|Pop Culture Gadabout|
Wednesday, December 13, 2006 |
( 12/13/2006 02:22:00 PM ) Bill S.
A CULTURED SOPHISTICATED MAN ABOUT TOWN . . . – First time I remember taking notice of Peter Boyle was in the sixties era hard-hat drama, Joe (a movie I haven't seen in ages, but I'd bet has dated like anything), but the first time I recall his comic side showing up in a film was in the 1973 Jane Fonda/Donald Sutherland counter-culture comedy Steelyard Blues. Took another year for him to show a larger audience what he could do as the zipper-necked Monster in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, but once he did there was no denying his talents both as a serious and as a comic actor. Was never a big fan of the popular formula sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. But those few times I watched it (usually when I was stuck in a Hampton Inn somewhere), I couldn't help noticing how comfortable and welcoming Boyle was playing the irascible sitcom dad. For me, though, the great Boyle moments include his strong supporting actor turns in Taxi Driver and Hardcore and his X-Files guest shot as the doomed, lonely psychic Clyde Bruckman (a role for which he won an Emmy). Just a great, hard-working character actor – who even kept going after a stroke and a heart attack would've felled most of us.
He'll be missed.