Who is Larry Romano (King of Queens)?
Lawrence John Romano was born in Mount Vernon, New York State, USA, on 31 July 1963 – his zodiac sign is Leo and he holds American nationality. He is an actor who is perhaps still best known for his portrayal of Richie Iannucci in the comedy series “The King of Queens”, which aired from 1998 to 2007 and was created by David Litt and Michael J. Weithorn. The series starred Kevin James, Leah Remini and Jerry Stiller, and followed the life of the delivery man Doug Heffernan after his father moves in with him – it won 14 awards and was nominated for five others, including a Primetime Emmy.
Is he related to Ray Romano?
Larry isn’t related to the famous American stand-up comedian, actor and screenwriter Ray Romano, who starred in the sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond”.
Early life and education
Larry was raised an only child in Mount Vernon by his father who was a construction worker, and his mother who was a piano teacher. He became interested in acting while attending elementary school, as his teacher recommended that he join the school’s drama club – Larry was soon seen performing in nearly all the school plays, and he continued with acting upon enrolling at Tappan Zee High School.
He was also physically quite active during this time, as he played football and basketball, while he also started to go to gym at the age of 17, so as to sculpt his body and look good for his acting career.
Larry matriculated in 1981, and then enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute I New York City, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre in 1985.
Roles in movies
Larry made his debut movie appearance in 1987, when he played a FedEx driver in the short comedy “On Time”, written and directed by Ari Taub, and which starred Hy Anzell, Robert Bland and Tony Didio Jr. – the story follows a bicycle messenger who is trying to deliver a message on time in New York.
In 1989, Larry appeared in the comedy movie “She’s Back”, but which received mostly negative reviews, then in the same year, he portrayed First Base in the prison action movie “Lock Up”, which starred Sylvester Stallone. The year 1991 saw him appear in the John Flynn action movie “Out for Justice”, which starred Steven Seagal, and two years later, Larry played the supporting character Emilio in the action crime film “New York Cop”.
He gained recognition when he portrayed Tino Zapatti in the critically acclaimed suspense drama “City Hall”, which starred Al Pacino, John Cusack and Bridget Fonda, and some of his following roles were in the romantic comedy “Love Is All There Is”, the legal crime movie “Sleepers” which starred Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman and Kevin Bacon, and the drama “No Way Home”.
In 2003, Larry was cast as John in the movie “Spanish Fly”, as well as in the comedy drama “Fish Without a Bicycle” but which failed to attract much attention. A few of Larry’s following roles were in short movies, such as “Bald”, “Baggage” and “Karma”. Three of his most recent appearances in movies have been in the drama “Laugh Killer Laugh” in 2015, the short comedy drama “Oiled Up” in 2016, and the crime comedy drama “Bad Education” in 2019.
He is also a musician as he formed his rock band DEFICIT in the early ‘90s – their most popular song today is “Rock In The Bronx”.
Roles in TV series
Larry made his debut TV series appearance in 1992, when he guest starred in the episode “Mob Psychology” of the legal drama “Civil Wars”, and the following year saw him portray Bobby Falcone in the episode “F.O.B.” of the legal drama “L.A. Law”.
He gained recognition in 1993, when he was invited to play the supporting character Richie Catena in five episodes of the police procedural drama “NYPD Blue”. Two years later, Larry appeared in the episode “My Boyfriend’s Back!” of the sitcom “Mad About You”. The year 2001 saw him play another supporting character, Aldo Bonnadonna in the comedy series “Kristin”, and Larry then went on to appear in single episodes of many series. Some of his most recent roles in TV series have been in the episode “Thanksgiving” of the sitcom “What I Like About You” in 2002, the episode “Run Silent, Run Deep” of the police procedural series “CSI: NY” and the episode “Super Dave” of the sitcom “The War at Home”, both in 2006.
Love life and relationships
Larry has been keeping details of his love life hidden from the media’s attention, but there are rumors circulating the internet that the popular actor might be taken, as some people claim to have seen Larry walking hand in hand with a non-celebrity woman in the streets of Los Angeles, however, no proof has been provided to support these claims. There are also some people who believe that Larry has been married for over 10 years now, and that he exchanged wedding vows with his other half in secret in 2009; there are also rumors claiming that Larry is gay!
As he hasn’t commented on his love life and his sexuality, Larry is presumed to be single as of September 2020, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Larry is a huge lover of animals and has two pet dogs, which can often be seen featured in his pictures on Instagram.
He is a fan of American Football, and is cheering for the San Francisco 49ers – he usually watches their matches on TV but has also been at the stadium on multiple occasions. One of his main hobbies is travelling, and whenever he goes somewhere, he takes his dogs with him – Larry has been to many US states including Arizona and Texas, and has also been to several European countries including England and Spain.
He likes to drink alcohol, especially cocktails – his favorite is Margarita.
Larry has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Matt Damon, Al Pacino and Emma Watson, and some of his favorite movies are “Good Will Hunting”, “Scarface” and the franchise “Harry Potter”. He also enjoys watching animated sitcoms – his favorite is “South Park”.
Age and height
Larry’s age is 57. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) and he weighs around 150lbs (68kgs).
As of September 2020, his net worth has been estimated at over $1.2 million.