Actress Patricia Heaton, best known for playing Debra Barone in “Everybody Loves Raymond,” is a mother of four whom she shares with actor David Hunt. Meet her husband and children.
American actress Patricia heaton is popular in Hollywood for playing Debra Barone on the CBS sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond”. She also portrayed France’s “Frankie” Heck on the ABC sitcom “The Middle”.
Patricia is a successful actress and has three Emmy Awards to her credit. She is also the mother of four sons whom she shares with actor David Hunt, whom she married in 1990. Meet Patricia and her beautiful family.
Patricia was born in Bay Village, Ohio on March 4, 1958. She is the daughter of the late sports journalist Chuck Heaton and Patricia Heaton (née Hurd). Patricia is the fourth of five children and was raised as a devout Catholic.
Patricia attended Ohio University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts. She moved to New York City in 1980 and studied with drama teacher William Esper. In 1987, she made her Broadway debut in the chorus of “Don’t Get God Started”.
After the production, she and other students created an off-Broadway acting troupe they called Stage Three. During one of the troupe’s productions in Los Angeles, Patricia caught the eye of a casting director for the ABC drama “Thirtysomething”.
The casting director chose her as the oncologist on the show. Patricia made six appearances on the series. During her career, she also made appearances on television shows like “Alien Nation”, “Matlock” and “Danny Phantom”.
Patricia has starred in feature films like “Beethoven” and “Space Jam”. Prior to landing the lead role in “Everybody Loves Raymond”, Patricia appeared in three short-lived sitcoms, “Room for Two” and “Women of the House”.
Patricia became a star playing Debra Barone in “Everybody Loves Raymond”. She won several Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Best Leading Actress in a Comedy Series and won the award in 2000 and 2001.
The star has many more TV shows and movies to her credit. She also produced the 2005 documentary, “The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania”, and was a producer of the drama “Amazing Grace”.
On May 22, 2012, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She is also the author of a book called “Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Transformation”.
Patricia’s successes don’t just end with her career. She also has a prosperous family. The actress has been married to English actor and director David Hunt since 1990.
David is best known for playing Harlan Rook in the 1988 action movie “The Dead Pool”. He also starred in “Everybody Loves Raymond” and played Darren McCarthy in the sixth season of “24”.
Patricia and David are parents with four sons, of which the actress is the most proud and never fails to admit it. The couple first became parents on September 1, 1993, when their son, Samuel David Hunt, was born.
They welcomed their second son, John Basil Hunt, on May 15, 1995. Patricia and David’s third son is Joseph Charles, while their youngest son is Daniel Patrick Hunt, born January 20, 1999.
Patricia’s children are grown up now. Her first child, Samuel, likes to stay out of the spotlight and has made a few public appearances over the years and has supported her mother when she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
However, most of the time it stays out of public view. Patricia’s second son John also stays out of the spotlight and keeps a low profile. However, he does sometimes appear on his mother’s social media posts.
Joseph appears to be the only one of the Hunt children most comfortable with his mother’s status as a Hollywood celebrity. He has accompanied Patricia to several red carpet events over the years and is active on social media.
Joseph enjoys spending time with his friends and traveling. He also seems likely to venture into modeling as he has shared several snaps of himself looking for style.
The youngest of the Hunt children, Daniel, is not fazed by the glitz and glamor of Hollywood. He also attended some events with his mother.
In March 2016, she shared a snap of herself and her four sons enjoying ice cream bars during a fun break. She subtitle the post, “Being a mom … priceless.”
On Mother’s Day last year, Patricia shared a photo of herself and her sons and captioned the post extolling the qualities of motherhood. She wrote:
“Being a mother is indescribable; joy, worry, pleasure, frustration, but ultimately the greatest satisfaction and the deepest human love in your life. So grateful.”
PATRICIA AND DAVID STILL STRONG
Patricia and David have been married for 31 years but their relationship is as strong as ever. On October 13, 2017, the couple celebrated their 27th anniversary.
To mark the day, Patricia shared a snapshot from their wedding and subtitle “Friday the 13th was our lucky day! 27 and over!”
Like Patricia, David is a devoted father to his four sons. To celebrate Father’s Day in 2020, Patricia shared photos of several of her husband’s treasures moments with their sons. She also wished him a Happy Father’s Day.
Since all of their boys are grown up, Patricia and David are now “empty niches”. She shared their experiences since their children moved during an appearance on “Live with Kelly and Ryan”.
Patricia said she had to get used to being only with her husband because it was a new experience for them. She explained that before they started having children, they focused on their career, which hadn’t taken off at the time because they had nothing.
However, now that their children are grown up and out of the house, they have successful careers. Therefore, they didn’t really know what to do with themselves.
One of the things they did was travel. She recounted one of their trips, revealing that they had toured Ireland, drank Guinness and ate brown bread.
Patricia and David have done well to stay together for many years despite the pressures of maintaining a marriage coupled with the busy schedule of their careers.
The couple also struggled in their relationship. For example, in 2019, two writers of “Carol’s Second Act” quit their jobs on the show after David, who was the show’s executive producer, allegedly left the show. exposed inappropriate behavior on set.
However, through his lawyer Bryan Freeman, David denied the allegations and said he did not remember the details described by the women.
Freeman said his client remembered looking for a script but couldn’t remember touching someone inappropriately, and if he did, it wasn’t meant to be offensive.
It took an embarrassing incident in front of her sons for Patricia to stop drinking for good. During an appearance on the “Heart of the Matter” podcast, she revealed why she chose sobriety after her alcohol consumption gradually increased.
Patricia revealed that she was in Nashville to visit three of her four sons and bought bottles of wine for the rally. They drank while having dinner and playing a board game.
Patricia continued to fill her glass with wine throughout the meeting and didn’t know she was drunk until she couldn’t pronounce the word “tradition”.
One of her sons observed her and told her that she couldn’t even speak. She felt humiliated in front of her sons and their friend. It was the embarrassment and the whole experience of not being able to say a word that prompted her to quit alcohol.
Prior to that, Patricia had already wanted to stop drinking, thinking about the future and how she wanted to have a clean brain if and when her grandchildren would arrive. However, the day after the incident with her sons, she vowed to stop drinking.
Patricia’s career took off after her performance in “Everybody Loves Raymond,” but she might have missed the role if things had turned out differently.
Show creator Phil Rosenthal revealed CBS wanted to someone hotter to play Debra, and he almost quit the show because he felt the other actor they wanted wasn’t right for the role.
However, he was able to convince then-CEO Les Moonves and other executives in the network to allow him to continue looking for the right actor. As soon as Patricia auditioned for the role, Rosenthal knew within five minutes that she was the perfect fit.
Despite Exceptional representation of Patricia de Debra, her children have not yet watched the show. She joked that she would sit her sons at his funeral for nine years of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” adding that it would be the longest funeral in history and that they would watch the show.
In a 2019 interview with Closer Weekly, Patricia revealed she didn’t really start making a living from acting until she was 32 years old. She explained that her career started relatively late and that she felt like she was catching up.
Patricia started her career late, but she has done incredibly well since entering the scene. Added to her exceptional career is her perfect family, of which she is most proud.