Kevin James

BirthDay:

26 Apr 1965

BirthPlace:

Stony Brook, New York, USA

BirthName:

Kevin George Knipfing

Bio:

Kevin James was born Kevin George Knipfing on April 26, 1965, in Mineola, New York, to Janet, an office worker, and Joseph Valentine Knipfing, Jr., an insurance agency owner. He has German ancestry.

James attended Cortland University where he played fullback on the football team while majoring in sports management. He realized after 3 years that this wasn't the path for him. After returning home, he decided to break up the monotony of the summer, and joined a community theater. During a play in which he had a comedic role, he so enjoyed the crowd reaction, that he joined his brother's (comedian Gary Valentine's) improv group. He began going to clubs with Gary and realized he, too, had the knack for comedy. He has performed stand-up up for about 11 years. It was on the comedy circuit that he met Ray Romano. While Ray was getting a big break with his own sitcom, Kevin was getting recognition on Star Search (1983). After appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), his big break came at the 1996 "Just for Laughs" Montreal Comedy Festival. Afterward, he landed a recurring role on Ray's sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond (1996).

He starred in his own sitcom, The King of Queens (1998), as Doug Heffernan, from 1998 to 2007, and later began a career as a leading film actor, co-starring in Hitch (2005), I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007), Grown Ups (2010), and Grown Ups 2 (2013), and headlining Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009), Zookeeper (2011), Here Comes the Boom (2012)_, and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015).
Filmography

Actor ( 83 credits )

Sandy Wexler (2017)
True Memoirs of an International Assassin (2016)
Kevin Can Wait (2016)  Kevin (unknown episodes)
Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) Frankenstein (voice)
Pixels (2015)
Little Boy (2015) Dr. Fox
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) Paul Blart
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  'Last Call Saloon' Bar Fighter / ... (1 episode, 2015)
Fight Spirit Pride (2014) Himself
Grown Ups 2 (2013) Eric Lamonsoff
Movie Guide (2013)  Eric Lamonsoff (1 episode, 2013)
Liv and Maddie (2013)  Mr. Clodfelter (1 episode, 2015)
The Real (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Here Comes the Boom (2012) Scott Voss
Hotel Transylvania (2012) Frankenstein (voice)
Katie (2012)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
UFC Ultimate Insider (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Zookeeper (2011) Griffin Keyes
The Dilemma (2011) Nick Brannen
Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Grown Ups (2010) Eric Lamonsoff
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (4 episodes, 2010-2013)
Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) Paul Blart
Cubed (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
The Justin Lee Collins Show (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
You Don't Mess with the Zohan (2008) Hacky Sack Tournament Celebrity Judge (uncredited)
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007) Larry Valentine
Inside MMA (2007)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2007)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Barnyard (2006) Otis the Cow (voice)
Grilled (2006) Dave
Monster House (2006) Officer Landers (voice)
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
The ONE Show (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Hitch (2005) Albert
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (5 episodes, 2010-2013)
The Ultimate Fighter (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Mike & Mike (2005)  Himself / ... (2 episodes, 2010-2012)
50 First Dates (2004) Factory Worker
The Paul O'Grady Show (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
CMT Insider (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
The Tony Danza Show (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself / ... (5 episodes, 2007-2012)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Himself (3 episodes, 2003-2013)
Bitter Jester (2003) Himself
Pinocchio (2002) Mangiafuoco (voice)
Just for Laughs (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Reel Comedy (2002)  Himself (1 episode)
Dinner for Five (2001)  Himself - Special Guest / ... (3 episodes, 2001-2004)
CMT Hot 20 Countdown (2001)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
CBS Cares (2000)  Himself (5 episodes, 2001-2006)
Funny Flubs & Screw-Ups (2000)  Host
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999)  Himself (5 episodes, 1999-2002)
TV total (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Turn Ben Stein On (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
The King of Queens (1998)  Doug Heffernan / ... (206 episodes, 1998-2007)
Becker (1998)  Doug Heffernan (uncredited) (1 episode, 1999)
Martial Law (1998)  Dallas Hampton (1 episode, 1999)
Hollywood Squares (1998)  Himself (15 episodes, 1999-2001)
Celebrity Profile (1998)  Himself (1 episode)
ESPN Friday Night Fights (1998)  Himself - Audience Member (1 episode, 2008)
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Everybody Loves Raymond (1996)  Kevin Daniels / ... (8 episodes, 1996-1999)
Cosby (1996)  Doug Heffernan (1 episode, 1998)
Arli$$ (1996)  Kevin (1 episode, 2001)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (4 episodes, 1999-2002)
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (3 episodes, 1998-2002)
Otro rollo con: Adal Ramones (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Extra (1994)  Himself (2 episodes, 2003-2006)
Dennis Miller Live (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Sandblast (1994)  Himself - Announcer (1 episode, 1994)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself - Guest / ... (8 episodes, 2005-2013)
Intimate Portrait (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (5 episodes, 1999-2007)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Candid Camera (1991)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 1992)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself / ... (7 episodes, 2005-2013)
Biography (1987)  Himself (2 episodes, 2001-2009)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Wetten, dass..? (1981)  Himself (3 episodes, 2005-2011)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (9 episodes, 2007-2010)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2012-2013)

Producer ( 6 credits )

Kevin Can Wait (2016) executive producer (unknown episodes)
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) producer
Here Comes the Boom (2012) producer
Zookeeper (2011) producer
Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) producer
The King of Queens (1998) executive producer / producer (181 episodes, 1999-2007

Writer ( 7 credits )

Kevin Can Wait (2016) (unknown episodes)
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015)
Here Comes the Boom (2012) (written by)
Zookeeper (2011) (screenplay) and
Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) (written by) &
The King of Queens (1998) (8 episodes, 1999-2003)
Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) (1 episode, 1997)