Kevin James
Kevin James in 2009
Vital statistics
Born: (1965-04-26) April 26, 1965 (age 53)
Birthplace Mineola, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Comedian, Voice-over artist
Family and Personal
Spouse(s): Steffiana De La Cruz, 2004-present
Related to: 3 children
Character information
Appeared on: King of Queens
Appears as: Doug Heffernan
Kevin James (born Kevin George Knipfing on April 26, 1965) is the actor for Doug Heffernan on The King of Queens. He also occasionally writes episodes, such as Inner Tube. He recently played as Kevin Gable in the CBS sitcom Kevin Can Wait.

Early yearsEdit

Kevin was born in Mineola, New York at Winthrop-University Hospital. He is the second son of Janet, a homemaker who also worked in a chiropractor's office, and Joseph Valentine Knipfing, Jr., who owned an insurance agency.[1][2][3] He has German ancestry.[4] James has two siblings, Gary Joseph Knipfing, known as Gary Valentine, who appears on King of Queens as Danny Heffernan, Doug's cousin, also a comedian, and Leslie Knipfing;[5] Leslie works for James and helped raise money through charity events for retinitis pigmentosa, with which she is afflicted. James was raised in the "S-Section" of Stony Brook, Long Island, New York, and graduated from Ward Melville High School in 1983,[6] where he was on the football and wrestling teams. One of his wrestling teammates, Mick Foley, eventually became a professional wrestler. James was a student at, but did not graduate from, the State University of New York at Cortland, where he was a member of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity.

Personal lifeEdit

On June 19, 2004, James married actress Steffiana De La Cruz, who has also appeared on the King of Queens TV series four times, in various guest roles.[7] Their first child, daughter Sienna-Marie, was born on September 30, 2005. Their second daughter, Shea Joelle, was born on June 14, 2007, she was named after the ballpark Shea Stadium.[8] They welcomed their first son and third child, Kannon Valentine, on April 24, 2011.[9] Kevin's wife Steffiana has made four guest appearances on The King of Queens, appearing in different roles.

Kevin is the younger brother of comedian Gary Valentine (born Gary Knipfing), who played Doug's cousin Danny Heffernan on King of Queens.

He is a close friend of retired mixed martial arts fighter Bas Rutten, and trains with him at his school in Thousand Oaks, California.

Kevin, like his character Doug on King of Queens, is also known for being a big sports fan, particularly as a fan of the New York Knicks, New York Jets, and the New York Mets. 

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  1. [ Kevin George Knipfing (Kevin James) Bio reference at
  2. Kevin James Biography at Film
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  5. Kevin James Biography at Yahoo! Movies
  6. L.I.'s Biggest Export? Try Standup Comedy, by Susan Konig for The New York Times, November 14, 1999, accessed October 2, 2012.
  7. Kevin James Biography on
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  9. Kevin James Welcomes Son Kannon Valentine – Moms & Babies – Moms & Babies – (2011-01-17). Retrieved on 2011-06-01.

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