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Also Known As: Kevin George Knipfing Died:
Born: April 26, 1965 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Stony Brook, New York, USA Profession: actor, comedian, screenwriter, physical trainer

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As a stand-up comedian and actor, Kevin James built a dual career out of his own homegrown reality. With a tall, burly build and innate likeability, James planted his roots firmly in performing at a young age. Based upon his Long Island life and upbringing, James' material soon hit a familiar chord with working class viewers who stayed with his lengthy CBS series "The King of Queens" (1998-2007) for the long haul. Finding a second home onscreen in films expanded his persona into high-visibility comedies such as "Hitch" (2005) and "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" (2007), but broke through as an above-the-title star with the surprise smash "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" (2009). Enjoying his tenure at a new level of stardom, James fit right in with Adam Sandler and his "SNL" crew in the comedy "Grown Ups" (2010) and, in a reflection of his wide-ranging appeal, hosted Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards the same year. Likable and talented, James continued to make the most of his success.

As a stand-up comedian and actor, Kevin James built a dual career out of his own homegrown reality. With a tall, burly build and innate likeability, James planted his roots firmly in performing at a young age. Based upon his Long Island life and upbringing, James' material soon hit a familiar chord with working class viewers who stayed with his lengthy CBS series "The King of Queens" (1998-2007) for the long haul. Finding a second home onscreen in films expanded his persona into high-visibility comedies such as "Hitch" (2005) and "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" (2007), but broke through as an above-the-title star with the surprise smash "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" (2009). Enjoying his tenure at a new level of stardom, James fit right in with Adam Sandler and his "SNL" crew in the comedy "Grown Ups" (2010) and, in a reflection of his wide-ranging appeal, hosted Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards the same year. Likable and talented, James continued to make the most of his success.

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 Pixels (2015)
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 Grown Ups 2 (2013)
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 Little Boy (2012)
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 Zookeeper (2011)
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 Dilemma, The (2011)
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 Grown Ups (2010)
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Milestones close milestones

1989:
Met Queens-born stand-up Ray Romano on the comedy club circuit
1996:
Appeared at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival
1996:
Reconnected with Romano in Los Angeles, CA
1997:
Landed recurring role on Romano's sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS) as Doug Heffernan; also credited as writer
1998:
Reprised role of Doug Heffernan on his own sitcom "The King of Queens" (CBS); earned an Emmy nomination in 2006 for Best Actor
2004:
Cast in small role in "50 First Dates," starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler
2005:
First leading role in a feature, "Hitch" opposite Will Smith
2006:
Lent his voice to the animated feature "Monster House"
2006:
Voiced Otis the cow in the animated feature "Barnyard"
2007:
Re-teamed with Adam Sandler for the comedy "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry"
2008:
Again appeared in the Sandler comedy vehicle "You Don't Mess with the Zohan"
2009:
Wrote, produced, and starred in "Paul Blart: Mall Cop"
2009:
Produced the web series "Dusty Peacock," which starred his brother Gary Valentine
2010:
Co-starred with Adam Sandler in ensemble comedy "Grown Ups"
2011:
Starred in the title role of the "Zookeeper"
2012:
Voiced Frankenstein in animated feature "Hotel Transylvania," which also featured Sandler
2012:
Co-wrote and starred as a biology teacher-turned-mixed martial arts fighter in action comedy "Here Comes the Boom"
2013:
Featured in the comedy sequel "Grown Ups 2"
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Education

State University of New York at Cortland: Cortland , New York -
Ward Melville High School: East Setauket , New York - 1983

Notes

When he began to achieve success as a stand-up comic in his mid-20s, he dropped his family name, which he now refuses to divulge.

"It's amazing how me and Ray [Romano] both have shows. We laugh and say, 'How did Goofy and Chubby get an hour of prime-time television between them?'" --Kevin James to PEOPLE, December 14, 1998

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companion:
Helga Martinez. Born c. 1965; living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and conducting long-distance relationship with James as of 1998.
wife:
Steffiana De La Cruz. Actress. Engaged as of September 2003; married June 19, 2004 in Dana Point, CA.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Joe. Retired insurance-company owner.
mother:
Janet. Housewife. Worked in a chiropractor's office.
brother:
Gary Valentine. Stand-up comic. Born c. 1961; living with brother in Los Angeles as of 1998.
sister:
Leslie. Teacher. Born c. 1967; living in West Palm Beach, Florida in 1998.
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