Famous American veteran comedian, actor, scriptwriter, and film producer Kevin James started his career as a standup comedian in 1989. He became a household name when he acted in the nine seasons of CBS’ sitcom The King of Queens, where he played the role of Doug Heffernan – a role which gained him international audience. In addition to that, he has appeared in numerous films and television shows.
The comedian is also doing very well in his personal life as revealed by his blissful marriage to American actress, Saffian de la Cruz with whom he has three daughters and a son.
Kevin James’ Bio
Kevin James was born as Kevin George Knipfing in Mineola, New York on the 26th day of April 1965 to Janet James and Joseph Valentine Knipfing Jr. His father worked in an insurance company he founded while his mother worked as a healthcare practitioner, specializing in chiropractic. His family moved from Mineola to Stony Brook, Long Island, New York City where he was enrolled in Ward Melville High School. He graduated from high school and proceeded to the State University of New York, Cortland.
He commenced his career in 1989 as a standup comedian and he is said to have made his first appearance in a comedy club run by Richie Minervini. He rose to fame when he started appearing on different talk shows which included the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Dennis Miller Live, and The Ellen DeGeneres.
As his popularity grew, his audience also expanded and he eventually got listed as the number 89 greatest standup comedian as ranked by Comedy Central. Kevin James is also credited with a standup comedy special called Kevin James: Sweat the Small Stuff. He comedian moved on to build a television career when he was employed in a television station called The New Candid Camera, where he worked as a presenter for the MTV sports game show SandBlastfrom for two years.
In the search for greener pastures, he relocated to Los Angeles where he met Ray Romano the producer of the Hit CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, and he starred in some of the episodes of the sitcom. He also appeared in another CBS sitcom The King of Queens where he acted as Doug Heffernan, a delivery man for a company called the IPS. This sitcom gained him the Emmy Award nomination and made him gain international recognition.
He also anchored the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in 2010 and has made appearances in films like: I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Grown Ups, The Dilemma, Zookeeper, Here Comes the Boom, Mall Cop, Little Boy, Pixels, True Memoirs of an International Assassin, Sandy Wexler as well as the web series called Dusty Peacock in which he acted alongside his brother Gary.
Kelvin James has accumulated a good amount of wealth from his career and according to sources, he earns an estimated amount of $12 million only from films whereas he makes from $3 to $4 million for his TV shows. Kevin is also ranked as one of the most paid standup comedians with a net worth of about $80 million.
Family – Wife, Kids, Brother And
As the second child in the family, Kevin James’ elder brother is Gary Joseph Knipfing and his younger sister is Leslie Knipfing. His brother Gary, who is best known with the screen name Gary Valentine, is an American actor cum comedian like his younger brother and has also acted alongside him in some films.
The comedian is married to Saffian de la Cruz who is an American actress. He met Cruz on a blind date and the duo waled down the aisle on the 19th of June 2014 in California and presently have 4 kids; 3 girls named Sienna-Marie, Shea Joelle, Sistine Sabella and 1 son named Kannon Valentine.
Weight Loss Journey
Kevin James was known to be a fat man and during his teenage years in high school, he weighed as high as 150 pounds. When he ventured into stand-up comedy, his weight increased to 300 pounds. However, he lost about 50 pounds recently and when asked what he did to lose his weight, he said that he placed himself on a diet routine, started running for at least six miles every day and got involved in fitness training.
Well, with no further question, it is obvious that his hard work has paid off and he is rocking his new look with pride. Although he had fallen off the healthy living wagon a few times in the past, the actor revealed now that he is working to be a fit for his family’s sake especially now that he is getting older.