Ohio born actress Patricia Heaton started her career in the Broadway musical Don't Get God Started but is best known for her role on television as Debra Barone, wife and mother on Everybody Loves Raymond. Heaton won an Emmy for Leading Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance on the show in 1999. She has since starred on the FOX comedy series Back To You and the popular ABC sitcom The Middle.
Actress Patricia Heaton was born March 4, 1958 in Bay Village, Ohio. The daughter of sportswriter Chuck Heaton, she attended St. Raphael's Catholic Grade School and Bay High School and received her bachelor's degree in theater from Ohio State University in 1980. Soon after graduation, Heaton moved to New York to pursue an acting career.
She made her Broadway debut in the gospel musical Don't Get God Started. After she helped found the Stage Three acting company, she was discovered by casting directors in Los Angeles while performing in a production of The Johnstown Vindicator. She was subsequently cast as the producer/daughter in the television series Room for Two in 1992.
After making various television appearances on series and movies, she landed the role of Debra Barone, wife and mother, on Everybody Loves Raymond in 1996. Co-starring comedian Ray Romano, the sitcom portrays the comedic happenings of a young family who lives next door to its in-laws. Heaton won an Emmy for Leading Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance on the show in 1999.
After Everybody Loves Raymond ended in 2005, Heaton made a return to television starring opposite Kelsey Grammer in the FOX comedy series Back To You in 2007. The show lasted for a season before its cancellation. She then appeared in the ABC sitcom, The Middle, in 2009. Heaton plays wife and mother Frankie Heck on this show about a dysfunctional family living in Indiana. The Middle quickly became a hit with viewers.
In addition to her television work, Heaton has also appeared in several films, including Beethoven (1992), The New Age (1994), Space Jam (1996) and Moms' Night Out (2014).
Patricia Heaton married British actor David Hunt in 1990. They have four sons, Sam, John, Joseph and Daniel.
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