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Ray Romano
Ray Romano at the Night of Comedy 9 benefit to support the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF) in Beverly Hills, California on April 30, 2011. Photography taken by Angela Georgia.
Birth name Raymond Albert Romano
Born (1957-12-21) December 21, 1957 (age 64)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Medium Film, stand-up, television
Nationality American
Years active 1989–present
Genres Observational comedy, satire
Subject(s) Everyday life, marriage, parenting, family, friends, self-deprecation
Influences Bob Newhart
Spouse Anna Romano (1987–present)
Children Joseph Romano, Matthew Romano,Gregory Romano and Alexandra Romano
Parent(s) Albert Romano (died 2010) & Lucie Romano
Notable works and roles Raymond Barone in Everybody Loves Raymond
Manfred "Manny" in Ice Age film series
Joe Tranelli in Men of a Certain Age
Emmy Awards
Outstanding Comedy Series
2003 Everybody Loves Raymond
2005 Everybody Loves Raymond
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
2002 Everybody Loves Raymond
Screen Actors Guild Awards
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2003 Everybody Loves Raymond
American Comedy Awards
Funniest Male Performer in a Television Series (Leading Role)
2000 Everybody Loves Raymond

Ray Romano (born December 21, 1957) is an American stand-up comedian, actor and screenwriter. He is best known as the star of the television series Everybody Loves Raymond and as the voice of Manny in the Ice Age film series.

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. He is of Italian descent. He grew up in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens. 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. Romano married his wife, Anna Scarpulla, in 1987. They met while working at a bank together. They have four children.

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.

Romano's family has made various appearances in the show.

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."

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