Everybody Loves Raymond
Patricia Heaton
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Date of Birth March 4, 1958
Date of Death
Character Debra Barone
First Appearance Season 1 Episode 1
Number of episodes 209

Patricia Helen Heaton (born March 4, 1958) is the actress who plays the lead female role of Debra Barone, wife of well known New York City sportswriter/radio sports anchor Ray Barone in the show.


Patricia was born and raised in Bay Village, Ohio, a west Cleveland suburb. the daughter of Patricia (née Hurd) and Chuck Heaton, who was a longtime newspaper sportswriter for the The Plain Dealer.[1] She was raised as a devout Roman Catholic.[2][3][4][5][6]

Heaton has three sisters, Sharon, Alice, and Frances, and one brother, Michael, who is the "Minister of Culture" columnist for the Plain Dealerand a writer for the paper's Friday Magazine. Married to David Hunt, the couple has 4 children. Patricia received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 22, 2012.


While attending the Ohio State University, Patricia became a sister of the Delta Gamma Sorority. She later graduated with a B.A. in drama. In 1980, Heaton moved to New York City to study with drama teacher William Esper.


Patricia made her first Broadway appearance in the chorus of Don't Get God Started (1987), after which she and fellow students created Stage Three, an Off-Broadway acting troupe. In January 2007, Heaton returned to the stage to co-star with Tony Shalhoub in the Off-Broadway play The Scene at Second Stage Theater in New York City.[7] For this performance, Heaton was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress category for the 22nd Lucille Lortel Awards.


When Stage Three brought one of their productions to Los Angeles, Heaton caught the eye of a casting director for the ABC-TV drama Thirtysomething. She was cast as an oncologist, leading to six appearances on the series from 1989–1991. Other TV guest appearances include: Alien Nation (1989), Matlock (1990), Party of Five (1996), The King of Queens (1999), andDanny Phantom (2004).

Heaton would later appeared on ABC comedy series The Middle and CBS comedy series Carol's Second Act.



  • 1992 - Beethoven
  • 1996 - Space Jam
  • 2004 - The Goodbye Girl (TV movie)
  • 2004 - Rated 'R': Republicans in Hollywood (TV documentary)
  • 2006 - The Path to 9/11 (TV movie)


Guest Appearances[]

  • Matlock
  • thirtysomething
  • Party of Five
  • The King of Queens (1999) episode "Dire Strayts" (episode #2.8)
  • The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
  • The O'Reilly Factor

Everybody Loves Raymond Appearances[]

Appeared in all episodes except Season 3, Episode 17: "Cruising with Marie".


  • Heaton and co-star Ray Romano made their reunion on The Middle episode "Forced Family Fun" for Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Heaton and Monica Horan also made their reunion in The Middle episode "The Confirmation".


(See complete list of episodes)

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