Date of Birth: April 26th 1965
American comedian and actor, perhaps best known for his portrayal of lead character Doug Heffernan on the television sitcom The King of Queens and periodically on Everybody Loves Raymond. He is also known for leading roles in films including Hitch, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
James began doing stand-up comedy, gaining popularity through numerous appearances on various talk shows, including Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Dennis Miller Live, The Late Late Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Live with Regis and Kelly. James was #89 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians. James has also done his stand-up routine on Just for Laughs, an annual comedy festival in Montreal.
In 2001, James did his own stand-up special called Kevin James: Sweat the Small Stuff for Comedy Central. A friend of Ray Romano, James guest-starred on a few episodes of Romano's hit CBS sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond. These appearances led to the development of his own sitcom, The King of Queens, which ran on the same network from September 21, 1998 to May 14, 2007. James played the lead character, IPS deliveryperson Doug Heffernan, with Leah Remini as his sharp-tongued wife, Carrie, and Jerry Stiller as Carrie's father, Arthur Spooner, who lives in the Heffernans' basement. In 2006, James received his first Emmy Award nomination, as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Television Series. He has also appeared as a musical guest on Just for Laughs. In 2007, James was considered a candidate to replace Bob Barker as host of The Price Is Right (which he is a major fan of), but the job went to fellow actor-comedian Drew Carey.