As a stand-up comedian and actor, Kevin James built a dual career out of his own homegrown reality. With a tall, burly build and innate likeability, James planted his roots firmly in performing at a young age. Based upon his Long Island life and upbringing, James' material soon hit a familiar chord with working class viewers who stayed with his lengthy CBS series "The King of Queens" (1998-2007) for the long haul. Finding a second home onscreen in films expanded his persona into high-visibility comedies such as "Hitch" (2005) and "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" (2007), but broke through as an above-the-title star with the surprise smash "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" (2009). Enjoying his tenure at a new level of stardom, James fit right in with Adam Sandler and his "SNL" crew in the comedy "Grown Ups" (2010) and, in a reflection of his wide-ranging appeal, hosted Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards the same year. Likable and talented, James continued to make the most of his success.