James made a complete transition from television star to movie star this year as "The King of Queens" ended after more than 200 episodes, just before the summer release of his film "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry." The pic, which also starred Adam Sandler, took in $180 million globally -- with very little help from critics.
Now James is in demand for future projects and is co-writing, producing and getting ready to star in "Mall Cop," about a mild-mannered security guard who is thrust into action when his mall is taken over by a band of thieves.
Point of view
"It's simple with him -- offscreen, Kevin is genuinely funny," says "Chuck and Larry" helmer Dennis Dugan. "He is sweet and friendly. He's approachable. He's a guy. And when he walks in front of the camera, he takes those qualities with him."