Born Kevin Knipfing, James first planned on a career in sports, but those plans changed when he joined a community theater to alleviate a bad case of the summertime blues. He never looked back. After over a dozen years on the standup circuit, he got his big break when he as cast in a recurring role on the popular Everybody Loves Raymond, which launched into his own series. King of Queens ran for nine seasons and earned its star an Emmy. Hit movies such as Chuck and Larry and Paul Blart: Mall Cop followed as James successfully shifted his career from the small to the big screen.