Ray Romano

Romano in 2007, image via Joe Seer/Bigstock.com

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). 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


Curious about ethnicity

32 Responses

  1. WTF says:

    he looks a little arab. kinda mexican too

  2. SJ says:

    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.

  3. the punisher says:

    damm this guy looks just like jon lovitz

  4. sadie says:

    He could pass for Mexican.

  5. lopac says:

    it doesn’t get more italian then this dude

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