newman, portrayed by Wayne Knight.

To Die For

To Die For is a 1995 criminal comedy-drama film, made in a mockumentary format, directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Buck Henry, based on the novel of the same name by Joyce Maynard, which in turn was inspired by the story of Pamela Smart. It stars Nicole Kidman, Matt Dillon, and Joaquin Phoenix. Major supporting roles feature Illeana Douglas, Wayne Knight, Casey Affleck, Kurtwood Smith, Dan Hedaya, and Alison Folland. Kidman was nominated for a BAFTA and won a Golden Globe Award and a Best Actress Award at the 1st Empire Awards for her performance. Her character has been described as suffering from narcissistic personality disorder in the scientific journal BMC Psychiatry.The film includes cameos by George Segal, David Cronenberg, author Maynard, and screenwriter Henry. It features original music by Danny Elfman.

Toy Story 2

Toy Story 2 is a 1999 American computer-animated comedy film directed by John Lasseter and produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. It is the sequel to 1995's Toy Story and the second film in the Toy Story franchise. In the film, Woody is stolen by a toy collector, prompting Buzz Lightyear and his friends to vow to rescue him, but Woody is then tempted by the idea of immortality in a museum. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Jim Varney, Annie Potts, R. Lee Ermey, John Morris and Laurie Metcalf all reprise their character roles from the original film. They are joined by Joan Cusack, Jodi Benson, Kelsey Grammer, Estelle Harris, and Wayne Knight, who voice some of the new characters introduced.

Disney initially envisioned Toy Story 2 as a direct-to-video sequel. The film began production in a building separated from Pixar, on a small scale, as most of the main Pixar staff were busy working on A Bug's Life (1998). When story reels proved promising, Disney upgraded the film to theatrical release, but Pixar was unhappy with the film's quality. Lasseter and the story team redeveloped the entire plot in one weekend. Although most Pixar features take years to develop, the established release date could not be moved and the production schedule for Toy Story 2 was compressed into nine months.Despite production struggles, Toy Story 2 opened on November 24, 1999 to wildly successful box office numbers, eventually grossing over $497 million. It received critical acclaim, with a rare 100% rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes. It is considered by critics to be one of few sequel films superior to the original and is frequently featured on lists of the greatest animated films ever made. The film has seen multiple home media releases and a theatrical 3-D re-release in 2009, 10 years after its initial release. Toy Story 3 was released in 2010, also a critical and commercial success. Toy Story 4 is scheduled to be released on June 21, 2019, directed by Josh Cooley.

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