Born on 26th April 1965, Kevin James is an American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known for portraying the role in CBS sitcom The King of Queens as Doug Heffernan.
For his awesome role as Doug Heffernan, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2006.
Story of Losing Weight
In public, James has always been known as a large man with his large personality. But he was not always like this.
During his High School days, his weight was only around 150 pounds and he had the inspiration to become a professional athlete. Unfortunately, his several injuries made him decide to look for a different career option.
Throughout his most popular series The King of Queens, that lasted for a decade, James’s body started showing notable changes in size. During the series, he had reached around 300 pounds and then slightly slimmed down.
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How kevin James Lost His weight
James’s weight loss journey is very interesting. When he was asked about How he lost his weight, James shared all the tips and secrets with everyone. James said that “I used to eat a low carb diet and had started running. There was a time when James was running around six miles a day”.
Weight Loss Journey
His journey of Weight Loss is full of ups and downs. Having a low-carb diet and running every day helped him to lose around 50 pounds.
But unfortunately, James started his very poor eating habit again and gained the lost weight back in just a few years.
After regaining all the pounds he had lost, he ended up getting to over 300 pounds (that he had before).
In a conversation, Kevin said that “I got on the scale and it read 290 pounds. Not good, not good at all”.
He decided to go back on his weight loss journey after realizing how high his weight had gotten. After going back to his weight loss journey, James dropped over 40 pounds in the next few months.
Dropping 40 pounds motivated him a lot and his next film Here Comes the Boom was like a blessing for him.
In that film, he played the role of a teacher who tries his hand at mixed martial arts, and training for this role dropped 80 pounds from his weight.
The very next year, James was spotted again with a noticeable weight gain and it looked like he had started his poor eating habit once again.
According to some sources, he had gotten back his weight of 300 pounds for the second time in a few years.
In 2016, 55 years old James played another in the sitcom Kevin Can Wait. His appearance was clearly showing that he has lost a significant amount of his weight for this series.
He has estimated lost around 30 to 40 pounds till the premiere of Kevin Can Wait.
Before and After
After losing and gaining weight two times in his weight loss journey, 55 years old Kevin’s current weight is 235 pounds.
He started his career with 150 pounds during his high school and reached the mark of 300 pounds after his biggest break The King of Queens.
Kevin made the decision to be healthier for his wife Steffiana de la Cruz and his three children.
As an actor, Kevin has struggled a lot to manage his weight in the last couple of years. However, His overweight and funny character were always loved by his fans.
No matter how big is his size and how heavy is his weight, Kevin is one of those people who doesn’t mind cracking jokes on his weight and size.
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Kevin started out his career as a stand-up comedian in 1989 and made his first debut at the East Side Comedy Club on Long Island.
He has made numerous appearances on many talk shows like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman and etc. These talk shows gained him initial popularity.
Kelvin James made his first TV appearance on The New Candid Camera in 1991. From 1994 to 1996, James worked on TV as an announcer for the MTV sports game show SandBlast.
He has hosted Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards on 27th March 2010. James has also starred in the sitcom Kevin Can Wait.
James started starring in films in 2005 with his debut romantic comedy movie Hitch. Kevin James has co-starred in comedy films: I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007), You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (2008), and Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) with Adam Sandler.
How Much Kevin James Worth?
Actor Kevin James is worth around $100 million as of 2020. Kevin became a household name after his role of Doug Heffernan on the CBS sitcom “The King of Queens”. He was getting paid $300,000 per episode for the middle season of “The King of Queens”. For the final season, Kevin was making $400,000 per episode.
He has also owned some percentage of this sitcom and was an Executive Producer of this show and made around $50 million on syndication deals to date.
Apart from his acting career, Kevin James also remains in conversation for his weight loss journey.