Kevin James

James in 2010, image via actionsports/

Birth Name: Kevin George Knipfing

Place of Birth: Mineola, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 26, 1965

*German (father)
*likely at least partially Jewish (mother)

Kevin James is an American comedian, actor, writer, and producer. His brother is actor, comedian, and writer Gary Valentine.

Kevin was born Kevin George Knipfing, the son of Janet and Joseph Valentine Knipfing, Jr. Kevin is married to actress Steffiana de la Cruz, who is of Filipino descent. The couple has four children.

His father was of German ancestry. His mother appears to be of at least half Jewish ancestry, possibly more.

Kevin practices Catholicism. He has said:

I’m Catholic Christian. My father always took us to church and we went as a family. I knew, at times in my life, where I would not fall away completely out of the faith, but just not be as faithful and not learn as much. Later on in life, I just started coming back to it more and more. And I’m continuing to learn more and more each day and trying to be the person that God wants me to be.

Kevin’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Valentine Knipfing (the son of Michael John Knipfing and Anna Marie Leist). Joseph was born in New York. Michael was born in Germany, the son of Michael John Knuepfing/Knipfing and Regina Eva Himmelman Hilpert. Anna Marie was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of German parents, Johanne August Leist, from Alsace-Lorraine, and Mary Anna Madlinger, from Baden.

Kevin’s paternal grandmother was Helen Josephine Wolf (the daughter of William Wolf, Jr. and Anna Marie/Mary Eckert). Helen was born in New York. William was born in New York, of German descent, the son of William Wolf and Catherina Ruppert. Anna Marie was born in New York, the daughter of German parents, George Eckert and Kunigunda Meyer/Leyer.

Kevin’s maternal grandfather likely was George Lee Klein (the son of Samuel M. Klein and Edith H./E. Silverman). George was born in New York, and was Jewish. Samuel was born in New York, the son of Hungarian Jewish parents, David Klein and Lena Steiner. Edith was born in New York, to Polish Jewish/Russian Jewish parents, Harry N. Silverman and Sarah Apt, who was from Wloclawek.

James with wife Steffiana de la Cruz in 2011, s_bukley /

Sources: Genealogy of Kevin James (focusing on his father’s side) –

Kevin’s paternal grandparents, Joseph Valentine Knipfing and Helen Josephine Wolf, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Kevin’s paternal grandfather, Joseph Valentine Knipfing (through Joseph’s brother, Robert Louis Knipfing) –

Kevin’s paternal grandmother, Helen Josephine Wolf, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of likely Kevin’s maternal grandfather, George Lee Klein (focusing on his own mother’s side) –

Likely Kevin’s maternal grandfather, George Lee Klein, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of likely Kevin’s maternal great-grandparents, Samuel M. Klein and Edith H./E. Silverman –

Genealogy of likely Kevin’s maternal great-grandmother, Edith H./E. Silverman –

60 Responses

  1. neiltennant says:

    he looks also like JOSHUA MALINA from big bang theory who is also Jewish

  2. neiltennant says:

    it is confirmed that his mother is Jewish

    however he does practice Catholicism

  3. neiltennant says:

    again i succeed and was right

    he is not just german but has also jewish descent


  4. neiltennant says:

    we will never forget how he suffered under ARTHUR SPOONER =JERRY STILLER haha

  5. neiltennant says:


    the main cast of KING OF QUEENS was 100 percent Jewish

    LEAH REMINI (half Jewish, half Italian)
    JERRY STILLER (100 percent Jewish)
    KEVIN JAMES (half Jewish)

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