List of Everybody Loves Raymond charactersRaymond Albert "Ray" Barone (Ray Romano) is the protagonist of the sitcom. Most of the series’ storylines revolve around him, hence the title of the show. He lives on Long Island, with his wife Debra and their three children Ally and twin boys, Michael and Geoffrey Barone. He attended St. Johns University in Queens, New York. Ray is well-known through the community due to his profession as a sportswriter for ''Newsday''. He is also promoted as chief sports writer. In some episodes, he is seen reviewing a famous sportsman. However, this is shown to have subsided in the later seasons. Due to the nature of his work, Ray is often seen on the couch, watching sports, rather than assisting Debra with household duties and the children.
At times Raymond appears rather introverted. He often rants in a nasal, whiny voice. His fears include not being liked by everyone and confronting his parents, particularly his mother. He often gets annoyed because he feels that he and Debra lack intimacy.
Parts of the backstory of his childhood have explained Raymond’s attitude and personality as an adult. Raymond and Robert were spoiled by their mother. However, their father, who worked long hours, had been neglectful in showing them affection and instead showed verbal abuse. Ray has sometimes shown this pattern of behavior in his reluctance to participate with his own children.
A running gag in the show is because of how much Ray was mothered and spoiled by his mother, he is known to be lazy and act like a child. Very often, to defend himself to Debra, he goes to Marie for advice and protection. He is also very scared of her and often sides with her instead of Debra.
In 2004, ''TV Guide'' ranked Ray Barone number 10 on its '50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time' list.
The character has made several crossover appearances: *1997: ''Cosby'' – "Lucas Raymondicus" *1998: ''The Nanny'' – "The Reunion Show" *1998–2005: ''The King of Queens'' (4 episodes) *1999: ''Becker'' – "Drive, They Said" Provided by Wikipedia