Ray Romano

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Ray Romano
Ray Romano 2011 (cropped).jpg
Romano at the 2011 Peabody Awards
Birth nameRaymond Albert Romano
Born(1957-12-21) December 21, 1957 (age 56)
Queens, New York, U.S.
MediumFilm, stand up, television
NationalityAmerican
Years active1989–present
GenresObservational comedy, Blue comedy
InfluencesBob Newhart[1]
SpouseAnna Romano (m. 1987)
Children4
Parent(s)Albert Romano (died 2010) & Lucie Romano
WebsiteRayRomano.com
 
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Ray Romano
Ray Romano 2011 (cropped).jpg
Romano at the 2011 Peabody Awards
Birth nameRaymond Albert Romano
Born(1957-12-21) December 21, 1957 (age 56)
Queens, New York, U.S.
MediumFilm, stand up, television
NationalityAmerican
Years active1989–present
GenresObservational comedy, Blue comedy
InfluencesBob Newhart[1]
SpouseAnna Romano (m. 1987)
Children4
Parent(s)Albert Romano (died 2010) & Lucie Romano
WebsiteRayRomano.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.

Family and biography[edit]

Ray Romano was born in Queens, New York, the son of Lucie, a piano teacher, and Albert Romano (1925 – March 2010), a real estate agent and engineer.[2] He is from an Italian American background, and grew up in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

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 arch-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."[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9][10] 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.[11]

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.[12] 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]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1995–1997Dr. Katz, Professional TherapistRay7 episodes
1996–2005Everybody Loves RaymondRaymond Barone210 episodes, lead role
1997CosbyEpisode: "Lucas Raymondicus"
1998–2005The King of Queens4 episodes
1998The NannyEpisode: "The Reunion Show"
1999BeckerEpisode: "Drive, They Said"
2002Ice AgeManfred "Manny"Voice
Nominated - Kids' Choice Award for Favourite Voice from an Animated Movie
All ThatHimselfGuest appearance with Nelly Furtado
2004Welcome to MooseportHandy Harrison
EulogySkip Collins
95 Miles to GoHimself
2005The SimpsonsRay MaginiEpisode: "Don't Fear the Roofer"
2006Ice Age: The MeltdownManfred "Manny"Voice
GrilledMaurice
2007'Til DeathGuest at Italian RestaurantEpisode: "The Italian Affair"
The Knights of ProsperityHimself3 episodes
2008The Last WordAbel
Hannah MontanaHimselfEpisode: "We're All On This Date Together"
The GrandFred Marsh
2009Ice Age: Dawn of the DinosaursManfred "Manny"Voice
Nominated - Kids' Choice Award for Favourite Voice from an Animated Movie
Funny PeopleHimselfCameo
2009–2011Men of a Certain AgeJoe Tranelli22 episodes, lead role
2011The OfficeMerv Bronte"Search Committee"
The MiddleNicky Kohlbrenner2 episodes
2012Ice Age: Continental DriftManfred "Manny"Voice
2012–presentParenthoodHank RizzoliRecurring role (Season 4–5)

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
Season Two
Season Three
Season Four
Season Five
Season Six
Season Seven
Season Nine

Men of a Certain Age[edit]

Season One
Season Two

Awards[edit]

YearCategoryForResult
Emmy Awards
1999Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
2000Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
2000Outstanding Writing for a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves Raymond w/ Philip RosenthalNominated
2002Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondWon
2005Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
Screen Actors Guild
1999Best Male Actor in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
2001Best Male Actor in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
2002Best Male Actor in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
Golden Globes
2000Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
2001Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondNominated
People's Choice Awards
2002Favorite Male Television PerformerEverybody Loves Raymond tie w/ Kelsey GrammerWon
2003Favorite Male Television PerformerEverybody Loves RaymondWon
2004Favorite Male Television PerformerEverybody Loves RaymondWon
2006Favorite Male Television StarEverybody Loves RaymondWon
Kid's Choice Awards
2003Favorite Voice from an Animated MovieIce AgeNominated
Hollywood Foreign Press Association
2002Best Performance by an Actor in a Television SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondWon
American Film Institute
2001Best Male Actor in a Television SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondWon
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
2005Best Writing for a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondWon
2005Best Actor in a Comedy SeriesEverybody Loves RaymondWon
American Comedy Awards
2002Funniest Male Performer in a Television Series (Leading Role)Everybody Loves RaymondWon
AFI Awards
2002Male Actor of the Year (in a TV series)Everybody Loves RaymondNominated

Bibliography[edit]

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. ^ Ray Romano and his brothers see the humor in sibling rivalry - and they put it on paper. Online Athens. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  5. ^ Heldenfels, Rich (October 2, 2013). "Mailbag: ‘Unforgettable’ to return for third season in summer 2014". Akron Beacon Journal. 
  6. ^ "Ray Romano: My Wife Beat Breast Cancer". People. February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Yahoo Movies - Ray Romano". Retrieved 2006-08-23. 
  8. ^ 95 Miles to Go (2004)
  9. ^ Rice, Lynette (June 19, 2012). "'Parenthood' scoop: Ray Romano to guest star". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  10. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (June 20, 2013). "Parenthood: Ray Romano Books Season 5 Encore". TVLine. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  11. ^ Fernandez, Maria Elena (January 2, 2013). "Ray Romano is happy to be playing on Team Max on 'Parenthood'". Today.com. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  12. ^ Comedian Ray Romano to star in next season of Haney Project

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