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Ray Romano
Ray Romano 2014.jpg
Romano at the Voice Awards, August 2014
Birth nameRaymond Albert Romano
Born (1957-12-21) December 21, 1957 (age 62)
Queens, New York, U.S.
MediumStand-up, television, film
Years active1989–present
GenresObservational comedy, blue comedy, slapstick
Anna Scarpulla (m. 1987)

Raymond Albert Romano (born December 21, 1957) 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.

Personal life and family

Romano was born in Queens, New York, the son of Lucie (née Fortini), a piano teacher, and Albert Romano (November 7, 1925 – March 11, 2010), a real estate agent and engineer.[2][3] He is of Italian descent.[4] He grew up in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens.[5] He has an older brother, Richard (born in 1956), a sergeant with the NYPD, and a younger brother, Robert, a second grade teacher in New York City.[6] Romano married his wife, Anna Scarpulla, in 1987. They met while working at a bank together.[7] They have four children and live in Venice, Los Angeles, California.[8]

Romano's character's daughter on Everybody Loves Raymond was named after his real-life daughter. 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 on screen. He also said his brother was not pleased with Ray Barone's TV brother.[9]

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 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."

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."[10]

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.[11]


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.[12] He was in the same high school class as Fran Drescher. Before getting into show business, Romano briefly attended Queens College, in Flushing, New York, where he studied accounting.[7]

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 Emmy nominations, winning in 2002, as well as five Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and two Golden Globe Award nominations.

Romano performed the opening monologue at the 1998 White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

Romano and his comedian best 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.

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 the show had broken another record by having the highest revenue, at $3.9 billion.

On December 13, 2003, Romano was featured as a special guest star, sending a birthday card to Bob Barker in his 80th birthday bash on the 27th "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.[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.

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.[14][15] 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.[16]

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.[17]


Romano at the 2010 World Series of Poker main event
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.[18] 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[19][20] each July.



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
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
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes
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 Himself Guest appearance with Nelly Furtado
2002 Sesame Street Himself Episode 3,983
2005 The Simpsons Ray Magini Voice role
Episode: "Don't Fear the Roofer"
2007 'Til Death Guest at Italian Restaurant Episode: "The Italian Affair"
2007 The Knights of Prosperity Himself 3 episodes
2008 Hannah Montana Himself Episode: "We're All on This Date Together"
2009–2011 Men of a Certain Age Joe Tranelli Lead role (22 episodes)
2011 TheOffice Merv Bronte Episode: "Search Committee"
2011 The Middle Nicky Kohlbrenner Episode: "Forced Family Fun" (parts 1 and 2)
2011 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Manfred "Manny" (voice) TV special
2014 Maron Himself Episode: "Marc's New Friend"
2012–15 Parenthood Hank Rizzoli Recurring role (seasons 4–6), 44 episodes
2015 David Letterman: A Life on Television Himself (host) TV special
2016 Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade Manny (voice) TV special
2016 Vinyl Zak Yankovich Main role (10 episodes)
2016 Kevin Can Wait Vic Episode: "Beat the Parents"
2017–present Get Shorty Rick Moreweather Main role (20 episodes)
2019 Crashing Himself Episode: "The Secret"
2020 One Day at a Time Brian Episode: "Checking Boxes"
2020 Made for Love Herbert Green Main role, upcoming series

Video games

Year Title Role
2007 Ice Age 2: The Meltdown Manfred "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
Season four
Season five
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
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

Year Category Work Result
American Comedy Awards
1999 Funniest Male Performer in a Television Series (Leading Role) Everybody Loves Raymond Won
2000 Funniest Male Performer in a Television Series (Leading Role) Everybody Loves Raymond Won
2001 Funniest Male Performer in a Television Series (Leading Role) Everybody Loves Raymond Won
Emmy Awards
1999 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
1999 Outstanding Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
2000 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
2000 Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
2000 Outstanding Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
2001 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
2001 Outstanding Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
2002 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Won
2002 Outstanding Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
2003 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
2003 Outstanding Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Won
2004 Outstanding Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
2005 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
2005 Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
2005 Outstanding Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Won
2005 Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special Everybody Loves Raymond: The Last Laugh Nominated
Screen Actors Guild
1999 Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
2001 Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
2002 Best Male Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
2017 Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Big Sick Nominated
Golden Globes
2000 Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
2001 Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy Series Everybody Loves Raymond Nominated
American Film Institute
2001 Best Male Actor in a Television Series Everybody Loves Raymond Won
People's Choice Awards
2002 Favorite Male Television Performer (tie w/ Kelsey Grammer) Everybody Loves Raymond Won
2003 Favorite Male Television Performer Everybody Loves Raymond Won
2004 Favorite Male Television Performer Everybody Loves Raymond Won
2006 Favorite Male Television Star Everybody Loves Raymond Won
Kid's Choice Awards
2003 Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Ice Age Nominated
2010 Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Ice Age: Dawn of The Dinosaurs Nominated


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