How much is Kevin James worth?
|Net Worth:||$100 Million|
|Date of Birth:||April 26, 1965|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Kevin James
Kevin George Knipfing also known by his stage name Kevin James as born in 1965. He is famous as an American actor, screenwriter, comedian and producer. He is one of the few actors who have not only successfully transitioned from TV to film, but was also able to reach new heights when he moved from staring in a very successful sitcom to becoming a leading man in various comedy films or dramas.
Kevin James was born in a middle-class New Yorker family. His mother worked as an office worker, while his father was an insurance agency owner. He has two siblings, a brother, who is also an actor, and a sister. Kevin James was a good athlete in his youth. He was one of the best wrestlers in his state, but a back injury in his senior year stopped him from receiving a sports scholarship. In college, he played as a halfback for his college football team. But, another back injury would stop his sports career for good.
In 2020, we estimate Kevin James has a net worth of $100 million dollars.
How did Kevin James get so rich?
A few years after graduating from college, Kevin James discovered comedy. When he was 23 he even stared doing stand up around the New York area. During his early years, his rise to fame could be attributed to stand up guests spots at various late night TV shows. Some of his guest appearances include Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and The Late Late Show. But stand up comedy wasn’t the only thing Kevin James was interested in. He also tried to find acting jobs.
His first real role on a TV show came in 1991 with The New Candid Camera, where he played practical tricks on unsuspecting people. His first stable income in the show biz industry came in 1994 when he was hired by MTV as an announcer of the sports show SandBlast, which ran for a couple of seasons. He would move to Los Angeles towards the end of the 90s. In Los Angeles, he would befriend another comedian, Ray Romano. With a bit of help from Ray Romano, he would get guest appearances in Romano’s hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. The character Kevin James played grew in its popularity and it eventually spawned a spin-off series called The King of Queens.
The King of Queens was one of the most popular and longest-running sitcoms of its day, it ran for nine seasons totaling more the 200 episodes. It stars Kevin James as a delivery man, who is married to former Scientologist Leah Remini, who played a witty, cynical yet ambitious secretary at a law firm. But they don’t live alone, but with Carrie’s, Leah Remini’s character’s father Arthur. Arthur is prone to some bizarre behavior and is often the genesis of the plot in the series. The fact that Kevin James improved both as a comedian and as an actor while starring in the King of Queens can be attested to by the shows rise in ratings from season to season, as well as Kevin James being nominated for an Emmy in the shows eighth season.
After the show ended in 2007, Kevin James largely transitioned to movies. The only exception was his sitcom in 2015 Kevin Can Wait, but it was cancelled after two seasons. After a few cameo apprentices in smaller rom-coms as well as hitching a ride on another Ray Romano project, he finally starred as a lead in a real movie comedy. He and Adam Sandler starred in the critically unclaimed film I Pronounce you Chuck and Larry. His first proper role as a leading man in a comedy was Paul Blart: Mall Cop. The movie was hated by critics, voted for the worst film of the year on a bunch of lists, but it was an incredible success at the box office. On its first weekend alone it earned close to $40 million dollars. In total, the movie made $200 million. He is also a star of the Grown Ups movie franchise, which stars numerous comedians, including Chris Rock. The franchise is a great commercial success but gets little notice from critics.
One of the rare examples of Kevin James’ movies that the critics enjoyed was Here Comes The Boom, where Kevin James plays a teacher who enters the world of MMA to collect funds and to stop his school from closing down.
What makes him so successful?
They say that wrestlers are a different kind of human. That they are the more perseverant, determined and hopefully people out there. That is probably true when it comes to Kevin James. The drive, power and ability to push on and work hard that he leaned in the ring greatly helped him during his career. He is a talented actor and comedian who got to improve his craft and was rewarded by it. We calculate Kevin James is worth $100 million dollars in 2020.
But, there is another aspect of his success and that is finding the right connections at the right time. When he moved to Los Angeles, he met Ray Romano. It was Ray who really believed in his and helped him get spots on TV shows including his own. Later on in his career he would also be helped greatly by Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and many others when he tried to transition from TV to movies full time.
The life of Kevin James could have gone in a lot of directions. If he didn’t suffer all those back injuries, maybe he would have been a football player or an Olympic wrestler. But he started anew, every time. He was never afraid to get himself out there and try. A lot of people are happy and content to stay where they first peaked, but Kevin James wanted more and that turned him into one of the most paid comedic actors of his generation. From a star of one of the best sitcoms to a star of a movie that made more than $200 million dollars, Kevin James is still having an incredible career, a career few thought possible.