‘Everybody Loves Raymond’: 1 Star Had Zero Faith in the Show’s Longevity

Ray Romano is a talented actor and writer, who has effortlessly portrayed many characters in dramatic films. Still, Romano is definitely best known for his hugely popular sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond, which ran for nearly 10 years.

As Raymond Barone, Romano appealed to viewers everywhere, an everyman who has to deal with family situations that are familiar to everyone. One of Everybody Loves Raymond‘s most popular characters was Frank Barone, a cantankerous senior citizen who was played by an iconic actor — who, according to one of the show’s longtime cast members, suffered from an embarrassing problem during filming. 

When did ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ debut on television?

Born in New York in 1957, Romano was raised in a working-class family of Italian descent. He studied accounting in college before entering the workforce.

Prior to launching his career in stand up comedy, Romano worked at a bank. By the late eighties, Romano was actively working in stand up comedy, performing in nightclubs around his home state of New York. He received small roles in a few television shows, but it wasn’t until a stand-up routine that he performed on the Late Show with David Letterman that he got his first big break.

Showrunners on CBS noticed Romano, and he entered talks for a project that would change the course of his career. Romano’s talent for pointing out the humor in everyday situations led to his starring role in his very own show, Everybody Loves Raymond, which debuted on television in 1996.

Romano received critical recognition for the show, including six Primetime Emmy Award nominations. The show itself ran for nearly ten years, becoming a staple in television comedy and launching the careers of several other talented stars, including Patricia Heaton and Brad Garrett. 

Who played Frank on ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’?

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

One of the featured players on Everybody Loves Raymond was Peter Boyle, a character actor who portrayed Frank Barone, Raymond Barone’s father. Known for his putdowns, Frank had a hard time developing a close relationship with either of his sons, and often gets into disagreements with his long-suffering wife.

As played by Boyle, Frank became a fan-favorite, and his sarcastic comebacks were often the highlights of each weekly episode. Boyle appeared on the show throughout the entire series run and worked right up until the end of his life.

Boyle passed away in 2006, and although he worked in many projects throughout his career, his work as Frank Barone remains one of his most beloved characterizations. Fans loved Boyle and his fellow cast members loved him.

However, according to Brad Garrett, who played Robert Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond, Boyle had one serious issue that caused the cast some problems over the years. 

Peter Boyle reportedly had flatulence issues

Peter Boyle
Peter Boyle | Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

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Boyle admitted once that while he knew his show was special, he didn’t anticipate it to be on the air as long as it was. He told Esquire: “I knew when we were making the Everybody Loves Raymond pilot that it was really good. That almost seven years later I would be sitting here — I didn’t know that. It’s a really good show, and I really feel good about it. It makes me happy. It makes me less neurotic. It helps me. When I was a starving actor, life had no structure except suffer, suffer, suffer.”