Emmy Flashback '02: Romano Delivers Backstage
By ROBERT PACE
September 14, 2012
Everybody Loves Raymond was the name of Ray Romano's popular sitcom, and after seven unfruitful nominations, the Emmys showed Mr. Romano some love in 2002 by granting him his first Emmy.
The delight and relief of receiving an award for one's hard work usually renders most to joyful tears, but as a comedian, Romano couldn't help himself but stick to humor as he met up with ET's former co-host Mary Hart backstage after accepting the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
"I'm a comedian by nature, so it's great that I won but...the downside is I gotta be funny now in forty interviews," he says in the featured video flashback. "That's all I'm thinking now, is: 'You gotta deliver; you gotta be funny.' When that's over, I'll enjoy that I won."
While that would prove to be Romano's sole Outstanding Lead Actor award, the show would go on to win Outstanding Comedy Series in 2003 and once more in 2005 after its ninth and final season.
Although Romano may not have displayed visible emotion during his acceptance speech, his proud parents couldn't hold back tears as they watched their son accept the prestigious award.
"I don't think he's ever cried in his life," says Romano of his father. "Last time he cried...he lost the Elk's championship handball match or something."
That night was a family affair not only for Romano's real family but his fictional family as well, as his on-screen wife, brother, and parents were all nominated for individual awards, and two of them were anointed with Emmys.