Gary Valentine

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Gary Valentine
Birth name Garold Joseph Knipfing
Born (1961-11-22) November 22, 1961 (age 52)
Mineola, New York, U.S.
Years active 1993–present
Spouse Jackyline Knipfing

Gary Joseph Knipfing (born November 22, 1961), better known by his stage name Gary Valentine, is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is the older brother of actor Kevin James.

Personal life[edit]

Valentine was born Garold Joseph Knipfing in Mineola, New York[1][2] to Janet, who had worked in a chiropractor's office, and Joseph Valentine Knipfing, Jr., who owned an insurance agency.[2][3] He is of German descent.[4] Valentine has two siblings: Kevin George Knipfing, known as Kevin James, an actor, and Leslie Knipfing.[5]

Career[edit]

Valentine got his start in show business on the stand up comedy stage. After an appearance at the Montreal Comedy Festival, he left his native New York for heavier traffic in Los Angeles. There, he quickly landed spots on various talk shows including The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He has been headlining comedy clubs and theaters for the past fifteen years.

He is best known for his role as Danny Heffernan on The King of Queens, playing the cousin of principal character Doug Heffernan for nine seasons. Elsewhere on the small screen, he notably appeared on the television show Men of a Certain Age, which was written and directed by Ray Romano, and met with critical acclaim. Prior to his run on the series, he starred in his own half-hour special on Comedy Central along with hosting The X Show on FX.

On the big screen, Valentine has appeared in Stuck on You and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. He also had a cameo in Jerry Seinfeld's documentary, Comedian. More recently, he makes occasional appearances as a round table comedian on the popular E! Network late-night talk show Chelsea Lately, and also takes part in the Dusty Peacock web series on Crackle.

Valentine performs comedy tours in clubs across the country. He's been a frequent guest comedian on shows such as Comics Unleashed and the E!'s show Chelsea Lately.[6] He appeared in Paul Blart Mall Cop and in the comedy web series Dusty Peacock on Crackle.[7] Valentine also appeared as George Bannister in the movies The Dog Who Saved Christmas (2009), The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation (2010) and The Dog Who Saved Halloween (2011). He also played "Maury" in the 2009 comedy The Deported. He co-hosted The X Show. Most recently, Valentine was executive producer of an upcoming new TV series, The Bachelor Chronicles.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Velocity Rules Stunner Short film
2003 Stuck on You Wes
2007 Alive N' Kickin' Gary TV film
2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Karl Eisendorf
2009 Paul Blart: Mall Cop Karaoke Machine
2009 The Deported Maury
2009 The Dog Who Saved Christmas George Bannister TV film
2010 Hosed Smitty Short film
2010 The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation George Bannister TV film
2011 Zookeeper Pizza Guy
2011 Poolboy: Drowning Out the Fury Officer Murdock
2011 The Dog Who Saved Halloween George Bannister Direct-to-home-video
2011 Jack and Jill Dallas
2012 Wrong EMT
2012 Here Comes the Boom Eric Voss
2012 The Dog Who Saved the Holidays George Bannister Direct-to-home-video
2015 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1999–2007 The King of Queens Danny Heffernan 81 episodes[8]
2011 Men of a Certain Age Gambler at Craps Table "Let the Sunshine In" (season 2: episode 6)
2014 Fargo Deputy Knudsen 5 episodes

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