Wednesday, December 13, 2006


Before Everybody Loves Raymond, there were many other excellent performances by acting legend Peter Boyle, who died today, aged 71.

I was always very taken with his performance in Taxi Driver, but he was also great in The X Files and, more recently, Monster's Ball. It's been so long since I last saw Young Frankenstein that I didn't even realize that he played the monster: who can forget the outstanding "Putting on the Ritz" scene?

He brought a smile to my face on many occasions, and his name in the credits of a show or film was always cause for a little "hooray". He will be missed.


Blogger Underground Baker said...

Sad news. One of my favorite funny films is Young Frankenstein, and I had not realized it was Peter Boyle until your post. I will watch it tonight in memory of Boyle.

13 December, 2006 20:02  
Blogger Karen said...

I just saw this over on Imdb. Very sad indeed. He'll definately be missed.

13 December, 2006 21:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Puttin on the Ritz scene cracks me up now, just thinking about it. I don't think I realized it was the same guy as Everyone Loves Raymond. Whatta bummer.

13 December, 2006 22:32  
Blogger Milla said...

Young Frankenstein is one of the best comedies ever made. I think the character of the Frankenstein "monster" in the film is wonderful. Who can forget the tuxedo dance, with walking sticks an' all?

14 December, 2006 08:58  
Blogger Tanya said...

Instantly recognisable.

I read up on him and apparently he trained to be a monk for 3 years of his life. Good thing he changed his mind, then.

14 December, 2006 10:47  
Blogger Suze said...

Bugger I only just found out about this. He will be sadly missed, I loved him.

14 December, 2006 11:32  
Blogger a.c.t said...

Who did he play in Taxi Driver? I don't recognise him even though I've seen that film loads.

14 December, 2006 15:07  
Blogger Sheamus the... said...

I always loved him as Wizard in Taxi Driver

14 December, 2006 15:26  
Blogger a.c.t said...

Ahhh Wizard!

14 December, 2006 17:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i LOVE young frankenstein... far and away one of my very favorite comedies of all time. and he was great in taxi driver, i agree. he will certainly be missed...

so glad you posted this :)

14 December, 2006 18:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only heard this news today. I am so sad. I've siad this before, but I think it's sadder when a comdedian dies because they make us's a bigger hole in the universe of the living.

The X-Files episode where he plays a psychic is one of top five favourite X-Files episodes EVER. That is where he predicts that Muldar will die of eroticasphyiation...hilarious!

He was very good friends with John Lennon, in fact, his wife and him were the witnesses when John and Yoko got married.

He was brilliant in Monsters disturbing. I own that one of dvd by the way...when BBT's character stand sup for his girlfriend against Boyle's fathe ris one of the most satifying moments in movie history for me. The sex scene is not bad either.


14 December, 2006 18:43  
Blogger apositivepessimist said...

he certainly was a classic.

14 December, 2006 23:28  
Blogger _z. said...

I love this guy... he was my favorite... but was he really in the Xfiles? I didn't know.. i'll check it out...

education never stops with you, does it!
thanks mate.

15 December, 2006 00:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shit, fuck, bugger, wank, cunting crap!
see what happens when you have a couple of days away from blogging?

he will indeed be missed.

THE reason to watch raymond, and my role model for when i reach that age! (living by the peter griffin rules at the mo)

16 December, 2006 22:33  

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