Kevin James performs onstage at the "Rx Laughter" fundraiser in Westwood, Calif., on Dec. 6, 2003. James was a standup comedian before making his way to television, doing shows on his own and with brother Gary Valentine's improv group.
Ray Romano, left, and Kevin James pose at the premiere of "Welcome To Mooseport" at the Village Theater in Los Angeles on Feb. 24, 2004. The two friends have made guest appearances on each other's television shows -- Romano's Ray Barone made a cameo on "The King Of Queens," and James' Doug Heffernan has appeared on "Everybody Loves Raymond."
Kevin James and Leah Remini speak during the "Salvation Army/Disney Thanksgiving Eve Dinner" in Los Angeles on Nov. 24, 2004. Remini plays James' wife, Carrie, on "The King Of Queens."
Left to right, actors Amber Valletta, Kevin James, Will Smith and Eva Mendes attend the world premiere of their film, "Hitch," on New York's Ellis Island on Feb. 3, 2006. In "Hitch," James plays a schlub who gets help from Smith's date doctor.
Kevin James and his wife, Steffiana De La Cruz, attend the premiere of "Hitch" at the Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin on Feb. 18, 2005. The couple married in June 2004 and had their first child, a daughter named Sienna-Marie, in September 2005.
Kevin James sits courtside at an NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Dec. 20, 2005. James is an avid sports fan who played football in college and was on the high school wresting team with professional wrestler Mick "Mankind" Foley, another Ward Melville High School alumnus.
Kevin James shows he has other skills besides comedy as he and hip-hop artist Eve present the Favorite Athlete award onstage at the 19th Annual Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards in Westwood, Calif., on April 1, 2006.
Kevin James attends the premiere of the Sony Pictures film "Monster House" in Westwood, Calif., on July 17, 2006. James is up for an Emmy this year for his portrayal of Doug Heffernan on "The King of Queens."