Ray Romano stars in GET SHORTY as “Rick Moreweather,” a producer of low budget, direct-to-DVD movies, a weary veteran of Hollywood whose career is at an all time low. He’s a survivor, charming when he needs to be, and shameless. Desperate to get a movie made, he falls in with Miles and the criminal world. Rick’s father was a great director of art films, and Rick still lives in his shadow.
Ray Romano starred in Everybody Loves Raymond from 1996 to 2006; winning an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in 2002. The show is one of the most respected sitcoms in television history. As one of the show’s executive producers, he also received Emmys in 2003 and 2005 for “Outstanding Comedy Series,” and shared a 2003 Screen Actors Guild Award with the show’s cast.
Ray began his career in 1984 as a stand-up comedian in New York, which led to appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and later, Jay Leno. After appearing on Late Night with David Letterman, Ray was offered a development deal with Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants, which led to the creation of Everybody Loves Raymond for CBS. Ray made his film debut in 2003 as the voice of Manny the wooly mammoth in 20th Century Fox’ animated hit, Ice Age, and reprised the role in four sequels, including Ice Age: Collision Course in 2016. He also appeared in Welcome to Mooseport, with Gene Hackman and Rob the Mob with Andy Garcia, and was the subject of the 2006 documentary 95 Miles to Go.
In 1998, he wrote the New York Times best-seller, Everything and A Kite, and with his brothers penned the children’s book Raymie, Dickie, and The Bean: Why I Love and Hate My Brothers. Ray’s comedy album, Live at Carnegie Hall, was nominated for a Grammy in 2002. In 2009, Ray teamed with Mike Royce to create and star in Men of a Certain Age, which co-starred Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher. The TNT comedy-drama ran for two seasons and won the Peabody Award in 2011. Ray also appeared in three seasons as photographer Hank Rizzoli in NBC’s Parenthood.
In 2016, Ray starred with Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde in the HBO drama series Vinyl, created by Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger. In 2017, Ray appeared opposite Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan and Holly Hunter in Amazon Studios’ critically acclaimed film The Big Sick, executive produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel.
Get Shorty reunited Ray with his Vinyl director Allen Coulter in its first season. In March 2018 it was announced that Ray would headline his first hour long, standup comedy special for Netflix. The special, which is slated to tape later this year, will feature new material. Later this year, Ray will appear in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman opposite Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino in the highly anticipated Netflix film.
Ray resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Anna, and their four children.