|Full Name||Robert Charles Barone|
|First Appearance||Season 1 Episode 1|
|Number of episodes||207|
|Relatives||Brother - Ray|
Father - Frank
Mother - Marie
Niece - Ally
Nephews - Michael, Geoffrey
Wife - Amy
In-Laws - Debra, Hank, Pat
Ex-Wife - Joanne
Robert lives with his parents (and later his wife Amy) directly across the street from his brother. Robert has always been jealous of Ray. Their mother Marie always favored Ray over Robert. So for his entire life, he claims that he's lived in Ray's shadow. But he is a police officer and doesn't hesitate to protect his family.
Robert has some quirky habits, like touching food to his chin before eating it. (It was aptly nicknamed "crazy chin" in the episode of the same name.) He also faces his toothbrush east, separates the "goods" from the "plenty" (the candy) and keeps his left socks in his left drawer and his right socks in his right drawer...among other things.
Also, his unusual height was a running joke through the series.
Childhood and Background
All through Robert's childhood, and into adulthood, he had been competing with his little brother Ray. He even succeeded in harming Ray, such as breaking his arm.
Growing up, Robert had a bed-wetting problem. But it turns out that Ray would pour water in his bed while he slept to make everyone think Robert wet the bed.
Robert first moved out of his parents house when he married a red-headed stripper named Joanne. She turned out to be a mean, controlling wife. Robert ended up divorcing her and moving back in with his parents.
In the episode "Boys' Therapy", Robert finds out that he came from a long line of physically abusive disciplinarians. But Frank was the exception. He was never physically abusive toward Ray and Robert.
A lot happened to Robert over the course of the series. In the season 1 episode entited The Dog, Robert got a dog just like the bulldog he had as a kid. He named this new dog Shamsky Number 2, after his first dog. The dog was only seen in a few episodes, then it seemed to disappear from the show.
After growing tired of dealing with his parents for so long, he decided to move out. He lived in an apartment that was over a mile away from them. Soon after, while breaking up an illegal rodeo, Robert was gored in the "upper thigh" by a bull. During the recovery, he had to move back in with his parents. Around half way through the shows run, Robert is promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant in the New York City Police Department.
In season 9, when Frank and Marie move to a retirement home, Robert and Amy buy their house from them. They live in it for one episode when his parents get kicked out of the home and decide to move back in. So...Frank, Marie, Robert, and Amy all live in the same house.
Relationship to other characters
- Brother to Ray
- Brother-in-law to Debra
- Son to Frank and Marie
- Uncle to Ally, Michael and Geoffrey
- Husband to Amy
- Ex-Husband to Joanne
- ROBERT: I'm a cop, and I live with my parents. I'm on a steady diet of human suffering.
- ROBERT: Is this about me?
- ROBERT: You're a lucky man, Raymond. Lucky man!
- ROBERT: So, Debra can finally cook. The missing color in the Raymond rainbow.
- ROBERT: Every time something good happens to me, I want to say, "How about that, Ray?" But if something bad happens to me, I...say a prayer that Raymond doesn't do so good that day.
- DEBRA: You say a prayer?
- ROBERT (Looking at the ceiling): "Come on, God. Get 'im!"
- ROBERT:"Raymond gets everything!"
- ROBERT:"Everybody loves Raymond."