Kevin James

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Interesting Biography Facts

Real name

Kevin George Knipfing


actor, comedian, writer

Birth Date

April 26, 1965


56 years

Zodiac Sign



Mineola, New York, United States


Ward Melville High School, State University of New York at Cortland



Kevin James family members

Father's Name

Joseph Valentine Knipfing Jr

Mother's Name

Janet Knipfing

Siblings names

Gary Valentine (older brother), Leslie Knipfing (sister)

Is Kevin James a gay/bisexual?


What is Kevin James marital status?


Who is Kevin James wife?

Steffiana de la Cruz

When did get married?

June 19, 2004

How many children does he have?

4 (son Kannon Valentine and daughters Shea Joelle, Sienna-Marie, Sistine Sabella)

Kevin James wife

Steffiana De La Cruz (wife)

Steffiana De La Cruz wife Kevin James


Date of birth: August 28, 1974

Kevin James has been married to one and the same woman since 2004, which is quite a rare thing for a Hollywood star. He met Steffiana De La Cruz (birth name – Stephanie Anna Marie Zantua) through a blind date, arranged by his home decorator. They were just friends at first and started dating in 2002. After two years of absolute love, they got married legally.

Steffiana and Kevin exchanged the vows on June 19, 2004. The incredibly beautiful wedding ceremony took place in St. Edward Catholic Church. The lovebirds invited 180 guests to share the sweet moment with them. Many celebrities were present at the ceremony, including the actor Ray Romano.

Kevin’s wife is a model and an actress. She has acted in the series “Kevin Can Wait” and in the films “Stealing Harvard”, “Zookeeper” etc.

Kevin and she parented four kids together.

Kevin James kids

Sienna-Marie James (daughter)

Date of birth: September 30, 2005

Sienna-Marie James is the first child, born in the family of the actors Kevin James and Steffiana De La Cruz. Her mother was 31 at the moment of her birth, while her father was 40. The happy parents don’t like to post the girl’s pictures on social media, but they happily show her in various screen projects, where her father (and sometimes her mother, too) are busy.

Sienna has already starred in “Pixels”, where the title role was played by the Hollywood star Adam Sandler, who acted opposite her father in “Kevin Can Wait” and in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”.

In her everyday life, Sienna is a school pupil and a kickboxing enthusiast.

Shea Joelle James (daughter)

Date of birth: June 14, 2007

Shea Joelle is the second oldest daughter of the talented comedian Kevin James. He shared the girl’s photos for the first time when she was just 4 weeks old. Then Kevin guested in the morning show “Live with Regis and Kelly Friday”. At the show set, he confessed, that the girl’s mother nicknamed her daughter “Shea Stadium”.

Like her older sister, the girl acted in some films and TV series opposite her famous father. The latest of them is the comedy series “Kevin Can Wait”.

Kannon Valentine James (son)

Date of birth: April 24, 2011

Kannon is the only son of Kevin and his wife Steffiana. He entered this world in one of Boston clinics on Easter Sunday in 2011. The boy is a primary school pupil as of 2020. He went into the limelight just once, when he attended Disney California Adventure Park, located in Anaheim, with his father and was pictured by local photographers there.

Sistine Sabella James (daughter)

Date of birth: January 2015

Sistine is the latest addition to the happy family of the comedian Kevin James and his beautiful wife Steffiana De La Cruz.

Kevin introduced his little girl on “Live! With Kelly And Michael” show, showing two of her pictures. On the second of them, Sistine was making “Robert de Niro face expression”, which proves that she inherited her father’s acting talent.

Kevin tells, that his kids, including little Sistine, often travel with him. The sweet girl is a perfect little traveler.

Who are Kevin James parents?

Joseph Valentine Knipfing Jr. (father)

Date of birth: August 4, 1930

Date of death: January 30, 2006

Kevin James was blessed with a great father, whom he lost in 2006. Mr. Joseph Valentine Knipfing Jr. passed away at the age of 75 after a long battle with a heart disorder.

Joseph spent a wonderful life. He was born in Westbury, NY in the family of Joseph and Helen Knipfing, Sr. He had two brothers, George and Vincent. He created a great family of his own with his wife Janet. They parented three talented kids, two of which, James and his older brother Joseph Valentine, are busy in comedy.

Mr. Knipfing worked as an insurance specialist for 30 years. He worked for various companies and was a member of several reputable societies, such as “Agents Insurance Council”, “Holy Name Society” and some others. He used to serve as a president at St. James Chamber of Commerce.

He spent his free time with his wife and kids. He liked to travel, to play golf, to watch TV shows and to search on the Internet.

Kevin till now misses his father. Joseph played a key role in his life.

Janet Knipfing (mother)

Date of birth: December 12, 1938

Kevin’s mother Janet B. Knipfing used to serve as a chiropractor’s office worker. She spent the major part of her life taking care of her husband and three children. She had been married to Joseph Valentine Knipfing for 45 years till his death in 2006.

The woman resides in Manhasset, NY as of now.

Kevin James siblings

Gary Valentine (older brother)

Gary Valentine brother Kevin James


Date of birth: November 22, 1961

Kevin’s older brother is his colleague, a famous comedian, known as Gary Valentine. At the very beginning of his career, Kevin performed by his older brother’s side.

Born as Gary Joseph Knipfing, he spent his early years in Mineola, NY. He started to perform in New York clubs, then demonstrated his talent at Montreal Comedy Festival. After that, he made a final decision to devote his life to comedy. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career.

Kevin’s brother appeared in many famous TV shows, like “The Late Late Show”, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and others. He wrote scripts to the series “The King of Queens” and “Comedy Central Presents”. Besides, Gary starred in big-screen projects, “Zookeeper” and “Here Comes the Boom”. Currently, he features on the show “Chelsea Lately”. Since 1993 he has been married to Jackyline Knipfing.

Leslie Knipfing (younger sister)

Date of birth: November 17, 1974

Kevin’s only sister is Leslie Knipfing. She is an incredibly beautiful woman, and her brother loves her so much. She was raised at Long Island, NY. The girl was born with an eye disease, called “retinitis pigmentosa”. She tried her hand as an actress and appeared on the stage by her brother’s side, but her health disorder prevented her from making a successful career in the entertainment industry. Currently, she devotes her life to charity.


Kevin James is not a typical Hollywood actor – he is corpulent, very kind and doesn’t amaze his fans with exotic tricks or scandals. Nevertheless, he proved that it is possible to become a celebrity without loud affairs, chiseled body and arrests for driving under influence. Now Kevin serves as a role model for the wide circle of his fans. He is a great comedian and a perfect family man.

His birth name is Kevin George Knipfing. He was born in a small village of Mineola, located in the eastern part of Long Island, New York, USA. He is a son of Joseph and Janet Knipfing. Kevin has a brother and a sister.

He studied at Ward Melville High School. During his school years, Kevin was very athletic and well-shaped. He was one of the best participants of the school wrestling team. He had to leave the team after a back injury. After that, the teenager started to gain weight. After school, he entered the State University of New York at Cortland. During his years there he tried his hand as a comedian for the first time. Kevin performed at Long Island night clubs. In the early 1990s, he debuted on TV.

During many years Kevin joined participation in small TV shows with performing at night clubs. Once he crossed the ways with another talented comedian Ray Romano. They made friends and soon got an opportunity to work together, too. Ray played the main part in the series “Everybody Loves Raymond”, while Kevin was making occasional appearances there.

Soon Kevin got the title role, too. He portrayed Doug Heffernan in “The King of Queens”, and till now the critics consider this role as the most successful in Kevin’s biography. He looked really fun on the screen, and while watching at him many people boasted with laughter.

Kevin’s resume includes big-screen projects, too. One of his brightest works was by Will Smith’s side in the comedy “Hitch”. His hero fell in love with the rich beautiful woman, depicted by Amber Valletta. The other bright movie star, who graced in “Hitch”, was Eva Mendes.

Interesting and fun facts

  1. In 2006 Kevin got an Emmy nomination for his play in “The King of Queens”.
  2. Except for Ray Romano, Kevin has amicable relationships with the comedy star Adam Sandler. Both met at the set of the comedies “50 First Dates” and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry”.
  3. He left university in the middle 1980s. Before he became successful as an actor, Kevin tried several odd jobs, such as home painter, gym coach and street seller.
  4. He was nominated for Golden Raspberry five times.
  5. His height is 5 ft 6 in and his weight is 209 pounds.
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