I was surprised to hear that actor Peter Boyle, who played the father Frank Barone on “Everybody Loves Raymond,” has died. He was 71.
Anybody who’s seen the show knows that the quote above — which I found on the “Raymond” web site — is classic Frank Barone.
From The Los Angeles Times:
Boyle, who also was a critically acclaimed dramatic actor, died Tuesday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital after a battle with multiple myeloma and heart disease, said his publicist, Jennifer Plante.
From 1996 to 2005, Boyle played the hilariously obnoxious Frank Barone opposite Doris Roberts’ Marie Barone, Ray Romano’s bickering and overbearing parents in “Everybody Loves Raymond” — a role for which he received seven Emmy nominations.
I’m going to miss my dear friend, so unlike the character he played on television,” Roberts said. “He’s a brilliant actor, a gentleman, incredibly intelligent, wonderfully well read and a loving friend.”
In a 1999 interview with The Times, Boyle said he found playing his character in the series “very gratifying.”
“[Fans say] ‘You’re just like my father,’ ” he said. The Barones “are people you know and the way people really are on the other side of the TV set — not behind the TV set, but in front of it.”
And I didn’t know Peter Boyle played the monster in “Young Frankenstein.” I had forgotten how funny that movie was until I watched this hilarious clip where the monster visits the blind man, played by a barely recognizable Gene Hackman (be patient for the laughs…wait for the soup).