Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Peter Boyle, rest in peace

'Raymond' Dad Peter Boyle Dies in NYC

Peter Boyle, the actor who played the hilariously grouchy father on "Everybody Loves Raymond" as the final note of a distinguished career that also included a memorable role in Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein," has died. He was 71.

. . . While a generation of TV viewers knows him as Frank Barone - with his trademark "Holy crap!" line - Boyle had a respectable career long before "Everybody Loves Raymond" debuted in 1996, including a part in Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver." He also was close friends with John Lennon, who was best man at Boyle's wedding.

A member of the Christian Brothers religious order who turned to acting, the tall, prematurely balding Boyle gained notice in the title role of the 1970 sleeper hit "Joe," playing an angry, murderous bigot at odds with the emerging hippie youth culture.

I love that bit at the end of Young Frankenstein where he's in bed, reading the financial pages . . . good times.

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Blogger Canadi-anna said...

He was great, wasn't he.

My favourite was "The Dream Team" - he was fantastic in that and it was a hoot.

12/16/2006 10:23:00 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

I loved him in YF too (never saw the Dream Team), but I think tapdancing was his best scene, although judging from Madeline Kahn's singing, maybe the monster had hidden talents?

12/18/2006 12:01:00 AM  

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