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Overview (4)

Born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA
Died in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA  (multiple myeloma and heart disease)
Birth NamePeter Lawrence Boyle Jr.
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

A bold, blunt instrument of hatred and violence at the onset of his film career, Peter Boyle recoiled from that repugnant, politically incorrect "working class" image to eventually play gruff, gentler bears and even comedy monsters in a career that lasted four decades.

He was born on October 18, 1935, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, to Alice (Lewis) and Francis Xavier Boyle. He eventually moved to Philadelphia, where his father was a sought-after local TV personality and children's show host. His paternal grandparents were Irish immigrants, and his mother was of mostly French and British Isles descent. Following a solid Catholic upbringing (he attended a Catholic high school), Peter was a sensitive youth and joined the Christian Brothers religious order at one point while attending La Salle University in Philadelphia. He left the monastery after only a few years when he "lost" his calling.

Bent on an acting career, Boyle initially studied with guru Uta Hagen in New York. The tall (6' 2"), hulking, prematurely bald actor wannabe struggled through a variety of odd jobs (postal worker, waiter, bouncer) while simultaneously building up his credits on stage and waiting for that first big break. Things started progressing for him after appearing in the national company of "The Odd Couple" in 1965 and landing TV commercials on the sly. In the late 60s he joined Chicago's Second City improv group and made his Broadway debut as a replacement for Peter Bonerz in Paul Sills' "Story Theatre" (1971) (Sills was the founder of Second City). Peter's breakout film role did not come without controversy as the hateful, hardhat-donning bigot-turned-murderer Joe (1970) in a tense, violence-prone film directed by John G. Avildsen. The role led to major notoriety, however, and some daunting supporting parts in T.R. Baskin (1971), Slither (1973) and as Robert Redford's calculating campaign manager in The Candidate (1972). During this time his political radicalism found a visible platform after joining Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland on anti-war crusades, which would include the anti-establishment picture Steelyard Blues (1973). This period also saw the forging of a strong friendship with former Beatle John Lennon.

Destined to be cast as monstrous undesirables throughout much of his career, he played a monster of another sort in his early film days, and thus avoided a complete stereotype as a film abhorrent. His hilarious, sexually potent Frankenstein's Monster in the cult Mel Brooks spoof Young Frankenstein (1974) saw him in a sympathetic and certainly more humorous vein. His creature's first public viewing, in which Boyle shares an adroit tap-dancing scene with "creator" Gene Wilder in full Fred Astaire regalia, was a show-stopping audience pleaser. Late 70s filmgoers continued to witness Boyle in seamy, urban settings with brutish roles in Taxi Driver (1976) and Hardcore (1979). At the same time he addressed several TV mini-movie roles with the same brilliant darkness such as his Senator Joe McCarthy in Tail Gunner Joe (1977), for which he received an Emmy nomination, and his murderous, knife-wielding Fatso in the miniseries remake of From Here to Eternity (1979).

While the following decade found Peter in predominantly less noteworthy filming and a short-lived TV series lead as remote cop Joe Bash (1986), the 90s brought him Emmy glory (for a guest episode on The X-Files (1993)). Despite a blood clot-induced stroke in 1990 that impaired his speech for six months, he ventured on and capped his enviable career on TV wielding funny but crass one-liners in the "Archie Bunker" mold on the long-running sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond (1996). A major Emmy blunder had Boyle earning seven nominations for his Frank Barrone character without a win, the only prime player on the show unhonored. He survived a heart attack while on the set of "Everybody Loves Raymond" in 1999, but managed to return full time for the remainder of the series' run through 2005.

Following a superb turn as Billy Bob Thornton's unrepentantly racist father in the sobering Oscar-winner Monster's Ball (2001), the remainder of his films were primarily situated in frivolous comedy fare such as The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002), The Santa Clause 2 (2002), Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006), typically playing cranky curmudgeons. Boyle died of multiple myeloma (bone-marrow cancer) and heart disease at New York Presbyterian Hospital in 2006, and was survived by his wife Lorraine and two children. He was 71.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (1)

Loraine Alterman Boyle (21 October 1977 - 12 December 2006) ( his death) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Often played gruff yet lovable characters

Trivia (20)

Before deciding to pursue a career in acting, he was a monk in the Christian Brothers order.
Peter's wife Loraine Alterman Boyle was a reporter for "Rolling Stone" magazine when they first met - he was in his full make-up for Young Frankenstein (1974). Through her friendship with Yoko Ono, Peter met and became best friends with ex-Beatle John Lennon. Lennon served as best man at their wedding. Their first child Lucy was born two days after Lennon's murder in 1980.
After seeing people cheer at his role in Joe (1970), he refused the lead role in The French Connection (1971) and other roles that glamorized violence.
He had two daughters with his wife, Loraine: Lucy Boyle and Amy Boyle.
Father hosted a popular children's lunchtime cartoon show in Philadelphia in the 1950s titled "Lunch with Uncle Pete."
His paternal grandparents were Irish immigrants. His mother's family, from Louisiana, was of French, and smaller amounts of Welsh, English, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), Scottish, German, and Polish, ancestry.
Commuted between Los Angeles, California, and his home in New York City for the filming of Everybody Loves Raymond (1996).
When he hosted Saturday Night Live (1975) in the 1970s, he demonstrated his fine singing voice.
1957 graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Was the only member of the ensemble cast of Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) who didn't win an Emmy award for acting in a comedy series.
He suffered a near-fatal stroke in October 1990 that rendered him completely speechless and immobile for nearly six months. He also had a heart attack on the set while taping an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) in 1999. After an angioplasty, he quickly recovered health and returned to the series.
Portrayed his own father, Philadelphia TV personality Pete Boyle, in the movie The In Crowd (1988).
During the entire nine season run of Everybody Loves Raymond (1996), the New York-based Boyle commuted to L.A. His daughters, Lucy and Amy, attended school in New York.
Received a special tribute as part of the Annual Memorial tribute at The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007).
He died from multiple myeloma and heart disease on the evening of December 12, 2006, at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan (NYC).
Studied drama at Herbert Berghof HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City.
He was a staunch liberal Democrat.
Got lost while trying to reach his audition for Everybody Loves Raymond (1996) with his wife frequently asking him if he knew where he was going. The frustration of not knowing caused him to become irritated and snappy when he finally arrived and, as a result, was cast as the gruff and grouchy Frank Barone.
Was a member of an improv trio with Trent Gough and Judd Hirsch in the late 1960s that performed at Hillys On The Bowery (run by Hilly Kristal of CBGBs fame) which was located on 9th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues in Greenwich Village.
Was friends with Doris Roberts.

Personal Quotes (5)

I don't think I would be an actor if I was all that intelligent.
When I was in high school I wanted to be a leading man guy, like Howard Keel. But then God saw fit to take the hair off my head at age 24.
I went through that adolescent crisis where you either jump into the river or jump into spirituality. I felt the call for a while; then I felt the normal pull of the world and the flesh. - PB, referring to his early life as a monk
[from a 1973 Rolling Stone article] Back in the fifties. I was an early fifties Jesus freak. I did it for about a year. I never spoke when I wasn't supposed to speak. I was an acolyte in the order of the Christian Brothers. Yeah, yeah, I know -- the Friends of the Winos. But I took it very seriously at the time. I pursued, you know, God, somewhat unsuccessfully for several years as a professional religious person, and then I forsook that life and took myself back to the world, and, through a series of incredibly stupid errors, became an actor. And after many hard, bitter years of struggle, I've achieved the immense fame I have now. Wealth. Happiness. Beautiful women throwing themselves at me. Believe me, it's not at all it's cracked up to be. Ahead of me, I can see only more stardom, with liberal does of obscurity.
[on working with Robert Mitchum on The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)] I really like Mitchum. The thing about him is that he's so fantastically hyperkinetic. I mean, questions of tolerance and energy and all that stuff -- he's just not quite human.

Salary (1)

Steelyard Blues (1973) $75,000

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