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50 Greatest Soap Actors: #35 Michael E. Knight

NAME: Michael E. Knight
RANK: 35
SOAP ROLES: Tad Martin, ALL MY CHILDREN (1982-1986, 1988-1990, 1992-present); Ted Orsini, ALL MY CHILDREN (1993-1994); Tad Martin, ONE LIFE TO LIVE (2003, 2005)

AWARDS:
2005 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
2003 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor
2001 Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
1999 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
1999 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor
1998 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
1999 Soap Opera Digest Award win for Outstanding Supporting Actor
1995 Soap Opera Digest Award win for Outstanding Male Scene Stealer
1994 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Hottest Male Star
1992 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Best Death Scene: Daytime
1991 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Super Couple: Daytime
1990 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Comic Actor: Daytime
1988 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Comic Performance by an Actor: Daytime
1987 Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Younger Leading Man in a Drama Series
1986 Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Younger Leading Man in a Drama Series
1985 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Juvenile/Young Man in a Drama Series
1986 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Comic Relief Role on a Daytime Serial

COMMENTS FROM THE PANEL:
Alan Carter: There were cads before Tad came along, but let's face it....he can have gray hair now and have kids old enough to have their own AARP cards, but he will always be in our minds the sexy jerk who slept with half of Pine Valley.

Connie Passalacqua Hayman (Marlena De Lacroix): His Tad the Cad on ALL MY CHILDREN has become a legend, growing up with us our whole lives. Tad is now as comforting as his father Joe Martin, although not as emotionally mature. Knight always had the magic touch with humor, and there will forever be only one Tad.

Roger Newcomb: Tad has endured because of Michael E. Knight's brilliant performances. He has always been one of the best comedic actors ever on soaps. When you combine that with the depth and emotion he brings to scenes, Martin has created some of the most memorable moments in ALL MY CHILDREN history.

COMMENTS FROM CO-STARS/CO-WORKERS/INDUSTRY:
Carmen Thomas: (worked with Knight on ALL MY CHILDREN) He's just a sweetheart. It's really touching seeing him now being gray. When I knew him he was really this soap stud, yet he was this sweetheart teddy bear with his insecurities in this soap star stud body. The biggest thing that stands out for me when I think of Michael is his sense of humor. He has a great sense of humor.

6 comments:

  1. So happy to see MEK on the list...not that I had any doubt :)

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  2. wow, I would have imagined him being higher. so glad he and kin shriner are on the list though

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  3. I always say my favorite AMC scenes are between MEK and any other guy....he has amazing chemistry with everyone...

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  4. Def well earned [from a bias stand point should be higher ;-)]!*applause*

    MEK is such an amazing, incredibly talented actor and HOT to boot--who only keeps getting better and better through the years. After all, he as Tad is one (his other half of a super couple, the beautiful, multi-talented Cady Mc. [Dix], being the other) of the main reasons I got so hooked on AMC, in the first place. In fact, still is the main reason i'm hanging on today so here's hoping for many more w/ this wonderful actor gracing our screens!♥

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  5. So far I don't see Drake Hogestyn on your list and I won't be totally surprised if he is left off your list all together because Drake has never been given the credit for being the Great Actor that he is.
    I think since Drake was so popular, so loved and such a fan favorite that there was a lot of jealousy out there- that and the fact that Drake never played the Hollywood "Me" Game, never catered to the Soap Press, and was always very unassuming & self-effacing when it came to his Acting. He was never one of those demanding, self-absorbing, egotiscal "Actor types". So it is OK if Drake doesn't make your list because DRAKE IS THE #1 GREATEST SOAP ACTOR to all of US Fans & Friends who know & respect him. We know that Drake knows "That Fact" and it's all that matters to him.

    Love & Respect Always Drake!! Your Fan & Friend Forever, Cilla

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  6. I adore this man and have ever since he joined the show. Seriously, I would bear his children. Loving this storyline with him and Damon. I think that MEK is probably one of the most talented actors on daytime, and he never looks like he's phoning it in.

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