Ray Romano Net Worth
$200 Million dollars
Ray Romano Bio
|Raymond Albert Romano
|Date of Birth
|December 21, 1957 (age 66)
|Queens, New York, USA
|Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Writer
How much is Ray Romano net worth?
Ray Romano is a popular American stand-up comedian, actor and writer. Ray Romano net worth is $200 million. Ray Romano is well known for his role on the television hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.
Romano’s down-to-earth humor and relatable family dynamics won him recognition and a loyal fan base, making Everybody Loves Raymond one of the most famous sitcoms of its time.
Romano’s career in the entertainment industry started with stand-up comedy. He competed in the Johnnie Walker Comedy Search in 1990 and his amazing performance caught the attention of talk show host David Letterman, which led to the success of Everybody Loves Raymond later.
The show aired from 1996 to 2005. Romano was playing the lead role of Raymond Barone. His outstanding performance earned him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
Additionally to his success on television, Romano has also made remarkable steps in film and voice acting. In the animated Ice Age film series, he voiced the character of Manny while demonstrating his creativity as an actor.
Romano has worked on the big screen with popular directors like Martin Scorsese in The Irishman and he has taken a dramatic turn in the series Parenthood and Vinyl.
Romano has come back to his roots in stand-up comedy, with his exceptional Right Here, Around the Corner that released on Netflix in 2019. It was first stand-up special in 23 years, and it was well received, displaying enduring talent of Romano in comedy world.
As a Highest Paid Actor
Ray’s salary for the first four seasons per episode of Everybody Loves Raymond is unknown but he earned $800,000 per episode starting in season 5. That figures out to around $19 million per season, in seasons 5, 6 and 7.
That’s a huge $57 million from just these three seasons alone. If you think he earned for the first four seasons only $300K that would be an extra $30 million.
Ray earned for the final two seasons of the show what was at the time a record-breaking $1.75 million per episode. That was sufficient to make him the highest paid actor in television history up to that point.
In 2019, his record was broken when both Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon made $2 million dollars per episode of The Morning Show.
However, if you adjust for inflation, $1.75 million of Ray Romano is the same as around $2.3 million today per episode. Through this lens, Ray Romano is still the highest-paid actor in the history of television as of this writing.
Using the $1.75 million as a number, Ray made $40 million dollars of his show off season 8. The following year, he made $28 million on the shorter final season. And keep in your mind, these numbers are alone for base acting and production salaries.
Ray Romano also owns part of the backend points on the show which has allowed him to make tens of millions from syndication contracts to date already. He’ll keep earning millions from syndication for years to come. But have a look at those in-production earnings:
$30 + $57 + $40 + $28 = $155 million dollars in base salary (before taxes) just from Everybody Loves Raymond.
Raymond Albert Romano was born in Queens, New York on 21st of December 1957. His parents name are Albert Romano who was a real estate agent and Lucie Romano who was a piano teacher.
He evolved in an Italian-American family. He has two brothers. Later, his time with his family proved to be an inspiration for many of his skits and standup comedy routines.
Also, he based Everybody Loves Raymond on his real-life experiences within his family, both as a child and as father and a husband.
Romano graduated in 1975 from high school, and was in the same class as comedian Fran Drescher. Ray Romano studied accounting after high school at Queens College in New York.
While Romano was studying accounting in the college and working on different part-time jobs, he decided to try stand-up comedy.
After being successful on the stages of various comedy clubs in New York City, Romano decided to go after a full-time career in comedy. Romano was winning stand-up comedy competitions citywide by 1989, and then he participated in The Johnny Walker Comedy Search.
This marked a new era of Ray Romano’s stand-up career. He performed in 1990 on television for MTV’s Half-Hour Comedy Hour. He also regularly performed on The Comedy Channel.
Romano’s career started to take off seriously in 1995. He reserved a recurring role on Comedy Central’s Dr. Katz, who was a Professional Therapist and was a contestant on Star Search in the category of stand-up comedy.
Everybody Loves Raymond
Romano’s real success came when he performed with David Letterman on The Late Show. The show host was so impressed with Romano that he forced to have the comedian star in his own sitcom.
This sitcom in the end became Everybody Loves Raymond. David Letterman’s production company was presumed with the show’s creation, and it aired first time in the year 1996.
Ray Romano won one Emmy during the show’s run and the show itself won two. It was one of the most-watched shows in the history of television, and continued until 2005. He was named the highest-paid television actor in 2004 in history.
Majority of the characters on the show are highly based on own family members of Ray Romano. Moreover, many of his real-life family members have also performed on the show, including his brother, his daughter, and his father.
After Everybody Loves Raymond
Ray Romano appeared in films after Everybody Loves Raymond such as Paddleton, Grilled and 2019’s The Irishman.
He also gave voice to the character of Manny the mammoth in The Ice Age, replaying his role for the four sequels of the film. The Ice Age film franchise has some of the highest-grossing animated films in history.
Ray also found ongoing success on television, while starring on shows like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, The Office, The Price Is Right, and The Middle. Ray Romano has reserved repeating roles on Men of a Certain Age and Parenthood.
He has a lead role in the Epix series Get Shorty as of 2020. He portrayed Leo Russo in 2022 in the film, Somewhere in Queens. Romano also starred in the series Made for Love and Bupkis.
Besides acting, Romano is a poker enthusiast who has played in the World Series of Poker many times. He is even an avid golfer. He finished fifth in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 2012 alongside Steve Bowditch.
When he was working at a bank, Ray Romano met his future wife, Anna Scarpulla. They got married in the year 1987. They have four children. Romano announced in 2012 that his wife had recovered successfully from breast cancer.
Ray has owned a lavish 10,000 square-foot mansion since the late 1990s on 1.25 acres in Encino, California that is likely worth more than $10 million today. During the filming of his show, this was his primary residence since it was just a few minutes from the studio.
He paid $8.5 million in 2004 for an oceanfront home on ultra-exclusive Broad Beach of Malibu. Today, this home is worth easily more than $25 million. Ray made this home available to rent in August 2023 for a whopping $175,000 rent per month.
He paid a staggering $2.1 million in 2017 for a home in Venice, California. In 2022, he listed this property for $2.5 million. Later within a few months, he sold this property for $2.3 million.