Ray Romano

 

Date Of Birth

December 21, 1957
 

Biography

After dropping out of Queens College, Ray Romano launched his comedy career, initially competing on the Johnnie Walker Comedy Search and working in several shows for Comedy Central. After being fired from the pilot of what was to be the comedy series NewsRadio, he went to CBS, where he starred in his own series, Everybody Loves Raymond.

The show was a huge success, running for nine seasons from 1996 and won three Emmys, including one for Romano, for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy. He was also part of the show's writing staff -- indeed, the series was loosely patterns on his life. Romano also appeared as his character, Ray Barone, in several episodes of the CBS comedy The King of Queens, alongside real-life friend Kevin James.

Romano is also known for his stint as the voice of the whooly mammoth, Manny, in the Ice Age film series. The first film, which hit theaters in 2002, was a huge success; two more have been screened since, with a fourth set for release in 2012. Recently Romano returned to television, appearing on the TNT series Men of a Certain Age.

Romano is married to his wife Anna, with whom he has a daughter and three sons. His first three children were the inspiration for Ray Barone's children on Everybody Loves Raymond; daughter Ally has even appeared on the show several times.
 

Place of Birth

New York, NY
 

Birth Name

Raymond Albert Romano
 

Gender

Male
 

Fun Facts

None
 

Awards

- Television Critics Association Award, Individual Achievement in Comedy, 1999 (for Everybody Loves Raymond)
- Viewers for Quality Television Award, Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series, 1999 (for Everybody Loves Raymond)
- American Comedy Award, Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role: Network, Cable or Syndication), 2000 (for Everybody Loves Raymond)
- Viewers for Quality Television Award, Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series, 2000 (for Everybody Loves Raymond)
- TV Guide Award, Actor of the Year in a Comedy Series, 2001 (for Everybody Loves Raymond)
- Emmy Award, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, 2002 (for Everybody Loves Raymond)
- People's Choice Award, Favorite Male Television Performer, 2002
- Emmy Award, Outstanding Comedy Series, 2003 (for Everybody Loves Raymond)
- Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, 2003 (for Everybody Loves Raymond)
- People's Choice Award, Favorite Male Television Performer, 2003
- People's Choice Award, Favorite Male Television Performer, 2004
- Emmy Award, Outstanding Comedy Series, 2005 (for Everybody Loves Raymond)
- People's Choice Award, Favorite Male Television Star, 2006
 

Filmography

FILM:
- Ice Age (voice, 2002)
- Welcome to Mooseport (2004)
- Eulogy (2004)
- Ice Age: The Meltdown (voice, 2006)
- Grilled (2006)
- The Grand (2007)
- The Last Word (2008)
- Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (voice, 2009)

TELEVISION:
- Everybody Loves Raymond (regular, 1996-2005)
- The King of Queens (recurring, 1998-2005)
- Men of a Certain Age (regular, 2009-2011)
 

Nickname

Ray
 

Height

6' 2 1/2"
 

Quotes

None

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