Goodbye Peter Boyle

December 13th, 2006

One of my favorite actors in one of my favorite TV programs has passed away.

Peter Boyle, who left the life of a monk to study acting and went on to become one of the most successful character actors of his time in films like “The Candidate,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Monster’s Ball,” then capped his career with a long stint as the meddlesome father on the hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” died Tuesday evening in Manhattan. He was 71.

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Mr. Boyle was also becoming a familiar face on television, appearing in several episodes of ABC’s “NYPD Blue” and winning an Emmy Award in 1996 for a guest appearance on the long-running Fox series “The X-Files.” That was also the year Mr. Boyle became a member of the Barone family on the durable CBS sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

The series starred the comedian Ray Romano as Ray Barone, a sportswriter whose parents (played by Mr. Boyle and Doris Roberts) are all too willing to complicate daily life in Ray’s suburban household. As the grouchy, wisecracking Frank Barone, Mr. Boyle could be counted on to win laughs, as he did for nine seasons. The role brought him five Emmy nominations.

Frank Barone is one of my favorite characters. Holy crrrrap!

One Response to “Goodbye Peter Boyle”

  1. Gordon Says:

    Hey bud, don’t forget the movie “JOE”. May have been before your time. It is so old I had to punch Joy to tell me “what was the name of that movie Boyle was in” It was a great, powerful, and gut-wrenching flick. I may have temporarily forgotten the name but never the movie. Joy and I were laughing about my response and she told me to tell you that it Susan Saradon’s first movie and there is nude scene of her in the bath tub, but, “OH HORRORS” Joy say that was way back before she grew big boobs.