Everybody Loves Raymond Cast Members You Feel Like You Already Know

Thursday, September 15 by Wendy Adams

The “Everybody Loves Raymond” cast made this show one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, whose successful run on television lasted for nine seasons, from 1996 through 2005. The brilliant “Everybody Loves Raymond” cast played a family of characters that included the narcissistic spoiled momma’s boys Ray, the controlling, manipulating and smothering mother Marie, and the Neanderthal minded retired father Frank. Ray and his wife Debra live with their three children directly across the street from Ray’s parents and older brother Robert. What made this show so popular is the fact that everybody is able to relate to the characters. Everybody knows a Marie, Ray, Frank, Robert, or Debra.

Ray Romano as Ray Barone, the title character in “Everybody Loves Raymond”.

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Ray Romano attended college to pursue a degree in accounting, but quickly abandoned it for a career as a stand up comedian. Ray began his comedy career by competing in the “Johnnie Walker Comedy Search” in 1988 which opened doors to “Star Search”, and later a spot on the “Late Show”. Romano’s biggest success came with his own sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond” that was based on his stand up comedy. In 2008, Romano co-created and starred in a new show called “Men of a Certain Age”.

Patricia Heaton as Debra Barone.

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Patricia’s path seemed clear from the beginning when she graduated from Ohio State University with a B.A. in drama. Her Broadway career began with her role in “Don’t Get God Started”. Heaton soon expanded her career to producing off Broadway plays. It was one of her productions that led to her first television role on “Room for Two” in 1992. Heaton’s best success came when she won an Emmy in 1999 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in “Everybody Loves Raymond”.

Brad Garrett as Robert Barone.

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Brad Garrett, a native of California, began his stand up (all 6-feet-8-½-inches) comedy career after dropping out of UCLA in the early '80s. After years of working at several local improv clubs, his first break came when he was a winner on” Star Search”. His second break came with his first appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson, giving him national exposure. Before long Garrett was opening for major headliners like Liza Minnelli and Frank Sinatra. He broke into television on “Family Feud”, “Hollywood Squares”, and Roseanne before winning the role of Robert on “Everybody Loves Raymond”. He starred in his next sitcom “Til Death that ran for four seasons.

Peter Boyle as Frank Barone.  

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As a young Irish man, Peter Boyle, raised Roman Catholic, once considered a life as a man of the cloth, but never really felt the calling. His first notable role came while touring on stage as Murray the cop in “The Odd Couple”. If you are a fan of the films of Mel Brooks, you will remember Peter Boyle as the monster in the film spoof “Young Frankenstein” in 1974. Boyle is not just a funny man as he proved by winning an Emmy in 1996 for his guest appearance on “The X Files”.  His best success came from playing Frank Barone on “Everybody Loves Raymond” where he received seven Emmy nominations and a SAG award. The world lost this talented actor on December 12, 2006.

Doris Roberts as Marie Barone.

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Doris Roberts, a five time Emmy winner, was born November 4, 1930, and has been acting in television roles since 1952 when she appeared in the series “Studio One”. One of her earliest and best movie roles was the corrupt housekeeper in “A New Leaf” with Walter Matthau and Elaine May. Before joining the cast of “Everybody Loves Raymond” as Marie Barone, Roberts appeared in many films and shows including “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”, “Barney Miller”, “Full House”, “Step by Step”, and in 2011, at the age of 80, in an episode of ABC’s “Greys Anatomy”.

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