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December 13, 2006

Peter Boyle, Dead at 71

Posted in: Obituary

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.

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