As part of a network crossover event, CBS found a way to insert the lead character from another popular show into “The King of Queens” by featuring Ray Barone from “Everybody Loves Raymond.” The character, played by the legendary Ray Romano, only shows up in four episodes throughout “The King of Queens,” but he’s a fundamental part of each episode’s storyline. As a more reserved and anxious character, Ray is often contrasted with the bombastic personality of Doug to create hilarious situations. Several other core characters from “Everybody Loves Raymond” appear in “The King of Queens” as well, creating a connective tissue between the two series.
Ray Romano is one of the biggest names to appear in “The King of Queens,” having been in numerous movies and television shows over the course of his long career. After starring as the lead character in “Everyone Loves Raymond,” Romano became particularly prominent on the big screen, with credits on films like “The Big Sick,” “The Grand,” “Bad Education,” and even Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman.” Younger fans will know him best for providing the voice of Manny the woolly mammothfeatures in the “Ice Age” film franchise. Romano has also kept up his TV work, appearing as a regular on a number of shows including “Men of a Certain Age,” “Parenthood,” “Vinyl,” and “Made for Love.”