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Kevin James Biography

Birth Name:
Kevin George Knipfing
Birth Place:
Mineola, New York, United States
Actor, comedian, writer

Fast Facts

  • 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)


  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated