10 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know about Ray Romano

Ray Romano is an American actor, screenwriter, stand-up comedian, and director best known for playing the role of Ray Barone on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. He has also starred in many films and TV series since his debut in 1989. 

This blog post will teach you ten things you didn’t know about Ray Romano. The posts will be brief but informative. No need to panic if there’s too much information to take in, as these are simply 10 interesting facts from the actor’s life. Enjoy!

What’s In a name?

Ray Romano
Ray Romano

Ray Romano‘s real name is Raymond Albert Romano. He was born on September 6th, 1961 and he has two siblings, Tony and Robert.

Interesting Facts About Ray Romano

1) One of the most popular films Romano has appeared in is Mama’s Boy.

2) He was born in Queens, New York on December 18, 1954.

3) He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977 with a degree in drama.

4) His brother Tony is also an actor and comedian.

5) His cousin Paul Sorvino was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Mighty Aphrodite.

6) A movie Romano starred in called The Big Year had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival but was pulled because it couldn’t find a distributor to buy the film and release it to theaters.

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7) He has been married to Erin O’Brien since 1989 and they have three children together, two daughters and one son. Their daughter Alexandra was born when he was 32 years old, their second daughter Natalia was born when he was 36, and their son Christopher Jr was born when he was 46 years old. 

8) In 2014 Ray Romano became the spokesman for USAA and has appeared on billboards across America advertising USAA’s products/services as well as commercials for them on television/online which will run through 2015.

9) His personal website says that his favorite comedy films are Airplane! (1980), Night Shift (1982), Ghostbusters (1984), This Is Spinal Tap (1984), They Live (1988), and Groundhog Day (1993).

Where Did He Start His Career?

Ray Romano first made his debut in 1989 on the stand-up comedy show Saturday Night Live. He joined the cast in 1991 and stayed for three seasons. 

In 1987, he received an invitation from Judd Apatow to do a stand-up set at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. It was during this set that Apatow saw potential in Romano and subsequently recommended him for an SNL audition.

His Inspirations and Influences

In an interview, Romano stated that he is inspired by Albert Brooks and Jerry Seinfeld.

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Albert Brooks is famous for his alter-ego as the comedian ‘Delirious’, who was a stand-up comic at “The Improv.”

Jerry Seinfeld is best known for his sitcom ‘Seinfeld’ which ended its run in 1998. His style of comedy involves observational humor that revolves around everyday situations.

Romano first began performing stand-up comedy when he was 16 years old and then got a job in the writing department of Saturday Night Live in 1989. He has also written and directed four feature films.

How Old Were He And His Brother When They Started Their First Business?

Ray Romano and his brother, Chris Romano, were both born on September 6th, 1957. When they were just three years old, they started their first business together by selling flowers to neighbors and local businesses.

Ray Romano’s Acting Style

Ray Romano is an American actor, screenwriter, stand-up comedian, and director best known for playing the role of Ray Barone on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. He has also starred in many films and TV series since his debut in 1989.

His acting style is a mix between comedy and drama. He doesn’t like to play any dramatic scenes where he has to cry or get angry. He also doesn’t want to be involved with any scenes which require him to be drunk or high. This makes him a very versatile actor seeing as he can pull off both serious and comedic roles well.

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Ray Romano’s Favorite TV Show of All Time

Everybody Loves Raymond isn’t just Romano’s favorite show of all time, it’s also the one he would watch even if he knew he wasn’t going to be on it.

The actor revealed that his favorite show of all time is The Honeymooners. In fact, Romano said the way Jackie Gleason played Ralph Kramden was so influential in making him want to become an actor.

In a 2013 interview with People Magazine, Ray Romano explained how watching The Honeymooners affected his future as an aspiring actor. “I had never seen anything like this before,” Romano said about watching The Honeymooners for the first time. “I lived for it.”


Ray Romano is one of the most famous actors in the world, but that’s not all he is. He has an extensive list of accomplishments and a long list of credits that includes well-known TV shows such as Everybody Loves Raymond, King of Queens, Men of a Certain Age, and more.

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