T.R. KNIGHT, American actor, born; An Emmy Award-nominated and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning American actor Knight’s most high-profile role to date is his current role as “Dr. George O’Malley” on ABC’s top-rated, hit medical soap opera Grey’s Anatomy. Rumors over Knight’s sexuality gained momentum when news reports surfaced in October 2006 that Grey’s Anatomy co-stars Patrick Dempsey and Isaiah Washington were involved in an argument during which, Knight and others allege, Washington used an anti-Gay slur directed at an unnamed co-star. Washington later apologized, stating “I sincerely regret my actions and the unfortunate use of words during the recent incident on-set”.
Knight, who is Gay, did not disclose his sexuality to the public until October 2006 — after the kerfuffle — when he released a statement through People magazine stating, in part, “I guess there have been a few questions about my sexuality, and I’d like to quiet any unnecessary rumors that may be out there. While I prefer to keep my personal life private, I hope the fact that I’m Gay isn’t the most interesting part of me.” Knight was in People’s Top 50 Sexiest Man Alive of 2007.
In February, 2008 Knight and his then boyfriend, Mark Cornelson, attended the 2008 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party held at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Knight starred as Leo Frank in a production of the musical Parade, which opened October 2009, at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. He returned to Broadway in David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre in 2010, where he played the role of John, opposite Patrick Stewart. In 2019, he voiced Sir Cedric, the gay protagonist in the animated series The Bravest Knight.
In October 2013, Knight married Patrick B. Leahy, a ballet dancer and writer, in Hudson, New York. They had been living together for six years.