Kevin James

  • Birth Name: Kevin George Knipfing
  • Birth Place: Mineola, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian, Writer
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  • Went to high school with professional wrestler Mick Foley; the two were on the wrestling team together.
  • Played halfback on the varsity football team at the State University of New York until a back injury ended his career.
  • Held a day job as a physical trainer before dropping out of college.
  • In the late 1980s, honed his comedic skills on the New York stand-up circuit, where he began a longtime friendship with Ray Romano.
  • Appeared on Star Search and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno before winning an award at the Montreal Comedy Festival in 1996.
  • After a recurring role on Romano's Everybody Loves Raymond, landed his own sitcom, King of Queens, in 1998.
  • Frequently works with Adam Sandler, appearing with him in 50 First Dates (2004), I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007), Grown Ups (2010) and Pixels (2015).


  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee


  • Janet Knipfing — Mother
  • Leslie — Sister
  • Kannon Valentine James — Son
  • Joe Knipfing — Father
  • Steffiana De La Cruz — Wife
  • Shea Joelle James — Daughter
  • Gary Valentine — Brother
  • Sienna-Marie James — Daughter
  • Sistine Sabella James — Daughter


  • Attended State University of New York, Cortland, New York, United States
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