Ray Romano

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Ray Romano
Ray Romano 2011 (cropped).jpg
Romano at the 2011 Peabody Awards
Birth name Raymond Albert Romano
Born (1957-12-21) December 21, 1957 (age 56)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Medium Film, stand up, television
Nationality American
Years active 1989–present
Genres Observational comedy, Blue comedy
Influences Bob Newhart[1]
Spouse Anna Romano (m. 1987)
Children 4
Parent(s) Albert Romano (died 2010) & Lucie Romano
Website RayRomano.com

Raymond Albert "Ray" Romano (born December 21, 1957) is an American actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter and voice actor, best known for his roles on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, for which he received an Emmy Award, and voicing Manny in the Ice Age film series. He created and starred in the TNT comedy-drama Men of a Certain Age. In 2012, Romano began appearing in Parenthood.

Personal life and family[edit]

Ray Romano was born in Queens, New York, the son of Lucie (Fortini), a piano teacher, and Albert Romano (1925 – March 2010), a real estate agent and engineer.[2] He is of seven eighths Italian, and one eighth French, descent, and grew up in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens.[3][4][5] He has an older brother Richard (born 1956), a sergeant with the NYPD, and a younger brother Robert (born 1965 or 1966), a second grade teacher in New York City.[6] Romano married his wife, Anna, on October 11, 1987. They met while working at a bank together. They have four children: one daughter, Alexandra (born 1990), and three sons: twins Matthew and Gregory (born 1993), and Joseph Raymond (born February 16, 1998).

Romano's on-screen daughter for Everybody Loves Raymond was named after his real-life daughter. Also, in the series pilot, Ray and Debra's twin boys were named after Gregory and Matthew, Romano's real twin sons, but Romano felt it was too weird to have all his TV kids have the same names as his real kids, so they changed the twins' names to Geoffrey and Michael on screen. He also said his brother was not pleased with Ray Barone's TV brother.[7]

Romano's family has made various appearances in the show. Romano's real-life daughter Alexandra "Ally" Romano made several appearances on Everybody Loves Raymond as Molly, the best friend of his on-screen daughter, Ally, and the daughter of Ray Barone's nemesis, Peggy the Cookie Lady. Romano's father, Albert Romano, has made various appearances as "Albert", one of Frank Barone's lodge buddies in various episodes such as "Debra at the Lodge", and "Boys' Therapy". Romano's brother, Richard Romano, has appeared in the episodes "Golf For It", "Just a Formality" and "The Toaster".

In February 2012, Romano revealed that his wife, Anna, had successfully battled stage one breast cancer in 2010. Romano told People magazine that "the reason we're going public is to share our experience, yeah, but to have an effect. Our goal is to help people."[8]

Career[edit]

Ray attended elementary and middle school at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Forest Hills. After transferring from Archbishop Molloy High School, Romano graduated from Hillcrest High School in 1975.[9] He was in the same high school class as Fran Drescher and later appeared on Drescher's sitcom, The Nanny, as an old classmate. Before getting into show business, Romano briefly attended Queens College, in Flushing, New York, where he studied accounting. Romano quit after gaining only 15 credits in three years, but he would later return.

Ray's early comedy career started when he competed in the Johnnie Walker Comedy Search in 1989. His career included many outlets, such as Comedy Central, where he had been a recurring guest voice on the show Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. He also was a contestant on Star Search in the stand-up comedy category. He originally was cast to play Joe (originally named Rick) on the American television sitcom NewsRadio, but was fired and replaced by Joe Rogan. He then appeared on Late Show with David Letterman doing his stand up routine which formed his ties with CBS. Shortly thereafter, he became the star of his own show, Everybody Loves Raymond on CBS, that featured a cast and format more suitable to Romano's brand of humor. His work on the series earned him five Emmy nominations, winning in 2002, as well as three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and two Golden Globe Award nominations.

Ray and his comedian friend, Kevin James, starred in the salesman comedy, Grilled, as two guys of the same profession who are both very desperate to land a big sale.

Romano was featured on a 2000 episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, on which he won US$125,000 for the NYPD's D.A.R.E. Unit.

In 2001, Romano was named one of E!'s top twenty entertainers of the year. That same year he was featured with his brother (a teacher at a school in Long Island) on a New York Police Department recruiting poster. In 2004 he became the highest-paid television actor in history for his role of Raymond on CBS's Everybody Loves Raymond. It was later revealed on E! that he had broken another record by his show having the highest revenue at US$3.9 billion.

On December 13, 2003, Romano was featured as a special guest star, sending a birthday card to Bob Barker in his eightieth-birthday bash on the twenty-seventh "Million Dollar Spectacular" special of the long-running daytime CBS series The Price Is Right.

Romano was the subject of the documentary film, 95 Miles to Go. The film documents Romano's road-trip for a series of rides across the south of the United States. The film was released in theaters on April 7, 2010, by ThinkFilm.[10] In August 2006 Romano was interviewed in front of a live audience at UCLA by fellow stand-up veteran, David Steinberg, for an episode of Sit Down Comedy with David Steinberg. The program first aired on the TV Land network in March 2007.

Romano returned to television with a new dramedy for TNT in 2008, Men of a Certain Age, which he co-created with former Everybody Loves Raymond writer, Mike Royce. It co-starred Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher.

Romano made an appearance in the seventh season of NBC show The Office as Merv Bronte, an anxious job applicant interviewing for the job left vacant by Michael Scott.

Romano made an appearance in the third season premiere of ABC sitcom The Middle as Nicky, a friend of Mike, who ruined his and Frankie's honeymoon. Romano was the second actor from Everybody Loves Raymond to be reunited with Patricia Heaton on The Middle. Doris Roberts guest-starred in three episodes.

Ray joined the cast of Parenthood beginning September 11, 2012.[11][12] He became a semi-regular, playing photographer Hank Rizzoli, who hired and later had a romantic relationship with Sarah Braverman and developed a friendship with her nephew who has Asperger syndrome. The role was specifically created for him after he expressed his love for the show and met with creator Jason Katims on the set of Friday Night Lights.[13]

Competitions[edit]

Romano at the 2010 World Series of Poker main event

Romano competed in the World Series of Poker in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.

In early 2010, Romano starred in the second season of The Golf Channel's original series The Haney Project in which Tiger Woods' former coach, Hank Haney, attempts to improve the golf games of different celebrities and athletes. Charles Barkley starred in the first season. Romano's goals are to finish the show being able to break 80.[14] Romano took time off from the show to be with his father, Albert Romano, who died in March 2010. The show resumed on May 24. Romano is also a regular competitor in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am; where he finished fifth in 2012 with partner, Australian professional Steven Bowditch. It was the first time Romano had qualified for the final round after failing to do so on 11 successive occasions, previously.

Filmography[edit]

List of acting credits in film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1995–1997 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Ray 7 episodes
1996–2005 Everybody Loves Raymond Raymond Barone 210 episodes, lead role
1997 Cosby Episode: "Lucas Raymondicus"
1998–2005 The King of Queens 4 episodes
1998 The Nanny Episode: "The Reunion Show"
1999 Becker Episode: "Drive, They Said"
2002 Ice Age Manfred "Manny" Voice
Nominated - Kids' Choice Award for Favourite Voice from an Animated Movie
All That Himself Guest appearance with Nelly Furtado
2004 Welcome to Mooseport Handy Harrison
Eulogy Skip Collins
95 Miles to Go Himself
2005 The Simpsons Ray Magini Episode: "Don't Fear the Roofer"
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Manfred "Manny" Voice
Grilled Maurice
2007 'Til Death Guest at Italian Restaurant Episode: "The Italian Affair"
The Knights of Prosperity Himself 3 episodes
2008 The Last Word Abel
Hannah Montana Himself Episode: "We're All On This Date Together"
The Grand Fred Marsh
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Manfred "Manny" Voice
Nominated - Kids' Choice Award for Favourite Voice from an Animated Movie
Funny People Himself Cameo
2009–2011 Men of a Certain Age Joe Tranelli 22 episodes, lead role
2011 The Office Merv Bronte "Search Committee"
The Middle Nicky Kohlbrenner 2 episodes
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift Manfred "Manny" Voice
2012–present Parenthood Hank Rizzoli Recurring role (Season 4–6)
2014 Rob the Mob Jerry Cardozo

Writing credits[edit]

Everybody Loves Raymond[edit]

In addition to his roles as star and producer of Everybody Loves Raymond, Romano also co-wrote the following episodes:

Season One
  • "Why Are We Here?" (with Tom Paris)
Season Two
Season Three
Season Four
Season Five
Season Six
  • "Jealous Robert" (with Tom Caltabiano)
  • "Talk to Your Daughter" (with Tucker Cawley)
  • "The First Time" (with Tom Caltabiano and Mike Royce)
Season Seven
Season Nine

Men of a Certain Age[edit]

Season One
  • "Pilot" (with Mike Royce)
  • "Let It Go" (with Mike Royce)
  • "Back in the Shit" (teleplay) with Mike Royce
Season Two
  • "If I Could, I Surely Would" (with Mike Royce)

Awards[edit]

Year Category For Result
Emmy Awards
1999 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
2000 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
2000 Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond w/ Philip Rosenthal Nominated
2002 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Won
2003 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
2005 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
Screen Actors Guild
1999 Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
2001 Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
2002 Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
Golden Globes
2000 Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
2001 Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
People's Choice Awards
2002 Favorite Male Television Performer Everybody Loves Raymond tie w/ Kelsey Grammer Won
2003 Favorite Male Television Performer Everybody Loves Raymond Won
2004 Favorite Male Television Performer Everybody Loves Raymond Won
2006 Favorite Male Television Star Everybody Loves Raymond Won
Kid's Choice Awards
2003 Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Ice Age Nominated
Hollywood Foreign Press Association
2002 Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series Everybody Loves Raymond Won
American Film Institute
2001 Best Male Actor in a Television Series Everybody Loves Raymond Won
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
2005 Best Writing for a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Won
2005 Best Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Won
American Comedy Awards
2002 Funniest Male Performer in a Television Series (Leading Role) Everybody Loves Raymond Won
AFI Awards
2002 Male Actor of the Year (in a TV series) Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated

Bibliography[edit]

  • (1999) Everything and a Kite (non-fiction)
  • (2005) Raymie, Dickie and the Bean (children's)
  • (2004) Everybody Loves Raymond: Our Family Album

References[edit]

  1. ^ Newhart, Bob (2006). I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 1-4013-0246-7. 
  2. ^ Ray Romano Biography (1957-)
  3. ^ Strickland, Carol. "Can Sitcom Make It With L.I. Setting?", The New York Times, December 1, 1996. Accessed November 12, 2007. "For Everybody Loves Raymond, the route to Hollywood Hills began in Forest Hills, where Ray Romano, standup comedian and the star of the show, grew up."
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005380/bio
  5. ^ http://ethnicelebs.com/ray-romano
  6. ^ Ray Romano and his brothers see the humor in sibling rivalry - and they put it on paper. Online Athens. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  7. ^ Heldenfels, Rich (October 2, 2013). "Mailbag: ‘Unforgettable’ to return for third season in summer 2014". Akron Beacon Journal. 
  8. ^ "Ray Romano: My Wife Beat Breast Cancer". People. February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Yahoo Movies - Ray Romano". Retrieved 2006-08-23. 
  10. ^ 95 Miles to Go (2004)
  11. ^ Rice, Lynette (June 19, 2012). "'Parenthood' scoop: Ray Romano to guest star". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  12. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (June 20, 2013). "Parenthood: Ray Romano Books Season 5 Encore". TVLine. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  13. ^ Fernandez, Maria Elena (January 2, 2013). "Ray Romano is happy to be playing on Team Max on 'Parenthood'". Today.com. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  14. ^ Comedian Ray Romano to star in next season of Haney Project

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