Kevin George Knipfing, known professionally as Kevin James, is an American actor, comedian, and screenwriter. In television, James played Doug Heffernan on The King of Queens from 1998 to 2007, and receieved a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series nomination for the performance in 2006. He also was nominated for a People's Choice Award in 2017 for a starring role in the CBS sitcom Kevin Can Wait (2016–2018). James has appeared in the films Hitch (2005), I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007), Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009), Grown Ups (2010), Zookeeper (2011), Here Comes the Boom (2012), and Pixels (2015). He has also done voice work for Monster House, Barnyard (both 2006), and the first three films of the Hotel Transylvania franchise (2012–2018).