Mike and I have always had success writing what we know. What we know now is that we're middle-aged, neurotic and fatTNT orders Ray Romano pilot Apr 01, 2008
When I came out to L.A. to do 'Everybody Loves Raymond,' I knew no one. Peter immediately took me under his wing and became my friend and mentorCelebrities honor Boyle with N.Y. memorial Dec 19, 2006
But we didn't make it to the Top 10 until the third year. By then, they said, 'It's too late to change now,Romano never loved name of his TV sitcom May 06, 2005
The decision about coming back was always about maintaining the quality, and not feeling like we've overstayed our welcome'Raymond' to return for one more season May 17, 2004
There was no audience there telling me it was funny (on the film)Romano missed audience on film Feb 20, 2004
Raymond Albert "Ray" Romano (born December 21, 1957) is an American actor, writer, and stand-up comedian, best known for his roles on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond and in the Ice Age film series. He currently stars on the TNT comedy-drama Men of a Certain Age.
He was born in Queens, New York, to Italian parents. His mother, Lucie (born 1959), was a piano teacher, and his father, Albert Romano (1926 - March 2010), was a real estate agent and an engineer. He has a brother, Richard A. Romano. He grew up in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens. 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. He was in the same high school class as Fran Drescher and later appeared on Drescher's sitcom The Nanny as an old classmate. Before breaking into show business, Romano briefly attended Queens College, in Flushing, New York, where he studied accounting. Romano quit after gaining only 15 credits in three years. However, he would later return, making it to the Dean's List for three years.
His early comedy career started when he competed in the Johnnie Walker Comedy Search in 1989 and 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 was originally cast to play Joe on the American television sitcom NewsRadio, but was fired, to be 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.