Peter Boyle

Actor, Monk
One of the most respected character actors in show business for three decades, Peter Boyle's imposing frame and powerful personality was the highlight of numerous films and television projects, ranging from "Young ... Read more »
Born: 10/17/1935 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA


Actor (92)

All Roads Lead Home 2008 (Movie)

Poovey (Actor)

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause 2006 (Movie)

Father Time (Actor)

Celebrity Charades 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


Everybody Loves Raymond 1996 - 2005 (TV Show)


Everybody Loves Raymond: The Last Laugh 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


Inside the Actors Studio 2005 (Tv Show)


Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 2004 (Movie)

Old Man (Jeremiah) Wickles (Actor)

The 29th Annual People's Choice Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Everybody Loves Raymond: The First Six Years 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


The Adventures of Pluto Nash 2002 (Movie)

Rowland (Actor)

Monster's Ball 2001 (Movie)

Buck Grotowski (Actor)

Teri Garr: Comic Appeal 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Cosby 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)


Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)


The King of Queens 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)


The Single Guy 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)


The X-Files 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)


Dr. Dolittle 1998 (Movie)

Calloway (Actor)

Death and the Compass 1997 (Movie)

Lunnrot (Actor)

That Darn Cat 1997 (Movie)

Pa (Actor)

Born to Be Wild 1995 (Movie)

Gus Charnley (Actor)

Exquisite Tenderness 1995 (Movie)

Leutenant Daryl McEllwaine (Actor)

Milk and Money 1995 (Movie)

Belted Galloway (Actor)

NYPD Blue 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)


Philly Heat 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


While You Were Sleeping 1995 (Movie)

Ox (Actor)

Bulletproof Heart 1994 (Movie)

George (Actor)

The Santa Clause 1994 (Movie)

Mr Whittle (Actor)

The Shadow 1994 (Movie)

Moe Shrevnitz (Actor)

Flying Blind 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Nervous Ticks 1993 (Movie)

Ron Rudman (Actor)

Honeymoon in Vegas 1992 (Movie)

Chief Orman (Actor)

Solar Crisis 1992 (Movie)

Teague (Actor)

Kickboxer 2 1991 (Movie)

Justin Maciah (Actor)

The Tragedy of Flight 103: The Inside Story 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


27 Wagons Full of Cotton 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Poochinski 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Funny 1989 (Movie)

Actor (Actor)

Speed Zone 1989 (Movie)

Chief Edsel (Actor)

The Dream Team 1989 (Movie)

Jack McDermott (Actor)

Red Heat 1988 (Movie)

Lou Donnelly (Actor)

The In Crowd 1988 (Movie)


Surrender 1987 (Movie)

Jay Bass (Actor)

Walker 1987 (Movie)

Cornelius Vanderbilt (Actor)

Joe Bash 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


Turk 182 1985 (Movie)

Detective Ryan (Actor)

Johnny Dangerously 1984 (Movie)

Jocko Dundee (Actor)

Yellowbeard 1983 (Movie)

Moon (Actor)

Hammett 1982 (Movie)

Jimmy Ryan (Actor)

Outland 1981 (Movie)

Sheppard (Actor)

In God We Trust 1980 (Movie)

Dr Sebastian Melmoth (Actor)

Where the Buffalo Roam 1980 (Movie)

Karl Lazlo (Actor)

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure 1979 (Movie)

Frank Mazzetti (Actor)

From Here to Eternity 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)


Hardcore 1979 (Movie)

Andy Mast (Actor)

F.I.S.T. 1978 (Movie)

Max Graham (Actor)

The Brink's Job 1978 (Movie)

Joe McGinnis (Actor)

Klein Time 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)


Saturday Night Live 1976 (Tv Show)


Swashbuckler 1976 (Movie)

Lord Durant (Actor)

Taxi Driver 1976 (Movie)

Wizard (Actor)

Young Frankenstein 1974 (Movie)

The Monster (Actor)

Ghost in the Noonday Sun 1973 (Movie)

Ras Mohammed (Actor)

Slither 1973 (Movie)


Steelyard Blues 1973 (Movie)

Eagle (Actor)

The Friends of Eddie Coyle 1973 (Movie)

Dillon (Actor)

Crazy Joe 1972 (Movie)

Crazy Joe (Actor)

Kid Blue 1972 (Movie)

Preacher Bob (Actor)

The Candidate 1972 (Movie)

Lucas (Actor)

Comedy Tonight 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)


Diary of a Mad Housewife 1970 (Movie)

Man in Group Therapy Session (Actor)

Joe 1970 (Movie)

Joe Curran (Actor)

T. R. Baskin 1970 (Movie)

Jack Mitchell (Actor)

Medium Cool 1969 (Movie)

Gun Clinic Manager (Actor)

A Deadly Vision (TV Show)


Challenger (TV Show)


Disaster at Silo 7 (TV Show)


Echoes in the Darkness (TV Show)


In the Lake of the Woods (TV Show)


Royce (TV Show)


Tail Gunner Joe (TV Show)


Taking the Heat (TV Show)



One of the most respected character actors in show business for three decades, Peter Boyle's imposing frame and powerful personality was the highlight of numerous films and television projects, ranging from "Young Frankenstein" (1974) and "Taxi Driver" (1976) to "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS, 1996-2005). Boyle's size and intensity made him a natural to play heavies, which he did throughout his career in projects ranging from his starmaking turn in "Joe" (1970) to "Monster's Ball" (2001), but in real life, this former aspirant to the Catholic brotherhood was a lifelong pacifist and intellectual, as well as a gifted comic actor who performed with the legendary Second City troupe. "Young Frankenstein" launched him as a screen comedian, and he divided his time between drama and laughs for the remainder of his career, which ended on a high note with seven Emmy nominations for his turn as the uber-crotchety Frank Barone on "Raymond." It, along with the wealth of great performances throughout his life, cemented his status as a beloved screen presence.


Alice Boyle


Loraine Alterman

born c. 1943 married in 1977

Peter Boyle

also a Philadelphia TV personality under name 'Uncle Pete'

Amy Boyle

born in 1983

Lucy Boyle

born on December 10, 1980


LaSalle College

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 1957
school now known as LaSalle University



Guest starred on CBS' "King of Queens", playing Frank Barrone


Played the owner of a retro candy shop in the children's comedy "That Darn Cat"


Returned to series TV as regular on the CBS sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond", playing Frank Barrone, the title character's ornery father; earned 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2005 Emmy nominations and a SAG nomination in 2004


Guest starred on an episode of "The X-Files"; was awarded an Emmy for his memorable peformance


Had recurring role as the father of a schizophrenic man in several poignant episodes of ABC's "NYPD Blue"


Played Ox, the head of the Callaghan clan that Sandra Bullock's lonely Lucy wants desperately to marry into in the romantic comedy "While You Were Sleeping", co-starring Pullman


Had a supporting role in the holiday comedy "The Santa Clause"


Acted in the quirky comedy "Nervous Ticks", starring Bill Pullman


Featured in "Kickboxer II"


Suffered slight stroke, resumed work after rehab


Reteamed with Keaton in "The Dream Team"


Starred in short-lived series "Joe Bash" (ABC), playing a veteran NYPD patrolman


Had a pivotal supporting role in the gangster comedy "Johnny Dangerously", starring Michael Keaton


Featured in Feldman's last film, "Yellowbeard"


Acted in the detective drama "Hammett", an homage to the famed novelist


Co-starred with Bill Murray in the comedy "Where the Buffalo Roam"


Starred with "Young Frankenstein" co-star Marty Feldman in "In God We Trust"


Appeared as Fatso Judson in miniseries and series remakes of "From Here to Eternity"


Co-starred with Peter Falk in the period comedy "The Brink's Job"; played a powerful Teamster boss in the drama "F.I.S.T."


Played Senator Joseph McCarthy in "Tail Gunner Joe" (NBC)


Had a featured supporting role in Martin Scorcese's "Taxi Driver"


Had an unforgettable turn as the titular scientist's monster in Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein"


TV-movie debut, "The Man Who Could Talk to Kids" (ABC)


Racked up feature credits in the comedies "Ghost in the Noonday Sun", "Steelyard Blues", "Kid Blue" and "Slither" and the gangster dramas "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" and "Crazy Joe"


Acted on Broadway in "Paul Sills' Story Theatre"


TV series debut as regular on "Comedy Tonight" (CBS)


Breakthrough feature film, "Joe"; had title role


Film debut, "The Virgin President"


Toured in "The Odd Couple" as understudy for Oscar Madison role


Early NYC stage appearance, "Shadow of Heroes"

Had a recurring role as the father of Tea Leoni's character on the Fox sitcom "Flying Blind"

Was featured in a recurring role as the head of an international crime organization on the ABC series "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman"

Member of Second City troupe

Had a recurring role as Jack Killian (Gary Cole)'s con man father JJ on the NBC drama series "Midnight Caller"

Was a member of the Christian Brothers during part of the 1950s

Moved to Manhattan to pursue an acting career

Bonus Trivia


Not to be confused with film editor Peter Boyle or the 1950s TV actor of the same name.


Show business lore is that Peter Boyle's agent turned down the lead in "The French Connection" without even telling him about the script. Gene Hackman took the role, won an Academy Award, and became an American screen icon. Boyle changed agents.


John Lennon was the best man at Boyle's wedding.


"I grew up going to Catholic school. The keystone of my education was going to Mass a lot. The Mass is basically the greatest play. Really the roots of all drama are in the religious ritual." --Peter Boyle in Entertainment Weekly, October 20, 1995.


"So many people came up to me after those shows [the episodes of 'NYPD Blue' dealing with schizophrenia]--people who had dealt with the same sorts of problems. I was stunned by how wide an audience this thing had touched." --Peter Boyle to Entertainment Weekly, October 20, 1995.


Boyle on his frequent portrayal of fathers: "I don't know whether that's something I can explain. I'm a dad in real life, and when I'm not working I'm doing dad things with my teenage daughters. So I've had a lot of practice."I'm of a certain age group and I'm a guy who could have a 30-year-old son, easily. And [30-somethings] are the only generation that seems to matter. they've just discovered cigars and all these new things. All these baby boomers are growing up and need a more senior dad." --quoted in the New York Post, February 21, 1997.


"This business is all about typecasting, no matter what you do. I'm going to be typecast, I might as well enjoy it." --Boyle to the New York Post, February 21, 1997.


After insisting to Time Out New York's Michael Friedson in the January 22-29, 1998 issue. that he is not insane despite his eccentric characterizations, Boyle explains why he has always played odd characters: "[W]hen I was a very young actor, and God in his wisdom saw fit to deprive me of normal male hair pattern, I had to get some moves. In the '60s, there was Jack Kennedy. Everything was hair. A 25-year old guy with thinning hair has to learn some moves. I chose the way of naked flesh, not of artifice and hairpieces."


Boyle on his agitated audition for "Everyone Loves Raymond": "I was ready to pop. I didn't plan it that way, but I was just like Frank when I walked in." --quoted in People, March 8, 1999.