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|James in February 2011|
|Birthday/Birthplace||Kevin George Knipfing
(1965-04-26) April 26, 1965
Mineola, New York, U.S.
|Profession(s)||Actor, comedian, screenwriter, producer|
|Credit for||The King of Queens (1998–2007)
Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)
Kevin Can Wait (2016–present) Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015)
|Wife/Husband||Steffiana de la Cruz (m. 2004)|
Kevin George Knipfing , better known as Kevin James (April 26, 1965), is an American comedian and Emmy-nominated actor, known for his performance as Doug Heffernan in the series The King of Queens.
Kevin James’s Biography
James was born as Kevin George Knipfing in Mineola, New York, the son of Janet, a housewife, who also worked in the office of a chiropractor, and Joseph Valentine Knipfing, who owned an insurance company.
He was raised in Section S of Stony Brook, New York and graduated from Ward Melville High School in 1983, where one of his teammates was the former professional wrestler Mick Foley.
James has two brothers, Gary Joseph Knipfing, better known as Gary Valentine, who is also a comedian, and Leslie Knipfing, who works for James, helping him raise money for charity events for Retinitis pigmentosa, which she suffers from, while Gary Valentine played his cousin, Danny equally in the program The King of Queens. James was a student, although he never graduated from the State University of New York at Cortland, where he was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity.
James began doing stand-up comedy, gaining popularity through numerous appearances on talk shows like Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Dennis Miller Live, The Late Late Show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Live with Regis and Kelly. James stood at number # 89 on the list of the 100 Greatest Comedians on Comedy Central. He has also done his stand-up comedy routine at Just for Laughs, an annual comedy festival in Montreal.
In 2001, James made his own stand-up comedy special, Kevin James: Sweat the Small Stuff for Comedy Central. As a close friend of the actor and comedian, Ray Romano, James has been a special guest on some episodes of Ray’s television show, Everybody Loves Raymond. It was these appearances that led to the development of his own sitcom, The King of Queens which debuted on September 21, 1998 and ended on May 14, 2007. James participated in this program as the main character, Doug Heffernan. He was accompanied by Leah Remini who participated as his wife Carrie while Jerry Stiller was in the cast as Carrie’s semi-psychotic father, Arthur Spooner, who lived in the Heffernans’ basement. In 2006, Kevin James received his first Emmy nomination for Best Leading Actor in a television series.
He has also appeared as a musical guest at Just for Laughs.
James made his film debut in the 2005 romantic comedy Hitch, opposite Will Smith and Eva Mendes. The movie grossed more than $ 179 million in the United States alone. In 2006, James performed with his old friend Ray Romano the comedy Grilled which was sent directly to video, likewise lent his voice to the character of “La Otis Cow”, in the Nickelodeon film, La Granja, as well as for the “Official Landers” in the “computer animation” movie Monster House.
In 2007, he acted alongside Adam Sandler in the comedy filmNow Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,declare Marido and Larry “(in Latin America)” anddeclare you Marido y Marido “(in Spain)” He made a cameo appearance in the 2008 Sandler film You Do not Mess with the Zohan. In March 2008, he was captured in Burlington, Massachusetts filming the movie Mall Cop, which was released on January 26, 2009 and in which he shares credits with the famous actress Jayma Mays They are as children with Adam Sandler celebrating on July 4 . He has made another appearance as a protagonist in the movie ¡Qué Dilema! On July 8, 2011 he acted in Zookeeper. In 2012 he starred in the film Here Comes the Boom (“the master fighter” in Mexico), where he acts as a teacher who has to be forced to enter the MMA fights to help fund a musical program at his school, helped by a music teacher and a former Dutch illegal fighter.
James married the model Steffiana de la Cruz on June 19, 2004, after meeting in a “blind date”. They have four children, Sienna-Marie, born on September 30, 2005, Shea Joelle born on June 14, 2007, Kannon Valentine, born on April 24, 2011 and Sistine Sabella born on March 19, 2015. De la Cruz he has also made cameos in multiple episodes of The King of Queens.
A curious fact is that he called his son “Shea Joelle”, in honor of the new stadium of his beloved New York Mets, for which, Kevin James promised his wife Steffiana de la Cruz that he would let her name his next son. His choice, however, could lean more toward entertainment than towards sports, as revealed to The Late Show with David Letterman.
James is a fan of Mixed Martial Arts, which is why he attends UFC events regularly. He also maintains a good friendship with Bas Rutten.
On July 20, 2007, James introduced his son Shea talk show morning Live! With Regis and Kelly with concerns about how the public would react.
Considers spirituality as an important aspect in his life, trying to instill his Catholic faith in his children, in this regard he says: “I was born and grew Catholic,have always loved my faith andam learning more and more about it continuously. that goes with you in everything you do or in every part of your life that you assume […] “. He also declares: “All the goods come from God and that is whywant to praise him, learn more and pass it on to my children, my friends and all those around me” and adds that Catholics are always called to evangelization from their daily occupations “It’s what I’m trying to do,” he said, and on several occasions he has been against evolutionism, defending his Christian faith.
Kevin James Net Worth – $80 Million
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