During the red carpet entrance, I reached out and shook Peter's hand. I said, "Let me shake hands with the Monster," in reference to the special screening of "Young Frankenstein." He was cordial and asked me if I were an "American." I was wearing my World Trade Center pin that said "United We Stand."" He strolled away.
The next night, "Young Frankenstein" was screened and Peter Boyle won the crowd over with a personal performance as the Young Frankenstein Monster. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGN2aa3oQRM I met his wife and she was very friendly. We talked about how Mizner Plaza had survived the four hurricanes of 2004 and I hoped that she and Peter had a nice stay in South Florida. Patricia Heaton and her husband David Hunt attended this festival. One could easily sense the kinship between the Boyles and the Hunts. Perhaps this personal warmth is what made "Everybody Loves Raymond" such a successful show. http://www.tbs.com/video/0,,68453,00.html
Besides "Young Frankenstein" and "Everybody Loves Raymond," Peter Boyle was one of those actors who always seems to "Pop Up" in movies like "Monster's Ball," "The Brink's Job" and "The Candidate." Boyle worked best with ensemble comedies and had a great role as a deranged preacher in "The Dream Team" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFeyf3NwHPc&mode=related&search=costarring Michael Keaton and Christopher Lloyd. Like Dyan Cannon, Peter Boyle was also a guest host of "Saturday Night Live" during the inaugural season. Belushi and Boyle performed "dueling Brandos," a classic skit.
Peter Boyle will be missed.