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Kevin James is best known for his role as Doug Heffernan on the American sitcom Kings of Queens. In addition to being an actor, he is also a comedian, screenwriter and voice actor. But how did the actor achieve his great success?
Kevin James’ real name is Kevin Goerge Knipfing. He was born on April 26, 1965 in the town of Minola, Long Island, in the state of New York. The future actor spent his childhood and youth in the town of Stony Brook, which is also on Long Island. He also attended Ward Melville High School there. By this time he was enjoying wrestling and was training at school with future professional wrestler Mick Foley. Kevin then enrolled at the University of Cortland, where he majored in Sports Management. However, he left the university without graduating. During this time, he was also a running back on his varsity football team. He did not graduate because after three years of study he decided to attend an acting school. After landing a part in a comedy, Kevin joins his brother Gary Valentine and his stand-up comedy group. Kevin moved in this milieu for another eleven years.
Kevin James has been married to his longtime girlfriend and love, Steffiana De La Cruz, since 2004. Not only did his wife have several guest appearances on his hit show King of Queens, but she also had a brief appearance in the movie The Department Store Cop, in which Kevin starred. The two live in Manhattan Beach with their three children. Their first daughter was born in 2005, the second followed in 2007. In 2011 the couple had another son together and in 2015 another daughter. Kevin’s brother Gary Valentine is a comedian and actor. Along with Kevin’s wife, he also starred in the sitcom King of Queens and the film The Department Store Cop for a time.
After working as a comedian for a long time, he met the Italian-born actor Ray Romano on the show “Comedy Circuit”. He just celebrated great success with his sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond”. But Kevin was discovered on the talent show “Star Search”. His breakthrough came at the Montreal Comedy Festival in 1996, where his guest appearances on the series Everyone Loves Raymond and Cosby helped immensely. Finally, in 1998, Kevin got his own sitcom, King of Queens. But he doesn’t give up stand-up comedy while touring the entire United States. The series ended after nine seasons in 2007 and made Kevin James a world star. Meanwhile, he also made his film debut in the movie Hitch. At the same time, Kevin wrote screenplays and worked as a director and producer. In the film “Der Kaufhaus-Cop” he is not only the main actor, but also the producer and the screenwriter. Kevin also runs his own YouTube channel, on which he mainly uploads short films.
The actor can be seen in the films: “Children’s Heads”, “Don’t Mess with the Zohan”, “Little Boy” and “Big Friends”. Especially in the last few years he has been seen again and again alongside Adam Sandler.
His role in “King of Queens” earned the actor an Emmy nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy. His successes with the series are unsurpassed, but his first film “Hitch – The Date Doctor” also brought him a lot of money. His films “Children’s Heads” and “The Department Store Cop” as well as “Chuck and Larry – Wie Feuer und Flamme” have also contributed to his current Net Worth.
“Thanksgiving man. Not a good day to be my pants”
“My name might be well be Fatty McButterpants” in the series “King of Queens”
“Just me onstage with a mike having an intimate relationship with the audience. Don’t get nervous for that. I just get excited.”
“I’ve always been the guy who doesn’t necessarily get it with women. A woman would have to say, “I like you, I want to go out with you, you can ask me.” And still I would question it. Did you mean it?”
“There is no better feeling in the world than a warm pizza box on your lap.”
Fact 1: Kevin James enjoys playing golf in his free time and is also a big fan of both the New York Jets football team and the New York Mets baseball team
Fact 2: Kevin James’ ancestors are not American. His relatives are originally from Germany.
Fact 3: Kevin James voiced Frankenstein in the Hotel Transylvania movies and Pinocchio in Roberto Benigni’s Pinocchio.
Fact 4: In his contract with “King of Queens” it was even stipulated that Kevin was not allowed to lose weight.
Fact 5: The actor even lost 30 kilograms for the film “The Heavyweight”.