Three-time Emmy Award-winner Michael E. Knight returned to All My Children in December 1992, as the irrepressible Tad Martin.
Just prior to rejoining the cast of All My Children, Knight starred in the play Run for Your Wife on the Los Angeles stage. He also completed a lead role in the Columbia Pictures feature film, Hexed, and has guest-starred in a variety of primetime series -- including Murder, She Wrote, Dear John – where he was dressed in a tutu, and Grapevine.
Knight co-starred in the off-Broadway play Wrong Turn at Lungfish, and he appeared in the ABC movie for television, She Stood Alone: The Tailhook Scandal, the cable feature, A Different Kind of Christmas with Shelley Long, and in the off-Broadway Cakewalk with Linda Lavin. In 2003 he was cast in independent feature films, Ash Tuesday, where he played the character of Mitchell, and Undermined, where he played Brian Sampson. In 2004 he completed leading roles in the award-winning independent features Retreat and Rounding First, where he played the pivotal role of John, and Noise, where he played Dr. Steve.
When Knight left All My Children in December, 1990, his character, Tad Martin, was suffering from amnesia as a result of a fall from a bridge. Tad found his way to California and assumed the identity of wine mogul Ted Orsini. When opportunity brought Tad back to Pine Valley, his memory returned.
Knight created the role of Tad in 1983 and was honored with two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Younger Leading Actor in a Drama Series (1986 and 1987).
He left the show for a short time to pursue acting projects on the West Coast, which included a starring role in the feature film Date with an Angel, and various primetime appearances. He returned to All My Children in 1988 and stayed for two years.
An acting career had been Knight's ambition since the age of 12. He earned his degree in theater arts in only three years at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He then came to New York for more technical training at the Circle in the Square Theater, graduating in 1982.
Knight appeared in stage productions of Absurd Person Singular and Enemies, as well as in the feature film Baby, It's You. Then came his role as Tad. Additionally, he produced and starred in the off-off-Broadway production of Call Back -- A Duel in One Act, in the spring of 1984. He also starred in the American Stage Company production of Home Games, with Paul Sorvino as artistic director, at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He later reprised his role in an off-Broadway production of Home Games at the Hudson Guild.
Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Knight nevertheless considers himself a Californian. He spent his early years in Ojai in Southern California, where his father was a faculty member of a boys' preparatory school which he also attended. The family later moved to San Francisco. He is the only one of three sons in his family to pursue an acting career.
In 2001 Knight was honored with his third Daytime Emmy Award. He also received the 1997 Soap Opera Award for Best Supporting Actor and a nomination in the same category in 1998. Knight was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Leading Actor category in 2005. He has won the Soapdom Cybby Award for Most Outstanding Sense of Humor four times.
A self-described homebody, Knight enjoys sketching, writing, reading, going online and going to the movies. He and his wife, One Life to Live actress Catherine Hickland (Lindsay), reside in New York City with their pets, 5 cats and 3 dogs. The couple is active in many charity organizations.
Knight is 6’1 and celebrates his birthday on May 7th.
DID YOU KNOW?
Knight is a direct descendent of Ridgway Knight, an American painter of the Impressionist era. Additionally, Knight once collaborated on writing a police drama series pilot with Soapdom, Inc. CEO, Linda Marshall-Smith . Knight credits Marshall-Smith with introducing him to the world of computers and getting him online.