His name is actually Garold Joseph Knipfing but he is popularly known by the stage name – Gary Valentine. Gary is one of Hollywood’s famously prodigious and witty actors, a writer, and equally a comedian. He was brought to the limelight when he starred in the 9 seasons sitcom The King of Queens, which aired on CBS.
Although he has a German/Jewish origin, the talented actor was born in the town of Mineola, New York City in the United States of America on November 22, 1961, to his father Joseph Valentine Knipfing (Jr), owner of an insurance agency and his mother Janet Knipfing who once worked as a Chiropractor.
Gary first began as a stand-up comedian and he luckily caught the attention of many at the Montreal Comedy Festival which subsequently led to several other shows at various levels and cities as he is seen appearing on talk shows like The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and from time to time he was featured on the E! Network late-night talk show, Chelsea Lately.
He joined Hollywood in 1993 and left New York City to Los Angeles where he believed his talents could be put to better use and possibly find better opportunities, and fortunately, this worked out for him as he has starred in many TV shows and movies such as The Dog Who Saved Christmas (2009), The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation(2010), The Dog Who Saved Halloween (2011).
He featured as Stunner in Velocity Rules (2001), Maury in Deported—a comedy (2009), as Karl Eisendorf in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007), as Pizza Guy in Zookeeper (2001), like Dallas in Jack and Jill (2011), as Saul Gundermutt in Paul Blirt: Mall Cop 2 (2015). He is the executive producer of a TV series, The Bachelor Chronicles. Gary equally hosts comedy tours in clubs in various cities in the United States.
Gary Valentine’s Net Worth
Gary’s wittiness on the big screen of Hollywood has obviously earned him unprecedented accolades at various levels in American entertainment/media platforms. In his late 50’s, Gary’s net worth is estimated to be worth over $2.5 million.
He has been married to Jackyline Valentine since 1993. Although the couple presently doesn’t have children of their own, they seem to be really happy together as they are spotted at several public functions together hand in hand.
Gary never fails to upload on his social media pages, his happy moments with Jackyline in a serene and luxurious environment. The couple has two dogs. Unlike many celebrity marriages, theirs is not lined with scandal, tales of infidelity or rumors of divorce.
His Relationship With Kevin James
Kevin James is a younger brother to 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 their only sister, Lelie Knipfing was 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 in 1989 as a stand-up comedian venturing into some talk shows he brother did like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, he was also featured in the popular The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
He equally traveled to Los Angeles where he became good friends with Ray Romano and featured in some episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond which was a sitcom on CBS originating from Romano’s artistry. He produced Dusty Peacock which his brother Gary also starred in.
Kevin received various awards like the Golden Raspberry Award in 2007 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 the Favourite Actor in a New TV series in 2017 on the movie Kevin Can Wait, The Prime Emmy Awards as the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2006 in the movie, The King of Queens on the Pole Lox episode.
Kevin is a devout Catholic, has four kids 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, which is about 5′ 8″ inches tall. He enjoys playing baseball, and equally has an interest in the game of golf.