Who is Kevin James?
Kevin George Knipfing was born on 26 April 1965, in Long Island, New York, USA, of part German descent, and performing under the screen name Kevin James, is known as an actor, film producer, comedian, screenwriter and politician, earning popularity particularly through the sitcom “The King of Queens”. He’s starred in numerous films throughout his career, including “Hitch”, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”, “Pixels”, and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry”. He also starred in the TV sitcom “Kevin Can Wait”
The Wealth of Kevin James
How rich is Kevin James? As of early-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is at $80 million, earned largely through a successful career in acting. He’s been nominated for numerous awards throughout his career, and as he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life, and Education
Kevin was raised in Stony Brook, Long Island; his mother worked in a chiropractor’s office, while his father owned an insurance agency. He grew up with an older brother who would also pursue a career in the entertainment industry. He was raised with him in the Catholic faith, and they both attended Ward Melville High School. During his time there, he reached the top spot on the school’s wrestling team, alongside future World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestler Mick Foley, however, he suffered a back injury which resulted in him stopping his ventures into wrestling. After matriculating from high school, he enrolled at the State University of New York at Cortland; he played for the school’s varsity American football team as a halfback. However, another back injury ended any chance of him pursuing sports in the future.
Career Beginning and Acting Projects
In 1989 James began doing stand-up comedy, appearing in various locations in New York. He quickly gained popularity, and this led him to appear in TV talk shows such as “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, “Late Show with David Letterman”, and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”. He gained his first television job two years later in “The New Candid Camera”, in which he used a lot of his improvisational skills.
He then moved to Los Angeles for more acting opportunities, leading him to become a guest star in the TV series “Everybody Loves Raymond”, which in 1997 led to his own sitcom entitled “The King of Queens”, which aired on CBS, which ran for the next nine years. In the show, he plays a working-class parcel delivery man for the company IPS; other cast members include Leah Remini who plays his wife, and Jerry Stiller who plays his father – the three characters live together, and he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for his performance in the show. In 2005, he made his film debut in the romantic comedy “Hitch” starring Will Smith and Eva Mendes. The following year, he co-starred with Ray Romano in “Grilled” before trying his hand at voice acting work for “Monster House”.
In 2007, he starred with Adam Sandler in “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry”, leading to more collaborations with the actor. The two appeared together in “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”, the latter being successful at the box office despite negative reviews. He continued to do a bit of stand-up work, and in 2010 became the host of the “Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards”. The following year, he appeared with Vince Vaughn in the film “The Dilemma”, and then worked with Rosario Dawson in “Zookeeper”. He also had the lead role in “Here Comes the Boom” and “Pixels”, which was released in 2015.
A few of his recent projects include Netflix films “True Memoirs of an International Assassin” and “Sandy Wexler”. He also released a Netflix stand-up special entitled “Kevin James: Never Don’t Give Up”. One of his latest projects is the sitcom “Kevin Can Wait” which aired for two seasons from 2016 before being cancelled. Kevin was also known for being the grand marshal of the NASCAR race, the Pepsi 400, and promoted his shows at the races, even during race sponsorship changes such as the Coke-Zero 400.
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Personal Life and Social Media
For his personal life, it is known that Kevin married actress Steffiana de la Cruz in 2004, known from appearing in a few of his films. She is of Philippine descent and moved to the US at a young age. The two reside in California and they have four children together. His older brother is comedian Gary Valentine, and the two have collaborated together on numerous projects; Gary played Danny Heffernan on “King of Queens”, and Kevin’s brother in “Kevin Can Wait”. According to an interview, Kevin and his family practice Catholicism.
Similar to numerous actors, he is very active on social media, having accounts on Twitter and Facebook. He does a lot of comedic posts on his accounts, and is known particularly for comedic versions of celebrity photo shoots. He also promotes some of his recent and upcoming projects on Twitter, but uploads personal posts to communicate with his fans, and uses his online platforms to help promote some of his philanthropic efforts. His Facebook account is not as active as his Twitter one. He also has a personal website which promotes his work.