Christopher Anton Knight (born November 7, 1957) is an American actor best known for playing Peter Brady on the 1970s series, The Brady Bunch. He has since gone on to become a successful businessman and enjoyed a semi-resurgence in the public eye with television appearances in the 2000s. His father, Edward Knight, was also an actor.
Since the end of his Brady Bunch appearances, Christopher's acting career consisted mostly of making guest appearances on other television shows. He also helped create a Brady Bunch computer game and was involved in the IT industry, according to a TV Land documentary about the Brady Bunch. He reunited with his former Brady costars the 1988 holiday television movie, A Very Brady Christmas.
In 1988, Chris, self-described "geek", left acting to pursue a business career in the computer industry. He got a job as an accountant sales manager for Martec, Inc., and landed that company's first million-dollar sales deal within his first 18 months on the job, for which he was named Employee of the Year honors. In 1989, Knight was named Vice President of Design System Marketing and Sales at New Image Industry. In 1991 he co-founded Visual Software, a pioneering 3D graphics company. In 1995, he founded Kidwise Learningware, a company that manufactures interactive educational products. In 1996 he joined the keyboard manufacturer Adesso, and in 1997 he became Vice President of Marketing at IXmicro, a television software company. He founded his own TV tuner company, Eskape Labs, in 1998. It was purchased by Hauppauge Computer Works in 2000.
Return to television
On April 17, 1994, Knight lost his professional wrestling debut in a "Dark Match" at the Spring Stampede in Chicago at the Rosemont Horizon. His adversary was another child star from 1970s television, the Partridge Family's Danny Bonaduce.
Knight appeared on a special episode of NBC-TV's Weakest Link television show that featured the cast of the Brady Bunch squaring off against each other. In the end, Knight won the show with the proceeds $49,000 USD) going to his selected charity, Zero Population Growth.
Continuing to pursue TV opportunities, Knight appeared on VH1's fourth season of The Surreal Life. The show garnered Knight more attention than he had received in quite some time, in part by appearing shirtless on the show and revealing a well-built body. During his stint on the show, he began a romance with a cast mate, model Adrianne Curry, winner of FOX-TV's America's Next Top Model: Cycle 1, who is almost 25 years younger than Knight. After the show, the two moved in together and got engaged, as documented on the VH1 series My Fair Brady, which premiered on September 11, 2005. The series was renewed for another season, and the couple wed in Curry's hometown of Joliet, Illinois on May 29, 2006 in a Gothic style wedding.
Knight was also featured in music video for the group Click Five for the song "Just the Girl", in which he played a high school teacher. He also appeared in the Click Five's music video for "Catch Your Wave" as the hotel manager.
In 2006, Knight became spokesman for the Ab Lounge exercise machine.
Christopher and his former Brady Bunch co-star Barry Williams appeared in a 2006 episode of That '70s Show. He and Williams played the part of a gay couple who moved in next door. The two have remained close friends since their Brady Bunch days, and Williams appeared several times on My Fair Brady. Florence Henderson, who played mother Carol Brady, Susan Olsen, who played Cindy Brady on the Brady Bunch, and Mike Lookinland, who played Bobby Brady, also appeared in an episode of My Fair Brady. In one episode, Knight expressed how important it was for Curry to accept his close relationship with his former Brady Bunch co-stars.
Christopher was a participant in VH-1's retrospective miniseries, I Love The '70s: Volume II. He and his family and friends appeared on the season finale of NBC's Celebrity Family Feud on July 29, 2008.
During the 2008–2009 television season, Knight was host of the syndicated game show, Trivial Pursuit: America Plays.
Knight has hosted a series of Jonathan Goodson-produced game show specials for the Michigan Lottery, Make Me Rich. The first special was scheduled for October 16, 2009, with a second scheduled for February 2010.
Knight proposed to fashion model Adrianne Curry on the season finale of My Fair Brady, on VH1, which aired on November 6, 2005. The show was renewed for a second season that began in June, 2006, and focused on the couple's wedding preparations. The couple wed in Curry's hometown of Joliet, Illinois on May 29, 2006, in a Gothic-style wedding. In a September 2007 episode of the talk show Dr. Phil dealing with large age gaps in relationships Curry and Knight appeared to discuss their marital with Dr. Phil McGraw. McGraw predicted that their style of arguing, particularly Knight's hurtful comments, was a strong predictor of impending divorce in couples. Knight's manager, Phil Viardo, told a celebrity gossip website on May 29, 2011, that Knight and his wife, Curry, were announcing their separation. The date was the couple's fifth wedding anniversary. On February 2, 2012, on G4's Attack of the Show, Curry said the divorce had been finalized.
- ↑ Biography.com
- ↑ "Knight and Curry Plan Gothic Wedding", San Francisco Chronicle, May 25, 2006
- ↑ "Michigan Lottery Debuts New TV Game Show", Michigan Lottery, October 8, 2009
- ↑ "Topic : 09/21 Does Age Matter?". Dr. Phil.com - Message Boards. September 14, 2007.
- ↑ Collins, Emma. "Hollyscoop Exclusive: Adrianne Curry and Christopher Knight Split", Hollyscoop.com, May 29, 2011. WebCiation archive.
- ↑ Attack of the Show G4 February 2, 2012