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R.I.P. - Peter Boyle - 1935 - 2006 - CinemaDave

Dec. 13th, 2006 10:12 pm R.I.P. - Peter Boyle - 1935 - 2006

Peter Boyle attended the 10th Annual Palm Beach Film Festival in 2005 with his wife Loraine Alterman, once a reporter for Rolling Stone. Due to bad press relations between a Goliath daily newspaper and the festival, Peter Boyle's agent forbade interviews with the press.

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.

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Date:December 14th, 2006 06:29 am (UTC)

Peter Boyle

I was sorry to learn Peter Boyle has passed on. During the past year or so when I have seen him on talk shows his health appeared somewhat shaky. My earliest recollection of him is his riveting performance in "Joe" made back in the early 70's, but it seems like I may have seen him in other smaller roles before then.

Until the recent obituaries mentioned it I did not know that Peter Boyle was a close friend of John Lennon.

North Star
Date:December 14th, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC)


Considering that his best friend was murdered 26 years ago, almost to the day, I can understand his shyness with people and crowds.

I regret not seeing his live performance when he introduced "Young Frankenstein," but his wife mentioned that Patty (Heaton) produced a good movie.