Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Peter Boyle, R.I.P.

Very sad news today: Actor Peter Boyle has died. From The New York Times:
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.
Chester Higgins/The New York Times
Peter Boyle in 2001.

His death, at New York Presbyterian Hospital, was announced by his publicist, Jennifer Plante. She said Mr. Boyle had suffered from multiple myeloma and heart disease.

Most people probably know Peter Boyle from his role as Ray Romano's father on "Everybody Loves Raymond," but I loved him for his amazing acting in such movies as "Where The Buffalo Roam" (as Lazlo, the partner in crime of Hunter S. Thompson, played by Bill Murray), "Taxi Driver," "Taxi Driver," and most especially for his work as "The Monster" in the funniest movie ever made, "Young Frankenstein."

If you've never seen "The Puttin' On The Ritz" number, or want to enjoy it again, here it is:



Peter Boyle, 1935-2006.

1 comment:

chepo said...

This sucks. He was so creepy in Taxi Driver with his bald head with long hair look. I also recommend seeing "Joe", one of his best.