Max Rosenthal, ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ Actor, Dies at 95

by Katie Maloney
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Actor Max Rosenthal has died at age 95.

Rosenthal appeared in the popular television show “Everybody Loves Raymond” from 2002 to 2004. During his time on the show starring Ray Romano, Rosenthal played the character named Max. He also appeared in a short film called “Set Set Spike.” The film centered around a single mother and her morning rituals that included volleyball-inspired exercises. Most recently, Max appeared on his son Phil’s show as himself. The show, “Somebody Feed Phil” follows Phil Rosenthal around the world as he tried different food. Phil also worked as an actor and creator of “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

Rosenthal and his wife Helen (Phil’s mom) appeared on “Somebody Feed Phil” for two seasons before Helen passed in 2019. Reportedly, the character of Marie Barone, Ray’s mom on “Everybody Loves Raymond” was inspired by Helen. Even when the couple wasn’t featured on the show, Phil often video called them from the places he was visiting. So, Rosenthal and his wife quickly became fan favorites.

Phil revealed the news of his father’s death vis Twitter on Sunday morning. Along with a photo, Phil wrote, ‘Max Rosenthal 1926-2021, We love you, Dad.”

Phil also posted a longer tribute to his father via Instagram. He shared several photos of Max and the family. Along with the photo, he wrote, “As heartbroken as we are, we are so grateful that he was our dad, our grandpa, our friend, our favorite and funniest TV star. And the role model for how to live 95 years while being sweet, gentle, kind, compassionate and really really funny.”

Phil added that he knows that fans will miss his father as well.

“Will have more to say, later. Lost the biggest influence in my life. I know you loved him too and I’m sad for all of us today.”

Rosenthal leaves behind his son Phil and grandchildren Lily and Ben.