Everybody Loves Raymond
The Show, Cast, and Trivia!
This is a series about a completely dysfunctional Italian-American family, the Barones. They live in Lynbrook, New York, and are quite close to each other. At the center of this family is Newsday sportswriter, Raymond Barone (Ray Romano). Ray, and his wife Debra (Patricia Heaton), live across the street from his parents, Frank (Peter Boyle) and Marie (Doris Roberts). They have a daughter named Ally (Madylin Sweeten), and identical twin sons, Michael (Sullivan Sweeten), and Geoffrey (Sawyer Sweeten). There is also Ray’s brother, Robert (Brad Garrett), a New York City police officer, who is still living at home. Needless to say this makes for a cozy little environment for all!
Raymond Barone is the younger of two sons, born to Frank and Marie Barone. He has always been the favorite, and never tried to change it. He is married to Debra, whom he truly loves, (although in a competition between Debra and his mother, it could be a toss-up)! They have twin boys, and a daughter, whom Ray also loves, but when it comes to parental responsibility he is a little bit lazy. Preferring instead to watch sports on T.V. If things don’t go his way he tends to whine, especially if sex or food is involved! All in all though, he is a hard-working man that loves his family, his ENTIRE family, no matter how much they drive him crazy!
Debra Barone is Ray’s long-suffering wife. As a housewife, she feels that she doesn’t get enough assistance from her husband where either the house or the children are concerned. She is always stressed out, and insists that Ray does not appreciate her, or what she does, and that is why she is constantly yelling at him. But her biggest grievance is definitely with Marie. Marie’s habit of dropping by anytime she wants and criticizing everything that Debra does is where she feels the line should be drawn. Unfortunately, Ray does not make a habit of standing up to his parents, especially his mother! Despite many feelings of anger and other emotions at times, Debra really does love her in-laws, especially Robert, whom she has great sympathy for, and in some ways seems to identify with as well.
Robert Barone is the oldest son of Frank and Marie. And though he wants desperately to be the favored one, if only once in a while, his wishes never seem to come true. (Although this is not for lack of trying on his part). He is a New York City police officer, and while quite good at his job, he seems to have a much more difficult time in his personal life. He is quite tall, and has a great deal of little idiosyncrasies, which enable him it seems to deal with the imperfections within his family. He does have other attributes, he is a good friend, a loving and kind uncle, and he is an amazing dancer. He does have a few problems with women, (his first wife divorced him), but several possibilities do present themselves. In all, he is a kind if slightly paranoid man who just wants to be loved.
Frank Barone is Ray and Robert’s father. And though it is sometimes difficult to believe, he truly does love his sons, and family, (his wife included)! However, there are many times when they are in great doubt about this! Frank is a retired bookkeeper, and a war veteran who fought in the Korean War, a fact which he brings up at any given moment, much to everyone’s disgust, especially Robert and Raymond’s’. He is a registered real-estate agent, and also belongs to the Order of the Caribou Lodge. To say that he is a stubborn man with an incredibly masculine personality would be putting it mildly. Still, despite his many annoying comments and habits, he is, without a doubt, the much loved head of the family.
Marie Barone is, without question, in charge. Though Frank is the head of the family, Marie sees to it that nothing gets done without her, no matter how this takes place. She is not only a wife, mother and grandmother, but also the housekeeper and cook that most people only dream of becoming. Her cooking is perfection, (a particular annoyance to Debra who cannot cook despite years of trying and failing), and her home is the very definition of cleanliness. She takes her many jobs seriously, and insists that when she does something, no matter how unjust it may seem to that person at the time, that she has done it out of love.
Amy MacDougall/Barone, (Monica Horan), (though not a regular until near the end of the series), is Debra’s best friend, and Robert’s on again, off again girlfriend for years. Eventually, she and Robert marry, and she becomes a part of the Barone family. Although at times, I’m sure she wishes she wasn’t! Regardless, she is, and she tries very hard to improve family relations between its members, often apologizing for things that are really their fault and not hers. Amy comes from a very religious family, and is not used to all the yelling that the Barones take for granted is the only way to communicate.
This is a show that is not only extremely funny, but also tends to make marriage and family look the way that it really IS….sometimes! It also has the ability, however, to turn them around and make it appear NOTHING like it really is, but with a comedic twist of genius that is impossible to look away from! If what you’re looking for is a chance to relax and laugh, then this is the show for you. Because not only is the series itself entertaining but it also has a fantastic cast of actors who can make you laugh with just a look. A great show through all 9 seasons. I give it 8 out of 10.
Raymond Barone-Ray Romano
Debra Barone-Patricia Heaton
Robert Barone-Brad Garrett
Frank Barone-Peter Boyle
Marie Barone-Doris Roberts
Amy MacDougall/Barone-Monica Horan
Ally Barone-Madylin Sweeten
Michael Barone-Sullivan Sweeten
Geoffrey Barone-Sawyer Sweeten
Recurring Cast Years
Andy-Andy Kindler 1996-2005
Gianni-Jon Manfrellotti 1997-2005 (also played a cable guy on his 1st guest appearance)
Bernie Gruenfelder-Tom McGowan 1996-2004
Lois-Katherine Helmond 1996-2004
Pat MacDougall-Georgia Engel 2003-2005
Hank MacDougall-Fred Willard 2003-2005
Warren-Robert Culp 1996-2004
Linda Gruenfelder-Maggie Wheeler 1996-2004
Peter MacDougall-Chris Elliott 2003-2005
Stan-Victor Raider-Wexler 1996-2004
Garvin-Len Lesser 1996-2004
Sgt. Judy-Sherri Sheperd 1998-2003
Kevin Daniels-Kevin James 1996-1999
Suzy-Susan Varon 1996-2001
Nemo-Joseph V. Perry 1996-1999 (also played by Robert Ruth in 2001)
Cousin Gerard-Fred Stoller 1998-2003
Father Hubley-Charles Durning 1998-2003
Molly-Alexandra Romano 1998-2004
Stefania-Alex Meneses 2000-2005
Marco Fogagnolo-David Proval 2000-2001
Max-Max Rosenthal 2000-2004
Carrie Parker-Elizabeth Herring 1998-2003
Peggy-Amy Aquino 2000-2005
Angelina-Tina Arning 1996-1998
Uncle Mel-Phil Leeds 1996-1998
Richard-Richard Romano 1998-2003
Bill Parker-David Hunt 1998-2002
Artie-Fred Ornstein 1999-2002
Gregory Romano as himself 1999-2001
Matthew Romano as himself 1999-2001
Guy Kowalski-Jerry Lambert 2002-2004
Albert-Albert Romano 2002-2004
Scott Preeman-Bob Odenkirk 1997-2001
Lee-Debra Mooney 2002-2003
Arthur-Steven Hack 1997-2003
Walter-Brian Posehn 1997-2001
Ruth-Patricia Belcher 1997-2000
Gail-Kristen Trucksess 1997-2003
Duddie-Michael Duddie 1998-2003
Young Mook-Nicholas DiNardo 2002
Carol-Daniele O’Loughlin 1996-2005
Dave-Dave Attell 1996-1997
Announcer-Tom Paris 1996-1997
Tommy Lasorda as himself 1997
Delivery Person-Joe Durrenberger 1998-2003
Bryan-Dan Castellaneta 1998-2001
Rita-Ann Berger 1998-2000
Harry-David Byrd 1998-2000
Frontier Girl-Julia Scrovan 1999-2002
Hotel Clerk-Amy Janon 1999-2001
Sarah-Diana Maria Riva 1999-2001
Bartender-Dan Kinsella 2000-2003
Aunt Colleta-Silvana De Santis 2000
Giorgio-Pierrino Mascarino 2000
Joanne ‘Cinnamon” Glotz-Suzie Plakson 2000
Jimmy-Jeff Garlin 2001-2003
Policeman-Dan Martin 2003
Mary Ellen-Carrie ‘CeCe’ Cline 2004-2005
There are many situations from the show that are based on Ray Romano’s and Philip Rosenthal’s (creator/producer of the show) true life experiences, as well as that of the writing staff. In addition, the main characters of the show are also loosely based on both Romano’s and Rosenthal’s actual family members.
The children, Michael, Geoffrey, and Ally, are not just related on the show, but are actual siblings’ in real-life as well.
In the pilot episode, the twin’s names’ were originally, Matthew and Gregory, after Romano’s own twin sons, but was changed after the show’s debut. Ray Romano also has a daughter in real-life, named Alexandra, and she was often seen playing the part of Ally’s best friend, Molly.
In the Halloween episode, “Halloween Candy”, Peter Boyle (Frank) is seen dressed as Frankenstein’s monster. In real-life, Boyle actually played a wacky version of this character in “Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein”. Also, in the same episode, Boyle gives the very same speech about mortality that he did in the movie, “Taxi Driver”.
Just like on the show, Ray Romano has a brother in real-life that is a New York police officer.
According to Romano, the reason that Patricia Heaton got the role of “Debra” was because she was the only one who would kiss him on the lips at the audition.
Monica Horan, who plays Amy on the show, is actually the wife of Philip Rosenthal, the co-creator and executive producer of “Everybody Loves Raymond”.
The character of “Raymond Barone” was ranked #10, on TV Guide’s list of “50 Greatest TV Dads of All-Time”.
“Everybody Loves Raymond” holds the record for most Screen Actors Guild Nominations in a single year. It was 2004, and they had 6 nominations.
Of the adult Barones, Peter Boyle is the only one to never win an Emmy for his performance, despite being nominated several times.
During the show’s 9 seasons, Patricia Heaton became pregnant twice, making it necessary to film her either from the waist up, or covered by something to hide this fact. Her time on the screen was limited as well.
Ray Romano’s wife, Anna, is a recent survivor of breast cancer.
Ray Romano and Fran Drescher were in the same high school class together, and Romano actually guest-starred on her popular TV series, “The Nanny”.
Peter Boyle (Frank) died in December of 2006 of multiple myeloma and heart disease. After his death, his wife, Loraine Boyle, created the Peter Boyle Memorial Fund to support the International Myeloma Foundation. Since his death his family, co-stars and closest friends have gathered every year for a comedy celebration fundraiser that is held in Los Angeles. Additionally, as a tribute to Peter, Ray Romano hosts the annual event. It is the most successful fundraiser in International Myelomas’ history, raising over $500,000 in the first year alone, and growing.
Peter Boyle met his wife on the set of the movie, “Young Frankenstein”. She was a reporter from Rolling Stone magazine, and he asked her out while still in his Frankenstein make-up. The best man at their wedding was John Lennon, as Boyle had gotten to know him through his wife’s friend, Yoko Ono.
Just six years before Everybody Loves Raymond went on the air, Peter Boyle had a stroke that was almost fatal and left him completely speechless as well as immobile for nearly six months.
Doris Roberts’ testified before a U.S. Congressional panel about age discrimination in Hollywood.
Like her character (Marie), Doris Roberts is passionate about cooking.
Brad Garrett (Robert), proposed to his future wife, Jill Diven, on the set of “Raymond”, in 1998. They were divorced in 2006.
Before Monica Horan (Amy), married her husband, Philip Rosenthal, she converted from Catholicism to Judaism.
At the wedding of Patricia Heaton (Debra), to her husband, David Hunt, the best man was Tony Shalhoub, who played the character of “Adrian Monk”, on the series, “Monk”.