Currently starring on, and co-producing CBS's comedy series "King of Queens". James made the transition into television after being discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival, where he signed a development deal to create his own show. He was also cast in a recurring role on EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND with his friend and fellow comic Ray Romano. Also a successful standup comedian, James was inspired by comedic idols such as Robert Klein and Jerry Seinfeld. James starred in his own one-hour comedy special, "Sweat the Small Stuff" on Comedy Central, and he makes regular appearances on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN. He tours the country performing his standup act. Entertainment Weekly took note of his comedic talent, naming him one of The 100 Most Creative People in Entertainment in its 2001 "It" issue. James will be seen in the upcoming "Last First Kiss" with Will Smith and Eva Mendes. James will also voice the lead character, Otis, in the upcoming Nick Movies feature "The Barnyard." He was born in Mineola, New York, and raised in Stony Brook, New York. His birthdate is April 26, 1965. He attended Cortland University where he played fullback on the football team while majoring in sports management. He realized after 3 years that this wasn't the path for him. After returning home he decided to go back home and to break up the monotony of the summer he joined a community theater. During a play in which he had a comedic role, he so enjoyed the crowd reaction, that he joined his brother's (comedian Gary Valentine) improv group. He began going to clubs with Gary and realized he, too, had the knack for comedy. He has performed standup up for about 11 years. It was on the comedy circuit that he met Ray Romano. While Ray was getting a big break with his own sitcom, Kevin was getting recognition on Star Search. After appearing on The Tonight Show, his big break came at the 1996 "Just for Laughs" Montreal Comedy Festival. Afterward he landed a recurring role on Ray's sitcom, "Everybody Loves Raymond". He has since received his own sitcom "The King of Queens".
From April 2000 - Kevin lives in an L.A. bachelor pad with his brother, Gary Valentine, who is also a stand-up comedian. In June 1999 and 2000, Kevin James hosted the Florida Sports Awards, the official sports award show for the state of Florida, in Jacksonville, Fla. This event raises funds for the Otis F. Smith Foundation. Kevin was on the Ward Melville High wrestling team with future wrestling legend Mick Foley. Ironically, Foley also attended Cortland University.
He met his wife on a blind date arranged by his interior decorator. In June 19, 2004 he married his longtime girlfriend, model Steffiana De La Cruz, before 200 friends - including Ray Romano - and family members in Dana Point, California. Kevin James is a New York Jets fan.
His show "King of Queens" is a spin-off of "Everybody Loves Raymond" and he says that no matter how successful he or his show get, he will continue to do stand-up. His show "King of Queens" is NOT a spin-off of "Everybody Loves Raymond." They just do crossovers and Kevin made guest appearences as a different character before he got his show. That's correct. On Raymond, Kevin played a character named Kevin. Ray has made guest appearances on King of Queens as Ray Barone. Patricia Heaton also appeared as Debra Barone.
Kevin James is number 89 on the all time lists of Comics!
Kevin James stars in the new movie ''Grilled''
You might not realize it, but there is a highly competitive industry that might knock on your door any day now. And that industry is...door-to-door meat delivery. That’s right, folks. Sam the Butcher isn’t waiting for Alice to come to him any more. He’s mobile.
Grilled is a movie that explores the fertile ground of this concept. The story involves a couple of incompetent meat salesman. Each of them have fallen so far behind on their quota that an ultimatum is finally given. If they don’t move an entire herd of beef by the end of the day, there will be consequences, repercussions and terminations. The film follows the travails of the two fellows as they try to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat while placing the taste of meat in the jowls of their customers. Slapstick shenanigans ensue.
What is the best way to make this broad comedy accessible to the broadest audience? How about if we take two Joe Sixpack sorts and make them door-to-door salesmen for the meat industry? What better way to find such humdrum schmoes than to pick any two random players from the CBS Monday night line-up, right? That’s exactly what New Line Cinema has done. The studio has selected Ray Romano and Kevin James to play the lead roles in this buddy comedy. Burt Reynolds has been cast as one of the potential customers Romano and James encounter during their unusual day. Juliette Lewis has also been cast as a flighty, suicidal woman, a role that will not require any method acting.