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Christopher Knight played Peter Brady as a child actor on the wildly popular sitcom The Brady Bunch, which aired from 1969 to '74. He is also a reality television star.
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In 1988, Knight embarked on a major career reversal when he suddenly 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, earning him employee of the year honors. "I took to it," Knight says of his second career, "like a duck to water. It sort of was a passion of mine. I mean, I'm sort of a geek,
Building on his quick success at Martec, Knight went on to a long and successful business career. In 1989, he took up the post of Vice President of Design System Marketing and Sales at New Image Industry and in 1991 he co-founded Visual Software, a pioneering 3D graphics company. He founded Kidwise Learningware in 1995, a company that manufactures interactive educational products. Next, in 1996, he joined the keyboard manufacturer Adesso, and in 1997 he became Vice President of Marketing at TV software company IXmicro. He founded his own TV tuner company, Eskape Labs, in 1998, which was purchased by Hauppauge Computer Works in 2000.
More recently, Knight has returned to the entertainment industry as a reality TV star. In 2005, Knight appeared on the reality TV show The Surreal Life, which follows the lives of a group of "has-been" celebrities living together under one roof. On the show, Knight met and fell in love with 2003 America's Next Top Model champion, Adrianne Knight. The couple then starred in their own spinoff reality show, My Fair Brady. Over its three seasons, My Fair Brady has chronicled Knight and Curry's courtship, their 2006 marriage, and their experiences as a newlywed couple.
A well-established and successful businessman, Knight is happy to be back in the entertainment industry on his own terms. "This is a great industry if you can treat it like a hobby," he says. However, more than 30 years after The Brady Bunch went off the air, Knight is still best remembered for his childhood role as Peter Brady. "For most people," he says, "Peter is the identity they know, and this thing doesn't die. And it probably won't." But while Knight strives to be known as more than just Peter Brady, he understands that there are benefits to his eternal Brady Bunch recognition. He says, "It's a blessing and a curse all rolled into one. It's the perfect balance."
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