Hollywood to Thompson: We'll call you

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., gained wealth in Hollywood as an actor but he may not raise much money there for his presidential campaign, a report said.

Buscemi defends 'Chuck and Larry' humor

NEW YORK, July 15 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Steve Buscemi says he was surprised to hear some members of the gay community are offended by trailers for his upcoming big-screen comedy.

Bass in sync in Broadway's 'Hairspray'

NEW YORK, July 6 (UPI) -- Former 'N Sync singer Lance Bass has not realized his goal to go into space, but he is headed for New York's Broadway, to play in the musical, "Hairspray."

Damon, others ante up for Darfur

LAS VEGAS, July 6 (UPI) -- Actor Matt Damon reprised his "Rounders" role in Las Vegas, where he, Ben Affleck and others chipped in to the Ante Up for Africa fundraising poker event.

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UPI almanac for Thursday, April 26, 2007.
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Kevin James, wife expecting second child

HOLLYWOOD, March 19 (UPI) -- "King of Queens" and Californian Kevin James and his wife, model Steffiana De La Cruz, are expecting their second child this summer, James said.

Ackroyd, Buscemi join firefighter comedy

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The cast of the Hollywood film, "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry," has expanded with the signings of Dan Ackroyd and Steve Buscemi.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, April 26, the 116th day of 2006 with 249 to follow.
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Contract talks hold up 'King of Queens'

LOS ANGELES, March 8 (UPI) -- "The King of Queens" was not part of CBS' renewal announcement this week because of a contract war with its stars, it was reported Wednesday.

Sandler and James to take on comedy roles

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Adam Sandler and Kevin James are in talks to play fake gay firefighters in a big screen comedy for Universal Pictures.

'Raymond' to visit 'King of Queens'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- "Everybody Loves Raymond" star Ray Romano is reprising his former TV role on his real-life friend's CBS series, "King of Queens."

'King of Queens' star welcomes princess

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- "King of Queens star Kevin James and his wife, Steffiana De La Cruz, have a daughter, People magazine reports.

4 indicted in S. California terror plot

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Four men in southern California have been indicted for plotting a string of terrorist attacks on U.S. military facilities and synagogues.

Alleged terror aimed at military, Israelis

SANTA ANA, Calif., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Four men were indicted Wednesday in California in an alleged plot to attack U.S. military facilities, Israeli property and Jewish synagogues.

'King of Queens' moves back to Mondays

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- The CBS comedy "The King of Queens" will premiere in September back where it started eight years ago -- as part of the Monday night lineup. Kevin James, Leah Remini and Jerry Stiller spent the last two seasons on Wednesday nights, which co-creator Michael
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Kevin James
Kevin James performs his comedy show, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Hollywod, Florida, on June 9, 2005. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)

Kevin George Knipfing (born April 26, 1965), better known as Kevin James, is an American comedian, actor, writer, and producer. He is widely known for playing Doug Heffernan on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens. He is also known for his lead roles in the comedy films I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Grown Ups, The Dilemma, and Zookeeper. He hosted the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on March 27, 2010.

James was born Kevin George Knipfing in Mineola, New York at Winthrop-University Hospital. He is the son of Janet, a homemaker who also worked in a chiropractor's office, and Joseph Valentine Knipfing, who owned an insurance agency. He has German ancestry. James has two siblings, Gary Joseph Knipfing, known as Gary Valentine, also a comedian, and Leslie Knipfing; Leslie works for James and helped raise money through charity events for retinitis pigmentosa, with which she is afflicted. James was raised in the "S-Section" of Stony Brook and graduated from Ward Melville High School in 1983, where one of his teammates on the wrestling team was (professional wrestler) Mick Foley. He was a student at, but did not graduate from, the State University of New York at Cortland, where he was a member of Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity.

James began doing stand-up comedy in 1989, making his debut at the East Side Comedy Club in Manhattan. He gained popularity through numerous appearances on various talk shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Dennis Miller Live, The Late Late Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Live with Regis and Kathy Lee. James was #89 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians. James has also done his stand-up routine on Just for Laughs, an annual comedy festival in Montreal.Later he was on commercials for Mazzio's Italian Eatery.

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