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Ray Romano had plans to become an accountant before stepping onstage during an open-mike night at a New York comedy club in 1984. That same year, he won a stand-up comedy contest and started down a different career path.
Romano made regular appearances at comedy clubs and on talk shows, including "The Tonight Show" with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno and the "Late Show with David Letterman." The Letterman gig led to a deal with the production company Worldwide Pants Incorporated, leading to the sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," which began in 1996.
His hit TV show earned Romano nominations and awards, including a 2002 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy and four People's Choice Award for Favorite Male TV Performer (2002 - 2006), and he shared the 2003 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Besides having an award-winning TV series, Romano also tackled other projects. He headlined a comedy festival at Carnegie Hall, won and donated $125,000 on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and wrote the best-selling book "Everything and a Kite." He also released the CD "Ray Romano: Live at Carnegie Hall," and proceeds went to the September 11th Fund.
Romano lent his voice to the 2002 animated film "Ice Age," where he played Manny the woolly mammoth. He also appeared in "Eulogy" (2004) and "Welcome to Mooseport" (2004). Romano has revived his role of Manny in three Ice Age sequels, videos games and will voice Manny again in the 5th Ice Age movie in 2016. In 2008 Romano returned to television in the TNT series "Men of a Certain Age." The series ran for two years. In 2012, Romano joined the cast of "Parenthood" on NBC where he continues to perform as Hank Rizzoli.
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