His name is actually Garold Joseph Knipfing, but he is popularly known under the stage name Gary Valentine. Gary is one of Hollywood’s notoriously amazing and witty actors, a writer and comedian in equal measure. He was brought into the spotlight when he played the lead role in the 9-season sitcom The King of Queens, which aired on CBS.
Although of German-Jewish origin, the talented actor was born on November 22, 1961, in the town of Mineola, New York City in the United States of America, as the son of his father Joseph Valentine Knipfing (Jr.), owner of an insurance agency, and his mother Janet Knipfing, who once worked as a chiropractor.
Gary first started out as a stand-up comedian and fortunately, he caught the attention of many at the Montreal Comedy Festival, which led to several other shows on different levels and in different cities, as he was featured on talk shows such as The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and from time to time on the Late Night talk show of E! Network, Chelsea Lately.
He came to Hollywood in 1993 and left New York City for Los Angeles, where he believed that his talents could be put to better use and possibly find better opportunities, and luckily this worked for him as he appeared in many TV shows and movies, such as The Dog that Saved Christmas (2009), The Dog that Saved Christmas Holidays (2010), The Dog that Saved Halloween (2011).
He has appeared as Stunner in Velocity Rules (2001), Maury in Deported – a comedy (2009), Karl Eisendorf in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007), Pizza Guy in Zookeeper (2001), Dallas in Jack and Jill (2011), Saul Gundermutt in Paul Blirt: Mall Cop 2 (2015). He is the executive producer of a television series, The Bachelor Chronicles. Gary is also hosting a comedy tour in clubs in various cities throughout the United States.
Gary Valentine’s Net Worth
Gary’s wit on the big screen in Hollywood has obviously earned him unprecedented awards on various levels of American entertainment and media platforms. In his late 50s, Gary’s net worth is estimated at over $2.5 million.
He is married to Jackyline Valentine since 1993. Although the couple currently has no children of their own, they seem to be really happy together, as they are seen hand in hand at several public events.
Gary never misses uploading on his social media sites his happy moments with Jackyline in a quiet and luxurious environment. The couple has two dogs. Unlike many celebrity marriages, hers is not lined with scandals, stories of infidelity, or divorce rumors.
His Relationship With Kevin James
Kevin James is a younger brother of Gary Valentine. Like his brother Gary, Kevin is equally a Hollywood actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer.
Kevin James, whose birth name is Kevin George Knipfing, was born on April 26, 1965, in the same town of Mineola New York City where Gary and her only sister Lelie Knipfing were born. Lelie is employed by Kevin, who attended the State University of New York in Cortland with his friend Mickey Foley (famous WWE champion).
Kevin started his career as a stand-up comedian in 1989 and ventured into some talk shows he did as a brother, like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, he also appeared on the popular The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
He also traveled to Los Angeles, where he became good friends with Ray Romano and starred in several episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond, a sitcom on CBS that was based on Romano’s artistic work. He produced Dusty Peacock in which his brother Gary also played the leading role.
Kevin received several awards including the 2007 Golden Raspberry Award as The Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Screen Couple(A) in the movie I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, the People’s Choice Awards as a favorite actor in a new TV series in 2017 for the movie Kevin Can Wait, the Prime Emmy Awards as an outstanding leading actor in a comedy series in 2006 in the movie, the episode The King of Queens on the Pole Lox.
Kevin is a devout Catholic, has four children with his wife Steffiana de la Cruz, an actress.
How Tall Is Gary Valentine?
Gary Valentine is plump and seems actively younger than his age, he measures a height of 1.72 meters, that is about 5′ 8″ inches tall. He enjoys playing baseball, and equally has interest in the game of golf.