ROB THE MOB
RAY ROMANO (Jerry Cardozo) was the star of one of the most
respected sitcoms in
television history, "Everybody Loves Raymond," a huge hit for CBS. Romano won
awards including a 2002 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy
Series. As one of
the show's executive producers, he shared in Emmy wins in 2003 and 2005 for
Comedy Series. In 2003 the cast won a SAG Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a
Romano also won three People's Choice Awards for Favorite Male TV Performer and
another when "Everybody Loves Raymond" was named Favorite Television Comedy in
Romano is currently reprising his role as photographer Hank Rizzoli on the NBC
"Parenthood," now in its fifth season.
The actor has starred in such films as Eulogy, with Zooey Deschanel; Welcome
opposite Gene Hackman; Grilled, with Kevin James and Burt Reynolds; and The Last
Winona Ryder and Wes Bentley. In 2006 Romano was the subject of 95 Miles to Go,
about his life on tour.
Romano never gave stand-up comedy any serious thought until one fateful open-mic
at a New York comedy club in 1984. Positive response from audiences encouraged
him to pursue
stand-up full time. Romano performed regularly at comedy clubs across the
country, which led to
appearances on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" (and later with Jay Leno)
as well as "Late
Night with David Letterman." Letterman recognized something unique in Romano's
offered him a development deal with his production company, Worldwide Pants,
which led to
"Everybody Loves Raymond."
Romano made his big-screen debut as the voice of Manny the wooly mammoth in
blockbuster hit Ice Age. He reprised his role in the wildly successful sequels
Ice Age: The Meltdown, Ice
Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Ice Age: Continental Drift.
Romano is the author of The New York Times bestseller Everything and a Kite,
inspired by his comedy. In collaboration with his brothers Bobby and Rich
Romano, he wrote the
children's book Raymie, Dickie, and the Bean: Why I Love and Hate My Brothers,
nominated for a Grammy Award in 2006 for Best Spoken Word album. Romano's comedy
"Live at Carnegie Hall" was nominated for a Grammy in 2002.
In 2009 Romano teamed with Mike Royce, a fellow stand-up comedian from New
"Everybody Loves Raymond" writer, to create and star in the one-hour series "Men
of a Certain
Age." The series, which also starred Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher, ran for
two seasons on TNT
and won the Peabody Award in 2011.
Romano resides in Los Angeles with his wife Anna and their four children.
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