Peter Boyle Biography

Birthday: 1935-10-18
Place of Birth: Norristown, Pennsylvania
Height: 6' 2" (1.88 m)
Wiki Biography: 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, but eventually moved to Philadelphia where his father, Peter Sr., was a sought-after local TV personality and children's show host. Following a solid Irish-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) (TV), 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 until its cancellation in 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.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Comedy Tonight 1970 Comedy
Joe Bash 1986 Drama
Everybody Loves Raymond Frank Barone 1999 - 2000 Comedy
TV Guide Close Up Himself 2005 -
All Roads Lead Home 2008 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Medium Cool 1969
Steelyard Blues 1973 Comedy, Crime
The Friends of Eddie Coyle 1973 Crime, Thriller, Drama
Young Frankenstein The Monster 1974 Comedy, Sci Fi
Taxi Driver Wizard 1976 Comedy
Swashbuckler 1976 Action, Adventure, Comedy
Tail Gunner Joe Sen. Joseph McCarthy 1977 Drama
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure Frank Mazzetti 1979 0
Hardcore Andy Mast 1979
Where the Buffalo Roam Lazlo 1980 Comedy
In God We Tru$t 1980 Comedy
Outland 1981 Sport, Game Show, 0, 0
Hammett 1982 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Yellowbeard 1983 0
Ghost In The Noonday Sun 1984 Comedy
Johnny Dangerously Jocko Dundee 1984 Comedy, Crime
Turk 182! 1985 Action, Comedy, Drama
Surrender 1987 Comedy
Walker Cornelius Vanderbilt 1987 Adventure, Drama, History
Speed Zone! Police Chief Spiro T. Edsel 1988 Comedy, Action
Red Heat Cmdr. Lou Donnelly 1988 Action, Comedy, Crime
The Dream Team Jack McDermott 1989 Comedy
Challenger 1990 0
Solar Crisis 1990 Sci Fi, Thriller
Men of Respect 1991 Drama, Crime, Thriller
Kickboxer 2: The Road Back Justin Maciah 1991 Action, Sport, Thriller
In the Line of Duty: Street War 1992 Action, Drama, Thriller
Honeymoon in Vegas 1992 Comedy, Romance, Thriller
Nervous Ticks Ron Rudman 1993 Comedy, Romance
The Santa Clause 1994 0, 0, 0
The Shadow Moe Shrevnitz 1994 0, 0, Game Show
While You Were Sleeping Ox Callaghan 1995 0, Biography
Killer George 1995 Drama, Romance, Thriller
Born to Be Wild Gus Charnley 1995 Adventure, Comedy, Drama
The Surgeon Lt. McEllwaine 1995 Horror, Thriller
Death and the Compass 1996
Final Vendetta Jay Glass 1996 Thriller
Milk & Money Belted Galloway 1996 Comedy, Romance
That Darn Cat Pa 1997 Comedy, Family, Mystery
Doctor Dolittle Calloway 1998 0, 0
Dr. Dolittle Calloway 1998
The Adventures of Pluto Nash Rowland 2002 Sport, 0, 0
Bitter Jester 2003
Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 2004 Action, Adventure, Comedy
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 2004 Action, Adventure, Comedy
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Father Time 2006 0, 0
All Roads Lead Home 2008
The Candidate Marvin Lucas 2016
Shadow Moe Shrevnitz 2018 0