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


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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