Patricia Heaton Reveals Her Favorite Character in ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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CBS’ hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond signed off after 9 seasons in 2005. With the Emmy Award-winning forged of Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett, Doris Roberts, and Peter Boyle, the present that includes the loving but dysfunctional Barone household quickly grew to become a rankings draw after its premiere in 1996.

Centered round Ray (Romano), spouse Debra (Heaton), brother Robert (Garrett), and oldsters Marie and Frank (Roberts and Boyle), the comedic characters all grew to become fan faves. Heaton shared that she had her personal private decide for the highest of the checklist.

Cast of 'Everybody Loves Raymond': (l-r) Peter Boyle, Doris Roberts, Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Monica Horan, and Brad Garrett
Cast of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’: (l-r) Peter Boyle, Doris Roberts, Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Monica Horan, and Brad Garrett | Monty Brinton/CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

Art typically imitated life on ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’

Loyalists of Everybody Loves Raymond know that episodes had been typically primarily based on the true lives of Romano and present creator Phil Rosenthal. The writers on the present weren’t excluded from some private particulars getting air time.

“The one where [Ray and Debra] leave a suitcase on the staircase, which actually happened to the guy who wrote it, Tucker Cawley,” Romano recalled to TVLine, referring to the “Baggage” episode in season 7. “We were in the writers’ room and Phil Rosenthal said, ‘Anything happen this weekend?’ And Tucker said, ‘I think I’m having a fight. I’m not sure. But there’s a suitcase on the staircase and nobody’s putting it back.’ And that became an episode.”

Heaton additionally discovered parallels between what her day by day life off digicam and what Debra would take care of on display.

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“It was scary the best way the Everybody Loves Raymond writers would write precisely what I used to be going via in my very own life,” she instructed the Television Academy Foundation in 2006. “It would freak me out that I would be dealing with the kids’ school stuff, or with an aspect of my relationship with my husband, and I’d get the script and it would be right there on the page! I think it’s what made the show so successful.”

Casting the Barone household

Heaton beat scores of different actors attempting out for the position of Debra. In a 2002 interview, Romano revealed what helped her land the half.

“She came in and Phil and I thought this is it, this is her,” Romano instructed the New York Daily News. “Not only do I think she bought it, but the scene calls for the actress to kiss me and she was the only one who kissed me on the lips. So I said, ‘She’s in, she’s dedicated.’”

Roberts additionally aced heavy competitors for her position, and Boyle was given the a part of Frank after unintentionally exhibiting up in character resulting from some irritating parking circumstances.

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The casting of Robert, primarily based on Romano’s real-life brother Richard, went to Garrett. The humorist nailed the position regardless of his top at 6’8″ being a considerable distinction from Richard’s at 5’10”. Garrett even completely modeled one in every of Richard’s most notorious quirks of touching meals to his chin earlier than he eats.

“Ray’s brother does that. Rich really does that, if he’s sweating out a Yankees game … out of a nervous thing, he’ll touch the remote to his chin,” Garrett instructed the Television Academy Foundation. “He did it with remotes, he did it with meals on a regular basis … I feel [Everybody Loves Raymond] helped him cease doing it.”

Patricia Heaton loves Robert

Though Heaton’s character on Everybody Loves Raymond was married to Ray, she had a gentle spot for her on-screen brother-in-law.

“I’ve always felt that Robert was my favorite character,” the sitcom star revealed. “He was such a sad sack and I felt so sorry for him. He was so big and so sweet. It was such a funny combination.”

Heaton shared that producers initially had a special bodily presence in thoughts once they had been looking for the actor to play Robert.

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“When they were originally casting this they thought of a very tiny, wiry, angry guy,” Heaton recalled. “And they find yourself with a really tall, massive, gentle, candy man.

As the present’s success displays, Garrett was the proper alternative. “Now you can’t picture it any other way,” Heaton added.

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