Have you heard the name Kevin George Knipfing? No? Is the name Kevin James familiar? If you have heard of the latter, it follows you know of the former because Kevin James is the professional stage name for Kevin George Knipfing.

James, born on April 26, 1965 in Mineola, New York, is a actor, comedian, screenwriter, voice-over actor, and producer.

Considering how talented James is, it should come as no surprise he is #89 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians.

Kevin James (April 26, 1965-)

Even though the Mineola born actor is best known for playing Doug Heffernan on the hit CBS situation comedy “The King of Queens,” James has crafted a prominent career in the entertainment industry featuring a diverse range of characters.

Doug Heffernan, the character James played in “The King of Queens,” featured in an episode of both “Becker” and “Cosby.”

With “The King of Queens” title character being in both “Becker” and “Cosby,” all three comes are part of the same fictional universe.

James starred in productions such as “Hitch” (2005), “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” (2007), and Paul Blart: Mall Cop” (2009).

There is no denying James has established a successful career as a film and television actor. The wealth of experience James brings to the table is exemplary.

In 1989, patrons of Long Island’s the East Side Comedy Club got to see James make his stand-up comedy debut.

If there was any doubt as to James’ comedic talents, not that there should be any, the New York born actor gained significant popularity through appearances in the talk shows “The 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 Kathie Lee.”

Twelve years after James made his debut at the East Side Comedy Club, in 2001, the actor did his own stand-up special called Kevin James: Sweat the Small Stuff. He has also appeared as a musical guest on Just for Laughs.