Actor Peter Boyle, Dec. 12 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, died on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He was 71. A Christian Brothers monk who turned to acting, the tall, prematurely balding Boyle gained notice in the title role of the 1970 sleeper Joe, playing an angry, murderous bigot at odds with the emerging hippie youth culture. He entralled audiences in Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks' 1974 send-up of horror films, when Gene Wilder, as scientist Frederick Frankenstein, introduced his creation to an upscale audience. Boyle, decked out in tails, performed a song-and-dance routine to the Irving Berlin classic Puttin' On the Ritz. It showed another side of Boyle, one that would be best exploited in the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, in which he played curmudgeonly paterfamilias Frank Barone for 10 years. When Boyle tried out for the role, he was kept waiting for his audition -- and he was not happy. "He came in all hot and angry," recalled the show's creator, Phil Rosenthal, "and I hired him because I was afraid of him." Boyle, center, is shown here in 1998 with Raymond co-stars Ray Romano, left, and Brad Garrett, right.
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