Ray began his career in 1984 as a stand-up comedian in New York, which led to
appearances on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson, and later with Jay
Leno. After his first appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman,” Ray was
offered a development deal with Letterman’s production company, Worldwide
Pants, which led to the creation of “Everybody Loves Raymond” for CBS.
The show ran from 1996 to 2006 and is still one of the most popular and
respected sitcoms in television history. Ray won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead
Actor in 2002 and as one of the show’s executive producers, he also received
Emmys in 2003 and 2005 for Outstanding Comedy Series, and shared a 2003
Screen Actors Guild Award with the show’s cast.
Ray made his feature film debut in 2003 as the voice of Manny the wooly
mammoth in 20th Century Fox’s animated hit, “Ice Age,” and reprised the role in
four sequels. He was also the subject of a 2006 documentary, "95 Miles to Go."
In 1998, he wrote the New York Times bestseller, “Everything And A Kite,” and
his comedy album, “Live at Carnegie Hall,” was nominated for a Grammy in
Ray teamed with Mike Royce in 2009 to create and star in “Men of a Certain
Age” with Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher. The TNT comedy-drama ran for two
seasons and won the Peabody Award in 2011. Ray also appeared in three
seasons of NBC's "Parenthood" as photographer Hank Rizzoli.
In 2016 he starred with Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde in the HBO drama
series “Vinyl” for creator Terence Winter (“Boardwalk Empire”) and executive
producers Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger. The following year, he appeared
with Kumail Nanjiani and Holly Hunter in "The Big Sick," which earned an Oscar
nomination for Best Original Screenplay in 2018. Ray recently completed the
third season of the EPIX series "Get Shorty" opposite Chris O'Dowd.
2019 saw the release of his stand-up special, "Right Here, Around the Corner"
and the indie film "Paddleton," with Mark Duplass, both for Netflix. Ray will be
seen next in the features "Bad Education," with Hugh Jackman and Allison
Janney, and Martin Scorsese's highly anticipated "The Irishman," with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. He will also star in “Made for Love,” a half-hour series from
Patrick Somerville (“The Leftovers”) and Paramount TV that is slated to air on
HBO Max in 2020.