T.R. Knight Turns 44 — What Has He Been Doing Since ‘Grey\'s Anatomy’?
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T.R. Knight Turns 44 — What Has He Been Doing Since ‘Grey’s Anatomy’?

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Paging 007! George O’Malley was one the most endearing Grey’s Anatomy characters, so his death at the end of Season 5 — heroism notwithstanding — was heartbreaking.

Now, five seasons later, we’re wondering about the goings-on of his portrayer, T.R. Knight, on the occasion of his 44th birthday today, March 26, 2017.

On TV, the actor quickly shed the doe-eyed persona he developed on Grey’s by guest-starring in a 2011 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit — "Dual Strand" — and playing twin brothers accused of rape.

He also played political advisor Jordan Karahalios on Season 4 of The Good Wife, villain Johnny Clayton in 11.22.63, and real-life LGBT strategist Chad Griffin in When We Rise.

Next month, he’ll play notorious FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in the National Geographic series Genius.

On the silver screen, T.R. played real-life sportswriter Harold Parrott in 42, the 2013 biopic of baseball legend Jackie Robinson. Funnily enough, his former TV boss James Pickens Jr. also had a small role in the movie.

He’s also a star of the upcoming musical drama Hello Again, opposite stars like Rumer Willis, Audra McDonald, and Cheyenne Jackson.

But the bulk of the T.R.’s time seems to have been spent in the theater. He co-starred with Patrick Stewart in the 2010 Broadway revival of A Life in the Theater and with Nathan Lane in the 2015 Broadway revival of It’s Only a Play.

Off-Broadway, he tread the boards in the plays Sold, Romeo and Juliet, and Pocatello, along with several staged readings.

And on the other coast, he starred in a production of The Seagull and a revival of the musical Parade in Los Angeles.

Most recently, of course, the 44-year-old took the role of Tommy Vaughan, sister of protagonist Alice Vaughan, on The Catch — and he was happy to return to Shondaland after his time on Grey’s.

“[After] doing so much theater, to be able to spend five years with some really remarkable people, and also get to constantly explore acting in front of a camera for that time, there’s so much I learned from [Grey’s] as a person, and also just as an actor,” he told Entertainment Weekly.

“I’m really grateful that it informs everything.”

Most importantly, T.R. found love after his time on Grey’s! He started dating Patrick Leahy around 2010 and married him in upstate New York in October 2013, with former Grey’s co-stars Katherine Heigl and Kate Walsh on hand to bear witness.

So glad to see he’s doing well post-Grey’s. We’d say we want him back on the show, but we dare say the medical drama has seen enough ghosts.