Ray Romano

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Ray Romano
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Romano at the Voice Awards, August 2014
Birth nameRaymond Albert Romano
Born (1957-12-21) December 21, 1957 (age 62)
New York City, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, television, film
Years active1989–present
Genres Observational comedy, blue comedy, slapstick
Spouse
Anna Scarpulla(m. 1987)
Children4
Website rayromano.com

Raymond Albert Romano [1] (born December 21, 1957) [2] is an American stand-up comedian, actor and screenwriter. He is best known for his role on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond , for which he received an Emmy Award, and as the voice of Manny in the Ice Age film series. 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 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). Since 2017, Romano has portrayed Rick Moreweather in the comedy-drama series Get Shorty .

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Early life

Romano was born in Queens, New York, [2] the son of Lucie (née Luciana Fortini), [1] a piano teacher, and Albert Romano (November 7, 1925 – March 11, 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]

Career

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 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 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.[ citation needed ]

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 broken 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 Barkers 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. [11] 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.

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. [12] [13] 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 . [14]

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.

Currently, Romano is a leading man on the Epix comedy series Get Shorty .

In 2019, Romano starred in the Netflix comedy film Paddleton and portrayed mob lawyer Bill Bufalino in Martin Scorsese's The Irishman . [15]

Competitions

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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. [16] 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 [17] [18] each July.

Personal life

Romano married his wife, Anna Scarpulla, in 1987. They met while working at a bank together. [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 TV 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 TV brother. [19]

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." [20]

Romano was close friends with Doris Roberts, who played his character's mother on Everyone 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. [21]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1990Caesar's SaladPolicemanShort 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 HimselfCameo
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
Bad Education Big Bob Spicer
The Irishman Bill Bufalino
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Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995–1997 Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Ray (voice)7 episodes
1996–2005 Everybody Loves Raymond Raymond Barone Lead role (210 episodes)
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 All That HimselfGuest appearance with Nelly Furtado
2002 Sesame Street HimselfEpisode 3,983
2005 The Simpsons Ray MaginiVoice role
Episode: "Don't Fear the Roofer"
2007 'Til Death Guest at Italian RestaurantEpisode: "The Italian Affair"
2007 The Knights of Prosperity Himself3 episodes
2008 Hannah Montana HimselfEpisode: "We're All on This Date Together"
2009–2011 Men of a Certain Age Joe TranelliLead role (22 episodes)
2011 TheOffice Merv BronteEpisode: "Search Committee"
2011 The Middle Nicky KohlbrennerEpisode: "Forced Family Fun" (parts 1 and 2)
2011 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Manfred "Manny" (voice)TV special
2014 Maron HimselfEpisode: "Marc's New Friend"
2012–15 Parenthood Hank RizzoliRecurring role (seasons 4–6), 44 episodes
2015David Letterman: A Life on TelevisionHimself (host)TV special
2016 Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade Manny (voice)TV special
2016 Vinyl Zak YankovichMain role (10 episodes)
2016 Kevin Can Wait VicEpisode: "Beat the Parents"
2017–present Get Shorty Rick MoreweatherMain role (20 episodes)
2019 Crashing HimselfEpisode: "The Secret"
2020 One Day at a Time BrianEpisode: "Checking Boxes"
2020 Made for Love Herbert GreenMain role, upcoming series

Video games

YearTitleRole
2007 Ice Age 2: The Meltdown Manfred "Manny"
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
2013Ice 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
Season two
Season three
Season four
Season five
Season six
Season seven
Season nine

Men of a Certain Age

Season one
Season two

Discography

Bibliography

Awards and nominations

YearCategoryWorkResult
American Comedy Awards [ citation needed ]
1999 Funniest Male Performer in a Television Series (Leading Role) Everybody Loves RaymondWon
2000 Funniest Male Performer in a Television Series (Leading Role) Everybody Loves RaymondWon
2001 Funniest Male Performer in a Television Series (Leading Role) Everybody Loves RaymondWon
Emmy Awards [10]
1999 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves RaymondNominated
1999 Outstanding Comedy Series Everybody Loves RaymondNominated
2000 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves RaymondNominated
2000 Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Everybody Loves RaymondNominated
2000 Outstanding Comedy Series Everybody Loves RaymondNominated
2001 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves RaymondNominated
2001 Outstanding Comedy Series Everybody Loves RaymondNominated
2002 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves RaymondWon
2002 Outstanding Comedy Series Everybody Loves RaymondNominated
2003 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves RaymondNominated
2003 Outstanding Comedy Series Everybody Loves RaymondWon
2004 Outstanding Comedy Series Everybody Loves RaymondNominated
2005 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves RaymondNominated
2005 Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Everybody Loves RaymondNominated
2005 Outstanding Comedy Series Everybody Loves RaymondWon
2005 Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special Everybody Loves Raymond: The Last LaughNominated
Screen Actors Guild [ citation needed ]
1999 Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves RaymondNominated
2001 Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves RaymondNominated
2002 Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves RaymondNominated
2017 Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Big SickNominated
Golden Globes [ citation needed ]
2000 Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves RaymondNominated
2001 Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves RaymondNominated
American Film Institute [ citation needed ]
2001 Best Male Actor in a Television Series Everybody Loves RaymondWon
People's Choice Awards [ citation needed ]
2002 Favorite Male Television Performer (tie w/ Kelsey Grammer)Everybody Loves RaymondWon
2003 Favorite Male Television Performer Everybody Loves RaymondWon
2004 Favorite Male Television Performer Everybody Loves RaymondWon
2006 Favorite Male Television Star Everybody Loves RaymondWon
Kid's Choice Awards [ citation needed ]
2003 Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Ice AgeNominated
2010 Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Ice Age: Dawn of The DinosaursNominated

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