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Also Known As: Died: December 12, 2006
Born: October 18, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Profession: actor, monk

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A former monk in the Christian Brothers order, Peter Boyle became a member of the Second City comedy troupe and began playing character roles in film and TV in the late 1960s. Bald and burly with an imposing and volatile screen presence, Boyle gained attention as the reactionary title character of "Joe" (1970). He was excellent as the cynical campaign manager in "The Candidate" (1972) and quite funny as the Monster in Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" (1974), but is also capable of quieter, more sympathetic characterizations, as evidenced by his turn as a widower father of a schizophrenic son in several episodes of the ABC series "NYPD Blue" (1995). Boyle made his film debut in a small role in "The Virgin President" (1968), but first attracted the attention of critics in "Paul Sills Story Theatre" on Broadway--in a cast that also included Valerie Harper--and for "Joe". Working mostly in films and TV since then, he has moved back and forth between the two media, sometimes in top-notch productions, occasionally in productions not worth his talents. Although he made his TV-movie debut in "The Man Who Could Talk to Kids" (ABC, 1973), he is more often recalled for his critically-acclaimed turn as...

A former monk in the Christian Brothers order, Peter Boyle became a member of the Second City comedy troupe and began playing character roles in film and TV in the late 1960s. Bald and burly with an imposing and volatile screen presence, Boyle gained attention as the reactionary title character of "Joe" (1970). He was excellent as the cynical campaign manager in "The Candidate" (1972) and quite funny as the Monster in Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" (1974), but is also capable of quieter, more sympathetic characterizations, as evidenced by his turn as a widower father of a schizophrenic son in several episodes of the ABC series "NYPD Blue" (1995). Boyle made his film debut in a small role in "The Virgin President" (1968), but first attracted the attention of critics in "Paul Sills Story Theatre" on Broadway--in a cast that also included Valerie Harper--and for "Joe". Working mostly in films and TV since then, he has moved back and forth between the two media, sometimes in top-notch productions, occasionally in productions not worth his talents. Although he made his TV-movie debut in "The Man Who Could Talk to Kids" (ABC, 1973), he is more often recalled for his critically-acclaimed turn as Senator Joseph McCarthy in "Tail Gunner Joe" (NBC, 1977). Boyle was Sgt. Fatso Judson, the part originally played by Ernest Borgnine on the big screen, in the TV miniseries based on "From Here to Eternity" (NBC, 1979). He headlined his own short-lived sitcom "Joe Bash" (ABC, 1986). He subsequently appeared as David Dellinger in "Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago Seven" (HBO, 1987) and as John Poindexter in "Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North" (CBS, 1989). He also has made occasional appearances on the NBC series "Midnight Caller" and delivered an eerie Emmy-winning portrayal of the clairvoyant Clyde Bruckman on an seminal episode of "The X-Files" (Fox, 1995). Boyle's memorable screen appearances of the 1980s and 90s include the role of the gangster turning the mantle of the family over to Michael Keaton in "Johnny Dangerously" (1984) and his turn as Ox, Sandra Bullock's future father-in-law in the charming romantic comedy "While You Were Sleeping" (1995). He was featured with fellow "Young Frankenstein" co-star Marty Feldman in the comedy "In God We Trust" (1980), as well as the British comedian's final feature "Yellowbeard" (1983) and played Cornelius Vanderbilt in the historical drama "Walker" (1987). Boyle reteamed with Keaton in 1989's "The Dream Team", both playing mental patients who get separated from their therapist on an outing in New York City, followed by a comedic turn in "Honeymoon in Vegas" and a serious stint in "Malcom X" (both 1992). He had a memorable supporting role in 1994's "The Santa Clause" (and its 2002 sequel) and subsequently acted in such notable features as "The Shadow" (1994), "That Darn Cat" (1997) and "Species II" (1998). He played a an unfeeling businessman turned good guy in the 1998 remake "Dr. Dolittle", starring Eddie Murphy, and reteamed with Murphy for 2002's bomb "Pluto Nash", a gangster comedy set on the moon in 2087. The actor delivered on of his finest serious performances in the indie smash "Monster's Ball" (2001) in an uncompromising turn as Billy Bob Thornton's cruel, racist father. With frequent appearances on the small screen in regular or recurring roles on series including "Flying Blind" (Fox, 1992-1993) and "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (ABC, 1994-1995), Boyle kept busy. He returned triumphantly to regular series television work as the title character's father Frank on the CBS sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996-2005). Making a impressive comedic team with co-star Doris Roberts (as his wife Marie), Boyle showcased both his perfect one-liner delivery and his unique ability to make a crusty and often outlandishly eccentric character inherently likeable. A key player on the popular series, Boyle won many laughs as well as successive Emmy nominations from 1999-2004 for his efforts. Boyle suffered a mild stroke in 1990, but his output was hardly slowed and he recovered fully. He also bounced back quickly from a mild heart attack on the set of "Everybody Loves Raymond" in March 1999, returning to the series soon after heart surgery and remaining through to its finale. During "Raymond's" run Boyle also starred as the father of real-life turncoat spy Robert Hansen (William Hurt) in the telepic adaptation of Norman Mailer's "Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story" (2002) and he had a supporting role in the comedy "Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed" (2004).

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004) Old Man (Jeremiah) Wickles
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 Monster's Ball (2002) Buck Grotowski
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 Sweet Evil (1998)
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 That Darn Cat (1997) Pa
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 Deadly Vision, A (1997) Salvatore Davinci
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 Surgeon, The (1996) Leutenant Daryl Mcellwaine
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 Death and the Compass (1996) Lunnrot
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Was a member of the Christian Brothers during part of the 1950s
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Moved to Manhattan to pursue an acting career
1961:
Early NYC stage appearance, "Shadow of Heroes"
1965:
Toured in "The Odd Couple" as understudy for Oscar Madison role
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Member of Second City troupe
1968:
Film debut, "The Virgin President"
1970:
Acted on Broadway in "Paul Sills' Story Theatre"
1970:
Breakthrough feature film, "Joe"; had title role
1970:
TV series debut as regular on "Comedy Tonight" (CBS)
1973:
Racked up feature credits in the comedies "Ghost in the Noonday Sun", "Steelyard Blues", "Kid Blue" and "Slither" and the gangster dramas "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" and "Crazy Joe"
1973:
TV-movie debut, "The Man Who Could Talk to Kids" (ABC)
1974:
Had an unforgettable turn as the titular scientist's monster in Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein"
1976:
Had a featured supporting role in Martin Scorcese's "Taxi Driver"
1977:
Played Senator Joseph McCarthy in "Tail Gunner Joe" (NBC)
1978:
Co-starred with Peter Falk in the period comedy "The Brink's Job"; played a powerful Teamster boss in the drama "F.I.S.T."
1979:
Appeared as Fatso Judson in miniseries and series remakes of "From Here to Eternity"
1980:
Co-starred with Bill Murray in the comedy "Where the Buffalo Roam"
1980:
Starred with "Young Frankenstein" co-star Marty Feldman in "In God We Trust"
1982:
Acted in the detective drama "Hammett", an homage to the famed novelist
1983:
Featured in Feldman's last film, "Yellowbeard"
1984:
Had a pivotal supporting role in the gangster comedy "Johnny Dangerously", starring Michael Keaton
1986:
Starred in short-lived series "Joe Bash" (ABC), playing a veteran NYPD patrolman
1989:
Reteamed with Keaton in "The Dream Team"
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Had a recurring role as Jack Killian (Gary Cole)'s con man father JJ on the NBC drama series "Midnight Caller"
1990:
Suffered slight stroke, resumed work after rehab
1991:
Featured in "Kickboxer II"
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Had a recurring role as the father of Tea Leoni's character on the Fox sitcom "Flying Blind"
1993:
Acted in the quirky comedy "Nervous Ticks", starring Bill Pullman
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Was featured in a recurring role as the head of an international crime organization on the ABC series "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman"
1994:
Had a supporting role in the holiday comedy "The Santa Clause"
1995:
Played Ox, the head of the Callaghan clan that Sandra Bullock's lonely Lucy wants desperately to marry into in the romantic comedy "While You Were Sleeping", co-starring Pullman
1995:
Had recurring role as the father of a schizophrenic man in several poignant episodes of ABC's "NYPD Blue"
1995:
Guest starred on an episode of "The X-Files"; was awarded an Emmy for his memorable peformance
1996:
Played the owner of a retro candy shop in the children's comedy "That Darn Cat"
1996:
Returned to series TV as regular on the CBS sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond", playing Frank Barrone, the title character's ornery father; earned 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2005 Emmy nominations and a SAG nomination in 2004
1998:
Guest starred on CBS' "King of Queens", playing Frank Barrone
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Education

LaSalle College: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania - 1957

Notes

Not to be confused with film editor Peter Boyle or the 1950s TV actor of the same name.

Show business lore is that Peter Boyle's agent turned down the lead in "The French Connection" without even telling him about the script. Gene Hackman took the role, won an Academy Award, and became an American screen icon. Boyle changed agents.

John Lennon was the best man at Boyle's wedding.

"I grew up going to Catholic school. The keystone of my education was going to Mass a lot. The Mass is basically the greatest play. Really the roots of all drama are in the religious ritual." --Peter Boyle in Entertainment Weekly, October 20, 1995.

"So many people came up to me after those shows [the episodes of 'NYPD Blue' dealing with schizophrenia]--people who had dealt with the same sorts of problems. I was stunned by how wide an audience this thing had touched." --Peter Boyle to Entertainment Weekly, October 20, 1995.

Boyle on his frequent portrayal of fathers: "I don't know whether that's something I can explain. I'm a dad in real life, and when I'm not working I'm doing dad things with my teenage daughters. So I've had a lot of practice.

"I'm of a certain age group and I'm a guy who could have a 30-year-old son, easily. And [30-somethings] are the only generation that seems to matter. they've just discovered cigars and all these new things. All these baby boomers are growing up and need a more senior dad." --quoted in the New York Post, February 21, 1997.

"This business is all about typecasting, no matter what you do. I'm going to be typecast, I might as well enjoy it." --Boyle to the New York Post, February 21, 1997.

After insisting to Time Out New York's Michael Friedson in the January 22-29, 1998 issue. that he is not insane despite his eccentric characterizations, Boyle explains why he has always played odd characters: "[W]hen I was a very young actor, and God in his wisdom saw fit to deprive me of normal male hair pattern, I had to get some moves. In the '60s, there was Jack Kennedy. Everything was hair. A 25-year old guy with thinning hair has to learn some moves. I chose the way of naked flesh, not of artifice and hairpieces."

Boyle on his agitated audition for "Everyone Loves Raymond": "I was ready to pop. I didn't plan it that way, but I was just like Frank when I walked in." --quoted in People, March 8, 1999.

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wife:
Loraine Alterman. Journalist. Born c. 1943; married in 1977.

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father:
Peter Boyle. Commercial artist. Also a Philadelphia TV personality under name 'Uncle Pete'.
mother:
Alice Boyle.
daughter:
Lucy Boyle. Born on December 10, 1980.
daughter:
Amy Boyle. Born in 1983.
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