Ray Romano

by ethnic on January 3, 2008

Birth Name: Raymond Albert Romano

Place of Birth: Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 21, 1957

*87.5% Italian
*12.5% French

Ray Romano is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He starred in the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.

Seven of Ray’s great-grandparents were Italian, and one of his great-grandparents was French. A picture of Ray with his parents can be seen here.

Ray is married to Anna Scarpulla, with whom he has four children.

Ray’s paternal grandfather was Mario C. Romano (the son of Rocco Michele Romano and Concetta Blasi). Rocco and Concetta were Italian, born in Province of Potenza, Basilicata, Italy. Rocco was the son of Pasquale Romano and Rose Pavese. Concetta was the daughter of Ceasare Antonio Blasi and Maria Carmela Pellettieri, who was born in Laurenzana, Province of Potenza. Actor and model Nico Tortorella also has Pavese ancestors from the area.

Ray’s paternal grandmother was Augusta Blache (the daughter of August Blache and Adelaide Manassa). Ray’s grandmother Augusta was born in Italy, to a French father and an Italian mother.

Ray’s maternal grandparents were Fernando Fortini and Marie Canudo (the daughter of Anna Disanto). Fernando and Marie were born in Italy. Anna was from Rome.

Sources: Ray’s paternal grandmother, Augusta Blache, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Ray’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Passenger record of Ray’s maternal great-grandmother, Anna (Disanto) Canudo – https://familysearch.org

Image via Joe Seer/Bigstock.com

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

neiltennant July 23, 2017 at 12:26 pm

ANOTHER italian american who can easily pass for INDIAN

I m serious he looks like an indian

madman July 23, 2017 at 2:52 pm

No, he doesn’t.

neiltennant July 23, 2017 at 3:12 pm

yes he does

my sister thinks that too and she knows a lot of indians

he looks very indian

even pakistan based actor sharukk khan looks more pale than him

andrew July 23, 2017 at 3:37 pm
neiltennant July 24, 2017 at 12:36 am

of course you pick a pic of him on which his eyes say


pick a better pic of him

Hill July 24, 2017 at 12:47 pm

Sorry. He doesn’t look Indian.

andrew July 21, 2017 at 2:54 pm

Maria Carmela Pelliteri was born in Laurenzana, Province of Potenza, Basilicata, Italy, and was the daughter of Rocco Vincenzo Pelliteri and Maria Lucia Vagnini.

Augusta Blache on Census: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJLX-M5Y

Ray’s mother on a Census: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K3BP-6B7

Anna Disanto was from Rome. Passenger Record:

phaedra May 15, 2016 at 12:55 am

Typical Southern Italian/Sicilian looking man with large brown eyes and protruding mouth.

Not sure why people are complaining about his looks being “too dark for an Italian”. Must be those Italians with an inferior complexity, who think that their people mainly resemble Germans and Swedes.

andrew May 15, 2016 at 12:37 pm

He’s definitely not the most “typical” Southern Italian man (and he doesn’t seem to me that he has Sicilian ancestry), not because of his complexion but for his features. Anyway these are his parents and wife, who is also of Italian descent.


Ironically you stated Benigni looks German, that is one the most ridiculous things I read here.

Adrian1Cram February 27, 2016 at 12:04 am

I think he doesn’t look arab/indian at all, he has a strong pink undertone and just looks like a tanned up white guy. He actually looks very italian to me.

noneofyourbusiness February 20, 2015 at 11:41 pm

He looks like an Arab.

Check7t February 12, 2015 at 11:40 pm

He gives me pseudo-Indian vibes when he’s tanned.

Jello February 1, 2015 at 6:42 pm

How do they come up with those percentages

sudeuro January 30, 2015 at 1:14 am
someone from the internet September 7, 2014 at 2:53 pm

He doesn’t look like a typical Italian. He looks Mestizo.

cwm85 August 30, 2015 at 6:51 pm

No he doesn’t.

WTF June 26, 2014 at 6:43 am

he looks a little arab. kinda mexican too

J.J. June 26, 2014 at 10:25 pm

he does not look arab and you can’t look mexican, mexican is a nationality not a bloodline

SJ January 4, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Ray Romano looks like he could ethnically be from a Roma/Romany gypsy clan that settled in Italy. These people originally came from the area which is now Pakistan. Ray looks quite dark to be European and his features — large eyes, shape of nose, etc — resembles what Pakistanis/North Indian look like. And the Romano name sounds like a descendent of Roma anyhow.

the punisher November 18, 2013 at 9:26 pm

damm this guy looks just like jon lovitz

andrew November 19, 2013 at 6:34 am

Lovitz is more Belushi look-alike

sadie March 24, 2012 at 3:27 am

He could pass for Mexican.

tony March 24, 2012 at 4:44 am

Yeah you’re right..he could pass for a mexican.. of italian decent

levangelista36 July 6, 2012 at 1:45 am

He looks Italian to me, especially facially. If I saw him on the streets, I would assume he was Italian.

WTF June 26, 2014 at 6:45 am

yep you’re right, sadie.

J.J. June 26, 2014 at 10:28 pm

yeah because mexicans totally have a look, just like how john travolta and angelina jolie could pass for canadian

bleachsoda June 24, 2016 at 7:40 pm

…they obviously mean that he looks mestizo and thats what the majority of mexicans are, mestizo. When most ppl think of a mexican person they think of mestizo features not full spaniard not full indigenous but mestizo

lopac February 20, 2012 at 12:00 am

it doesn’t get more italian then this dude

Al February 19, 2012 at 8:48 pm

He doesn’t look “Hispanic,” if by Hispanic you mean like a mixed Latin American as opposed to a Spaniard (who looks the same as an Italian). He looks what he is, Sicilian/southern Italian. As far as Middle Eastern goes, he could be a Syrian/Lebanese Arab, but that’s because they’re the “white” Arabs who also have Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Crusader ancestry. You people need to get out and travel more!

sudeuro January 30, 2015 at 1:40 am

Actually, most of his family names come from NORTHERN Italy. His wife is Sicilian though.


Eduardo January 25, 2012 at 11:03 am

I thought he was hispanic and latino

robert May 23, 2011 at 11:09 am

for some reason, i thought he had some Middle Eastern blood in him because he looks more middle eastern than Italian

jessica March 4, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Well it’s pretty obvious. You can’t get any more Italian than Romano lol.

JT January 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm


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