Ray Romano is a beloved comedian and actor who has been winning over the hearts of people since he first performed his comedy act on The Comedy Channel. This amazing actor has won over 17 awards in his career, including two Golden Globes! In honor of all of the years of joy and laughter he’s given us, we’ve gathered five of the most interesting Ray Romano facts around for you!
1. Ray was the subject of his very own documentary, "95 Miles to Go." The documentary followed Ray as he traveled around the southern United States, performing his stand-up comedy. The film originally premiered at the Deep Ellum Film Festival in October 2004, but wasn’t released theatrically in the US until 2006.
2. Before pursuing comedy as a career, Ray attended Queens College in Flushing, New York, where he was studying accounting! That all changed when he participated in the 1989 Johnnie Walker Comedy Search held by Neal Marshad, a "Saturday Night Live" producer. I can only imagine if we had lost out on such a comedy great - and a wonderful show - if he had gone into accounting!
3. In 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2015, he participated in the World Series of Poker! Although he’s continued acting since the end of "Everybody Loves Raymond," he makes time to play poker professionally whenever he can! In 2013, he even made it to the third day of playing!
4. Ray met his wife, Anna Romano, in 1982, when they both worked at Williamsburg Savings Bank in Queens, New York. Anna wasn’t the first girl that Ray asked out who worked at the bank! In fact, she was the third girl he asked out there, and the only one to say yes to him. The two have been together ever since, and we’re sure there are many more years to come.
5. When Ray named the kids on "Everybody Loves Raymond," he originally named them after this own actual kids! He and Anna have a daughter named Allie, and twin sons named Gregory and Matthew. After the premier of the pilot episode, he decided that it would be too confusing for the kids names to be the same as his real kids, and so the twins were renamed to Geoffrey and Michael.