7 Interesting Facts About Leslie Knipfing (Kevin James’ Sister)

Leslie Knipfing is a younger sister to the Primetime Emmy nominee, Kevin James of CBS’ Kevin Can Wait fame. You probably already love Kevin a lot but prepare to love him even more alongside his beautiful sister as you get to know her and the good work her big brother has been doing with her.

As she’s a relative of a popular figure, it is hardly a surprise that a lot of people are interested in knowing more about Leslie. If you are one of those, the following are the facts of her life that are worth knowing.

A Brief Background of Leslie

The blonde beauty was born an American citizen right inside New York City on the 17th day of November in 1974. However, not long after her birth, Leslie’s family moved to reside in another part of the New York State, precisely Stony Brook in Long Island. Thus, that is where she was raised.

We do not have details of Leslie Knipfing’s educational background but she probably attended a special kid’s school as a result of a genetic disorder (retinitis pigmentosa) she was born with, which affected the proper functioning of her sense of sight. Anyway, we are still digging for specific details regarding Leslie’s educational background including the exact schools she attended and when; whether she went to college, which college, and what course of study she pursued.

About her ancestry, information available to us reveals that Leslie has German roots and of course is of Caucasian ethnicity.

Leslie Knipfing’s adverse genetic condition certainly militated against the joy of her childhood and possibly, against the success of her education and career. Learn more facts about her below.

1. Leslie Comes From A Family Of Hollywood Stars

Leslie is the daughter to Joseph Valentine Knipfing and Janet Knipfing, who worked as a chiropractor. Her father, a native of Long Island, New York, founded and ran a successful insurance firm in the city for more than 30 years. Sadly, he passed away on the 30th of January 2006, at the age of 75 after battling for a long time with heart disease.

Leslie’s brothers, Gary Valentine and Kevin James on set image source

The beautiful lady has two elder brothers who are big shots in Hollywood. Her older brother, Gary Joseph Knipfing, known professionally as Gary Valentine, began his career in show business as a stand-up comedian but has gone ahead to add acting and writing to his portfolio.

Leslie’s direct older brother, Kevin James (born Kevin George Knipfing), is 9 years older than her. Just like Gary, he also began his Hollywood career as a standup comedian and has equally achieved considerable fame doing his thing. Together the two brothers had a beautiful collaboration in CBS’ sitcom, The King of Queens which aired between September 1998 to May 2007.

2. She Turned Her Lemons Into A Tastey Glass Of Lemonade

As a matter of fact, that’s why we are here talking about her. As already mentioned, Leslie was born with a major genetic ailment that affected her education, life, and aspirations negatively. Judging by her brother’s involvement in show business, it is easy to tell that entertainment runs in the family from their own generation, at least. And, actually, Leslie Knipfing desired and tried to be an actress but she failed as a result of her poor sight. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, she decided to use the opportunity to run a campaign and create awareness about the condition she suffers from and to encourage others like her to lead a positive lifestyle.

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3. Leslie Knipfing Co-Manages Her Family’s Charitable Foundation

Leslie’s family is a philanthropic one, moving some of their giving via their family foundation known as the JVK Foundation, a low-profile organization established in Los Angeles, California in the year 2006. The foundation lists three trustees and besides Kevin James, Leslie, and their mother Janet also have controlling powers over the non-profit foundation. In the recent past, the foundation gave away about $232,000.

Being individuals with different interests, each of the family members are more focused on some specific areas. As a result of Leslie’s eye disease, she has not only advocated to get people to know more about retinitis pigmentosa but alongside her brother, Kevin, she has also supported New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical School, and the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

Leslie Knipfing charity
Leslie Knipfing inspires her friends: Image source

4. What Is Leslie Knipfing’s Net Worth?

By working officially together with Kevin and her mom in their JVK Foundation charitable events, Leslie Knipfing has not only fulfilled a spiritual yearning as earlier mentioned but has also achieved a certain level of popularity among the people she reaches out to. Being a non-profit organization, it is assumed that Leslie does not earn from the foundation. It is also unknown whether she has any personal source of income and as a result, her net worth is not known.

5. Miss Knipfing Believes In God

Leslie Knipfing comes from a Catholic Christian family. Not only are they Christians but they are ardent ones. Speaking in an interview with CBN, Leslie’s brother Kevin revealed that their father always took them to church and they would always go as a family. Also in the same interview, he revealed the faith background to his charitable endeavors with Leslie, saying it had to do with their faith as Christians.

Consequently, the family has supported various churches and Christian groups some of which are Ramona Friends Church, St. Therese Catholic Church, and St. Peter and Paul Parish.

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6. How Tall Is Leslie?

Leslie Knipfing is someone many people would consider beautiful. With her height of 5 feet 8 inches (172 cm), her flowing blonde hair, and her meek and kind attitude, Leslie is an example of someone who’s beautiful both within and without.

7. Leslie Knipfing’s Relationship Status Is A Mystery

Although her brothers are very popular figures in the entertainment industry and often in the media, Leslie is living the opposite kind of life. She keeps a very low profile and is not on any social media platform, probably because of her sight. Even her brother has done a good job of keeping her away from the media. Thus, there is no way to know whether or not she is dating or married.

Chinedu Nweke
A graduate of Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome, Italy, Chinedu Desmond Nweke is a computer teacher, writer and a humanist.


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