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Kevin James: Earnings From Acting & Net Worth

Last updated on August 8, 2020 by

Kevin James net worth: $80 million

Kevin James is an actor, comedian, and now YouTuber. He’s also worked as a producer, show presenter, voice actor and screenwriter. He has a net worth of $80 million.

Kevin James was born George Knipfing in 1965. Better known as an actor and comedian, James has also worked as a producer, show presenter, voice actor and screenwriter.

Off-the-Screen Start

Kevin James got started in stand-up comedy long before he became a household name for his TV roles. His first appearances were in 1989 at a comedy club on Long Island and eventually on talk shows, such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

By 2001, James had was touring with his own show (Kevin James: Sweat the Small Stuff). While there’s no information available on how much money he earned from that, it’s safe to say that by that point, he was already making a decent living.

TV Career

James first appearance on TV was in 1991. Surprisingly, it wasn’t as an actor or a comedian but as a practical joker putting on skits to catch people on The New Candid Camera show. He also appeared on other TV shows as an announcer or presenter over the next few years before eventually moving to Los Angeles.

James’ first break came when he met Ray Romano and a friendship developed. This led to him guest starring in Everybody Loves Raymond and then eventually getting his own sitcom, The King of Queens. The show ran for nine seasons between 1998 and 2007 and became James’ breakout role.

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By season 5 of the show, he was earning $300,000 per episode, which grew to $400,000 per episode in the final few seasons. Because James was also an executive producer for the show, he also received backend equity for the show’s syndication. He has earned an estimated $50 million to date from syndication deals alone.

Between 2016 and 2018, James starred in the sitcom Kevin Can Wait. While there’s no information available on how much he earned per episode, it’s likely he at least earned the same as for The King of Queens almost a decade earlier.

Jump to the Big Screen

James’ first big screen role was in the Will Smith’s movie Hitch in 2005. During that time, he also had smaller roles and provided voice-overs for animated films, including Monster House and Barnyard.

mall copBut it was his movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) that proved to be the big moneymaker. Despite mostly negative reviews, the movie went on to earn $219 million from ticket and home video sales.

While there’s no public information on how much James was paid to star in the movie, he also acted as writer and producer so it’s safe to assume he walked away with good money in his pocket.

In 2010, James was paid $5 million to star in the comedy Grown Ups alongside Adam Sandler. He then received $10 million for the sequel, Grown Ups 2 in 2013.

Kevin James Net Worth

James is now worth an estimated $80 Million.