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Peter Boyle R.I.P.

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#1 of 43 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted December 13 2006 - 04:10 AM


Peter Boyle
you will be missed!


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#2 of 43 OFFLINE   Dennis Heller

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Posted December 13 2006 - 04:14 AM

"I was wandering the woods, thinking about Christ. If He was a carpenter, I wondered what he charged for bookshelves."

#3 of 43 OFFLINE   Jeff_CusBlues


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Posted December 13 2006 - 04:17 AM

Shit!!!! He will be missed. RIP.

#4 of 43 OFFLINE   James Ryfun

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Posted December 13 2006 - 04:18 AM

I just heard. That sucks.

Rest in peace, Mr. Boyle.

#5 of 43 OFFLINE   Ray H

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Posted December 13 2006 - 04:19 AM

This comes as a pretty big surprise to me. Posted Image
"Here's looking at you, kid."


#6 of 43 OFFLINE   Keith Paynter

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Posted December 13 2006 - 04:19 AM

Thank you, Mr. Boyle, you will be missed. Posted Image

"Huddin' onna Rihhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!"
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#7 of 43 OFFLINE   Cal S

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Posted December 13 2006 - 04:22 AM


Actor Peter Boyle dead at 71

Everybody Loves Raymond star Peter Boyle, 71, died Tuesday night in New York after battling multiple myeloma and heart disease.

NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Boyle, the actor known for playing everything from a tap-dancing monster in Young Frankenstein to the curmudgeonly father in the long-running TV sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, has died. He was 71.

Boyle died Tuesday evening at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He had been suffering from multiple myeloma and heart disease, said his publicist, Jennifer Plante.

A Christian Brothers monk who turned to acting, Boyle gained notice playing an angry workingman in the Vietnam-era hit Joe. But he overcome typecasting when he took on the role of the hulking, lab-created monster in Mel Brooks' 1974 send-up of horror films.

The movie's defining moment came when Gene Wilder, as scientist Frederick Frankenstein, introduced his creation to an upscale audience. Boyle, decked out in tails, performed a song-and-dance routine to the Irving Berlin classic Puttin' On the Ritz.

It showed another side of the Emmy-winning actor, one that would be exploited in countless other films and perhaps best in Everybody Loves Raymond, in which he played incorrigible paterfamilias Frank Barone for 10 years.

"He's just obnoxious in a nice way, just for laughs," he said of the character in a 2001 interview. "It's a very sweet experience having this happen at a time when you basically go back over your life and see every mistake you ever made."

When Boyle tried out for the role opposite series star Ray Romano's Ray Barone, however, he was kept waiting for his audition — and he was not happy.

"He came in all hot and angry," recalled the show's creator, Phil Rosenthal, "and I hired him because I was afraid of him."

But Rosenthal also noted: "I knew right away that he had a comic presence."

Boyle first came to the public's attention more than a quarter century before. Joe was a sleeper hit in which he portrayed the title role, an angry, murderous bigot at odds with the era's emerging hippie youth culture.

Although critically acclaimed, he faced being categorized as someone who played tough, angry types. He broke free of that to some degree as Robert Redford's campaign manager in The Candidate, and shed it entirely in Young Frankenstein.

The latter film also led to the actor meeting his wife, Loraine Alterman, who visited the set as a reporter for Rolling Stone magazine. Boyle, still in his monster makeup, quickly asked her for a date.

He went on to appear in dozens of films and to star in Joe Bash, an acclaimed but short-lived 1986 "dramedy" in which he played a lonely beat cop. He won an Emmy in 1996 for his guest-starring role in an episode of The X Files, and he was nominated for Everybody Loves Raymond and for the 1977 TV film Tail Gunner Joe, in which he played Sen. Joseph McCarthy.

In the 1976 film Taxi Driver, he was the cabbie-philosopher Wizard, who counseled Robert DeNiro's violent Travis Bickle.

Other notable films included T.R. Baskin,F.I.S.T.,Johnny Dangerously, Conspiracy: Trial of the Chicago 8 (as activist David Dellinger), The Dream Team, The Santa Claus, The Santa Claus 2, While You Were Sleeping (in a charming turn as Sandra Bullock's future father-in-law) and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.

Educated in Roman Catholic schools in Philadelphia, Boyle would spend three years in a monastery before abandoning his studies there. He later described the experience as similar to "living in the Middle Ages."

He explained his decision to leave in 1991: "I felt the call for awhile; then I felt the normal pull of the world and the flesh."

He traveled to New York to study with Uta Hagen, supporting himself for five years with various jobs, including postal worker, waiter, maitre d' and office temp. Finally, he was cast in a road company version of The Odd Couple. When the play reached Chicago he quit to study with that city's famed improvisational troupe Second City.

Upon returning to New York, he began to land roles in TV commercials, off-Broadway plays and finally films.

Through Alterman, a friend of Yoko Ono, the actor became close friends with John Lennon.

"We were both seekers after a truth, looking for a quick way to enlightenment," Boyle once said of Lennon, who was best man at his wedding.

In 1990, Boyle suffered a stroke and couldn't talk for six months. In 1999, he had a heart attack on the set of Everybody Loves Raymond. He soon regained his health, however, and returned to the series.

Despite his work in Everybody Loves Raymond and other Hollywood productions, Boyle made New York City his home. He and his wife had two daughters, Lucy and Amy.

#8 of 43 OFFLINE   David_B_K



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Posted December 13 2006 - 04:23 AM

This comes as a pretty big surprise to me.

Actually, I'm not surprised. You can see the decline of his health from the early seasons of Raymond to the later ones. He went from being a loud, vigorous, acerbic character to an almost timid and weak character. His health obviously had taken a turn for the worse. R.I.P.

#9 of 43 OFFLINE   RobertR


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Posted December 13 2006 - 04:23 AM

Loved his wordless performance in Young Frankenstein. RIP.

#10 of 43 OFFLINE   ChadKo


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Posted December 13 2006 - 04:47 AM

A very sad day today for "Everybody Loves Raymond" fans as Peter Boyle died yesterday. best wishes to his family and friends...

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#11 of 43 OFFLINE   Lord Dalek

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Posted December 13 2006 - 04:49 AM

Holy Crap! =(

#12 of 43 OFFLINE   Charles Ellis

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Posted December 13 2006 - 04:56 AM

My sentiments exactly, Joel! Thank God future generations will he his work preserved on DVDs and whatever future formats there may be......
Bring "The continuing story of PEYTON PLACE" home on DVD: the one that started it all- from Dallas and Dynasty to Desperate Housewives and Gossip Girl!!! Starting this May, see the legendary saga starring Mia Farrow, Ryan O'Neal, Barbara Parkins, and Oscar-winner Dorothy Malone on DVD thru...

#13 of 43 OFFLINE   ChrisCook



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Posted December 13 2006 - 05:01 AM

I'm not a fan of the sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond", but I loved his performance in the third season episode of "The X-Files", "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose", and he also played Scott Calvin's boss in "The Santa Clause". He was a terrific actor.

Where did you read this?

#14 of 43 OFFLINE   Karl_Luph


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Posted December 13 2006 - 05:02 AM

Well liked by all, we will miss you Peter,R.I.P.

#15 of 43 OFFLINE   Tim Glover

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Posted December 13 2006 - 05:04 AM

Indeed, great performance in Young Frankenstein.

R.I.P. Mr. Boyle.

#16 of 43 OFFLINE   Mathew B

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Posted December 13 2006 - 05:05 AM

Another great has sadly left us.


#17 of 43 OFFLINE   John_Bonner


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Posted December 13 2006 - 05:07 AM

Holy Crap!

RIP Peter

#18 of 43 OFFLINE   Michael Alden

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Posted December 13 2006 - 05:07 AM

Joe Bash!

#19 of 43 OFFLINE   TravisR


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Posted December 13 2006 - 05:08 AM

My favorite performance of his will always be Clyde Bruckman in The X-Files.

R.I.P. Peter...

#20 of 43 OFFLINE   tom_tagliente


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Posted December 13 2006 - 05:14 AM

Here's the link to the obituary on Yahoo.com


He had a very long and storied career. Rest in peace. It's so sad we lost him this close to Christmas. He died three days before John Spencer's (WEST WING) death a year ago this Saturday.