Peter Boyle, Ray Romano's TV dad, dies at 71
"Actor Peter Boyle, who played the Creature in Mel Brooks' hilarious Young Frankenstein and most recently was Ray Romano's TV dad on Everybody Loves Raymond, has died at age 71.
According to news reports, Boyle had been suffering from myeloma (tumours arising in the bone marrow) and heart disease.
He passed away on Tuesday night at the New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Boyle, who was born in 1935, had a stint in the army and later was a monk for three years before turning to acting. According to Zap2It.com, he took mostly stage roles and won fame in the 1970s' movie Joe in which he played an angry bigot.
Not wanting to be associated with violent roles, he tried his hand at comedy with hilarious effect in the Brooks film. Numerous film and TV roles followed, ranging from fare like Taxi Driver to fluff like Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.
Boyle was nominated seven times for an Emmy for his work on Raymond but never won. In the mid-90s, he bagged an Emmy for one of The X-Files' best-ever episodes, Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose, as an insurance salesman who could see anyone's moment of death.
Boyle is survived by his wife Lorraine and their two daughters."