List of Everybody Loves Raymond characters

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Raymond Albert Barone
First appearance"Pilot"
Last appearance"The Finale"
Final character appearance: King of Queens – "Raygin' Bulls"
Created byRay Romano & Philip Rosenthal
Portrayed byRay Romano
Number of episodes210
Information
OccupationSportswriter
FamilyFrank Barone (father)
Marie Barone (mother)
Robert Barone (brother)
Mel Barone (uncle)
Spouse(s)Debra Barone (since 1988)
ChildrenAlexandra "Ally" Barone (daughter)
Geoffrey Barone (twin son)
Michael Barone (twin son)
RelativesWarren Whelan (father-in-law)
Lois Whelan (mother-in-law)
Amy MacDougall-Barone (sister-in-law)
Jennifer Whelan (sister-in-law)
 
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This is a list of fictional characters from Everybody Loves Raymond, an American sitcom, originally broadcast on CBS from September 13, 1996, to May 16, 2005.

The show revolves around the life of Italian-American Ray Barone, a sportswriter from Long Island, and his wife, Debra Barone. Other main characters include Ray's parents, Frank and Marie, Ray's children Ally, Michael and Geoffrey and Ray's brother Robert, with his wife Amy.

Main characters

Ray Barone

Raymond Albert Barone
First appearance"Pilot"
Last appearance"The Finale"
Final character appearance: King of Queens – "Raygin' Bulls"
Created byRay Romano & Philip Rosenthal
Portrayed byRay Romano
Number of episodes210
Information
OccupationSportswriter
FamilyFrank Barone (father)
Marie Barone (mother)
Robert Barone (brother)
Mel Barone (uncle)
Spouse(s)Debra Barone (since 1988)
ChildrenAlexandra "Ally" Barone (daughter)
Geoffrey Barone (twin son)
Michael Barone (twin son)
RelativesWarren Whelan (father-in-law)
Lois Whelan (mother-in-law)
Amy MacDougall-Barone (sister-in-law)
Jennifer Whelan (sister-in-law)

Raymond Albert "Ray" Barone (Ray Romano) is the protagonist of the sitcom. Most of the series’ storylines revolve around him, hence the title of the show. He lives in Long Island, with his wife Debra and their three children Ally and twin boys, Michael and Geoffrey Barone. He attended St. Johns University (New York) in Queens, New York. Ray is well-known through the community due to his profession as a writer for a sports column. In some episodes, he is seen reviewing a famous sportsperson. However, this is shown to have subsided in the later seasons. Due to the nature of his work, Ray is often seen on the couch, watching sports, rather than assisting Debra with household duties and the children.

At times Raymond appears rather introverted. He often rants in a nasal, whiny voice. His fears include not being liked by everyone and confronting his parents, particularly his mother. He often gets annoyed because he feels that he and Debra lack intimacy.

Parts of the backstory of his childhood have explained Raymond’s attitude and personality as an adult. Raymond and Robert were spoiled by their mother. However their father, who worked long hours, may have been neglectful in showing them affection. Ray has sometimes shown this pattern of behavior in his reluctance to participate with his own children.

In 2004, TV Guide ranked Ray Barone number 10 on its '50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time' list.[1]

The character has made several crossover appearances:

Debra Barone

Debra Louise Whelan Barone
First appearance"Pilot"
Last appearance"The Finale"
Portrayed byPatricia Heaton
Number of episodes209
Information
OccupationHomemaker
FamilyWarren Whelan (father)
Lois Whelan (mother)
Jennifer Whelan (sister)
Spouse(s)Raymond Barone (since 1988)
ChildrenAlexandra "Ally" Barone (daughter)
Geoffrey Barone (twin son)
Michael Barone (twin son)
RelativesFrank Barone (father-in-law)
Marie Barone (mother-in-law)
Robert Barone (brother-in-law)
Amy MacDougall-Barone (sister-in-law)
Mel Barone (uncle-in-law)

Debra Louise Whelan Barone (Patricia Heaton), is the wife of Ray. She was raised by wealthy parents, Lois (Katherine Helmond) and Warren Whelan (Robert Culp), and grew up in an upper-class background, unlike the other major characters in the sitcom. She has a sister, Jennifer Whelan (Ashley Crow), who is seen only once in the entire series. Following her graduation from high school, she traveled a lot and dated many famous sportspeople. Before marrying Ray, she worked in public relations for the New York Rangers hockey team.

Debra is emotional and very sensitive. She is stressed out as a housewife, having to put up not only with Ray’s corny jokes and seemingly unhelpful attitude, but more with his obnoxious, family members, who often barge in uninvited, leaving emotional havoc in their wake. Though Ray's parents frustrate her, she rarely shows her feelings to them, resulting in occasional bursts in private of yelling, stomping, and throwing objects.

Debra is frequently at odds with Marie, who shows a large amount of distaste of her ability to be a mother and a wife. Throughout the series, Debra often finds Robert the most understanding of the Barones, and at times she is shown to get along well with Frank, who thinks of her as a daughter and understands her attitude toward his wife.

The character has also appeared in the King of Queens episode "Dire Strayts".

Marie Barone

Marie Janella Barone
First appearance"Pilot"
Last appearance"Finale"
Portrayed byDoris Roberts
Number of episodes210
Information
OccupationHomemaker
Spouse(s)Frank Barone (since 1957)
ChildrenRaymond "Ray" Barone (son)
Robert Barone (son)
RelativesDebra Barone (daughter-in-law)
Amy MacDougall-Barone (daughter-in-law)
Alexandra "Ally" Barone (granddaughter)
Geoffrey Barone (grandson)
Michael Barone (grandson)
Mel Barone (brother-in-law)

Marie Janella Barone (Doris Roberts) is the wife of Frank, and matriarch of the Barone family. As a housewife, she excels in household duties, including cooking, cleaning, and generally keeping and maintaining a good household. She is shown to be very narcissistic, arrogant, self-centered, conceited, and snobbish throughout the series, particularly towards Debra, and others as well, including her friends Lee and Stan, Robert’s dates, and people with whom Ray works. She has very high self-esteem and believes herself as a positive example of what every wife, mother and woman should be. She takes special pride in her Italian background and even arranges a tour of Italy for the whole family out of her own savings.

Throughout the series, she is shown to have favorites with certain people, with her son Raymond being the first and Debra being possibly the last. Other than Frank, everyone has a hard time standing up to Marie due to her habit of making people feel guilty, although Debra does finally take a stand. She is well aware of her son Raymond’s reluctance to stand up to her, and in some situations takes advantage of this to achieve her own interests.

It's established in the flashbacks of "How They Met" that she has never liked Debra ever since Debra asked Ray to fix her futon at dinner time, but Marie has never admitted her dislike of Debra outright.

As her boys were growing up, she smothered her younger son while completely cutting Robert out of the picture. However, in a later episode, she claims that this was because Robert was able to take care of himself and was independent, in contrast to Ray who was a soft, weak, needy little boy (this was likely said just to manipulate Robert into getting Amy pregnant, as both he and Raymond note and Marie herself winks to Ray, indicating this is another manipulation). In some cases, however, she is shown to care and be overprotective of Robert as well. This includes when he had nightmares growing up, when he was gored by a bull, when he was interviewing for an FBI position, and her frequent attempts to get Robert out of the police force in effort to keep him safe.

Marie is also seen constantly arguing with her husband Frank in nearly every episode. However, in some situations, there have been times when they do evidence their love for one another, despite their reluctance to be open with it.

Her catchphrase is "I don't like that, [insert name]." whenever anyone says anything inappropriate.

The final episode reveals that her birthday is December 9 (this was one of Frank's classic "one-liners" as he adds "1802").

The character has also appeared in the King of Queens episode "Rayny Day".

Frank Barone

Frank Oscar Barone
First appearance"Pilot"
Last appearance"Finale"
Portrayed byPeter Boyle
Number of episodes207
Information
OccupationBookkeeper (retired)
Spouse(s)Marie Barone (since 1957)
ChildrenRaymond "Ray" Barone (son)
Robert Barone (son)
RelativesDebra Barone (daughter-in-law)
Amy MacDougall-Barone (daughter-in-law)
Alexandra "Ally" Barone (granddaughter)
Geoffrey Barone (grandson)
Michael Barone (grandson)
Mel Barone (older brother)

Francis Oscar "Frank" Barone (Peter Boyle) Is the husband of Marie, and a retired bookkeeper. During the course of the series, Frank is seen as stubborn, hungry, outspoken, and rigidly masculine. Although it is briefly mentioned that he has a soft side, Frank refuses to accept it. In episodes like "Pet the Bunny", "Christmas Present", and a little bit in "Fathers Knows Least" and "Frank Goes Downstairs" he indicates that, though capable of kindness and sensitivity, he deliberately cultivates a tough guy image. However, Frank is sometimes shown to be a good family man, such as taking the fall for Debra when Marie's prized canister goes missing or even trying to console Robert after he becomes despondent from a breakup.

He is always seen at Ray and Debra’s house on the black armchair with his pants unbuttoned and zipper open watching sports or at home ordering Marie to prepare his meals while sitting and reading the paper. During his sons’ childhood, Frank was virtually absent and had refused to show any sign of affection and love to either boy. He was constantly at odds with his wife Marie to how the boys were to be raised. He is very opinionated, outspoken, and has no problem insulting family members and strangers out in the open (this applies in particular to his wife, Marie). He calls men names like “Nancy”, “Shirley”, "Peaches", and "Mary" who don’t live up to his standards to what it takes to be a man. His main catchphrase on the show is "Holy crap".

Throughout the sitcom, Frank is shown to have socially conservative values, particularly regarding minority groups such as gays and lesbians, and ethnic groups such as the Koreans and Japanese to which he occasionally mutters “Japanese crap”. He doesn’t follow or accept anything outside the social norms, to which his wife proclaims “Frank lives in blissful ignorance”. Despite his wife’s constant self-regard, she is accepting of these minority groups. Much to other characters' dismay, he's not above engaging in illegal or dubious activities such as gambling or stealing cable from Ray.

In his spare time, Frank is a skilled handyman and a history buff, with a particular interest in the American Civil War. He's frequently seen making repairs in Ray and Debra's house, and in "Frank Goes Downstairs" is injured while fixing their staircase. His regular get-away activity is having naked pool bath with his elderly friends at a community center referred to as "the lodge". On every other Saturday, he takes Raymond's children to The Happy Zone.

He is a troublesome driver and the family is concerned about the way he passes remarks to other people on the road.

Frank is also a war veteran. He fought in the Korean War and he uses this as a reference for recounting stories of survival and how he came to be a “man”. In one particular incident, where all three Barone men were pretending to go to counseling sessions it was revealed that Ray and Robert had a long line of physically disciplinarian grandparents. However, Frank vowed never to be physically abusive towards his sons. In the Season 2 episode "The Gift", it is Frank's 65th birthday, making his year of birth 1932.

Coincidentally, since Boyle played the Monster in the Mel Brooks film Young Frankenstein, some fans mistake his name to derive from the film. He also makes a very similar speech in an episode to the speech he gave to Robert De Niro's character (Travis Bickle) in Taxi Driver.[2]

Though for the most part largely lackadaisical and nonchalant in his relationships with others, he is often depicted as the only member of the family who is not only unafraid of Marie, but the only one who will put his foot down and stand up to her, much to the combined relief and horror of the other characters. Many of their arguments revolve around trivial and even irrational subjects, such as who invented the lawn and literally comparing apples and oranges. They also come into conflict over Debra, whom Frank, unlike Marie, overwhelmingly approves of, and even tends to be more affectionate with then he is with either of his sons. True to his blunt personality, in one episode, he once yelled out, in front of everyone, the main reason why Marie looks down on Debra. ("She married Raymond, and Marie never got over it.")

Robert Barone

Robert Charles Barone
First appearance"Pilot"
Last appearance"Finale"
Portrayed byBrad Garrett
Number of episodes209
Information
GenderMale
OccupationPolice Officer (NYPD)
FamilyFrank Barone (father)
Marie Barone (mother)
Raymond "Ray" Barone (brother)
Mel Barone (uncle)
Spouse(s)Joanne Glotz (1994–1995; divorced)
Amy MacDougall-Barone (since 2003)
RelativesDebra Barone (sister-in-law)
Hank MacDougall (father-in-law)
Pat MacDougall (mother-in-law)
Peter MacDougall (brother-in-law)
Alexandra "Ally" Barone (niece)
Geoffrey Barone (nephew)
Michael Barone (nephew)

Robert Charles Barone (Brad Garrett) is Ray's older brother and the first-born son of Frank and Marie, conceived out of wedlock. His birthday is April 6 and his birth weight was 12 pounds. Standing at 6' 8½", he is the tallest Barone, and has several quirks, the biggest being a nervous habit of touching food to his chin before eating it, commonly known as the "Crazy Chin", which he developed to cope with stress which started when Raymond was born and all of Marie's attention turned to Raymond. Robert is a caring uncle and still deeply cares for little brother Raymond. Robert has been a Police Officer with the New York City Police Department for 27 years, eventually attaining the rank of Sergeant and then, by the end of the series, Lieutenant. His height, appearance and demeanor are the source of much humor, but despite his huge size, Robert is a very skilled dancer.

After divorcing his first wife Joanne in 1995, Robert moved back in with his parents, became a workaholic and was acknowledged by the NYPD for never being absent one day of his career. Robert's diverse skills as a police officer even got him an interview with the FBI, but his mother intentionally interfered in the interview process. Robert was passed over but simply because the other candidates were more qualified. He was injured on the job when he was gored in the bottom by a bull. When he returned, he left the police force out of fear, and became a telemarketer. Later, he took a side job as an alarm salesman for a brief time (one episode) but returned to the NYPD, mainly with Raymond's help.

Robert dated Debra's best friend Amy MacDougall for several years, despite a number of breakups. After a bad date with yet another woman, Robert ran into Amy in a bar and they soon got back together and married in 2003. In 2004, they purchased Frank and Marie's home for $26,000, but they had to welcome them back in when the elder Barones were kicked out of a retirement community in New Jersey in the episode "Not So Fast."

Robert is very jealous of his brother Raymond, who was favored by their mother, and though Robert is four years older than Ray and much taller, he constantly feels as if he's stuck in Ray's shadow. Despite the obvious favoring of Ray, Marie has claimed that there was never any favoritism. He has a very cruel sense of humor and will make fun of Raymond to no end to get a little belated revenge. He is also known for being very passive-aggressive. While not averse to picking on Ray himself, Robert does seem, however, to be protective of his younger brother; in one episode, he overhears a journalist insulting Ray at length and angrily humiliates the man in retaliation. He also respects Ray as a well-intentioned, if generally absent, father, in the pattern of Frank. Robert serves as the moral conscience in the family, as the most virtuous of the characters, and often pleads with others when they are considering doing something questionable.

Robert also appears in the King of Queens episode "Road Rayge".

Amy MacDougall-Barone

Amy Louise MacDougall-Barone
First appearance"Who's Handsome?"
Last appearance"The Finale"
Portrayed byMonica Horan
Number of episodes66
Information
GenderFemale
FamilyHank MacDougall (father)
Pat MacDougall (mother)
Peter MacDougall (brother)
Spouse(s)Robert Barone (since 2003)
RelativesFrank Barone (father-in-law)
Marie Barone (mother-in-law)
Ray Barone (brother-in-law)
Debra Whelan-Barone (sister-in-law)
Alexandra "Ally" Barone (niece by marriage)
Geoffrey Barone (nephew by marriage)
Michael Barone (nephew by marriage)
Mel Barone (uncle-in-law)

Amy Louise MacDougall (Monica Horan) is Robert's on-and-off girlfriend, and eventual wife. They met because Amy is Debra's best friend. She and Debra share the same middle name. Although Amy marries Robert in Season 7, Episode 24: "Robert's Wedding", she also appears in the previous seasons. Many issues have caused Amy and Robert to break up in the first six seasons, with one being caused by Raymond and another being that Robert had sex with another woman. Quite often, Amy apologizes to someone even if she didn't do anything wrong.

She is a bubbly girl who was raised in a family of devout Protestants, who live in Pennsylvania. She describes her parents as "people who wouldn't yell if they were on fire." Amy was a virgin when she met Robert, which Ray had a hard time believing, as Amy was 33 at the time. She eventually lost her virginity to Robert before they were married, but they were spotted having sex by their neighbors, causing Robert's neighbors to sign a sheet mandating bedroom curtains in the apartment building.

Barone children

Recurring

Minor

References

  1. ^ TV Guide Book of Lists. Running Press. 2007. p. 198. ISBN 978-0061010910. 
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzMiWa1VKT8