Born In: Mineola, New York, United States
Kevin James, born as Kevin George Knipfing, is an actor and comedian who is famous for playing the character Doug Heffernan on the CBS sitcom ‘The King of Queens’. Acting was never the initial career choice for this funny and loveable comedian; playing sports was his first love. As a school student he used to play football and was an excellent tailback. He was also a talented athlete who participated in wrestling matches. Wishing to make a career out of his passion he took up sports management in university. However, he realized within a few semesters that this was not what he really wanted to do. Out of boredom during his summer break he auditioned for a comic role in a community theatre production and bagged the role. He loved performing comedy so much that he decided to pursue it as a career. He joined his brother Gary Valentine’ improv group and performed with them. He got his first big break when he was offered a five minute stand-up slot at a comedy club. He was a roaring success and had the audience rolling in hysterical laughter. Soon he made his transition into television where he played his most famous role as Doug Heffernan. The talented comedian has also appeared in a number of films. Some of his notable works inlcude 'Kevin Can Wait,' for which he earned a 'People's Choice Award' nomination, 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop,' 'Here Comes The Boom,' 'Hitch,' and more.
Also Known As: Kevin George Knipfing
Spouse/Ex-: Steffiana de la Cruz
father: Joseph Valentine Knipfing Jr.
mother: Janet James
siblings: Gary Valentine, Leslie Knipfing
children: Kannon Valentine James Sienna-Marie James, Shea Joelle James
Born Country: United States
Notable Alumni: State University Of New York At Cortland
U.S. State: New Yorkers
education: State University of New York at Cortland
Kevin James is the second son of Janet and Joseph Valentine Knipfing. His mother worked in a chiropractor’s office while his father owned an insurance agency. He has one brother and one sister.
While he was studying at the university he auditioned for a comic role in a Shoreham-Wading River Community Theater production during his semester break. He was selected and his first performance was a success. He realized his passion for comedy and dropped out of college to become a comedian.
He got the opportunity to perform a solo five minute stand-up act at the club in 1989, which was a big success. He was invited to perform there regularly. During this time he also did a part time job at a local warehouse.
He got a big opportunity in 1998, when he was chosen to play the main lead Doug Heffernan in the CBS sitcom ‘The King of Queens’. His portrayal of a smart aleck parcel delivery man endeared him to the audiences and made him very popular. The show ran till 2007.
The year 2006 was a very productive one for him. He served as a voice actor in ‘Monster House’, ‘Barnyard’ and ‘Emperor’s New School’. He also starred in the comedy film ‘Grilled’ with his friend Ray Romano.
He hosted the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award in 2010, and was nominated for the Arm Fart Hall of Fames for the next year’s show though he lost out to Josh Duhamel.
He appeared in the buddy comedy ‘Grown Ups 2’ in 2013 alongside with Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade and Salma Hayek. The film was heavily panned by critics but it performed very well at the box office and was a commercial success.
Kevin James is best known for playing Doug Heffernan in the sitcom ‘The King of Queens’. The show ran successfully for nine seasons and is responsible for making Kevin James a popular household name.
Kevin James was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for the show ‘The King of Queens’.
Kevin married actress Steffiana de la Cruz in 2004. The couple has four children.
He is close friends with the retired MMA fighter Bas Rutten.
Kevin James Movies
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