American actor Peter Boyle was the son of local television personality “Uncle Pete.” He’s possibly best known as the grumpy father Frank Barone on the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, a character he held for nine years.
Celebrity. Produced October 18, 1935 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Shortly after, he became a Christian Brothers monk, leaving the priesthood in the early 1960s to continue a vocation as an actor.
After moving to Nyc and performing off Broadway, Boyle joined a touring production of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple. Following the run, he got a place with Chicago’s esteemed Second City improvisational comedy troupe.
But it was his stunning portrayal of a bigoted construction worker in 1970’s Joe that turned Boyle into an in demand performer. Though his most famous role to date had been a fiercely striking one, he went to impress critics and audiences along with his comedic ability in such movies as Slither in 1973 and Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein in 1974.
Along with pictures, Boyle has appeared on television in such pictures as The Rise and Fall of Oliver North. However he’s possibly best known as the grumpy father Frank Barone on the most popular CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, a character he played on the show from 1996 through 2005.
Boyle wedded journalist Lorraine Alterman in 1977. They got two daughters, Lucy and Amy. Boyle expired December 12, 2006 after fighting multiple myeloma as well as cardiovascular disease.