Kevin James Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 27 Apr, 2021
Facts of Kevin James
Date of Birth: 1965 , April-26
Age: 56 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 6 Inch
Name Kevin James
Birth Name Kevin George Knipfing
Nick Name Kevin James
Father Joseph Valentine Knipfing Jr.
Mother Janet James
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Mineola, Long Island, New York
Ethnicity White
Profession Actor
Working For Hitch (2005), I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007), Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009),
Net Worth $100 million
Salary $12 million
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Light brown
Face Color Fair
Special Title The King of Queens
Married Yes
Married to Steffiana de la Cruz
Children 4
Education Ward Melville High School
Online Presence Instagram, Twitter
Movies Pinocchio, Monster House, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
TV Show The King of Queens, Martial Law, Kevin Can Wait
Sisters 1
Siblings 2
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In the late 80s, the New York-born Kevin James stepped into an entertainment career as a stand-up comedian-  a regular in comedy circuits. But it was after his on-screen debut as Doug Heffernan in the series Everybody Loves Raymond (1998-999), the American actor would land into TV lead roles in The King of Queens (1998- 2007), Kevin Can Wait (2016-18), and The Crew (2021).

Some of his popular screen credit includes Hitch (2005), I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry(2007), Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009), and Grown Ups (2013).

Thus, with a prolific career spanning more than 3 decades, James named himself among veteran figures & has since got hands into screenwriting as well as producing. The Primetime Emmy nominee is the father of 4 children with his wife of 16 years, Steffiana De La Cruz.

Who Are Kevin James' Parents? Age and Height?

Born on April 26, 1965, in Mineola, Long Island, New York, the USA, James is one of 3 children to insurance agency owner Joseph Valentine Knipfing Jr. and office worker Janet.

Kevin George Knipfing (birth name) grew up in a Catholic norm with an older brother Gary Joseph Knipfing, who is also a renowned comedian/actor, and a younger sister named Leslie Knipfing. An American by nationality, the Hitch actor has a diverse ethnic background (German, Russian Jewish, Italian, & Turkey/Greece ancestry).

As of April 2021, Kevin James is 56 years old and stands 5 feet 8 inches (173 cm) tall.

Movie and Television Career

The State University of New York alum started his career as a stand-up comedy in 1989, making his debut at the East Side Comedy Club on Long Island. He rose to fame after appearing in the various talk shows, including Late Night with Conan O'BrienDennis Miller Live,  The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. 

CAPTION: Stand up comedian and actor, Kevin James SOURCE: Bankrate

James starred in commercials for Mazzio's Italian Eatery. In 2001, he did his own stand-up special,  Kevin James: Sweat the Small Stuff.  He got his first television job in 1991 on The New Candid Camera and then hosted the MTV sports game show SandBlastfrom 1994-96. 

Later, James moved to Los Angeles in search of better opportunities. He guest-starred on a few episodes of Romano's hit CBS sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond. In 1998, the New York native got his major role as Doug Heffernan in the CBS sitcom, The King of Queens until 2007, sharing the screen with Leah Remini, Lisa Rieffel, Patton Oswalt, and Larry Romano.

Until the mid-2010s, the American actor worked in a bunch of films including the movie debut in 2005 with the romantic comedy, Hitch. His film credits include I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007), Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009), Grown Ups (2010) & Pixels (2015).

From 2016 to 2018, Kevin James appeared in the lead role of Kevin Gable in the TV series Kevin Can Wait. In 2018, he released a stand-up special on Kevin James: Never Don’t Give Up which aired on Netflix.

Most recently, he worked in the streaming comedy TV series The Crew (2021, 10 episodes) co-starring Jillian Mueller and Freddie Stroma.

Did you know? In 2007, he was the grand marshal for the Pepsi 400 ad which was popular for its NASCAR commands, "Gentlemen, start your engines".

Net Worth of Kevin James In 2021

Kevin James is one of the highest-paid stand-up comedians and has gathered a handsome sum of money throughout his career. According to Celebrity Net Worth, James has a whopping net worth of $100 million as of 2021. Back in 2020, his fortune recorded at $80 million.

Reportedly, from the TV series The King of Queens, the Emmy-nominee was earning $300,000 per episode, which rose up to $400,000-an-episode for the finale. In addition to that, Kevin was the executive producer of the series that saw him backend equities along with $50 million from syndications.

CAPTION: Kevin James owned oceanfront Delray Beach house which he bought in 2021 for $14 million SOURCE: Architectural Digest

Currently, the Grown Ups 2 star lives in Delray Beach, Florida, in their six-bedroom oceanfront estate which he bought in February 2021 for a jaw-dropping $14 million, around a million dollars less than its asking price of $15.95 million.

But, it's not the actor's first property in the area. With his wife Steffiana, Kevin dropped $18.5 million in 2012 for their another Delray Beach mansion- just a few blocks away from his recently bought (in 2021) property. Moreover, the duo, in 2013, added an empty lot next door of aforementioned property for $4.25 million before the whole estate spanning 3-acre was put on the market in 2016 for $29 million.

Yet they are to find a buyer & pay the annual property tax of $100,000.

Kevin James' Highest-Grossing Films With Budges and Box Office Collection:

Year Movie Budget (US Dollar) Box-office Collection (US Dollar) IMDb rating Starring
2009 Paul Blart: Mall Cop $183.3 million $26 million 5.2 stars Jayma Mays, Keir O'DonnellBobby Cannavale
2010 Grown Ups $80 million $271.4 million 6 stars Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider
2011 Zookeeper $169.8 million $80 million 5.2 stars Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb
2012 Here Comes the Boom $42 million $73.1 million 6.4 stars Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler, Greg Germann, Joe Rogan

Awards and Honors

James won an NRJ Ciné award in 2005 for Best Kiss in the film “Hitch.” Nominations include Teen Choice Awards for “Hitch” (2005) and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” (2015).

His first comedy series, “The King of Queens,” was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2006. James was ranked #89 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians. 

James provided his voice in Hotel Transylvania (2012) for which he was nominated for a Behind the Voice Actors Award. He was nominated for a People’s Choice Awards in 2017 for Favorite Actor in a new TV Series, “Kevin Can Wait.”

Married Life With Wife Steffiana de la Cruz

Moving towards the relationship status of Kevin James, he is a  married man. He has been married to renowned actress Steffiana de la Cruz who is best known for her roles in Eddie Money, Damned Yanky, Black List, and Affair Trade.

Kevin and Steffiana first met on a blind date arranged by his interior decorator, and eventually started a romantic relationship.

CAPTION: Kevin James with his wife, Steffiana de la Cruz SOURCE: Daily Mail

After dating for several months, the couple tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in California on June 19, 2004. Nearly 180 guests, including close friends and family members, attended the wedding.

Father of Four Children

Husband-wife duo Kevin James and Steffiana de la Cruz are proud parents of four children; three daughters Shea Joelle James, Sienna-Marie James, and Sistine Sabella James, and a son Kannon Valentine James.

James shares a good bonding with standup comedian, Ray Romano who is a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity.

Kevin is an avid Instagram (@kevinjamesofficial) and Twitter (@KevinJames) user with more than 1.7 million followers and 456.6K followers respectively in 2021.