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Short Info

Net Worth$80 million
Date Of BirthApril 26, 1965
DiedJanuary 24, 1990, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseSteffiana de la Cruz
Fact19 June 2004 - He married his longtime girlfriend, model 'Steffiana De La Cruz', before 180 friends - including Ray Romano - and family members in Dana Point, California.
PaymentsEarned $500,000 per episode (2006-2007 Season) from The King of Queens (1998)

Kevin James is an American actor, comedian, and producer. He is best known for his role as Doug Heffernan on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens, for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. He has also starred in films such as I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Grown Ups, Zookeeper, Here Comes the Boom, and Pixels.

James was born on April 26, 1965, in Mineola, New York, to Janet, a homemaker, and Joseph Valentine Knipfing Jr., an insurance agency owner. He has an older brother, Gary Joseph Knipfing, who is also an actor and comedian known by his stage name Gary Valentine. James was raised in the Catholic faith and attended St. Mary’s Elementary School in Bellmore, New York. He later attended Ward Melville High School, where he played varsity football and was voted class clown by his classmates in his senior year.

James began his stand-up comedy career while working as a bank teller at Roosevelt Savings Bank in Massapequa, New York. He would often make his co-workers laugh with impressions of his family members and customers. In 1991, he quit his job to pursue a career in comedy full-time. He later moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a stand-up comedian at various comedy clubs.

James’ first major role was as Doug Heffernan on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens, which ran for nine seasons from 1998 to 2007. For his work on the show, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2006.

In 2007, James starred in the film I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, which grossed over $200 million at the box office. He also starred in the films Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009), Grown Ups (2010), Zookeeper (2011), Here Comes the Boom (2012), and Pixels (2015).

James has a net worth of $80 million. He earns a salary of $20 million per year from his work as an actor and comedian.

James has been married to actress Steffiana de la Cruz since 2004. The couple has four children together: daughters Sienna-Marie and Shea Joelle, and sons Kannon Valentine and Koa Nicholas.

General Info

Full NameKevin James
Net Worth$80 million
Salary$80 million
Date Of BirthApril 26, 1965
DiedJanuary 24, 1990, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height1.73 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Comedian, Film producer, Voice Actor
EducationWard Melville High School, State University of New York at Cortland


SpouseSteffiana de la Cruz
ChildrenSienna-Marie James, Kannon Valentine James, Shea Joelle James, Sistine Sabella James
ParentsJoseph Valentine Knipfing Jr., Janet Knipfing
SiblingsGary Valentine, Leslie Knipfing


NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Liplock, People's Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a New TV Series, Kids' Choice Award for Arm Fart Hall of Fame, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor: Comedy, Teen Choice Award for Choice M...
MoviesRancho Mirage, CA, United States, Temecula, CA, United States, Atlantic City, NJ, United States, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Here Comes the Boom, Grown Ups, Zookeeper, Pixels, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Hitch, The True Memoirs of an International Assassin, Grown Ups 2, Hote...
TV ShowsThe King of Queens, Kevin Can Wait, Cubed, Rancho Mirage, CA, United States, Temecula, CA, United States, Atlantic City, NJ, United States

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The King of Queens (1998)$500,000 per episode (2006-2007 Season)


1Once a year my back will go out and it'll be... it's like a sciatic thing and it's the smallest thing. Like I could be leaning over the sink to brush my teeth in a weird way and it happens.
2I'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 she mean it?
3I want to do movies that I'm proud of where my kids, at some point, can see and I can feel comfortable sitting there watching it with them. And just that move people. That make people feel a little bit better about themselves when they leave the theatre.
4As American as an apple is and as American as baseball is, they don't go together. You can't be chewing an apple at a baseball game. You've got to let go of the diet that day.
5You think school ends when it ends, but it doesn't.
6Teachers have a chance to mold someone, inspire them. I hope all teachers realize that.
7Now I'm starting to jog. But every time I do jog I have 9-1 pressed into my phone, with the next '1' ready to be launched in case I drop.
8My favorite movie of all time is 'Rocky.'
9Just me onstage with a mike having an intimate relationship with the audience. I don't get nervous for that. I just get excited.
10It's always cool to meet people who can do things that you have no capacity to do.
11If I do a movie where I have to have a son and it's a chubby kid, my mother is always like, 'You were never like that.' She gets so upset about it.
12I've always had something in my heart where I root for guys who struggle with women.
13I'm not a Hollywood guy.
14I would always love to be an athlete, but it's got to be a tough day when you have to hang up those cleats.
15I try to connect with the everyday, every guy.
16I took a public speaking class in college and managed to make the class laugh a little bit.
17I think I invented the phrase 'Don't overdo it.'
18I really wasn't a class clown.
19I never played music, but it's an important thing ... the studying, the inspiration.
20I never played a musical instrument growing up but I knew kids who did and took it very seriously.
21I had my boy in Boston on Easter Sunday. That kills me, from a sports perspective. He's a Boston baby and I'm a New York guy.
22I don't want to be known as this goody-two-shoes who can only do comedies where puppies are licking peanut butter off my face.
23I could never be James Bond.
24From there, I tried out for a community theatre play, joined an improv group... it all started opening up.
25For some reason and I don't know why, but I don't think that I'm funny in California. So I always want to do my movies east somewhere.
26Every time I do a movie where it gets physical, I say never again.
27Every few months I'll pop into a comedy club or go to Vegas.
28Back in '93 I saw my first UFC fight and just became enamored by it then.
29A song can take you to a special time in your life.
30I just want to put some positive stuff out there. If it works, great. If it doesn't, no problem.
31I had many teachers that were great, positive role models and taught me to be a good person and stand up and be a good man. A lot of the principles they taught me still affect how I act sometimes and it's 30 years later.
32Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants.
33There's no better feeling in the world than a warm pizza box on your lap.
34It was fun because, after shooting, Will and I would eat a jar of pickles and tell each other secrets. It was so much fun! - On Hitch (2005).


1In the King of Queens, Doug Heffernan's parents are named Janet and Joe, which are also Kevin James' parents' names.
2His wife, 'Steffiana De La Cruz', gave birth to their fourth child, a daughter named Sistine Sabella James in late January 2015 weighed in at 9 lbs., 8 oz.
3Is a Republican.
4He has German ancestry.
5His wife, 'Steffiana De La Cruz', gave birth to their third child, a boy named Kannon Valentine James, on April 24, 2011 (Easter Sunday).
6Helped corner Bas Rutten for his comeback fight (win by KO -- Leg Kicks) vs. Ruben Villareal at an MMA event (Inside MMA (2007)) held on July 22, 2006.
7Claims to have run a 4.6 sec. 40-yard dash in high school.
8Is a member of Pi Lambda Phi fraternity.
9Close friends with Ray Romano. They met while doing stand-up comedy, on the comedy circuit.
10Kevin and 'Steffiana De La Cruz', became the parents of a second girl, Shea Joelle James, on June 14, 2007, in Los Angeles. Was named after New York's Shea Stadium.
11Born to Janet and Joseph Valentine Knipfing.
12One of his teammates on the wrestling team at Ward Melville High School was future WWE star and author Mick Foley.
13His now-wife 'Steffiana De La Cruz' appears in 4 episodes of his sitcom The King of Queens (1998) (in small roles).
14Attended Cortland University, along with former wrestler and current best selling author Mick Foley (with whom he also attended high school).
15Is an avid golfer and fan of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
16His wife, 'Steffiana De La Cruz', gave birth to their first child, daughter Sienna-Marie James, on Friday September 30, 2005.
17Is a New York Jets and a New York Mets fan.
1819 June 2004 - He married his longtime girlfriend, model 'Steffiana De La Cruz', before 180 friends - including Ray Romano - and family members in Dana Point, California.
19He met his wife on a blind date arranged by his interior decorator.
20In June 1999 and 2000, he hosted the Florida Sports Awards, the official sports award show for the state of Florida, in Jacksonville, Fla. This event raises funds for the Otis F. Smith Foundation.
21His big break came in 1996 when he won at the "Just for Laughs" Montreal Comedy Festival.
22He was raised in Stony Brook, NY, and graduated from Ward Melville High School (Long Island, New York) in 1983. One of his wrestling teammates at Ward Melville High School was future WWE star and author Mick Foley ("Mankind"). He also attended Cortland University with Mick Foley.
23April 2000 - lives in an L.A. bachelor pad with his older brother, Gary Valentine, who is also a stand-up comedian.




Sandy Wexler2017post-production
Kevin Can Wait2016-2017TV SeriesKevin Gable
True Memoirs of an International Assassin2016Sam Larson / Mason Carver
Hotel Transylvania 22015Frankenstein (voice)
Pixels2015President Will Cooper
Little Boy2015Dr. Fox
Liv and Maddie2015TV SeriesMr. Clodfelter
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 22015Paul Blart
Grown Ups 22013Eric Lamonsoff
Here Comes the Boom2012Scott Voss
Hotel Transylvania2012Frankenstein (voice)
Zookeeper2011Griffin Keyes
The Dilemma2011Nick Brannen
Grown Ups2010Eric Lamonsoff
Paul Blart: Mall Cop2009Paul Blart
You Don't Mess with the Zohan2008Hacky Sack Tournament Celebrity Judge (uncredited)
Elmo's Christmas Countdown2007TV MovieSanta Claus
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry2007Larry Valentine
The King of Queens1998-2007TV SeriesDoug Heffernan / Ed, Jr.
Barnyard2006Otis the Cow (voice)
Monster House2006Officer Landers (voice)
50 First Dates2004Factory Worker
Pinocchio2002Giant (English version, voice)
Arli$$2001TV SeriesKevin
Becker1999TV SeriesDoug Heffernan
Martial Law1999TV SeriesDallas Hampton
Everybody Loves Raymond1996-1999TV SeriesKevin Doug Heffernan Kevin Daniels
Cosby1998TV SeriesDoug Heffernan


Kevin Can Wait2016TV Series executive producer - 4 episodes
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 22015producer
Here Comes the Boom2012producer
Paul Blart: Mall Cop2009producer
The King of QueensTV Series executive producer - 156 episodes, 2000 - 2007 producer - 25 episodes, 1999 - 2000
Kevin James: Sweat the Small Stuff2001TV Special documentary executive producer


Kevin Can WaitTV Series created by - 13 episodes, 2016 - 2017 written by - 1 episode, 2016
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 22015characters / written by
Here Comes the Boom2012written by
Paul Blart: Mall Cop2009written by
The King of QueensTV Series written by - 5 episodes, 1999 - 2003 story by - 3 episodes, 1999 - 2002 teleplay by - 1 episode, 2000
Kevin James: Sweat the Small Stuff2001TV Special documentary
Everybody Loves Raymond1997TV Series written by - 1 episode


The King of Queens1998-1999TV Series creative consultant - 24 episodes


Hotel Transylvania2012performer: "Where Did the Time Go Girl", "Where Did The Time Go Girl", "The Zing"
Barnyard2006performer: "Down on the Farm They All Ask for You"
The King of Queens1999-2005TV Series performer - 9 episodes


The Meddler2015special thanks


Up Close with Carrie Keagan2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
2010 CMT Music Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
2010 MTV Movie Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 20102010TV SpecialHimself - Host
Biography2001-2009TV Series documentaryHimself
TV total2009TV SeriesHimself
The Justin Lee Collins Show2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Paul O'Grady Show2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
New Year's Eve with Carson Daly2008TV MovieHimself
Big Night of Stars2008TV MovieHimself
Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education2008TV MovieHimself
ESPN Friday Night Fights2008TV SeriesHimself - Audience Member
Inside MMA2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Corazón de...2007TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1999-2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
HBO First Look2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Guys Choice2007TV MovieHimself
Method Acting with Kevin James2006Video documentary shortHimself
Utter Talent: Voices of Barnyard2006Video documentary shortHimself
Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Event for Autism Education2006TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards '062006TV SpecialHimself
CBS Cares2001-2006TV SeriesHimself
The Tony Danza Show2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
'Hitch': Dance Steps Made Easy2005Video documentary shortHimself
'Hitch': Love in New York2005Video documentary shortHimself
'Hitch': Style2005Video documentary shortHimself
Will Smith's Red Carpet Race2005Video documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
The Ultimate Fighter2005TV SeriesHimself
Otro rollo con: Adal Ramones2005TV SeriesHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Making the Cut: The Road to Pebble Beach2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Dinner for Five2001-2004TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest / Himself
Just for Laughs2003TV SeriesHimself
Intimate Portrait2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Bitter Jester2003DocumentaryHimself
The 45th Annual Grammy Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Reel Comedy2002TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn1999-2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
UFC 40: Vendetta2002TV SpecialHimself - Fan
The Daily Show1998-2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Honeymooners 50th Anniversary Celebration2002TV MovieHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1999-2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 28th Annual People's Choice Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Host
The 27th Annual People's Choice Awards2001TV SpecialHost
The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
Kevin James: Sweat the Small Stuff2001TV Special documentaryHimself
Hollywood Squares1999-2001TV SeriesHimself
Headliners & Legends with Matt Lauer2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Turn Ben Stein On2001TV SeriesHimself
Dennis Miller Live2000TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Funny Flubs & Screw-Ups2000TV SeriesHost
The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favorite New Television Comedy Series
The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Jerry Stiller1999TV MovieHimself
The 25th Annual People's Choice Awards1999TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favorite Comedy Motion Picture
Celebrity Profile1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Sandblast1994TV SeriesHimself - Announcer
Candid Camera1992TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015-2016TV SeriesHimself / 'Last Call Saloon' Bar Fighter
Harry2016TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2007-2016TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America2012-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael2005-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
CBS This Morning2016TV SeriesHimself
CBS Fall Preview2016TV ShortHimself - Host
Janela Indiscreta2010-2015TV SeriesHimself
Extra2003-2015TV SeriesHimself
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2: No Animals Were Harmed2015ShortHimself
Rachael Ray2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Real2015TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1998-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Today2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Mike & Mike2010-2015TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself / Himself - Guest
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 20152015TV SpecialHimself / Paul Blart
Fight Spirit Pride2014DocumentaryHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2007-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Guest (segment "Mean Tweets")
Made in Hollywood2010-2013TV SeriesHimself
Katie2012-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives2013TV SeriesHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2003-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
UFC Ultimate Insider2012TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1996-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Wetten, dass..?2005-2011TV SeriesHimself
Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards 20112011TV SpecialHimself
CMT Insider2011TV SeriesHimself
CMT Hot 20 Countdown2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The One Show2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Cubed2010TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2015-2016TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2013-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Extra2015TV SeriesHimself
Movie Guide2013TV SeriesEric Lamonsoff
WWE for All Mankind: Life & Career of Mick Foley2013VideoHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself
100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time2004TV Mini-SeriesHimself #89
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show2001TV SpecialDoug Heffernan (uncredited)


Won Awards

2005NRJ Ciné AwardNRJ Ciné AwardsBest Kiss (Meilleur baiser)Hitch (2004)

Nominated Awards

2016Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActorPaul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015)
2016Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorPixels (2015)
2016Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ScreenplayPaul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015)
2016Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Screen ComboPaul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015)
2015Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actor: ComedyPaul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015)
2013BTVA Feature Film Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Feature FilmHotel Transylvania (2012)
2013Grace AwardMovieGuide AwardsMost Inspiring Performance in MoviesHere Comes the Boom (2012)
2009EDA Special Mention AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsMost Egregious Age Difference Between the Leading Man and the Love InterestPaul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)
2008Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorI Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)
2008Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Screen CoupleI Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)
2006Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesThe King of Queens (1998)
2005Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie LiplockHitch (2005)
2005Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Dance SceneHitch (2005)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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