Wednesday, December 13, 2006

In Memorial

Peter Boyle
October 18, 1935December 12, 2006

Peter Boyle best remembered for his role in Everybody Loves Raymond, but for me, more so as the Creature in Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein". Truly a brilliant actor he was able to convey menace, sadness, a comedy while having a paucity of lines.
I learned something about Mr. Boyle as I was putting together this post. He was a friend of John Lennon and worked with Jane Fonda in the anti-war movement. After his first big role, in the 1970 release "Joe", Boyle was so disturbed by the audience cheering his violent biogetd character, that he refused the role of Popeye Doyle in "The French Connection". Classy, talented, and widely respected within the industry, Peter Boyle will be missed.

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