In 2009 Kevin James starred in produced and co-wrote the box office hit Paul Blart: Mall Cop. This year audiences can see James headlining the MGM feature Zookeeper which he also produced and starring in Columbia Pictures’ Grown Ups along with Adam Sandler Chris Rock David Spade and Rob Schneider; previously James and Sandler worked together on I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007).
James broke into the film world in 2005 in Columbia Pictures’ Hitch starring opposite Will Smith but his comedy career started well before that as a stand-up on the Long Island comedy scene. After being discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival he signed a network development deal to create his own sitcom.
The King of Queens which premiered in 1998 ran for nine seasons on CBS with James starring and executive producing and it garnered him an Emmy nomination in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The show concluded its run in 2007 but continues to air daily in syndication across the country and around the world.
In 2001 James brought his stand-up act to TV with Sweat the Small Stuff a one-hour special for Comedy Central. In 2005 Kevin James and Ray Romano executive produced and starred in the HBO Sports Special Making the Cut: The Road to Pebble Beach; a documentary about the Pebble Beach Pro Am Golf Tournament that was nominated for a Sports Emmy.
Aside from his on-camera work James’s voice has been featured in the animated films Barnyard (2006) for Nick Movies and Columbia Pictures’ Monster House (2006).