Peter Boyle, known as the grumpy dad on "Everybody Loves Raymond" and the dancing monster in "Young Frankenstein," has died at the age of 71.
The Emmy-winning actor, who was suffering from multiple myeloma and heart disease, died at New York Presbyterian Hospital on Tuesday night (Dec. 12), report news sources.
Peter Boyle was born on October 18, 1935 and was raised in Norristown, Pennsylvania. After a brief stint in the Army and a nervous breakdown, he spent three years as a Christian Brothers monk before turning to acting. He studied with Uta Hagen in New York and with Second City in Chicago before making his home back in New York where he worked in commercials and off-Broadway plays.
He began working in the movies and first received widespread acclaim in his first starring role in "Joe," playing an angry angry bigot. The result of that fame was two-fold: he began becoming typecast and therefore avoided taking roles in films that glorified violence.
Boyle succeeded in overcoming his typecasting by taking the role of the lab monster in 1974's spoof "Young Frankenstein," especially when he did the hilarious song-and-dance routine to "Puttin' on the Ritz" with the titular mad scientist played by Gene Wilder.
The film also led him to his future wife, Loraine Alterman, who visited the set as a reporter for Rolling Stone. Even though he was in full monster makeup, he asked her for a date. Through Alterman, he later met Yoko Ono and John Lennon, who was the best man at Boyle's wedding.
Boyle also had other memorable roles in "Taxi Driver" as a cabbie known as the Wizard, "The Candidate" opposite Robert Redford, the Hunter S. Thompson tribute "Where the Buffalo Roam," "Johnny Dangerously," as an activist in "Conspiracy: Trial of the Chicago 8," "The Dream Team," as a wannabe father-in-law in "While You Were Sleeping," "Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed" and all three "Santa Clause" movies starring Tim Allen.
On the small screen, he was nominated seven times for his role as the curmudgeonly father Frank Barone on "Everybody Loves Raymond," but never nabbed the prize. He did, however, win an Emmy for his guest appearance on "The X-Files" playing an insurance salesman who can see the future.
Boyle portrayed Sen. Joseph McCarthy in 1977's TV movie "Tail Gunner Joe," as Fatso Judson in the 1979 miniseries "From Here to Eternity," in the short-lived yet critically acclaimed beat cop drama "Joe Bash" in 1986 and as recurring guest star Dan Breen on "NYPD Blue" before joining the "Raymond" family.
Boyle suffered a stroke in 1990 that left him unable to speak for six months, and nine years later had a heart attack on the set of "Raymond."
He's survived by his wife and their two daughters, Lucy and Amy.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times