Ray Narvaez Jr. was born in Manhattan, New York City, USA on 15 September 1989 of Puerto Rican descent, so under the zodiac sign of Virgo, and holding American nationality – Ray entered the spotlight after he became part of the Rooster Teeth gaming team. He is better known by his nicknames “BrownMan“, “Good Guy Ray”, “X-Ray”, “Puerto Rican Thunder”, “Moto-Cop”, and “TAFKAR”.
Early life and education
Ray’s parents immigrated from Puerto Rico to the US mainland before he was born – he spent most of his childhood in Fresh Meadows, but doesn’t usually talk about his parents as he appreciates their privacy, and therefore nothing is known about them. Ray grew up playing video games – he was only two when he played his first game, and by the time he turned five he already had problems with his eyesight, and had to start wearing glasses.
After he matriculated from a local high school, Ray enrolled at Queens College, but dropped out after a year. His parents weren’t very happy that their son was a dropout, and their dissatisfaction made him search for a job to contribute to the family in some way.
Ray’s first jobs and his career in gaming
So Ray found a job in one of the bars in New York and worked as a waiter , but quit after a while and started working for the American Freight Company, United Parcel Service (UPS) as a delivery truck driver. He hated the job, and later stated that he wouldn’t recommend it to anyone regardless of how desperately they might need the money.
Ray was living in New York when he started contributing to Rooster Teeth in their Achievement Hunter division, before he moved to Austin Texas in April 2012, and officially became part of the team. His main job was to create achievement guide videos – in most of the games you play, you will have an ‘achievement’ menu in which you will have the names of many achievements and descriptions of what to do to get them. Most of the people can’t finish all of them on their own, and they therefore search the guide videos on the Internet – those are the ones which Ray creates. He was in charge of making videos for the hardest achievements which nobody from the Rooster Teeth was able to do – he was also simultaneously making videos for the Internet Box Podcast and the Rooster Teeth, until 3 March 2014.
Ray appeared at his first Comic Con in New York in October 2012, with his friends from the Rooster Teeth Matt Hullum, Monty Oum and Kathleen Zuelch – he was representing the team as he was talking to the audience and answering their questions, while he is also said to have been performing tricks to entertain them.
Ray has a higher gamescore than any other person in the history of the Rooster Teeth, as he managed to acquire over one million while playing “Shantae Genie Hero”. He remained as part of the Rooster Teeth until 2015, when he left because he wanted to focus on his solo career, but he is still voicing his X-Ray character in Rooster Teeth’s “X-Ray and Vav” web series, and is still attending their conventions.
What is Rooster Teeth?
Rooster Teeth Productions LLC is an entertainment company which is focused on playing video games, uploading those videos on YouTube, and producing their own web series – its headquarters are located in Austin in Texas and it is owned by Ellation which is a division of Otter Media, which is part of the Warner Media working under Warner Bros.
Rooster Teeth was created in 2003 by Burnie Burns, Geoff Ramsey, Matt Hullum, Gus Sorola, Jason Saldana, and Joel Heyman – their first web series was entitled “Red vs. Blue” which debuted in April 2003 and it’s still airing making it the longest web series to ever run on the Internet. The team saw an opportunity in the popularity of the show and created a “sponsorships” option – if you pay a monthly subscription, you are able to gain early access to their content as discounts on their merchandise which they sell online.
After the success of the “Red vs. Blue”, they began making short movies, series, “Let’s Play” videos, and animated productions such as “X-Ray and Vav” which Ray is part of – they also made a full-length science fiction comedy movie entitled “Lazer Team” which received positive critiques.
Rooster Teeth’s YouTube channel currently has over 9.6 million subscribers, while they have a total of over 45 million subscribers on all of their channels combined.
Ray’s accounts on the Internet
Ray’s career is made up of all his accounts on several social media platforms – his main account in terms of money is on Twitch, where you can often see the live streams of him playing games. He spent 127 hours streaming live in May 2018, and has so far gathered nearly 500,000 followers on his account which generates a decent sum of money for him – he gets around 7,000 new followers every month.
His second most important money generating account is on YouTube – he launched his channel on 25 April 2006 and has so far amassed around 530,000 subscribers and over 100 million views on all his videos combined.
Ray launched his Twitter account in May 2007 and has gathered nearly 650,000 followers, and tweeted around 43,000 times. His Instagram account is followed by over 50,000 people, while he’s uploaded only 55 pictures – he has a Facebook page as well which is followed by nearly 17,000 fans.
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Ray is quite a secretive person when it comes to his personal life and his love affairs – it is only known that he started dating Tina Dayton in 2014. Tina is a Twitch star and a streamer – the two share the same passion towards gaming which helped them fall for each other. Judging by their Instagram accounts, the two are still dating and even though they’ve been together for around five years, it doesn’t seem as they’re planning to exchange their wedding vows or have kids anytime soon.
His personal style
Ray has quite a specific way to interact with his fans during his streams on Twitch – he loves sarcasm and people often use his quotes which they call “Rayisms”.
Likes and other interests
He is a big animal lover, and has a Japanese Akita dog named Charlie – he is said not to drink at all, and he doesn’t use drugs. Ray’s favorite hobby is collecting stamps.
Appearance and net worth
Ray is currently 29 years old. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 9in (1.75m) tall and weighs around 154lb (70kg). According to authoritative sources, Ray’s current net worth is estimated to be close to $1 million, and is slowly rising thanks largely to his YouTube and Twitch channels – he is also making money by selling his merchandise on the internet.
Ray has a photograph in which he posed together with the entire designer group who made the popular “Halo 4” game.