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Kevin James

Kevin James Biography


Kevin James

Entertainer and performing artist Kevin James is best referred to for his nine-season turn as Doug Heffernan on the CBS sitcom 'The King of Queens.'


Who Is Kevin James?

Born in 1965 in Mineola, New York, Kevin James sought after an expanding vocation in satire while still in school. He previously showed up as Doug Heffernan on The King of Queens in 1998, a job that would dispatch him to acclaim through the show's decision in 2007. James later featured in such movies as Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Here Comes the Boom, and came back to TV in 2016 with Kevin Can Wait.


Kevin James Early Life

On-screen character and humorist Kevin James was born Kevin George Knipfing on April 26, 1965, in Mineola, New York, the child of Janet and Joseph Valentine Knipfing. The Knipfing family migrated to Stony Brook in Long Island, New York, where James gone to Ward Melville High School. A games aficionado and gifted competitor, James exceeded expectations as a running back on his football group. In the wake of graduating in 1983, he proceeded with his football profession at SUNY Cortland, where he studied games administration.


Foray into Comedy

Kevin James

At Cortland, an open talking course stirred James' affection for the stage, and keeping in mind that back home on Long Island, he tried out for a comedic part in a Shoreham-Wading River Community Theater creation. James won the part and flourished in the job. In light of the quality of the group of onlookers' reaction and his prospering affection for satire, he decided not to come back to school. Rather, he invested energy with his sibling, Gary Valentine, whose comedy amass performed routinely at Long Island's currently ancient East Side Comedy Club in Huntington Station. At the club, he likewise manufactured a durable fellowship with on-screen character and comic Mookie Barker. 

Amid his time with the troupe, he built up a companionship with club proprietor Richie Minervini and furthermore embraced the stage name Kevin James as a tribute to a most loved instructor. Minervini offered James a five-minute stand-up opening at the parody club, and the hopeful comic lept at the chance. His official parody make a big appearance was a seething achievement, and he before long turned into a standard nearness on the Long Island club circuit, where he become a close acquaintence with individual up-and-comer Ray Romano. To make a decent living, James worked at a neighborhood stockroom.


Kevin James Recognition

Kevin James

James put in about 10 years refining and consummating his demonstration, and in the end progressed to performing at scenes in adjacent New York City. As he set up himself, he turned into a successive late-night syndicated program visitor, and was in the long run welcomed to show up on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. In 1996, his execution at the Montreal Comedy Festival earned him a system improvement bargain, and in the wake of showing up on Romano's sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, Romano and James wrote a content expected to feature James as an arrangement lead. Romano passed the content along to CBS head Les Moonves, who enjoyed James' everyman way to deal with satire.


'King of Queens' and 'Kevin Can Wait'

On September 21, 1998, the sitcom The King of Queens debuted on CBS. Featuring James as "regular person" Doug Heffernan, Leah Remini as his sharp-tongued spouse and Jerry Stiller as his capricious dad in law, the show held down a prime-schedule opening and collected relentless appraisals. After nine seasons, The King of Queens—which earned James an Emmy designation—ceased creation in 2007. 

In 2016 James came back to CBS with another parody, Kevin Can Wait, playing a resigned Long Island cop. The show was reestablished for a second season in 2017, this time with his old on-screen accomplice, Remini, incorporated in with the general mish-mash. 

Soon thereafter, after on-screen character Kevin Spacey was let go from his featuring job on the Netflix demonstrate House of Cards over lewd behavior claims, a Change.org request of flowed, requiring Spacey's job of Frank Underwood to be filled by James. As of the evening of November 6, the appeal to had almost 18,000 marks.


Kevin James Film Career

Kevin James

In 2005, James collaborated with Romano to co-star in a HBO unique entitled Making the Cut: The Road to Pebble Beach (2005). The creation gathered a Sports Emmy selection. That equivalent year, James made his component film make a big appearance inverse Will Smith in the lighthearted comedy, Hitch. 

In the wake of collaborating with Adam Sandler for I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007), James co-composed and featured in Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009). In 2010, James combined up with Sandler, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and David Spade for the element film Grown Ups. 

James attempted a somewhat more emotional turn in The Dilemma (2011), preceding coming back to his typical comedic routes with Zookeeper (2011), Hotel Transylvania (2012) and Here Comes the Boom (2012). He returned to past screen personas by means of Grown Ups 2 (2013) and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015), preceding jumping into new jobs in True Memoirs of an International Assassin (2016) and Sandy Wexler (2017).


Kevin James Personal Life

An ardent Catholic, James marry long-lasting sweetheart Steffiana De La Cruz—whom he met on an arranged meeting—in 2004 at St. Edward Catholic Church. They respected their first kid, Sienna-Marie, in 2005. The couple had three more youngsters: girl Shea Joelle (conceived in 2007), child Kannon Valentine (2011) and little girl Sistine Sabella (2015).


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