Birth Name: Raymond Albert Romano
Place of Birth: Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: December 21, 1957
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). Mario was born in New York, to Italian parents, from Province of Potenza, Basilicata. 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/Adele Manassa/Manasso). Ray’s grandmother Augusta was born in Italy, to a French father and an Italian mother.
Ray’s maternal grandfather was named Fernando Fortini. Fernando was Italian.
Ray’s maternal grandmother was Marie Canudo (the daughter of Anna Disanto). Marie were born in Italy. Anna was from Rome.
Sources: Marriage record of Ray’s paternal grandparents, Mario C. Romano and Augusta Blache – https://www.familysearch.org
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
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