Kevin James

by follers on October 5, 2012

Birth Name: Kevin George Knipfing

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

Date of Birth: April 26, 1965

Ethnicity: German

Kevin James is an American comedian, actor, writer, and producer.

Kevin was born Kevin George Knipfing, the son of Janet and Joseph Valentine Knipfing, Jr. His father was of German ancestry. It is unclear if Kevin’s mother is also of German descent. Kevin is married to actress Steffiana de la Cruz, who is of Filipino descent. Kevin is Catholic.

Kevin’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Valentine Knipfing (the son of Michael John Knipfing and Anna Marie Leist). 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). 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.

Sources: Genealogy of Kevin James (focusing on his father’s side) – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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

Genealogy of Kevin’s paternal grandfather, Joseph Valentine Knipfing (through Joseph’s brother, Robert Louis Knipfing) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Kevin’s paternal grandmother, Helen Josephine Wolf, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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athelya January 6, 2016 at 12:09 pm

The only reason he doesn’t look typically german is because he’s stocky and fat.. let’s face it.

neiltennant January 6, 2016 at 9:47 am

its is nearly impossible that he has only german roots

please people we know yet that his father was german

but what is with his mother ?

Please people some of you were so offensive to me and even my friends thought i would be crazy because some day years ago

i said that BRANDON URIE from panic at the disco looks like he would have something ASIAN

they laughed at me and showed me wikipedia where at that time the background was not mentioned

the same thing with half hispanic BRANDON BOYD of incubus

therefore people please keep calm and just wait someday we will see here

KEVIN JAMES

german, irish german, italian, irish, english

or something

pookerella January 5, 2016 at 3:53 pm

I believe his mother is Italian or Albanian.

musicfangirl January 1, 2016 at 12:38 pm

I would have thought he was Celtic

Dildo (SE) September 7, 2015 at 3:58 am
pookerella January 5, 2016 at 3:54 pm

No, definitely not.

A user August 1, 2015 at 5:07 pm

“no my dear he does not look german thats a fact”

A fact? Wth does that mean? How can the look of an entire nation be called a fact?

“germans can be different but he would be a foreigner if he vsists germany”

He would be a foreigner because he’s American. If you mean he would look foreign then you need to explain to me why.

cwm85 August 1, 2015 at 4:09 pm

I always thought he was Irish or something. Idk why. But he’s German. Not typical German looking but ok.

JoshG October 25, 2015 at 12:33 pm

How exactly do irish people look? How exactly do german people look? It’s like saying someone looks more spanish then portuguese. LOL

neiltennant May 20, 2015 at 4:50 am

its obviously that his mother was not of german descent
americans are a mixture of several european countries

Some cannot find a guy like him in germany or better said its not so obvious

A user July 18, 2015 at 5:37 am

Why is it obvious again, because he doesn’t look german?

neiltennant August 1, 2015 at 2:42 pm

no my dear he does not look german thats a fact

germans can be different but he would be a foreigner if he vsists germany

A user August 2, 2015 at 8:41 am

“no my dear he does not look german thats a fact”

A fact? Wth does that mean? How can the look of an entire nation be called a fact?

“germans can be different but he would be a foreigner if he vsists germany”

He would be a foreigner because he’s American. If you mean he would look foreign then you need to explain to me why.

neiltennant August 2, 2015 at 10:52 am

I said he does not look german. I do live in germany and i know how most germans look

american ? are you kidding ? American is not a race or something and according to this site he has only german roots

and please look at his brother GARY VALENTINE he doesn’t look german too

there must be something else like british or italian or other european descent

what would not be a surprise for an american

A user August 2, 2015 at 10:57 am

I didn’t say american was a race, you said he would be a foreigner and i said of course because he would because he’s from america. Foreign is about where your from not what your ethnicity is.

“there must be something else like british or italian or other european descent”

A. You’d have to prove that
B. Why? You still haven’t explained what about him means he cannot be german.

neiltennant August 2, 2015 at 11:10 am

are you from the us ? that would explain why you don’t understand what i wrote

he would be seen as foreigner because of his appearance not because of his passport :-))

did you ever seen sociological studies or numbers about ethnicity and races in the us ??

Then you would understand, that most americans are not of homogenic ethnic groups but have more ethnic backgrounds

even the muslim population in the us shows that inter-racial marriages are common for example between muslims of yugoslawian and sudanese descent or between turkish and lebanse etc.

Do you get it ?

therefore it is uncommon that kevin james has only german roots

i have only seen one celeb here ANNA SCHLUMSKY who should have only one ethnic background and everybody wondered how it can be possible in the melting pot usa

A user August 2, 2015 at 3:20 pm

Foreign:of, relating to, or derived from another country or nation; not native.

He’s American and thus would be a foreigner in Germany. If you mean he would appear foreign then you should have stated that.

“are you from the us ? that would explain why you don’t understand what i wrote”

What’s that supposed to mean?

“therefore it is uncommon that kevin james has only german roots”

I assume you mean unlikely. You didn’t just say, however, that its unlikely that he’s only german, you said “there must be something else like british or italian or other european descent” AND I WANT TO KNOW EXACTLY WHY THAT IS? WHY CANT HE BE FULLY GERMAN? ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS.

athelya January 6, 2016 at 12:12 pm

what makes him so non-german looking huh? please, enlighten me.

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