8 Things You Didn’t Know About Kevin James

Kevin James Biography

Kevin James is the epitome of a dedicated comic and television performer. He is one of the many well-known figures in the acting world.  In television, James played Doug Heffernan on The King of Queens from 1998 to 2007. He received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series nomination for the performance in 2006.  From football player to hit sitcom lead, Kevin James had a remarkable career in college he played football before discovering his love for standup and transitioning to pursue a career as a comic. But this is not all about him there are still some facts about the actor that you probably didn’t know before that we’ve compiled for you below.
Kevin James
Kevin James

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Kevin James

1. Loves To Do Wrestling

The comedian was on the number one spot on his high school wrestling team until he had a season-ending back injury and decided to quit. His friend mick foley took over his place and became a WWE star.
Kevin while wrestling
Kevin while wrestling

2. Strong Bond With His Actor Brother

 James’s older brother, Gary Valentine is also a comedian and an actor. Kevin used to spend plenty of time with his brother during the early years of his professional career and learned a lot from him.

3. Inspiring Weight Loss Journey

When James was cast in the 2012 film ‘here comes the boom’, he played the role of a school teacher who later became an MMA fighter. For that character, James worked very hard despite his busy schedule and tours, and his efforts paid off since he managed to shed an incredible 80 pounds for the part and added significant muscle tone.

4. Love Of His Life

The actor has been married to Steffiana De La Cruz for 8 years now and his fans might not know that he met his love of his on a blind date. the couple is parents to four adorable children; three daughters and a son.

5. A Sports Fanatic And Talented Athlete

James excelled as a tailback on his football team. After graduating in 1983, he continued his football career at SUNY Cortland, where he majored in sports management. Kevin James went on to study at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he played halfback on the varsity football team. [1]

6. Changed His Name

During his time with the “King Of Queens” troupe, He became friends with the proprietor of the club, Richie Minervini, and also adopted the stage name Kevin James as an homage to his favorite teacher. His real name is Kevin George Knipfing.

7. He Is A College Dropout

It was at a public speaking session that Kevin started developing a love for performing on stage. He then auditioned for a comic role in theater and after getting a positive response he decided to quit college and followed his inclination toward comedy.

8. He Is A Patriotic Person

Kevin’s fans might be aware of his deep patriotism for his country. From the Instagram posts of the actor, we can conclude that he praises and shows gratitude to the soldiers of his country and freely expresses his happiness for freedom.


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