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King of Queens: Trivia, Fun Facts and More. For Dedicated Fans Only

John Bridges is a published author of history, and politics. His doctorate is in criminal justice. He is a fan of King of Queens

Doug Heffernan: Kevin James


King of Queens is an American situation comedy. Kevin James plays the soft-hearted yet dimwitted Doug Heffernan. The character is based on James' own stand up comedy routine. Heffernan married Carrie, a woman who is arguably out of his league, but is also a "mean girl" who enjoys when others are afraid or uncomfortable. Doug rarely directly confronts his wife, but will often find sneaky or passive aggressive ways to counteract any of her demands that he feels are unreasonable. His plans usually blow up in his face.

Kevin James is actually a stage name. The actor, producer, screenwriter's real name is Kevin George Knipfing. James' has an older brother, Gary Valentine (also a stage name) who appears on the show as his cousin Danny.

Despite his out of shape appearance on the show, James was once a promising athlete. James graduated from Ward Melville High School. While there, he reached the number one spot on the wrestling team, ahead of friend and future professional wrestler Mick Foley. James suffered a back injury which thrust Foley into first place. Both went on to study at the State University of New York where James varsity football team until another back injury permanently ended his sports hopes.

James began his comedy career in 1989 working in clubs and eventually making his way on the talk show circuit. James' first television job was in 1991 on The New Candid Camera, where he used his improvisation skills playing practical jokes on unsuspecting people.

James has had a very successful career in film. He is married actress Steffiana de la Cruz and they have four children.

James was born on Long Island, NY.

Trivia Challenge Part One

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Where does Doug work?
    • UPS
    • USPS
    • IPS
    • Fedex
  2. Doug assumes he was born in New York City until he learns as an adult that he was born where?
    • Los Angeles, California
    • Miami, Florida
    • Hoboken, New Jersey
    • Montreal, Canada
  3. What is Dougs mother's name?
    • Janet
    • Peggy
    • Rhodanna
    • Dorothy
  4. What is Doug's Father's name?
    • Jay
    • Joe
    • Jim
    • Josh
  5. What religion was Doug raised in as a child?
    • Methodist
    • Scientology
    • Catholic
    • Presbyterian
  6. What is Doug''s sisters name?
    • Susan
    • Sally
    • Suzanna
    • Stephanie
  7. Kevin James played the role of Doug Heffernan on which ther show?
    • Everybody Loves Raymond
    • Becker
    • Cosby
    • All of the above
    • None of the above
  8. Doug first met Carrie's father...
    • at Thanksgiving dinner
    • at their wedding
    • at a bus terminal
    • at a poker game
  9. What movie does Doug claim is the best movie of all time?
    • Animal House
    • Risky Business
    • Gone With the Wind
    • Toy Story
  10. What is Doug's middle name?
    • Joseph
    • Timothy
    • William
    • Steven

Answer Key

  1. IPS
  2. Montreal, Canada
  3. Janet
  4. Joe
  5. Catholic
  6. Stephanie
  7. All of the above
  8. at Thanksgiving dinner
  9. Risky Business
  10. Steven

Carrie Heffernan: Leah Remini


Leah Remini played the smart, sassy, push and somewhat mean spirited Carrie Heffernan, Doug's wife. Initially the role was offered to Megan Mullaly who turned it down to work on Will and Grace. While Remini was initially desired for the role, she was already engaged in another show and was not available until that show came to a sudden end.

Remini was baptized Roman Catholic and raised in the Catholic tradition. She became a member of the Church of Scientology at age nine when her mother joined the church. Remini left the organization in 2013 and began public criticism of the organization. She has written a book criticizing both her personal experiences with the church and Hollywood.

One of Remini's early television roles was on Who's the Boss, as Charlie Briscoe, which led to a spin-off series entitled Living Dolls, starring with Halle Berry. The show ran for 12 episodes before being canceled.

Remini has an extensive acting portfolio. She is married to Angelo Pagan and together they have one child. Pagan is best known for his role in the movie Swordfish and also appeared on five episodes of King of Queens.

Remini was born and raised in Brooklyn.

Trivia Challenge Part Two

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What was Carrie's mother's name?
    • Sophia
    • Dorothy
    • Rose
    • Blanche
  2. What is Carrie's Half-sister's name?
    • Holly
    • Sara
    • Kitty
    • Candy
  3. Carrie learns her birth name was not Carrie...what was it?
    • Simone
    • Sandra
    • Katie
    • Wanda
  4. Where did Carrie meet Doug?
    • A taco truck
    • An ice cream store
    • The lawyers office where she worked
    • A bar
  5. The night she met Doug, she was actually interested in connecting with...
    • Spence
    • Richie
    • Danny
    • Deacon
  6. Carrie was accepted at which college (but her father did not tell her)?
    • Florida State University
    • Dartmouth
    • UCLA
    • City Collge of New York
  7. Growing up, Carrie wanted to be...
    • A Dallas Cowboy's cheerleader
    • A fashion designer
    • President
    • An architect
  8. Carrie was born in...
    • Brooklyn
    • Queens
    • Long Island
    • Manhattan

Answer Key

  1. Sophia
  2. Sara
  3. Simone
  4. A bar
  5. Richie
  6. Florida State University
  7. A fashion designer
  8. Manhattan

Arthur Spooner: Jerry Stiller


Veteran comedic actor Jerry Stiller played the crotchety, scheming, not quite connected to reality, Arthur Spooner, Carrie's father. He had a long career which culminated with this role as well as the iconic role of Frank Costanza on Seinfeld. He is the father of comedians Amy Stiller and Ben Stiller, both of which appeared on King of Queens. He was married to comedian Anne Meara, who played Spence's mother on King of Queens.

Stiller was married to Anne Meara for over 60 years.The two met in an agent's office. Meara was upset about an interaction with the casting agent, so Stiller took her out for coffee and they remained together ever since. Meara was Irish Catholic and converted to Judaism before the couple's two children were born.

The character of Arthur Spooner was written and designed with Stiller in mind for the part. Stiller declined the role, twice. The pilot was already shot with another actor in the role when Stiller had a change of heart and agreed to play the role. The pilot was then reshot.

Jerry Stiller was born in Brooklyn and grew up in various New York City neighborhoods.

Trivia Challenge Part Three

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Why did Arthur need to move in with Doug and Carrie?
    • He was kicked out of nursing home for running a casino
    • He burned down his house
    • He sent all his money to a Nigerian Prince
    • It was his home, they moved in with him.
  2. What branch of the military did Arthur serve in?
    • Army
    • Navy
    • Merchant Marines
    • Coast Guard
  3. What war did Arthur fight in?
    • World War Two
    • Korea
    • Vietnam
    • He didnt fight in any war
  4. Arthur claims he lost his virginity to a woman named what?
    • Suzy Q
    • Baby Ruth
    • Almond Joy
    • Peppermint Patty
  5. Arthur met Carrie's mother while...
    • Driving a bus
    • Performing on Broadway
    • Attending the World's Fair
    • At a funeral
  6. How many times was Arthur married?
    • One
    • Two
    • Three
    • Four
  7. Arthur appeared on which game show?
    • The 10,000 Dollar Pyramid
    • Password
    • Lets Make a Deal
    • Match Game
  8. What does Arthur claim he invented?
    • The money clip
    • The moist towelette
    • The turn signal
    • The brimless baseball cap
  9. What cartoon does Arthur claim was based upon him?
    • Wally Gator
    • Yogi Bear
    • Woody Woodpecker
    • Charlie Brown
  10. What s Arthurs middle name?
    • Wallace
    • Lincoln
    • Eugene
    • Woodrow

Answer Key

  1. He burned down his house
  2. Army
  3. World War Two
  4. Peppermint Patty
  5. Performing on Broadway
  6. Four
  7. The 10,000 Dollar Pyramid
  8. The moist towelette
  9. Charlie Brown
  10. Eugene

Deacon Palmer: Victor Williams


Victor Williams played the role of Deacon Palmer, Doug's co-worker and best friend. The two often plot ways to get around Carrie's unreasonable demands. While Deacon enjoys the plotting he avoids actually being a part in acting it out. He has a healthy fear of Carrie.

As a teen, he was well above 6 feet. At the time, he had no interest in working in the entertainment industry, he played basketball instead.He developed an interest in acting by accident. As part of English classes, he had to act in a few scenes of literary classics. Williams became addicted to it. He loved acting, but he still wished for a professional basketball career.

Williams has an extensive acting portfolio mostly in more dramatic roles on shows such as ER, Law and Order, Homicide, and New York Undercover.

Williams is a private man and has not revealed the name of his wife to the media yet. He has however, disclosed that he got married in 2016. He has shared that he has a son from his marriage.

Williams was born in Brooklyn.

Trivia Challenge Part Four

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What is Deacon's wifes name?
    • Kelly
    • Candy
    • Cherry
    • Kitty
  2. Where did Deaon meet Doug?
    • A bar
    • At work
    • On a bus
    • At a Mets game
  3. Who is Godmother to Deacon's children?
    • Holly
    • Carrie
    • Sara
    • Stephanie
  4. Deacon has two bachelor degrees, what are they in?
    • Psychlogy & Sociology
    • Math & Biology
    • Art History & Music
    • Woman's Studies & Geography
  5. Deacon volunteers for what program?
    • The Red Cross
    • Big Brothers
    • The Mary Pratt Foundation for the Arts
    • The Aids Foundation
  6. What are the names of Deacon's children?
    • Deacon & Kelly
    • Tom & Jerry
    • Major & Kirby
    • Corporal & Hoover
  7. Deacon served in the...
    • Army
    • Navy
    • Marines
    • National Guard
  8. Who worked the longest at IPS?
    • Deacon
    • Doug
    • They were hired at the same time

Answer Key

  1. Kelly
  2. At work
  3. Carrie
  4. Art History & Music
  5. Big Brothers
  6. Major & Kirby
  7. National Guard
  8. Deacon

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Dr John Bridges