Wayne Knight is an American actor and comedian who portrayed Dennis Nedry in Jurassic Park. He is best known for his roles as Newman on "Seinfeld" and Don Orville on "3rd Rock from the Sun".

Jurassic Park

Wayne Knight on TBE-0

Wayne Knight on TBE-0

Steven Spielberg chose Wayne Knight to play Dennis Nedry. Knight said in an interview on TBE:

I think (Spielberg) had seen Basic Instinct 
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 is never interviewed in background material.

Jurassic World

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]

Selected filmography


  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