Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Peter Boyle Has Died

by Jackrabbit Slim
Although probably best known to most in the U.S. for his long-time role as Frank Barone on "Everybody Loves Raymond," I will always remember him as the monster in Young Frankenstein. One of my favorite comedies, his performance, mostly without dialogue, has many priceless moments.


Blogger Count Olaf said...

I always think of him as Frankenstein's monster as well....and as one of the mental patients that Michael Keaton takes to a baseball game. What was that movie??

be patient while I check IMDB...

The Dream Team. But, it seems, Keaton was a patient as well. Obviously it's not quite ingrained into my memory, but definitely psyche because I always associate Boyle as such.

At any rate, sad news.

12/13/2006 11:41:00 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

It's strange about that psych-patient association because I made that one as well (even if Young Frankenstein, and that scene with Gene Hackman is the standout). I was thinking One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest but when I looked it up I didn't find him. Thanks for clarifying.

Anyway, sad. He was great in Monster's Ball and Taxi Driver also.

12/13/2006 12:28:00 PM  
Blogger Jackrabbit Slim said...

Cuckoo's Nest did have two actors who would later be very popular on TV as patients--Danny DeVito and Christopher Lloyd (now that I think about it, both were on Taxi).

12/13/2006 12:51:00 PM  
Blogger Count Olaf said...

and wasn't Christopher Lloyd in the Dream Team?

Back to IMDB..

The answer is.... Yes!

12/13/2006 01:57:00 PM  
Blogger lesterg said...

That stinks. While Boyle lucked into several quality projects in his career (Raymond, Malcolm X, Taxi Driver, Monster's Ball), it was his ability to rise about B-level material that always set him apart.

I can barely remember a thing about The Shadow, The Dream Team, Scooby Doo, While You Were Sleeping, Turk 182! and Outland...yet I remember Boyle vividly in each film. That's a testament to his talent.

Does anyone remember his work as Tea Leoni's globe-trotting father on "Flying Blind"? Great stuff.

12/13/2006 03:43:00 PM  
Blogger jaydro said...

I think one of his most underrated performances was as the campaign manager in The Candidate (one of my favorite films)--I had actually forgotten that was him until his obituary reminded me. He was also good in The X-Files episode "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose."

12/22/2006 10:47:00 AM  

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