While the Barones on "Everybody Loves Raymond" are a cultural mix of Jewish and Italian, Ray Romano himself is Italian in real life. His father Albert Romano and mother Lucie Fortini are both of primarily Italian descent with a small amount of French descent.
Ray Romano has been active on film and television since 1989 and is best known for his role in "Everybody Loves Raymond," as well as his numerous guest appearances in television shows such as "Cosby" and "King of Queens." He was also the voice behind Manfred, also known as Manny, in the "Ice Age" animated films. In 2013, Romano joined the World Series of Poker tournament as a competitor.