Kevin James (born Kevin George Knipfing; April 26, 1965) is an American comedian, actor, writer and producer. He is widely known for playing Doug Heffernan on the CBS sitcoms The King of Queens and Everybody Loves Raymond. He is also known for his roles in the comedy films Hitch, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, and Grown Ups. He has hosted the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards (on March 27, 2010).
James was born in Mineola, New York at Winthrop-University Hospital, to Janet, a homemaker who also worked in a chiropractor's office, and Joseph Valentine Knipfing, who owned an insurance company. James has two siblings, Gary Joseph Knipfing, known as Gary Valentine, also a comedian, and Leslie Knipfing; Leslie works for James and helped raise money through charity events for retinitis pigmentosa, with which she is afflicted. James was raised in the "S-Section" of Stony Brook and graduated from Ward Melville High School in 1983, where one of his teammates on the wrestling team was (professional wrestler) Mick Foley. He was a student at, but did not graduate from, the State University of New York at Cortland, where he was a member of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity.
James began doing stand-up comedy, gaining 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 Kathy Lee. James was #89 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians. James has also done his stand-up routine on Just for Laughs, an annual comedy festival in Montreal.
James is a friend of Ray Romano and he 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 played the lead as an overweight and hilarious delivery man, Doug, who worked for a company known as IPS and was married to Carrie (Leah Remini). As a result of his work on the show he was nominated for an Emmy for the most outstanding lead actor in a comedy show. In 2001, James did his own stand-up special called Kevin James: Sweat the Small Stuff. He has also appeared as a musical guest on Just for Laughs.
James made his film debut in the 2005 romantic comedy, Hitch, for which he got very high praise for his role 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 talents in the animated films Monster House and Barnyard. In 2007, James co-starred opposite Adam Sandler in the comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, and also made a cameo in Sandler's 2008 film You Don't Mess with the Zohan. James' 2009 comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop, opened as the #1 film in North America with a weekend gross of $39 million, far exceeding expectations, and eventually grossed $219 million from ticket and home video sales. More recently, James appeared in Grown Ups, which co-starred numerous Saturday Night Live alumni.
On June 19, 2004, James married actress Steffiana de la Cruz. He has two daughters, Sienna-Marie (born September 30, 2005) and Shea Joelle (born June 14, 2007), who was named after the ballpark Shea Stadium.
|1996||Everybody Loves Raymond||Kevin||6 episodes; 1996–1998|
|1998||Doug Heffernan||"The Lone Barone" (Season 3, Episode 9)|
"Ray Home Alone" (Season 3, Episode 18)
"Be Nice" (Season 3, Episode 23)
|1998||The King of Queens||Doug Heffernan||Main role (1998–2007)|
|1999||Martial Law||Dallas Hampton|
|2002||Pinocchio||Mangiafuoco||Voice: English version|
|2004||50 First Dates||Factory Worker|
|2006||Monster House||Officer Landers||Voice|
|2007||I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry||Larry Valentine||Co-star|
|Elmo's Christmas Countdown||Santa Claus|
|2008||You Don't Mess with the Zohan||Celebrity Judge||uncredited|
|2009||Paul Blart Mall Cop||Paul Blart||Lead role, Writer and Producer|
|2010||Grown Ups||Eric Lamonsoff|
|2011||The Dilemma||Isaac Backman|
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