Although Jack Knight is not a real fireman or policeman, he has played them on television. His great-great grandfather was a firefighter who became a Boston patrolman that died on duty in 1881 at Boston's Joy St. Police Station.
A native of Somerville Massachusetts, Knight earned his BA at the University of Massachusetts, then attended graduate school at the Catholic University of America. He later joined a classical touring company and played Shakespeare and Greek tragedy all over the United States and in Europe. He served in the U.S. Army and did some teaching before going to work in New York.
In films, Knight appeared as a detective in "L.A. Confidential", as an investigating patrolman in "Rosemary's Baby", an NYPD detective in "The Sicilian Clan", and as Sheriff Wyatt in "The Class of 1999 II", he worked for Stephen Spielberg in "Catch Me If You Can" and as a Baseball Ump in "Moneyball."
He has also been seen in scores of TV commercials, noteably as the solo performer in the opening spot of the 1974 Super Bowl, as the Original Meineke Muffler Man and National Spokesman for Gulf Oil. Off-screen, Knight is an avid softball player. He has pitched in 12 National Championship Tournaments and was named a 1st Team All American in 1988. He has posted 44 no-hit games, including a perfect game in league play. He is a member of the world-famous 4-man Softball Team, The King and His Court.
Highlights in his memory are traveling with the Ball club, chatting with JFK in the Rose Garden, meeting Pope John Paul II in Luxembourg, meeting the father of one of the girls killed in the Birmingham Sunday School bombing, standing on Pad 39 where three astronauts died in a training accident, watching John Glenn go into space, waving back to Queen Elizabeth in Hyde Park, and being present at the birth of his sons David and John. He currently serves as Morale Officer and Public Speaker for Operation Gratitude, a Military support group that sends Care packages to American troops deployed overseas.