Kevin James is an American comedian and actor best known for his starring role as Doug Heffernan on the television sitcom The King of Queens, from 1998-2007.
He also served as one of the show's executive producers.
James made the transition into television after being discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival, where he signed a development deal to create his own show. He was also cast in a recurring role on Everybody Loves Raymond with his friend and fellow comic Ray Romano.
Also a successful standup comedian, James was inspired by comedic idols such as Robert Klein and Jerry Seinfeld. He starred in his own one-hour comedy special, Sweat the Small Stuff on Comedy Central, and he makes regular appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman.
He tours the country performing his standup act. Entertainment Weekly took note of his comedic talent, naming him one of The 100 Most Creative People in Entertainment in its 2001 "It" issue.
James starred in Hitch with Will Smith and Eva Mendes and voiced the lead character, Otis, in the Nick Movies feature The Barnyard.
He was born in Mineola, New York, and raised in Stony Brook, New York. He currently lives in Los Angeles.