Birth Name: Kevin George Knipfing
Place of Birth: Mineola, New York
Date of Birth: April 26, 1965
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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