Ray Romano is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor, who is probably best known for his role in ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’. His career in film and television has spanned four decades and he has enjoyed professional success during this time. In fact, his successful career means that Romano has accrued a personal net worth of $130 million. So, how did Ray Romano become so wealthy?
Romano was born in Queens, New York, on December 21, 1957. He grew up in the Forest Hills neighborhood with his parents and two brothers, Richard and Robert. He did not always plan to have a career in entertainment as he studied accounting at college and intended to choose a career in this field. He did spend a short period working in a bank after leaving college. Ray Romano worked the NYC comedy club scene prior to working on television, says IMDb. He eventually realized that he had a talent for comedy, and he decided to compete in the Johnnie Walker Comedy Search in 1989. This led to him appearing on both ‘The Comedy Channel’ and ‘Comedy Central’. This, in turn, led to other exciting opportunities in the early stages of his career. For example, he competed in the stand-up category of ‘Star Search’ and he was a recurring guest voice for the animated series ‘Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist’. Not everything went well in his early career, because he was originally cast as Joe on the sitcom ‘NewsRadio’, but he was fired and replaced by Joe Rogan. However, his fortunes soon changed for the good after he performed his stand-up routine on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’. This was the beginning of his relationship with CBS and it is what led to him having his own series ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ on the network.
‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ ran for 210 episodes between 1996 and 2005. Many aspects of the show were based on his real family life and his personal experiences. This was a hugely successful sitcom and Romano was nominated for multiple awards, including six Emmys, two Golden Globes, and five Screen Actors Guild Awards. Unfortunately, the only one of these awards he won was an Emmy in 2002. It is for this series that Ray Romano is best known. Although ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ is the series for which he is best-known. Romano has enjoyed a diverse career in both film and television. In 2000, he appeared in a celebrity episode of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’, and then he was a guest star on the 27th ‘Million Dollar Spectacular' in 2003.
In 2006, Romano starred alongside his real-life best friend Kevin James in a comedy film called ‘Grilled’, which was released straight-to-DVD. After taking a short break from television following the end of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’, Romano returned to television in 2008in the TNT dramedy ‘Men of a Certain Age’. This was a series that Ramona had co-created with Mike Royce. The actor featured in a 2010 documentary film called ’95 Miles to Go’. This was about Romano’s road trip across the south of the United States. Around the same time, Romano appeared in several comedy series, including episodes in ‘The Office’ and ‘The Middle’. The latter reunited him with Patricia Heaton, who had played his on-screen wife Debra Barone and Doris Roberts who played his mom in ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’. In 2012, Romano joined the cast of the comedy series ‘Parenthood. Most recently, he plays the lead role in the Epix series ‘Get Shorty’ and he starred in the Netflix original comedy film’Paddleton’ in 2019.
In addition to his television work, Romano is well-known for providing voices for films. He began to provide the voice of Manfred ‘Manny’ the Mammoth for the ‘Ice Age’ series of films in 2002. There is a total of five films in this series. His career in film continues as he has two films in post-production that are both set for release in 2019; ‘Bad Education’ and ‘The Irishman’. Now, Ray Romano has accrued a personal net worth of $130 million, says Celebrity Net Worth. Most of this is money that he has earned as an actor in film and television, or as a screenwriter. However, he has also made some of his money in other ways. For example, he appeared in the ‘Ice Age’ video games as Manny between 2007 and 2013. Romano has also written three books, the first of which was a non-fiction book called ‘Everything and a Kite’, which was published in 1999. His second book was Everybody Loves Raymond: Our Family Album’ in 2004. The last book published by Romano was the 2005 children’ book ‘Raymie, Dickie, and the Bean’.
A further way that Romano has made money is by competing in poker tournaments. He competed in the World Series of Poker for five consecutive years between 2007 and 2011, and then again in 2013 and 2015. Just like his character in ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’, Ray Romano is passionate about golf and has taken part in several programs relating to this sport. He was in the second season of ‘The Haney Project’, an original series on The Golf Channel, in 2010. This involved a professional coach trying to improve the game of celebrities. He has also regularly competed in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Furthermore, he is an annual competitor in the American Century Championship, which is an NBC celebrity tournament held at Lake Tahoe each year.
In his personal life, Ray Romano has been married to Anna Scarpulla since 1987. They met when they worked at the same bank, prior to Romano becoming famous. The couple has four children together; Alexandra, Gregory, Matthew, and Joseph. The family lives in a luxurious and spacious family home in Los Angeles, California. Romano bought the seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom property in 1999, says Virtual Globetrotter. Romano also owns a residence in Malibu and another in Woodland Hills, California.
Written by Allen Lee
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