1. Raymond Albert “Ray” Romano is an American actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter and voice actor.
2. He is best known for his role on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, for which he received an Emmy Award, and as the voice of “Manny” in the Ice Age film series.
3. He created and starred in the TNT comedy-drama Men of a Certain Age .
4. From 2012 to 2015, Romano had a recurring role as Hank Rizzoli, a love interest of Sarah Braverman in Parenthood.
5. In February 2012, Romano revealed that his wife, Anna, had successfully battled stage one breast cancer in 2010.
6. Romano attended elementary and middle school at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Forest Hills.
7. Before getting into show business, Romano briefly attended Queens College, in Flushing, New York, where he studied accounting.
8. Romano quit after gaining only 15 credits in three years, but he would later return.
9. His early comedy career started when he competed in the Johnnie Walker Comedy Search in 1989 directed by Saturday Night Live short film producer Neal Marshad and appeared on The Comedy Channel .
10. His career included many outlets, such as Comedy Central, where he had been a recurring guest voice on the show Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.
11. He also was a contestant on Star Search in the stand-up comedy category.
12. He originally was cast to play Joe on the American television sitcom NewsRadio, but was fired and replaced by Joe Rogan.