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Moriarty Says Goodbye To The Great Peter Boyle

I remember the first time I saw Peter Boyle. When I was a kid, the Clearwater Six had Saturday morning kid matinees, where they’d show two features as well as cartoons and Three Stooges shorts and all sorts of oddball surprises for us. As a result, my first viewing of James Whale’s original FRANKENSTEIN was in a theater. As we were leaving that day’s screenings, I saw a poster for what looked like a sequel to it, and I asked my dad (who came to pick me up) if he would bring me to see it. I didn’t understand why he laughed when I pointed out the poster, but he agreed. And so it was that I found myself in a darkened theater watching YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, completely blown away by whoever that glorious freak was playing the Monster. Even at the age of six, I found the film hilariously funny, and when I watch the film today, I still get the giggles at so much of what he does, at the way he and Gene Wilder play off of each other in the “Puttin’ On The Ritz” number, at his amazing scene with Gene Hackman. It’s a brilliant comic performance. And it was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what Boyle was capable of. My wife discovered EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND last year, and she started watching the DVD box sets obsessively. I would have gone mad if not for the presence of Boyle in the show. As Frank, patriarch of the extended family, he was a deadly comedy weapon who would come in and steal every scene. He brought real nuance to the role, and I loved how he would reveal surprising tenderness underneath his gruff exterior. Look back at his filmography, and you see all sorts of great films, and in each one, his contribution is part of what makes the film great. I’m still shocked that JOE didn’t launch him to startdom right off the bat. If you haven’t seen this 1970 classic, then you need to start there if you want to really appreciate what Boyle was capable of. Directed by John Avildsen and written at fever pitch by Norman Wexler, JOE is the ultimate expression of the fury that erupted between mainstream America and the counterculture, and Boyle plays a racist, sexist, loudmouthed embodiment of an America whose time has passed. Boyle attacked the role, and the result is still hard to watch. He somehow manages to be funny and horrifying and heartbreaking all at once, and the film’s final thirty minutes represent a high point that I’m not sure he ever quite achieved again in any other film. THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE is an underrated gem starring Robert Mitchum, and Boyle plays the pivotal role of a bartender who turns informer. It’s wrenching character work, an indicator of just how good Boyle could be when turned loose with the right material. Film after film, he kept turning in great work. TAXI DRIVER, HARDCORE, THE BRINK’S JOB. When directors used him in comedy, there was almost always a dangerous edge to that laughter, like in WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM, where he played Carl Lazlo, that film’s version of Hunter Thompson’s monstrous attorney. As the ‘70s faded and the ‘80s rolled on, it seemed like people didn’t know what to do with him, and there just weren’t as many good roles available. Even so, he managed to make an impression in films like OUTLAND, YELLOWBEARD, JOHNNY DANGEROUSLY, and even TURK 182. His career reached its nadir with the 1990 TV series POOCHINSKI, in which he played the voice of an awful stuffed dog puppet, reincarnated from Boyle. It was depressing as a fan to see him used that way. The ‘90s were a long dry spell, and when he did pop up in something like THE SHADOW or WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING (the closest precursor to his work on RAYMOND), it was always welcome. Maybe his most memorable mid-‘90s moment was a guest appearance on THE X-FILES as Clyde Bruckman, and I’ve got to believe that was a big part of why he was cast in RAYMOND, which started in 1996. For the next decade, he had a home, and he was on TV every week. If for no other reason, Boyle will be remembered by a new generation of fans, and I’m sure today his loss is being felt by every one of that show’s viewers. He was one of a kind. He was an original. And he will be deeply missed. Our thoughts are with his friends and family today. Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • Dec. 13, 2006, 1:39 p.m. CST


    by myspoonistoobig

    Peter Boyle was awesome. :( RIP, good sir.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 1:40 p.m. CST


    by Captain Mal

    All noble regards.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Holy Crap!

    by DreamIsOver

    RIP Outland is a great movie.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Ritzin' his way to Heaven.

    by vivavitalogy

    Where the hell is the Nodell nod?

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Oh my god...

    by Childe Roland

    This one hits hard. Real hard. Kind of at a loss right now. Biting back some tears at work. My experience of Boyle parallels Mori's almost to the letter and knowing that I'll never see him in another performance is just...well...crap. How did he pass? Was it expected? He can't have been all that old. Mid sixties, perhaps? Wow. Talk about a gut punch. You will definitely be missed, Peter.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 1:46 p.m. CST

    One of the greatest actors of all time - RIP

    by Doctor_Sin

    Just look at that filmography! Even so-so movies were elevated because of his outstanding performance(s). My favorite role of his (besides The Monster, naturally) is as a cabbie in Taxi Driver - giving Travis Bickle sage advice. I told my wife when I heard about this earlier and she was devastated - she absolutely loved him on "Raymond." So many greats leaving us, so few left to rise to their greatness.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 1:46 p.m. CST

    by Negative Man

    'Nuff said and God bless ya, big guy!

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 1:48 p.m. CST

    He had the best lines on "Raymond"

    by S-Mart shopper

    and was without a doubt the best reason to watch the show. Famous folks always go in 3's any takers on the other 2? What, too soon?

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Btw - he was 71 and was ill for quite a while

    by Doctor_Sin

    Although it's hard for his friends and family - it's for the best, now that he won't have to be ill anymore. God bless, Peter.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Wow. That sucks.

    by Trancer

    The episode of the X-Files Drew mentioned is probably the single best episode of the entire series, and Peter Boyle was what made that otherwise very well-written episode into something truly memorable. Farewell.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 1:51 p.m. CST

    I was just..

    by playahatersball

    calling Harry a fat glutton on the Eragon talkback for not putting this one up sooner. My bad, but he still doesn't know the difference between a gourmet and a gourmand. RIP, best Frankenstien's monster ever!

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 1:54 p.m. CST


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  • Dec. 13, 2006, 1:55 p.m. CST

    He was a good actor, yes, but...

    by DanielKurland

    He did not deserve an Emmy for Raymond like a lot of people say. He played a very one note character. He did it well, but the fault was in the character not him, he's just yell some insult to Marie, say "Holy crap", be crude, or make some derogatory comment. It may have been fun, but it was hardly ground breaking or Emmy-worthy. He had some strong episodes sure, but that doesn't change the average. I don't want to seem like an asshole here, and only be putting him down, because he was good, and his roles in Young Frankenstein and Taxi Driver were great stuff, but Frank Barone was over rated is all.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 1:56 p.m. CST

    my introduction to Peter Boyle...

    by waggy

    ...was The Dream Team with Michael Keaton and Christopher Lloyd. haven't seen it in a while, and i'm sure it's pretty awful, but i do remember Peter making me laugh as the guy who thought he was Jesus and kept taking his clothes off.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 1:57 p.m. CST

    He was in so many wonderful films...

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    ...and he was great in all of them.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2 p.m. CST

    Everybody Loves Raymond was the apex of TV mediocrity

    by riskebiz

    Why anyone loved it is beyond me. Lamest of all sitcoms. But Boyle is cool. Loved his last great role in Monsters Ball.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:02 p.m. CST

    you didn't mention Monster's Ball...

    by mthrndr

    just a hardcore performance. also, I hated Raymond, but he was good Marie: Hi everyone, I brought sandwiches Frank: Enough talk, Marie. Sandwiches!

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Farewell monster of Frankenstein...

    by PoweredUpPacman

    ...seeing him launch that pigtailed little girl from the seasaw is one of my favourite movie images.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Holy Crap!

    by Abin Sur quote Mr. Boyle. Thanks for all the years of entertainment you brought to us. You will be missed.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:11 p.m. CST

    A man who will be sorely missed

    by Lou C.

    I recall on the DVD of Young Frankenstein, Gene Wilder talked about how the Puttin' on the Ritz scene was his idea and Mel Brooks didn't want to do it because he thought it was too absurd. But Wilder kept nagging at him until he agreed to film it. The end result is one of the funniest scenes in movie history, and a lot of that comes from Peter Boyle. And that's not including the scene with Gene Hackman. He was a brilliant actor who always made any movie he was in better. God bless you, Mr. Boyle, and may you find peace and happiness on the other side.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Did not Love Raymond

    by PortnoysRevenge

    ...but I loved Frank. Although I never watched the show during Prime Time, I do tune in on syndicated re-runs for one reason: Frank Other than Boyle, the show was Shiite. Young Frankenstein is a masterpiece as was Boyle's performance. I never saw Joe. Will have to rent it this weekend.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:13 p.m. CST

    I'm (almost) lost for words...

    by Rendell

    Moriarty is right, the man was criminally underused, he had great comedic AND dramatic talent. And yes, "Puttin' on the Ritz" is one of my all time favorite comedy scenes!

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:14 p.m. CST

    And someone needs to mention ...

    by Lou C.

    ... his brilliant performance in Monster's Ball, if they haven't already up there. That, too, was a brilliant performance.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Damn, another great one bites the dust...

    by SouthSide_2010

    Man that dude had so many great lines in films. "CALM DOWN!! My dork is in my hands!!" from "Johnny Dangerously" is my favorite. Also "For six crummy joints are you kidding me?" from "Where the Buffalo Roam". He was fuckin' hilarious in "The Dream Team", "You're a sick man, it's a sickness of the soul. Put this (raises middle finger) in your report!".

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose...

    by Reynard Muldrake

    Indeed. At least it wasn't from autoerotic asphyxiation. Though maybe that's not a bad way to go. Ask Duchovny.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:21 p.m. CST

    RIP Peter

    by Boba Fat

    That Young Frankenstien putting on the ritz routine will be with me forever.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Farewell, Peter Boyle.

    by Almost_Human

    You are missed by your fans already. Although a fan of his entire body of work, he will always be Frankenstein's monster to me. Much like Mori, I had a formative comic experience with my father at Young Frankenstein. My condolences to the Boyle family. We have lost a man we loved as a great talent, but they have lost a father and a husband. We all loved Peter because we all knew Peter or at least bits of him in the people around us every day. He was that well grounded curmudgeon uncle. He was the grandpa who said strange and funny things at just the right (or wrong) time. He was the kind of guy who could make you laugh, but you'd want catching your back if trouble started. In Peter Boyle's passing, our loss is God's gain. Groucho and Richard won't be going on stage alone tonight nor will they be getting all the laughs. Rest in peace, friend, you are missed.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Great guy

    by canopus

    In all the interviews I saw him in, he seemed like such a nice guy. I think he deserved his Emmy's for ELR, it was a comedy show, and he was very funny, and as Mori said, he also would show a softer side on occasion. The last two or three seasons weren't as good, but it was a pretty good show for awhile there, mostly because of Peter Boyle and Ray's brother, they were the best part of the show. I also thought he was great in Monster's Ball, that scene with Halle Berry was chilling.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Will be missed

    by jtp8000

    I had the pleasure of meeting him and his wife several years ago. My condolences to Lorraine and his kids. The X-Files ep, Young Frankenstein, what a great actor he was

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Will be missed

    by jtp8000

    I had the pleasure of meeting him and his wife several years ago. My condolences to Lorraine and his kids. The X-Files ep, Young Frankenstein, what a great actor he was

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Clyde Bruckman

    by 24200124

    He was absolutely wonderful in "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose". I didn't know he had won the Emmy for it, though, until today. He played him with a wonderful spirit and soul, and it's just unfortunate that he's gone now. However, one of my favorite Clyde Bruckman moments is definitely from the bloopers of "The X-Files" season 3, during "Final Repose" where Mulder, Scully and Bruckman are driving to a potential murder scene. Bruckman says, "Okay, stop. Stop. (Breaks character) I said, 'stop'! I mean, what the fuck is wrong with you?!", and Moose and Squirrel start laughing... All the same, here's to you, Peter Boyle. Say hello to my dog who died on Halloween for me, please...

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Come back! I was gonna make espresso!

    by sleepy holloway

    Brilliant actor with an incredible resume. RIP. You'll be missed...

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:29 p.m. CST

    RIP Clyde Bruckman

    by AnnoyYou

    I loved him as the Monster in "Young Frankenstein" and as Travis Bickle's only sympathetic cabbie friend in "Taxi Driver," but to me Boyle will forever be the hapless, sad, reluctant clairvoyant in the X-Files episode "Clyde Bruckman's Last Repose." Rest easy, big guy -- you will be missed.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Best X-files ever.

    by Billyeveryteen

    All Boyle baby.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:35 p.m. CST

    He was featured recently as Frosty the..

    by Borgnine JR

    ...Snowman in the cartoon version of that story. Too bad he didnt do an older,crankier Frosty during his Raymond run. He was real and a bit subversive, and we'll miss that now.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Peter Boyle almost ran me down.

    by necco

    Peter Boyle almost ran me down in his Volvo station wagon at the corner of 17th St. and 5th Ave. in Manhattan. It must have been around 1995. That aside, "UTTIN AH DA ITZZ!" is one of the 5 or 10 funniest comic lines in the history of cinema. Just about makes me pee myself to this day.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Doc Sin, for the additional info.

    by Childe Roland

    I'm kind of up in the tower, here, and hadn't heard any of that. Last I saw of Boyle (on Raymond, he being the only reason I ever watched the show) he seemed hearty as a horse. And waggy, you're right, Dream Team was pretty awful. But I'll leave it on any time it plays because of Boyle's character. His scene in the Baptist church was was his empathic delivery of the line: "All of god's creatures are beautiful." followed by: "No. Not her." This is hard. I want to spend all day recalling my favorite moments from this guy's career, but it's making me so damned sad.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:41 p.m. CST

    The Fat Little White Nazi Storm Trooper Did It

    by DefyThis

    His performance as Clyde Bruckman on The X-Files was the first I'd ever seen of him. Outstanding. When I did watch ELR, he stole every scene away from a very talented cast. RIP Mr. Boyle.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:41 p.m. CST


    by sleepy holloway

    Boyle at his best.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:44 p.m. CST

    That's why they called him the Wizard....

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    Go out and get laid!

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:47 p.m. CST

    such a shame

    by christophermoltosante

    to see another actor of Peter's Ilk laid to rest. his character made a run of the mill Everybody Loves Raymond into the show that millions of people loved. goodnight god bless.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Peter Boyle

    by MattHooper

    OUTLAND !!!!

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:48 p.m. CST

    This is very sad.

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    Sorry to see him go. In other news, the Green Lantern has dimmed. Martin Nodell has died.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:52 p.m. CST




  • Dec. 13, 2006, 2:57 p.m. CST

    This poor, half-crazed genius has given us life...

    by SpyGuy

    ...or, at the very least, a reason to keep on living by watching his diverse body of work. Rest In Peace, Peter...

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Peter, you left too soon.

    by MasterShake

    Man, sad news. I feel empty right now. I remember the first time I saw Young Frankenstein, and what an impression Peter Boyle made on me. I started looking for whatever project he was in. The man had depth as an actor and a human being. He was unique, and the world grows a little darker with his passing.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 3:06 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. Peter Boyle

    by Barron34

    Condolences to his family and friends. I had been a fan since seeing his great work in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN when I was a kid. Drew is right in that he was underused as an actor, but he still managed to maintain a decent career. I was never a particular fan of the RAYMOND sitcom, but I always liked Boyle, and was glad the guy spent the last ten years of his life in a good role on an acclaimed and popular TV show. Boyle was an interesting guy in that he was a Christian Brother for three years, basically a monk, for three years, before leaving that life to eventually become an actor. He was also close friends with John Lennon, with whom he seemed to have shared an interest in spirituality. If there is a great place beyond, I am sure he is there. Rest in peace, Mister Boyle.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Another of the 'just great actors' leave us...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    As has been mentioned, he was a guy who you would always watch, no matter the quality of the TV show or movie. He was always worthy of your attention. Much respect.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 3:10 p.m. CST

    "I'm standin' here, with my Dork in my hand!"

    by SkiBum

    Loved him in Johnny Dangerously, and he was the only reason to watch everybody loves raymond. He will be missed.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 3:11 p.m. CST

    The Dream Team


    The dream team was also my first experience with mr Boyle. I don;t llook back on it as a bad movie by any means, dated yes, but to me it's a comedy classic, although I did watch it at a young age when I though michael keaton was god because he played batman, and it could be the nostalgia of that movie that makes me love it that much more, but I will defend it to anyone who wants to proclaim it a bad film

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 3:11 p.m. CST

    I never cared much for Everybody Loves Raymond...

    by Hyperimaginative

    but if there was any reason to watch the endless supply of episodes in syndication, it was Peter Boyle. I, too, first experienced his comic genius in Young Frakenstein and was immediately impressed. I will miss him and his skill immensely.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Comedic Brilliance

    by ByTor

    Almost everything he did was terrific. And while I did enjoy ELR, an awful lot of that was Boyle. I do think he deserved the Emmy. The character being one-note isn't the point (it's a comedy, dammit). The point is what he did with it. His timing, his delivery, his facial expressions...all classic. And like everyone else, I find the Puttin On The Ritz scene absolutely hysterical.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 3:33 p.m. CST

    He had another short lived sitcom on Fox

    by TimBenzedrine

    Back in the early 90s he played Tea Leoni's father(he was an ex-CIA agent)on a an otherwise forgetable show called "Flying Blind" Boyle's monologue from Taxi Driver (a man is his job)is something I frequently reference when I try to explain men to women.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 3:34 p.m. CST

    NYPD Blue

    by The Funketeer

    I think some of the best work he ever did was as Sipowicz's AA sponsor on NYPD Blue. I think it was the first and second season and then he came back for another arc a few years later. Good stuff.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 3:34 p.m. CST

    a decent man who did a decent job.

    by mrbong

    Yellowbeard is one of my all time favourites. he was pivotal to the complex plot of Taxi Driver and you can't imagine anyone else doing the job of Wizard. everything possible has been said about the genius of Young Frankenstein. and let's be honest, Mr Boyle was the only funny aspect of Everybody Loves Raymond. an impressive body of work left behind, thanks Mr Boyle.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 3:46 p.m. CST

    He will be missed!

    by eric haislar


  • Dec. 13, 2006, 3:57 p.m. CST

    One of the greatest X-Files eps ever

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    with one of the best guest stars ever. RIP sir.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 4:12 p.m. CST


    by aaron0matic

    its like loosing your own grandfather...

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Martin Nodell's RIP...

    by rev_skarekroe

    ...will probably be in the weekly comics talkback, whenever that gets here.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 4:14 p.m. CST

    As for Boyle...

    by rev_skarekroe

    Count me among those who kept asking himself "What the hell is Peter Boyle DOING on this show?"

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 4:42 p.m. CST

    I usually don't...

    by KarmicRelief on these, but this one's different for some reason. I LOVED him in The Dream Team. "I am the Lord they God. Thou shalt not have strange gods before Me. Out of my way, asshole." RIP, Mr. Boyle.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 4:42 p.m. CST

    He was also amazing in MONSTER'S BALL

    by eppdude

    a fine actor. Even though I HATED Raymond, I liked him in it.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Godbless Mr Boyle

    by DirkD13"

    You will be greatly missed.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 4:59 p.m. CST

    This is such sad news.

    by Guy Gaduois

    Unlike Childe Roland, I can't bite back the tears. An icon of my love of films, 'Young Frankenstein' is my favorite comedy of all time, and Boyle is brilliant in it. The "Hey Handsome" scene in the dungeon cellar between the Doc and the Creature is a treasure. Multiple Myeloma and a bum ticker - that's not a comfortable end for a man who brought a bunch of joy. Thoughts and prayers with the family.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Young Frankentein is arguably the comedy ever.

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    It always comes up in the top 5/ Its my personal favourite Mel Brooks film and probably favourite comedy also (although it is always a coin flip between Dr Strangelove as well)

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 5:14 p.m. CST

    TOO YOUNG!!!

    by The Game Master

    Peter Boyle was just too young to pass. 71 is not really that old. This is a shame. No jokes here: Rest in peace Mr. Boyle, you have earned well your rest, for you have made this world a better place by how much we've all laughed and smiled through your performances.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose

    by Acerbic Norseman

    One of the best hours of television EVER! Clyde Bruckman: "Mr Gordon, as a young husband, I think you're going to find that your new responsibilities to your family take precedence over your recreational needs." Mr Gordon: "But this is a really good boat." Clyde Bruckman: "You don't get it, do you kid?." [Clyde Bruckman slips into a trance and describes the man's death] Mr Gordon: "Mister. You really need to work on your closing technique."

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Joe Bash....

    by VibroCount

    John Lennon was his best man... sigh...

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose

    by Acerbic Norseman

    This part nearly made the news announcer where I live weep when the episode ended. He described it as one of the most beautifully written things he had ever seen on TV. This was unusual because before this I never saw the guy mention anything about any lead in show before the news. MULDER: Well, I've had dreams in my life where I had a vision and then later on, I've seen that vision in reality and then... and as a psychic, have you ever had prophetic dreams like that? CLYDE BRUCKMAN: I have only one dream. I dream it ever night. You're not one of those people who turns everything into a sexual symbol, are you? MULDER: No, no, I'm not a Freudian, no. CLYDE BRUCKMAN: I'm lying naked in a field of red tulips.(In Bruckman's dream, his body slowly wastes away into nothing. He speaks over it, describing it.)I'm not concerned with where I am or how I got there. I'm at peace and it's then that I realize I'm dead. My body begins to turn a greenish-white with spots of purple. Next, the insects arrive. The inevitable follows, putridity and liquescence. Before I know it, I'm nothing but bones. When I start fading to dust, I lose whatever care I still might have had about where my clothes are and as I begin to feel myself slipping away towards I know not what...(Cut back to Bruckman.)I wake up. Well, good night.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 5:40 p.m. CST


    by mrfan

    Sorry to hear this. No matter what show or movie Peter Boyle was you knew it was as good as gold no matter what role. He always added something extra. Thank God for reruns and dvds. Going to miss this talent dearly.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Link to Scene from Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose

    by Acerbic Norseman

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 5:44 p.m. CST

    The Ritz will be put on no more...

    by PeteBogs

    folks, Blazing Saddles was funny, but Young Frankenstein is Mel Brooks' real masterpiece... that's true in no small part due to Peter Boyle... his dance routine, his gradual realization that his thumb was on fire, his devious grin directly at the camera, etc.... he was pretty damn funny in Johnny Dangerously, too... "I'm holding my dork in my hand!" there was also his slipping some young lady's pants off in Hardcore... ahh, such memories... I didn't watch his TV stuff, but his films were great... RIP

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 5:49 p.m. CST

    I first saw him in Johnny Dangeroulsy

    by CherryValance

    I loved that movie and I wouldn't be surprised if that fargin icehole Roman Maroni had something to do with this. I also loved him in While You Were Sleeping. He's so funny in that. I crack up everytime I see it when he thinks Sandra fell in love with him. I'm definitely going to miss him.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 6 p.m. CST

    Frau Blucher!

    by Gorrister

    Sorry. Just wanted to hear the horses. ;)

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 6 p.m. CST

    Goodnight Sweet Price...

    by Alen Smithee

    May Flights of angels sing the to thy rest. :(

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 6:18 p.m. CST

    holy crap

    by streakerfreak1983

    that's so sad. never really watched ramond much but outland and young frankenstien were great. well outland was at least somewhat entertaining

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 6:23 p.m. CST


    by Bloo

    I still don't know what to say, I've been struggling to write the right words for such a fine actor. If I could speak as elquently as some on here, I would but I can only say, that he brought much laughter in times when it was needed, he brought a gravatis to works that it required and through it all remained real. A fine actor, a better human, God rest and Godspeed

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Steelyard Blues

    by jasper Stillwell

    I loved him in that. This is such sad news.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 6:46 p.m. CST

    See ya Frank!...

    by Freefinger

    You made us laugh mister Boyle, and for this.. you will live in our laughter forever. Rip..

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 6:59 p.m. CST

    A far better Doctor Gonzo in a far better film....

    by thecomedian

    No CGI halucinations. Just menacing mayhem. I love Peter Boyle in Where the Buffalo Roam.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 7 p.m. CST

    Thats a shame

    by proper

    Sorry to hear about Peter Boyle,he makes me laugh in Everybody Loves Raymond each morning =<.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 7:14 p.m. CST

    R.I.P Peter Boyle

    by Zombie Vig

    Thanks for being the funniest old guy on TV. He was hillarious in Everybody Loves Raymond. Never missed it because of him. Thanks again Mr.Boyle.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Holy shit! No wonder!

    by Immortal_Fish

    ...all of talk radio was on this. They were yapping about his various films but didn't mention why. Or not often enough<P>Wow. Loved lots of his work. I once worked for a guy by the name of Stanley Dorsky, who was first cousins with Mel Brooks. He was the typical, aged lipsmacking jew who made no qualms about having no use for you, yet would take you under his wing all the same. I eventually made my way into his corner office, where he showed me a slew of oldish photos of him with Mel and Crew, including Boyle, Wilder, Feldman, etc. It resonated so much that I wanted to take a picture of me standing in front of his pictures. There was other memoribilia too. I felt like Sonny Malone in Xanadu.<P>Damn, Boyle was fantastic. I can't remember anything he was in that I didn't like.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 7:27 p.m. CST

    what do we do now?

    by NormanFell

    dont forget his role in THE CANDIDATE...XFiles, NYPD BLUE(offed by Enrico Colatoni) and Scooby Doo 2. I think it's a given that only married folks over the age of 30 love RAYMOND. Frank was NOT a one character ala Phoebe on FRIENDS or Carla from CHEERS. We was a typical dad. RIP Mr Boyle...godspeed

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 7:51 p.m. CST

    this reminds me of when wilson from home improvent died

    by jig98

    that was another big loss in the show biz world. i based one of my popular cartoon charectors on frank barone. peter boyle was great and will be missed. my condolences go out to his friends, family and the entire cast and crew of raymond. his best moment on that show was in the 200th episode and he, ray and robert went to therapy but then when to the track instead and then bonded. it's also ironic because the episode where they drive into the house and then frank says "don't come to my funeral" was on last night when he passed away. godspeed, frank. finally, it's our turn to say "holy crap!" we'll miss you.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Holy Crap!

    by Cotton McKnight

    I know someone beat me to it, but I had to say it. God bless you Frank Barone, you will be missed. Say hello to John Lennon for us, will ya?

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 8:25 p.m. CST

    HOLY CRAP, indeed.

    by Shermdawg

    Peter, along with Doris Roberts, were the best things about the show. They owned each and every scene. There's a good chance without those two, Ray Romano wouldn't be where he is today.<br>br>R.I.P. Mr. Boyle, you were a class act, and you'll be missed.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Johnny Dangerously ...Dream Team ...

    by Lain Of The Net

    "I fear my doctor may have been seized by the Romans!" You have to have been in care to laugh like I did. Dang.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 9:26 p.m. CST

    I fear my doctor may have been kidnapped by the Romans!

    by KongMonkey

    Dream Team was one of my favorites of Boyles, besides Young Frankenstein. He fit perfectly in the role of a lunatic with a delusion of being the self-professed second coming of Christ. Real shame that the last thing I see him on is that jackass Carlos Mencia's show. R.I.P. Pete.

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Chief Orman

    by tom_joad

    One of the funniest scene of Peter Boyle was in Honeymoon in Vegas, as Chief Orman, that scene where he was singing Happy Talk was the best. Rest in Peace Mr. Boyle

  • Dec. 13, 2006, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Two more people will die now

    by hiperaktiv

    Cos hollywood celebrities always die in three's for some reason. Anyways, Peter Boyle was a fantastic actor. I especially liked his part of Wizard in Taxi Driver. RIP

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 12:01 a.m. CST


    by Smurfette

    We'll all miss him.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 2:31 a.m. CST


    by Samson_K

    This has hit really hard - I loved Peter Boyle, he was a high point in almost everything that he did. The sequence where he joins in 'Hit the Road Jack' in Dream Team is one of the milk from nose funniest moments in film history - but he was the BEST thing in 'The Shadow' - man the list is huge. Bye Mr Boyle

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Farewell Peter

    by Salamander

    ONe tv ep i do remember him in apart from the obvious comedy ELR was in the x-files. very funny man, good comic timing and very endearing. sadly missed.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 2:50 a.m. CST

    "God love ya.."

    by BenBraddock

    See you, Wizard :-)

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 5:35 a.m. CST

    "I will hold back the water"

    by The Equalizer

    Peter Boyle was the best part of that classic movie "The Dream Team". His character with a messiah complex had me in absolute stitches. Farewell Peter Boyle.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 6:10 a.m. CST

    Puttin' on the Ritz

    by Uridium

    RIP Peter, you have made me laugh out loud more times than i can remember!

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Dammit Lazlo!

    by Kizeesh

    Damn. I was just watching Where the Buffalo Roam, last night. shame.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 9:14 a.m. CST


    by R.C. the "Wise"

    Very sad to here this news.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 9:16 a.m. CST

    My first intro to him was Mr Moon.

    by StovetopStuffin'

    Now I want to go back and watch Yellowbeard again. It was one of those movies I had on tape (Betamax) and wore the thing out. This is such sad news.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 9:19 a.m. CST

    The Dream Team

    by caerlas

    Personally I see no reason why The Dream Team gets a bad rap at all. It's got a million quotable lines, mostly by Boyle. Jack: Stop! Who dares to tow the van of the living Christ? Driver: The city of New York, Tarzan! $50 for the violation, $75 for the tow and $20 a day for storage. Jack: [Skyward] Father, forgive us for we have sinned! We parked our car in a forbidden zone!

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 10:12 a.m. CST

    The party's upstairs!

    by houndog

    I never thought about how deeply people you don't even know can affect your life. Young Frankenstein was one of the reasons I decided to pursue life in the entertainment industry. I thought if I could make someone laugh like the laughs that film gave me, I would have accomplished something. Although I miss Marty, madeline, and now Peter, I hope they're having a heck of a party right now. God Bless!

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 11:09 a.m. CST


    by Doc-Holiday

    So many films, so many fine performances. He even managed to add a touch of class to stuff like the Scooby Doo movie. DREAM TEAM and TAXI DRIVER are my earliest memories of seeing his work - and I kept an eye out for anything he has been in since. A gifted actor - and by all accounts a wonderful man too. RIP.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 11:35 a.m. CST

    I forgot about the Dream Team, he was hilarous

    by CrichtonAstronut

    in that. Young Frankenstein was pure comic genius I laugh every time I see it. Especially when the Peter Boyle sings Puttin on the Ritz and it comes out in horrid shriek. I can't stop laughing just thinking about it. That and Inga says "Yes" the dramatic music rises. "He Was My Boyfriend" And you can't have Everybody Loves Raymon without Frank Barron. I've got to see that X-Flies sounds brilliant.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 12:39 p.m. CST

    BSB - Shame on you!

    by Almost_Human

    You forgot to mention Ray Romano. Peter and Doris [sometimes Brad] were the only people that made that show watchable.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 2:28 p.m. CST

    I had no idea he was a Christian Brother

    by toadkillerdog

    Having been taught by the Christian brothers in H.S. that really explains a lot though! he will be sorely missed. I truly great turn in Young Frankenstein, and a welcome presence on any show he graced. I still remember his X-Files appearance with fondness.

  • Dec. 14, 2006, 2:55 p.m. CST


    by williamD

    I was 8 when I first saw YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN and I loved it! He will be missed.