Christopher Knight Biography
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 has enjoyed a semi-resurgence in the public eye with recent TV appearances. His father, Edward Knight, is also an actor.
Since the end of his Brady Bunch appearances, Knight's acting career consisted mostly of making guest appearances on other television shows. He also helped create a Brady Bunch computer game and is well-respected in the IT industry, according to a TV Land documentary about the Brady Bunch.
An interest in science and machines led Knight to a career in the computer industry in 1988. His celebrity status helped him to hone skills in sales and marketing. Entering the industry as an account sales manager at Martec, Inc., he logged the company's first $1 million sales order within his first eighteen months, quickly becoming Martec's top performer, and employee of the year.
He went back to his Brady roots in the 1988 Brady Christmas movie, "A Very Brady Christmas" where he struggled to accept the fact that the woman he liked, Valerie, was his boss at work. The movie was a hit, but Knight surprised many fans when he donned a nightgown on Christmas Eve at the Brady house.
In October 1989, Knight became vice president of design system marketing and sales at New Image Industry, moving the company into 3D rendering/imaging technologies. Then in mid 1991, he, and a few other key employees successfully moved the software engineering staff and the 3D technologies into a new privately held company, Visual Software. As co-founder of Visual Software, Knight was an early participant in the consumer 3D graphics market. His efforts led to business success, seeing the company move from $400,000 in annual sales to $4.2 million within 10 months. Visual Software was acquired by Micrografx in January.
In late 1995, Knight partnered with friend and associate Frank Paniagua, and founded Kidwise Learningware, a producer of interactive edutainment products for children. Knight served as executive producer.
In February 1996, he became the vice president of sales at Adesso, a computer keyboard manufacturer. Within his first 4 months sales doubled.
Knight and Paniagua reunited in August 1997 at Integrated Micro Solutions (I.M.S.) which later became IXMICRO. Initially hired as vice president of strategic marketing, Knight was promoted to vice president of marketing four months later. Annual sales went from less than $2 million in early 1997 to $63 million in 1998.
In late 1998 Knight, Paniagua and an associate, David Smith, formed Eskape Labs. The three had been part of IXMICRO's executive staff, but sensed a shift in the focus of computer technology from personal computers to intelligent devices. With a mission to provide "on wire" digital appliances that easily plug into computers, Eskape has developed a number of first-to-market video devices. The company was purchased by Hauppauge Computer Works in the summer of 2000. Hauppauge is the world's largest manufacturer of computer based TV tuner products and, with Eskape Labs, now has a line of TV tuners that are Macintosh compatible.
Knight appeared on a special episode of The Weakest Link TV show that featured the cast of the Brady Bunch squaring off against each other. In the end, Knight won the show with the proceeds going to his selected charity.
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. Also during his stint on the show, he began a romance with his castmate, model Adrianne Curry, 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 they married on May 29, 2006.
Knight was also recently featured in a 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 Catch Your Wave as the hotel manager.
In 2006, Knight showed off his muscular upper body and toned abdomen even more by becoming the spokesman for the Ab Lounge exercise machine as seen on television. He used his past child star career to advance the sales of the product. Nonetheless, he showed off a nice " six pack" rather boastfully and increased sales due to his appearance.
Christopher Knight 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. He and Williams have remained close friends since their Brady Bunch days, and Williams appeared several times on My Fair Brady. Florence Henderson, who played the 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 his fiance, model Adrianne Curry, to accept his close relationship with his former Brady Bunch costars.
Knight was a participant in VH-1's I Love The '70s: Volume II mini series.
Knight also was on Paula's Party as a guest star.