Kevin James Biography
Kevin James born Kevin George Knipfing, is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He was born on April 26, 1965, to Janet and Joseph Valentine Knipfing Jr., in Mineola, New York.
James graduated from Ward Melville High School. While at Ward Melville High School, he reached the number one spot on the wrestling team. He went on to study at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he played halfback on the varsity football team until another back injury permanently ended his sporting hopes.
James began stand-up comedy in 1989, making his debut at the East Side Comedy Club on Long Island, managed by Richie Minervini. He gained popularity through numerous appearances on various talk shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 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 Kathie Lee.
James’ first television job was in 1991 on The New Candid Camera, where he used his comedy timing and improvisation skills playing the actor that pulled the practical jokes on unsuspecting people. James appeared on television as the announcer for the MTV sports game show SandBlast from 1994-96. James later moved to Los Angeles and befriended Ray Romano, and later guest-starred on a few episodes of Romano’s hit CBS sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond. These appearances led to the development of his own sitcom, The King of Queens, which ran on the same network from September 21, 1998, to May 14, 2007. James currently stars in the sitcom Kevin Can Wait, which premiered on September 19, 2016.
James made his film debut in the 2005 romantic comedy Hitch, alongside Will Smith and Eva Mendes. In 2006, he co-starred with his Everybody Loves Raymond colleague Ray Romano in the comedy Grilled, and provided voice work in the animated films Monster House and Barnyard. James co-starred with Adam Sandler in the comedies I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007), You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2008), and Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009).
In 2011 he had a lead role with Vince Vaughn in the comedy-drama The Dilemma and then with Rosario Dawson in Zookeeper, which he wrote and produced. James also had the lead role in the 2012 mixed martial arts comedy film Here Comes the Boom. He starred as well in the movie Pixels in 2015 and the following year in True Memoirs of an International Assassin. James in 2017 co-starred with Adam Sandler in another Netflix film, Sandy Wexler.
Kevin James Age
He was born on April 26, 1965. He is currently 53 years of age.
Kevin James Family
Kevin James is the son of Janet and Joseph Valentine Knipfing. He has one brother Gary Valentine (born Gary Knipfing) and one sister Leslie Knipfing.
Kevin James Wife
Kevin James got married to actress Steffiana de la Cruz On June 19, 2004 in California.
Kevin James Children – Kevin James Kids
Together with wife Steffiana de la Cruz, James has four children: three daughters Sienna-Marie, Shea Joelle and Sistine Sabella and a son named Kannon Valentine.
Kevin James Brother
He has an elder brother, Gary Joseph Knipfing, known as Gary Valentine, who is also a comedian and actor.
Kevin James Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $80 million.
Kevin James Height
He stands at 5′ 9½” (1.77 m).
Kevin James Weight
While in high school, James was only around 150 pounds. James later reached about 300 pounds. It was estimated that James had lost around 50 pound. After regaining all of the lost weight, James continued to pile on the pounds. James ended up getting to over 300 pounds at the beginning of 2011. ames said that “It got to a point where I hit my all-time high. I got on the scale and it read 290 pounds. Not good, not good at all.” He added that “I realized I’m only 10 pounds away from 300. I got to 302.” Once realizing how high his weight had gotten, James decided to get back on the weight loss wagon. Over the course of the next few months, James was able to drop just over 40 pounds. “Now I’m down to about 260 pounds,” he said.
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Kevin James Movies and TV Shows
Kevin James Movies
- Pinocchio (2002)
- 50 First Dates (2004)
- Hitch (2005)
- Monster House (2006)
- Grilled (2006)
- Barnyard (2006)
- I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)
- Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)
- Grown Ups (2010)
- The Dilemma (2011)
- Zookeeper (2011)
- Hotel Transylvania (2012)
- Here Comes the Boom (2012)
- Grown Ups 2 (2013)
- Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015)
- Little Boy (2015)
- Pixels (2015)
- Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)
- True Memoirs of an International Assassin (2016)
- Sandy Wexler (2017)
- Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)
- 1996,1998–99 – Everybody Loves Raymond
- 1998–2007 – The King of Queens
- 1998 – Cosby
- 1999 – Becker
- 1999 – Martial Law
- 2001 – Arli$$
- 2007 – Elmo’s Christmas Countdown
- 2015 – Liv & Maddie
- 2016–present – Kevin Can Wait
Kevin James News
LI’s Kevin James dines and dishes at Holbrook eatery
Updated: April 5, 2018 7:38 PM
“Kevin Can Wait,” and sometimes he gets waited on — as was sitcom star Kevin James on Wednesday at the Holbrook restaurant Habanero’s Tex-Mex.
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“I was on the phone taking a catering order when one of the girls who works for me slipped me a note saying Kevin James was here,” says Brian Kiley, 44, owner of the 3-year-old neighborhood eatery. “She was very excited. She went up to him and shook his hand.” So did the server’s father, in fact. “He happened to be dropping her off at work,” Kiley adds, chuckling. “He was star-struck. It was quite funny. He went over and shook his hand, saying, ‘I have to shake your hand!’ ”
Otherwise, Kiley says, James and his small group, who arrived in midafternoon, enjoyed their meal quietly like any other customer. “They asked me what was good, and I believe Kevin James was in the mood for a burrito, so he had a ground-beef burrito. And there were fried pickles and a full rack of baby back ribs for the table.”
After they were finished, “I talked to him for about 15 or 20 minutes,” Kiley says of the comedy star, who was born in Mineola and raised in Stony Brook, and whose CBS series is set in Massapequa and shot at Gold Coast Studios in Bethpage. “He was very approachable, very nice, very down-to-earth. He said he enjoyed the food and that he would be back. It was a nice conversation between one person and another. I didn’t ask him about his work.”
Kiley, of Farmingville, had previously owned a pizzeria and later a clam bar in Smithtown, where he was born and raised. He then was in the wholesale food business for 15 years before giving in to the urge to have his own place again. He opened his Tex-Mex barbecue restaurant on the site of a closed deli.
“It was very exciting that he would come and dine in my restaurant,” says Kiley, who posted a snapshot of the two of them to social media. “And to talk to him was very nice.”
James, 52, is set to play two performances at The Paramount in Huntington on Sunday.