Raymond "Ray" Romano (born December 21, 1957) is an American actor, writer and stand-up comedian, best known for his starring role on the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. His other acting credits include Ice Age and Ice Age: The Meltdown and Welcome to Mooseport.
His early comedy career 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. Shortly thereafter, he became the star of his own show, Everybody Loves Raymond, that featured a cast and format more suitable to Romano's brand of humor.
Romano and his comedian friend Kevin James starred in the salesman comedy Grilled, as two guys of the same profession who are both very desperate to land a big sale. Romano was featured on a 2