Peter Boyle, Dead at 71


Peter_boylePeter Boyle, the actor who played Raymond Barones father, passed away last night after a battle with multiple myeloma and heart disease. The comedic actor reminded me so much of my childhood days on Long Island with the friends father or grandfather yelling sarcastic comments off the couch whenever the mood struck. Yet at the end of the day, he was everybodies favorite as long as the withering tongue wasn’t aimed at your direction.

Boyle, who had many other roles throughout a long career, from Young Frankenstein to Taxi Driver will be missed. RIP Peter Boyle.

Peter Boyle, the actor who transformed from an angry workingman in “Joe” to a tap-dancing monster in “Young Frankenstein” and finally the comically grouchy father on “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.

“It’s like losing a spouse,” Doris Roberts, who played his wife on “Raymond,” said in a statement. “I’m going to miss my dear friend, so unlike the character he played on television. He’s a brilliant actor, a gentleman, incredibly intelligent, wonderfully well read and a loving friend.”

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. via AccessAtlanta.

Posted December 13, 2006 by
Obituary | 9 comments

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    9 Responses to “Peter Boyle, Dead at 71”

    1. Carpe Noctem on December 13th, 2006 5:01 pm

      I loved this guy!

      Young Frankenstein – 1974 with Gene Wilder,
      was a hysterical classic. Peter saved
      some of his best work for last. He
      was great in ELR.

      Bless ya, Peter! You gave
      people a lot of happiness.


    2. joe bear on December 13th, 2006 6:27 pm

      he will be missed.I will never forget the scene,in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN,reading the Wall Strret Journal.

    3. rishpeach on December 13th, 2006 7:13 pm

      The passing of this gentleman makes me so sad. Mr.Boyles heart showed through all he did.

      Blessings to his family. He truy will be missed.

    4. IndyDan on December 13th, 2006 8:48 pm

      Just a Class Act, he made “Everyone Loves Raymond” the success it is today.

    5. Maggie on December 13th, 2006 9:22 pm

      The cast is on Larry King Live right now paying tribute to him.

    6. Scared Monkeys on December 13th, 2006 10:50 pm

      There was no one funnier, I loved this guy and he shall be missed. He died far too young.

      From one of the funniest comedies ever, Young Franfkenstein, to Every body loves Ray.

      He was just too funny.

      God Bless you Peter Boyle


    7. da wench on December 14th, 2006 7:18 pm

      I loved this guy too. Did you know he was the best man at John & Yoko’s wedding?

    8. altruist on December 18th, 2006 6:46 pm

      Watch the repeat episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond twice every weekday & will never tire of seeing Peter Boyle demonstrate his talent. Am very sorry there will be no future presentations, Peter Boyle will be missed.

      I pray he has found peace & serenity with his creator.

    9. Scared Monkeys on July 8th, 2007 10:14 pm

      [...] Peter Boyle, 71. The curmudgeonly father on “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Dec. 12. Peter Boyle was one of my favorite and funniest actors of all time. Better known for his unforgettable role as Frankenstein in ‘Young Frankenstein’. He will be missed. [...]

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