Kevin James Net Worth: Career & Lifestyle

Kevin James
Kevin James (Source: Wilmington Star-News)

Kevin James’s net worth is a staggering $100 million as an actor, comedian, producer, and screenwriter.

Kevin is probably best known for his role as Doug Heffernan on The King of Queens, a CBS sitcom.

He was also nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2006.

Similarly, his other sitcom, Kevin Can Wait, which aired from 2016-to 2018, was also nominated for the People’s Choice Award in 2017.

James’s first job on television was in The New Candid Camera in 1991, where he played an actor that pulled the practical jokes on unsuspicious people with his comedy timing and improvisation skills.

Kevin James
Kevin James (Source: POPSUGAR)

Similarly, Kevin was the announcer for the MTV sports game show SandBlast from 1994-96.

His professional television career started when he moved to Los Angeles, became friends with Ray Romano, and later guest-starred on Romano’s hit CBS sitcom and Everybody Loves Raymond.

These performances resulted in the development of his own sitcom, The King of Queens, which ran on the same television network from September 1998 to May 2007.

Kevin was also listed at 76 in an American basic cable channel Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians.

Early Life

Kevin James, originally Kevin George Knipfing, was born on April the 26th, 1965, in Mineola, New York.

However, he grew up in Stony Brook, New York, with his elder brother, comedian and actor Gary Valentine and a sister Leslie.

His father, Joseph Valentine Knipfing Jr, was an insurance agency owner, and his mother was Janet Knipfing.

His father was of German-American ancestry. He and his siblings were raised in a Catholic household.

James went to Ward Melville High School and graduated. During high school, he was on a wrestling team.

In fact, he reached the number one spot on the team. He was even ahead of friend and future professional wrestler Mick Foley.

James wrestled in the 145 lbs. weight category.

However, James seriously injured his back in one of the wrestling matches, which resulted in Foley taking over his position.

After high school graduation, James and Mick Foley enrolled at the State University of New York at Cortland. James went on playing college football as a halfback.

However, he again injured his back and ended his sports hopes.

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Quick Facts

Full Name: Kevin George Knipfing
Also Known as: Kevin James
Birth Date: April 26, 1965
Age: 57  Years Old
Horoscope: Taurus
Birth Place: Mineola, New York.
Father’s Name: Joseph Valentine Knipfing Jr
Mother’s Name: Janet Knipfing
Height: 5 feet 8 inches, 172.5 m
Weight: 95 kg, 209 lbs.
Nationality: American
Ethnicity: White American
Religion: Catholic
Eye Color: Light Brown
Hair Color: Light Brown
Profession: Actor, TV Personality, Screenwriter, Comedian, Producer
Siblings: (Brother) Gary Valentine, (Sister) Leslie Knipfing
Gender: Male
Net Worth: $100 million
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Steffiana de la Cruz (m. 2004-present)
Children: 4
Children’s Name Kannon Valentine James, Shea Joelle James, Sienna-Marie James, Sistine Sebella James
Social Media Presence: InstagramTwitter, Facebook, YouTube
Last Update: October, 2022

Net Worth and Income

An American actor, comedian, producer, and writer Kevin has an astounding net worth of $100 million as of 2022.

His career as an actor in big movies and television series have contributed greatly to his net worth.

Kevin James Bagged around $300,000 per episode from “The King of Queens” during the middle seasons of the show’s run.

However, for the finals season, Kevin was making about $400,000 per episode from the sitcom.

Kevin appeared as an actor on the sitcom and was an executive producer and owner of a percentage of the show’s backed equity.

Kevin James in King Of The Queens
Kevin James in King Of The Queens

So, after the show ended, Kevin has earned more than $50 million on syndication deals to date.

Besides the television series, Kevin James has starred in numerous big-budget films, which earned him millions.

In 2010 Kevin James earned $5 million for his role in Happy Madison Production film Grown Ups 1.

After the film was a massive success, even though it was not critically acclaimed in 2013, the movie came up with the sequel, which earned Kevin James $10 million.

We can safely assume that Kevin James earns anywhere between $5-$10 million per film.

He has appeared in at least 36 movies.

Net Worth of Kevin James in Different Currencies

Let’s have a look into Kevin James’s net worth in different currencies as of October, 2022.

Currency Net Worth
Euro € 84,760,000
Pound Sterling £ 72,115,000
Australian Dollar A$ 135,980,400
Canadian Dollar C$ 125,287,000
Indian Rupee ₹ 7,419,630,000
BitCoin ฿ 2,095.69

Houses and Cars

Given his staggering net worth of $100 million, Kevin James owns a couple of massive mansions in different places of the country. One of them is more than $10 million.

Let’s check them out.

Houses

Mansion, Los Angeles, California

Kevin James paid over $1.45 million for this mansion in 2002. The mansion featured 5,386 square feet of living space with five bedrooms and five bathrooms.

No information is available about the comedian/actor still owning the place.

Mansion, Encino, California

Kevin owned another super-luxurious piece of the mansion in Los Angeles. Reportedly, Kevin James purchased this mansion for $3.2 million in 2003.

The house featured 11,291 square feet of living space with expansive views of the valley and mountains. It was built in 2003.

The mansion includes an open floor plan with a large screen home theater, a complete home automation system, a gym, and a luxurious spa.

The outside of the mansion features a stunning swimming pool with a spa, a lounging area with a fire pit, and a large lawn.

However, Kevin listed the house for $5.495 million.

Florida Mansion

Apart from Los Angeles, the comedian/actor also owns a huge waterfront mansion in Florida.

Reportedly, the mansion was listed on the market in May 2020 with a $16 million price tag. However, James got it for $2 million less than the original listing price.

The mansion features 12,000 square feet of living space, which are now redesigned, renovated from the inside out.

Apart from that, this contemporary mansion has six bedrooms, seven-bathroom, and two and a half bathrooms.

Similarly, there is a dual-island kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances, a massive family room, and a wet bar.

The outdoor of the house features a covered patio, cabana, large swimming pool, and a summer kitchen with a built-in grill.

Also, the mansion has a den or office, a ginormous master suite with French doors leading to a private balcony, and a spa-like ensuite bathroom.

Kevin James Florida Mansion
Kevin James Florida Mansion

The mansion is not only rich with luxurious amenities but also has top of a line security system.

Obviously, it is located in a gated community with 24/7 CCTV surveillance.

The mansion additionally features a five-car garage and an elevator, and also a detached guest house.

The funnyman also had a Mediterranean-style mansion just down the street.

Kevin had bought this mansion back in 2012 for $18.5 million in Delray Beach, Florida.

Similarly, he paid $4.25 million for the next-door empty lot to create a massive compound a year later.

The mansion featured an old-world vibe with dark woods and formal spaces.

Later in 2016, Kevin listed the nearly 3-acre property for $29 million. The total tax of the whole property was about $500,000 annually.

Kevin sold this mansion in 2016 for $26.38 million and received a hefty return on his four-year investment.

Charity

Not much information about the charity and donations are available, but we surely know that Kevin supports about three charitable organizations and supports six causes.

Kevin James has been actively involved in charitable organizations such as Autism Speaks, Make Wish foundations, and Children Affected by AIDS.

Similarly, Kevin supports causes such as Health, Mental Challenges, Cancer, Children, and many more.

Likewise, Kevin James has been a part of numerous fundraisers, including for clean drinking water.

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Movies and Television Shows

According to IMDB, Kevin James has 46 credits as an actor, including his big screen and television series appearances.

He is one of the versatile actors in the industry.

Similarly, he has 10 credits as a producer and nine credits as a writer.

He has laid his hands and tried everything from acting, producing, and even writing.

Movies

Kevin is best known for his roles in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Her Comes the Boom and Hubie Halloween.

He first made a cameo appearance in 2004, 50 First Date starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.

Similarly, he made a debut as a lead in the 2005 romantic comedy Hitch alongside Will Smith and Eva Medes.

Likewise, he co-starred with his colleague from Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano in the comedy movie Grilled in 2006.

The same year he also voiced in the animated films Barnyard and Monster House.

Apart from that, Kevin also co-starred with superstar Adam Sandler in comedy movies such as You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, and Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

Movie
Kevin in a Movie

Paul Blart: Mall Cop was a huge blockbuster and grossed over 183.3 million despite overwhelmingly negative reviews. Well, I mean, it was Adam Sandler’s movie which is known to be review proof.

Furthermore, Kevin also made an appearance in Grown Ups with several Saturday Night Live alumni, which proved to be a huge hit at the box office.

Moreover, Kevin appeared as a lead with Vince Vaughn in comedy-drama The Dilemma in 2011 and later in Zookeeper with Rosario Dawson. In fact, Kevin wrote the Zookeeper himself and produced it too.

Besides that, in 2012, Kevin appeared in the lead in the mixed martial arts comedy film Here Comes The Boom.

Some other films of Kevin James include Pixels, True Memoirs of an International Assassin, which were directed by Jeff Wadlow and released by Netflix in 2016.

Also, Kevin co-starred opposite Adam Sandler in another Netflix film Sandy Wexler in 2017.

Biggest Hits of Kevin James

So what are the top five hits of one of the most talented actors in Hollywood?

Year Movie Title Genre Box Office
2005 Hitch Romantic Comedy $177.6 million
2010 Grown Ups Comedic & Proactive $162 million
2012 Hotel Transylvania Comedy Fantasy $143.7 million
2011 The Zookeeper Romance Comedy $80.4 million
2011 Dilemma $48.4 million Comedy-Drama

Television Shows

Kevin’s first television job was in 1991 on The New Candid Camera.

Similarly, Kevin hosted Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards on 27th March 2010 and was also a nominee into the Arm Fart Hall of Fames of the next year’s show as Kevin “Not Quite As Good As me. However, Kevin lost the award to Josh Duhamel.

Similarly, Kevin also starred in the sitcom Kevin Can Wait. The show premiered on September 19th, 2016.

It renewed for the second season but got canceled at the season’s end.

Kevin has released a new Netflix Show called The Crew as of 2021.

Apart from that, Kevin has a new project in the pipeline.

Reportedly, Kevin James is currently working on a CBS project which has been announced but yet to be titled, and his upcoming movie Home Team is currently filming but has not announced the release date.

Career

Kevin James has been married to actress Steffiana de la Cruz. They were married in California on June 19, 2004.

They first met in 2001 on a blind date. Together they have four beautiful children.

Kevin made his debut as a standup comedian in 1989 at the East Side Comedy Club located at Long Island.

2021
Kevin James 2021

His manager was Richie Minervini.

As popularity grew, he made an appearance in numerous talk shows and tonight shows, including “Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” “Late Show With David Letterman,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and many more.

He also appeared in “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” “The Late Late Show,” “Live With Regis and Kathie Lee,” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

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Unknown Facts About Kevin James

  • His older brother Gary Valentine is also a comedian and actor.
  • Kevin James appeared as a musical guest in Just For Laughs.
  • Kevin James is a huge sports fan. He supports teams such as New York Knicks, New York Jets, New York Islanders, and New York Mets. He also loves UFC.

FAQs

Are Ray Ramano and Kevin James friends?

Yes, They are closest friends. They have done everything clubbing to golfing together.

What is Kevin James doing now?

Kevin has been working on his upcoming projects, and a Netflix show named The Crew.

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