About Kevin James
Kevin James, born Kevin George Knipfing, is an American comedian, actor, producer and writer. He is best known for the portrayal of Doug Heffernan on a popular CBS situation comedy The King of Queens. Kevin is also recognized for his numerous roles in comedy movies, such as Paul Blart: Mall Cop, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Zookeeper and Grown Ups. In 2005 James appeared in a rom-com Hitch, where he acted along with Will Smith. For some time he dubbed Otis’ character on computer-animated family film Barnyard, but was later replaced by Chris Hardwick. Kevin James net worth is currently estimated at $80 million.
Kevin was born in New York, in a family of Janet and Joseph Valentine Knipfing. His mother had a job at chiropractor’s office, while his father ran a private insurance agency. Kevin was a second child in a family and has two siblings, Leslie Knipfing and Gary Valentine. Just like his younger brother, Gary is an actor and comedian. He is best known for his role as “Cousin Danny” on The King of Queens, as well as his appearances on Stuck on You and Comedy Central Presents.
Despite the relative professional success, Gary’s fortune is significantly inferior to Kevin James net worth.
His younger sister, Leslie, has worked for James on various occasions. For example, she was responsible for organizing a significant fundraising event, which was financed by Kevin. The three sibling and their parents used to live in Stony Brook neighborhood, where Kevin attended Ward Melville High School. While studying, James was involved in sports, wrestling and football. One of his wrestling team mates, Mick Foley, later became four-time world champion. However, even his fortune does not compare to Kevin James net worth: Foley currently owns assets evaluated at some $15 million. After graduation from high school, Kevin continued his studies at University of New York.
Kevin’s professional career began in the late 80s, when he started to perform at East Side Comedy Club. He gained national exposure appearing on the numerous talk shows, such as Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Dennis Miller Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brian, The Rosie O’Donnell Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Comedy Central has ranked Kevin as 89th greatest stand-up comedian in the world. James’ career on television started in mid 90s, when he debuted as the announcer for the popular MTV game show StandBlast. After meeting Ray Romano Kevin was offered a reoccurring role on Everybody Loves Raymond. Kevin James net worth growth shifted to even higher gear when he was cast for situation comedy Kings of Queens. His career in movies started quite recently, in 2005, when he landed a role on romantic comedy Hitch.