A member of the Christian Brothers religious order who later turned to acting, Boyle first caught the public eye in the title role of the 1970 sleeper hit "Joe," playing an angry, murderous bigot at odds with the emerging hippie youth culture.
Briefly typecast in tough, irate roles, Boyle began to escape that image as Robert Redford's campaign manager in "The Candidate" and left it behind entirely as a tap-dancing monster in "Young Frankenstein," Mel Brooks' 1974 send-up of horror films.
“He’s just obnoxious in a nice way, just for laughs,” Boyle said of the character in a 2001 interview. T.,” “Johnny Dangerously,” “Conspiracy: Trial of the Chicago 8” (as activist David Dellinger), “The Dream Team,” “Monster’s Ball,” “The Santa Clause,” “The Santa Clause 2,” “While You Were Sleeping” (in a charming turn as Sandra Bullock’s future father-in-law) and “Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.” Three years in a monastery The son of a local TV personality in Philadelphia, Boyle was educated in Roman Catholic schools and spent three years in a monastery before abandoning his religious studies.
“It’s a very sweet experience having this (success) happen at a time when you basically go back over your life and see every mistake you ever made.” When Boyle tried out for the role opposite series star Ray Romano’s Ray Barone, however, he was kept waiting for his audition — and he was not happy. He later described the experience as similar to “living in the Middle Ages.” He explained his decision to leave in 1991: “I felt the call for awhile; then I felt the normal pull of the world and the flesh.” He traveled to New York to study with Uta Hagen, supporting himself for five years with various jobs, including postal worker, waiter, maitre d’ and office temp.
He graduated from La Salle College in Philadelphia prior to becoming a monk with the Congregation of Christian Brothers, a Catholic order. I was 20 years old, which is a very hard time in anybody's life.
"I had an identity crisis, as a lot of teenagers do," he recalled, "and instead of joining the Army, instead of entering into an unfortunate marriage, instead of running away and joining the circus, I joined the Christian Brothers." He described life with the order as "like living in a medieval monastery" and later confessed, The idea of being celibate for life - I couldn't live up to it . Anybody who makes it through 20 and 21 is really tough.
‘I hired him because I was afraid of him’ “He came in all hot and angry,” recalled the show’s creator, Phil Rosenthal, “and I hired him because I was afraid of him.” But Rosenthal also noted: “I knew right away that he had a comic presence.” Patricia Heaton, who played Boyle’s daughter-in-law on “Raymond,” said in a statement, “Peter was an incredible man who made all of us who had the privilege of working with him aspire to be better actors. he was loved by everyone that knew him and loved by his many fans who cherished his talent.” Boyle had first come to the public’s attention more than a quarter century before, in the critically acclaimed “Joe.” He met his wife, Loraine Alterman, on the set of “Young Frankenstein” when she visited as a reporter for Rolling Stone magazine and Boyle, still in monster makeup, asked her for a date. Finally, he was cast in a road company version of “The Odd Couple.” When the play reached Chicago he quit to study with that city’s famed improvisational troupe Second City.
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 the Emmy-winning actor, one that would be best exploited in "Raymond" as the curmudgeonly Frank Barone."He's just obnoxious in a nice way, just for laughs," Boyle said of the character in a 2001 interview.Peter Boyle, actor: born Norristown, Pennsylvania 18 October 1933; married 1977 Loraine Alterman (two daughters); died New York 12 December 2006.Peter Boyle was a burly and bald former monk who turned actor and gave fine performances as tough characters in such movies as Joe (1970) and The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973), but he will also be recalled fondly for his superbly etched "monster" in Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein (1974), giving the man-made character depth and sympathy and, in one of the sublime moments of Seventies cinema, joining Doctor Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) in a white-tie-and-tails rendition of Irving Berlin's "Puttin' on the Ritz", tapping with heavy-footed precision and wailing the title line of the lyrics.The 88-year-old star offered drinks and cookies and then spoke candidly about her life and career, absent fathers and families, men, celebrity, and the current state of television. “I play Grandma, and I owe the bank so much money they’re going to foreclose my beautiful bakery shop. I don’t see anything on television that looks like love, or behaves like real love. Nobody’s taking the time to really look and absorb and have a reaction…. “Because when you’re a celebrity you think you’re entitled to everything. In the morning—and this is a long time ago—he’d take the cream off the bottle of milk to put on my cereal, and then he’d take me to school and yell at the boys not to be rough with me. And he was the antithesis of the character he played. The last line I said on the show was ‘Do you have any more children at home?