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Wayne Elliot Knight (born August 7, 1955) is an American actor, who played Nedry in the 1993 film Jurassic Park. Other notable films Knight has appeared in include Dirty Dancing (1987), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), JFK (1991), Basic Instinct (1992), Space Jam (1996), Hercules (1997) Toy Story 2 (1999).and Tarzan (1999) Aside from his work in film, Knight has had an extensive career in television and theater. He is perhaps best-known for his recurring role as Newman in the sitcom series Seinfeld (1991-1998).

For his role in Jurassic Park, Knight was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Awards and Nominations

Year Film Notes
1993 Jurassic Park Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor


  • Steven Spielberg chose Wayne Knight to play Dennis Nedry after seeing his role in Basic Instinct (1992). Knight has joked in an interview that Spielberg had seen the film "and then imagined if I were sweating in the same fashion, but looking at a dinosaur instead of a Sharon Stone."
  • Although Wayne Knight plays a pivotal role in the film, he has never been interviewed in background material.
  • Wayne Knight was interested in appearing in Jurassic World. He told toofab's Brian Particelli and a small group of journalists 2013's Comic-Con in San Diego that Nedry could have survived the Dilophosaurus attack. "It was a very big meal and a very small dinosaur. It was different from the book. In the book he crushes his head and all this kinda stuff. I'm thinking, why not play a one-armed guy with an eye patch? I could come back!"[1]


  1. TooFab, Wayne Knight to Spielberg: Put Me In "Jurassic Park IV!", IMDb. Link


Jurassic Park Actors
Sam NeillLaura DernJeff GoldblumRichard AttenboroughBob PeckMartin FerreroJoseph MazzelloAriana RichardsSamuel L. JacksonB. D. WongWayne KnightGerald R. MolenMiguel SandovalCameron ThorChristopher John FieldsJophery C. BrownWhit HertfordDean CundeyTom MishlerGreg BursonAdrian EscobarRichard KileyBrad M. Bucklin