Ray Romano

Ray Romano

is an American actor, writer, and stand-up comedian, best known for his role on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.

Background:

For many people, comedian Ray Romano is easily connected with Ray Barone, his
titular role in the acclaimed sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond” (1996-2005),
which brought in various critical accolades, including 3 Emmy Awards and 12 Emmy
nominations. Kicking off his career as a standup comedian, Romano took his first
major step by winning a comedy competition in 1989. Gradually, he became a
Hollywood big name and appeared in such titles as the animated series “Dr. Katz,
Professional Therapist” (1995-1997, voiced Ray, also won a CableACE Award for
his screenwriting work), Ice Age (2002, lent his voice for Manfred/Manny),
Eulogy (2004) and the recent release Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006, reprised the
animated role of Manny).

Off camera, one of E!’s “Top 20 Entertainers of 2001” wrote a novel titled
“Everything and a Kite,” which became a New York Times bestseller list entry.
The comedian also won $125,000 in an episode of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”
(2000), which went to charity for the NYPD’s D.A.R.E. Unit. On a more private
note, Romano is the father of four, three sons and a daughter, from his marriage
to Anna Scarpulla (1987-now).


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Childhood and Family:

Born on December 21, 1957, in Queens, New York, Raymond Romano is the second son
of Italian-American Albert Romano (retired engineer) and Lucie Romano (piano
teacher). Raymond attended Archbishop Molloy High School in Briarwood, New York,
but then transferred to Hillcrest High School.

After graduating, Raymond, who was always a joker, took various jobs (as a gas
station attendant, a bank teller and a futon deliveryman) while performing
standup at comedy clubs. In 1987, he decided to do stand-up full-time and gave
up his initial plans of being an accountant.

Raymond met his wife, Anna Scarpulla, at the bank where they worked, in 1982. He
and Anna were married in 1987 and now have three sons, twins Matthew & Gregory
Romano (born in 1993) and Joseph Raymond Romano (born on February 16, 1998), as
well as a daughter, Alexandra Romano (born 1990).


Ice Age

Career:

In 1989, Ray Romano won a stand-up competition sponsored by a major New York
radio station, which led to his appearance as a guest in the talk show “The
Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” (1991). He also performed in the TV special
program “The 15th Annual Young Comedians Special” (1992) and “Late Night With
David Letterman” (1995).

Still in 1995, Romano’s comedic talent brought him to the animated series “Dr.
Katz, Professional Therapist” (1995-1997), where he voiced the recurring
character of Ray. He later became the show’s staff writer. Even better, his
screenwriting effort for the series won a CableACE award for Best Animated
Programming Special or Series. The comedian was next cast as technician Ted
Garelli in the now-defunct sitcom “NewsRadio” (1995), but due to artistic
differences, he left the show and was replaced by Joe Rogan.

Shortly after, creator Philip Rosenthal chose Ray to star as Raymond “Ray”
Barone in the worldwide sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond” (1996-2005), which
chronicles the life of a sportswriter (Ray Barone) and his eccentric family.
Later, he also displayed the skill of screenwriting and producing. Fittingly,
Romano’s observational family comedy harvested numerous awards, such as 3 Emmys
(two for Best Comedy Series and one for Best Actor in a Comedy Series), a Screen
Actors Guild, 3 People’s Choice awards, an American Comedy award, two Viewers
for Quality Television awards, a TV Guide and a Television Critics Association
award. Additionally, he received 12 Emmys (5 for Best Comedy Series, 5 for Best
Actor in a Comedy Series, 2 for Best Writing for a Comedy Series), 2 Golden
Globes, and 10 Screen Actors Guild nominations.

Amid the series, Romano made episodic performances as Ray Barone in the sitcoms
“Cosby” (1997), “The Nanny” (1998), “The King of Queens” (1998, 1999, 2005) and
“Becker” (1999). Three years later, the comedian went to the silver screen and
provided his voice for Manfred/Manny, a kind-hearted wooly mammoth, in the
animated movie Ice Age (2002), in which he earned a Kid’s Choice Blimp
nomination. Romano, who in 1999 hosted the sketch show “Saturday Night Live,”
reappeared on the show in 2003.

2004 saw the comedian act opposite veteran actor Gene Hackman in Welcome to
Mooseport, take the supporting role of Skip Collins in the star-studded Eulogy,
and produce the documentary film 95 Miles to Go. Meanwhile, upon the final
episode of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” he executive produced the Emmy-nominated
TV documentary program Everybody Loves Raymond: The Last Laugh (2005), which
observed the years of making the sitcom.

A guest star in “The Simpsons” (2005, voiced Ray Magini), Romano reprised his
animated role of Manny the mammoth in the cute sequel Ice Age: The Meltdown
(2006). Soon, the actor will join director Zak Penn in his comedy about a
handful of actors involved in an actual poker tournament, The Grand, which is
scheduled for release in 2007. The movie will also present performances from
actors Hank Azaria and David Cross, as well as boxer Lennox Lewis.


Awards:

People’s Choice: Favorite Male Television Star, 2006
Emmy: Outstanding Comedy Series, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” 2005
People’s Choice: Favorite Male Television Performer, 2004
People’s Choice: Favorite Male Television Performer, 2003
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy
Series, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” 2003
Emmy: Outstanding Comedy Series, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” 2003
Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, “Everybody Loves
Raymond,” 2002
People’s Choice: Favorite Male Television Performer, tied with Kelsey
Grammer, 2002
TV Guide: Actor of the Year in a Comedy Series, “Everybody Loves
Raymond,” 2001
American Comedy: Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role)
Network, Cable or Syndication, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” 2000
Viewers for Quality Television: Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series,
“Everybody Loves Raymond,” 2000
Viewers for Quality Television: Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series,
“Everybody Loves Raymond,” 1999
Television Critics Association: Individual Achievement in Comedy,
“Everybody Loves Raymond,” 1999
CableACE: Best Animated Programming Special or Series, “Dr. Katz,
Professional Therapist,” 1995
The married man has all but eliminated that worry from his life, simply because his wife knows all about him: the good, the bad, and the tiny.More Ray Romano quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You have to remember: the wife been home all day cleaning asses and feeding faces. Sometimes the opposite.More Ray Romano quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I'll be spending the holidays with my family. Nothing special, just some light bickering and biting sarcasm.More Ray Romano quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
For the sake of your marriage, get a king-size bed. And if you really want to stay married, get two.More Ray Romano quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
“My wife gets all the money I make. I just get an apple and clean clothes every morning.”More Ray Romano quotes [11/29/2006 12:11:00]

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