Ray Romano Recalls Being Intimidated by Peter Boyle During Early Days of “Raymond”

Nowadays, it would be hard to shake Ray Romano as he films scenes for TNT’s Men of a Certain Age, where he plays a neurotic middle-aged store owner.

However, that wasn’t so when Romano was starting out on Everybody Loves Raymond in the mid ‘90s. The 53-year-old actor told NPR’s Fresh Air that he was very nervous around the late Peter Boyle, who played his father on the sitcom, during the first days of filming.

“I remember when we were rehearsing the pilot episode and (I was thinking) this is a show built around me and there’s Peter Boyle and I hadn’t really talked to him that much (because) his reputation just scared me and he was this hulking strong presence,” recalled the talkative Romano. “During day one of rehearsal, in between one of the scenes our paths crossed backstage and he just stopped me… and he goes ‘It’s just like water, just let it flow…’ At the time, I was just blown away by this kind gesture that he would make me feel comfortable.”
Boyle’s words must’ve calmed Romano’s nerves. Everybody Loves Raymond, in which Romano essentially played himself, enjoyed a nine-year run on CBS. The faux father-and-son duo eventually buddied around on the set and even went out to dinner together.

“He could have a conversation about anything — politics, government, art — and then with me, this was the great thing about him, he would dumb it down for me,” Romano laughed. “He would talk about sports and Hooters with me… The opposite of the character he portrayed on TV, as far as that goes.”

Leave a Reply

‘Call Me By Your Name’ Star Timothée Chalamet: “What scares me is being boring”
"At a certain point I was able to come to grips with the idea to just 'be.'" - Timothée Chalamet
‘Phantom Thread’ Star Lesley Manville: “It’s so easy to make someone bad look good on film. In theatre, there’s no hiding place”
"Filming is different. You’re getting a moment right. You can go in and create something very good, very quickly. That’s a different challenge to having five, six weeks to rehearse a play.” - Lesley Manville
Chadwick Boseman on ‘Black Panther’ and How He Refocused His Career
"As soon as I came to L.A., things immediately shifted for me." - Chadwick Boseman
Bernadette Peters on Returning to Broadway and Why She is Still Trying to Improve Her Craft
"You have to do your best to fulfill the role, not fulfill yourself" - Bernadette Peters
Ellen Pompeo: “Acting, to me, is boring”
"Anybody can be good on a show season one and two. Can you be good 14 years later? Now, that's a f*ckin' skill." - Ellen Pompeo