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Ray Romano
Romano at the Voice Awards 2014
Birth nameRaymond Albert Romano
Born (1957-12-21) December 21, 1957 (age 66)
New York City, U.S.
Years active1989–present
Anna Scarpulla
(m. 1987)

Raymond Albert Romano[1] (born December 21, 1957)[2] is an American stand-up comedian and actor. He is best known for his role as Raymond "Ray" Barone on the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, for which he won three Primetime Emmy Awards (one as an actor and two as producer). He is also known for being the voice of Manny in Ice Age (2002), Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009), Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) and Ice Age: Collision Course (2016). He has received several other awards including nominations for two Grammy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards.

He created and starred in the TNT comedy drama Men of a Certain Age (2009–2011). From 2012 to 2015 Romano had a recurring role as Hank Rizzoli, a love interest of Sarah Braverman in the NBC series Parenthood. More recently he co-starred in the romantic comedy The Big Sick (2017) and portrayed mob lawyer Bill Bufalino in Martin Scorsese's epic crime film The Irishman (2019). From 2017 to 2019 Romano portrayed Rick Moreweather in the Epix comedy-drama series Get Shorty.

Early life and education

Romano was born in Queens, New York City,[2] the second son of Luciana "Lucie" (née Fortini) (d. 2021),[1] a piano teacher, and Albert Romano (1925–2010), a real estate agent and engineer.[3][4] He is of Italian descent.[5] He grew up in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens.[6] He has an older brother, Richard (born 1956), a sergeant with the NYPD,[1] and a younger brother, Robert (born c. 1966), a second grade teacher in New York City.[7]

Romano 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.[1][8] He was in the same high school class as Fran Drescher.[2] Before getting into show business, Romano briefly attended Queens College, in Flushing, New York, where he studied accounting.[9]


His early comedy career started when he competed in the Johnnie Walker Comedy Search in 1989, directed by Saturday Night Live short film producer Neal Marshad and appeared on The Comedy Channel. 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 Greg Lee in the pilot and then Joe Rogan for the rest of the show. 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 six Primetime Emmy Award nominations as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, a category he won in 2002. He also shared two Emmy Awards as an executive producer when his show won as Outstanding Comedy Series in 2003 and 2005.[10]

Romano performed the opening monologue at the 1998 White House Correspondents' Association dinner.[11][12]

Romano and his comedian friend Kevin James starred in the salesman comedy Grilled as two average Joes of the same profession who are both desperate to land a big sale.

Romano was featured on a 2000 episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, on which he won $125,000 for the NYPD's D.A.R.E. unit.[citation needed] The following year, he and one of his brothers appeared on a New York Police Department recruiting poster.[citation needed]

In 2004, Romano became the highest-paid television actor in history for his role of Raymond on CBS's Everybody Loves Raymond.[citation needed] The show broke another record by having the highest revenue, at $3.9 billion.[citation needed]

On December 13, 2003, Romano was a guest star, sending a birthday card to Bob Barker for Barker's 80th birthday on the 27th "Million Dollar Spectacular" special of the CBS game show The Price Is Right.[citation needed]

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.[13] 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 series The Office as Merv Bronte, a nervous job applicant interviewing for the job left vacant by Michael Scott.[14]

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.

He joined the cast of Parenthood beginning with its fourth season premiere.[15][16] 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 series and met with creator Jason Katims on the set of Friday Night Lights.[17]

In 2002, Romano voiced the woolly mammoth Manfred (Manny) in the film Ice Age, and its sequels Ice Age: The Meltdown in 2006, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs in 2009, Ice Age: Continental Drift in 2012, and Ice Age: Collision Course in 2016.

From 2017 to 2019, Romano played a leading role in three seasons of the MGM+ television show Get Shorty, created by Davey Holmes and co-starring Chris O'Dowd.[18]

In 2019, Romano starred in the Netflix comedy film Paddleton and portrayed mob lawyer Bill Bufalino in Martin Scorsese's The Irishman.[19]

Romano is set to play Jim Valvano in an upcoming movie about the former NC State Wolfpack basketball coach.[20]


Romano at the 2010 World Series of Poker main event

Romano competed in the World Series of Poker in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

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. Romano's goal was to finish the show being able to break 80.[21] Romano took time off from the show to be with his father, Albert Romano, who died in March 2010. Romano is also a regular competitor in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where he finished fifth in 2012 with his 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. He also competes annually in the American Century Championship, a celebrity golf tournament owned by NBC and held at Lake Tahoe[22][23] each July.

Personal life

Romano married his wife, Anna Scarpulla, in 1987.[9] They met while working at the same bank.[9] They have four children.[9] Romano's character's daughter on Everybody Loves Raymond was named after his real life daughter, Alexandra "Ally" Romano. Also, in the series pilot, Ray and Debra's twin boys were named Gregory and Matthew, after Romano's real life twin sons, but Romano felt it was inconvenient to have all his television children have the same names as his real children and changed the twins' names to Geoffrey and Michael onscreen. He also said his brother was not pleased with Ray Barone's television brother.[24]

Romano's family has made various appearances in the show. Romano's daughter 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, appeared in the episodes "Golf For It", "Just a Formality", and "The Toaster". Romano's wife, Anna, appeared as one of the moms in the background at Geoffrey and Michael's school in season 6's episode titled "The Angry Family".[citation needed]

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."[25]

Romano was close friends with Doris Roberts, who played Marie Barone, Ray Barone's mother, on Everybody Loves Raymond. At the time of her death, Romano said he was inspired by her desire to continue learning throughout her life. She also served as a mentor, helping him to feel more comfortable on set.[26]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Caesar's Salad Policeman Short film
2002 Ice Age Manfred "Manny" (voice)
2004 Welcome to Mooseport Handy Harrison
Eulogy Skip Collins
95 Miles to Go Himself
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Manny (voice)
Grilled Maurice
2008 The Last Word Abel
The Grand Fred Marsh
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Manny (voice)
Funny People Himself Cameo
2010 Exporting Raymond
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift Manny (voice)
2014 Rob the Mob Jerry Cardozo
2016 Ice Age: Collision Course Manny (voice)
2017 The Big Sick Terry Gardner
2019 Paddleton Andy Freeman Also executive producer
Bad Education Big Bob Spicer
The Irishman Bill Bufalino
2022 Somewhere in Queens Leo Russo Also director, writer, and producer
2024 Fly Me to the Moon Henry Smalls Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1995–1997 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Ray (voice) 7 episodes
1995–2015 Late Show with David Letterman himself 31 episodes
1996–2005 Everybody Loves Raymond Raymond Barone Main role; also writer and executive producer
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"
1999–2003 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) 2 episodes
2002 All That Himself Episode 709
Sesame Street Episode 3,983
2005 The Simpsons Ray Magini (voice) Episode: "Don't Fear the Roofer"
2007 'Til Death Guest at Italian Restaurant Episode: "The Italian Affair"
The Knights of Prosper Himself 3 episodes
2008 Hannah Montana Episode: "We're All on This Date Together"
2009–2011 Men of a Certain Age Joe Tranelli Main role; also writer, creator, and executive producer
2011 The Office Merv Bronte Episode: "Search Committee"
The Middle Nicky Kohlbrenner Episode: "Forced Family Fun" (parts 1 & 2)
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Manny (voice) TV special
2014 Maron Himself Episode: "Marc's New Friend"
2012–2015 Parenthood Hank Rizzoli Recurring role; 44 episodes
2015 David Letterman: A Life on Television Himself (host) TV special
2016 Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade Manny (voice)
Vinyl Zak Yankovich Main role
Kevin Can Wait Vic Episode: "Beat the Parents"
2017–2019 Get Shorty Rick Moreweather Main role
2019 Crashing Himself Episode: "The Secret"
2020 One Day at a Time Brian Episode: "Checking Boxes"
2021 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Himself 2 episodes
2021–2022 Made for Love Herbert Green Main role
2023 Bupkis Himself 3 episodes
Bookie Artie 1 episode (uncredited)
2024 Celebrity IOU Himself 1 episode
TBA No Good Deed Paul Morgan Main Role

Video games

Year Title Role
2006 Ice Age 2: The Meltdown Manny
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
2013 Ice Age Village

Writing credits

Everybody Loves Raymond

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
  • "Ray Home Alone" (with Tucker Cawley)
  • "How They Met" (with Philip Rosenthal)
Season four
  • "Debra's Workout" (with Tom Caltabiano and Mike Royce)
  • "Bad Moon Rising" (with Philip Rosenthal)
Season five
  • "Super Bowl" (with Mike Royce)
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
  • "She's the One" (with Philip Rosenthal)
  • "The Bachelor Party" (with[Mike Royce]and Tom Caltabiano)
Season nine

Men of a Certain Age

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)


  • Live at Carnegie Hall (2001, Columbia) - CD


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

Awards and nominations

Association Year Category Nominated Work Results Ref
America Film Institute Awards 2002 Actor of the Year - Male - TV Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
American Comedy Awards 1999 Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication
2000 Won
2001 Nominated
The BAM Awards 2017 Best Cast The Big Sick
Behind the Voice Actors Awards 2013 Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film Ice Age: Continental Drift
CableACE Awards 1995 Animated Programming Special or Series (as Producer) Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Won
Denver Film Critics Society 2018 Best Supporting Actor The Big Sick Nominated
Gold Derby Awards 2005 Comedy Lead Actor Everybody Loves Raymond [27]
Comedy Episode of the Year (for Writing episode "Finale")
2020 Ensemble Cast The Irishman [28]
Golden Globes 2000 Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Everybody Loves Raymond [29]
Grammy Awards 2002 Best Spoken Comedy Album Live At Carnegie Hall [30]
2006 Best Spoken Word Album for Children Raymie, Dickie, and the Bean: Why I Love and Hate My Brothers
IGN Summer Movie Awards 2009 Favorite Cameo Funny People
Indiana Film Journalists Association 2019 Best Actor Paddleton
Kid's Choice Awards 2003 Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Ice Age
2010 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
North Texas Film Critics Association 2017 Best Supporting Actor The Big Sick
Online Film & Television Association 2000 Best Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond [31]
Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2001 Best Actor in a Comedy Series [32]
Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2002 [33]
2003 [34]
2014 Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series Parenthood [35]
2020 Best Ensemble The Irishman [36]
People's Choice Awards 2002 Favorite Male Television Performer (tied with Kelsey Grammer) Everybody Loves Raymond Won
2003 Favorite Male Television Performer
Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 Outstanding Comedy Series (as Producer) Nominated [37]
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
2000 Outstanding Comedy Series (as Producer)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
2001 Outstanding Comedy Series (as Producer)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
2002 Outstanding Comedy Series (as Producer)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Won
2003 Outstanding Comedy Series (as Producer)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
2004 Outstanding Comedy Series (as Producer)
2005 Won
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (as Writer) Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special (as Producer) Everybody Loves Raymond: The Last Laugh
Producers Guild Awards 2003 Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy Everybody Loves Raymond
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards 2017 Best Comedic Performance The Big Sick
Satellite Awards 2002 Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical Everybody Loves Raymond
Screen Actors Guild Awards 1999 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series [38]
2000 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2002 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2003 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
2004 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2005 Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2018 Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Big Sick
2020 The Irishman
TCA Awards 1999 Individual Achievement in Comedy Everybody Loves Raymond
TV Guide Awards 2000 Favorite Actor in a Comedy
2001 Actor of the Year in a Comedy Series Won
Viewers for Quality Television Awards 1997 Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series Nominated
1999 Won
Writers Guild Awards 2011 New Series (for Writing) Men of a Certain Age Nominated


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