Kevin James

Birth Name: Kevin George Knipfing

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

Date of Birth: April 26, 1965

Ethnicity:
*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.

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

Genealogy of likely Kevin’s maternal grandfather, George Lee Klein (focusing on his own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Likely Kevin’s maternal grandfather, George Lee Klein, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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

Genealogy of likely Kevin’s maternal great-grandmother, Edith H./E. Silverman – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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60 Responses

  1. musicfangirl says:

    I would have thought he was Celtic

  2. A user says:

    “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.

  3. cwm85 says:

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

  4. neiltennant says:

    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 says:

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

      • neiltennant says:

        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 says:

          “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 says:

            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 says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

          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 says:

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

          • neiltennant says:

            i do live in germany

            and im not ethnic german

            and Believe me i cannot explain it but he does not look german

          • neiltennant says:

            discussion ends now

            please look !

            He has Jewish and Italian roots on maternal side

            now i want an apology from you

          • follers says:

            Indeed.

            Almost certainly, Kevin James’ mother is of three quarters Jewish and one quarter Italian descent.

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