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And now some sad news. Actor Peter Boyle has died. He was best known to TV viewers as Ray Romano's father in the series “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

(Soundbite of television show, “Everybody Loves Raymond”)

Mr. PETER BOYLE (Actor): (As Frank Barone) I am the king.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. BOYLE: (As Frank Barone) And now his majesty will retire to his castle, where he will await the royal grilled-cheese sandwich.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. BOYLE: (As Frank Barone) Come, oaf, you amuse me.

(Soundbite of laughter)


His greatest comedic role was in Mel Brooks' film, “Young Frankenstein.” Peter Boyle played the re-animated monster, and he and Gene Wilder create one of the funniest moments in film when they team up for a version of the classic song, “Puttin' on the Ritz.”

(Soundbite of film, “Young Frankenstein”)

(Soundbite of song, “Puttin' on the Ritz”)

Mr. GENE WILDER (Actor): (As Frederick Frankenstein) (Singing) Dressed up like a million-dollar trooper, trying mighty hard to look like Gary Cooper…

Mr. BOYLE: (As The Monster) (Singing) Super duper.

Mr. WILDER (Actor): (As Frankenstein) (Singing) Come let's mix where Rockefellers walk with sticks or umbrellas in their mitts…

Mr. BOYLE (Actor): (As The Monster) (Singing) Puttin' on the Ritz.

BRAND: Peter Boyle was born in Philadelphia, educated in Catholic schools, and he lived as a monk for three years before embarking on his acting career. Though best known for his comic roles, Boyle was an accomplished dramatic actor as well. His breakout role was in the 1970 movie “Joe,” where he played a dark Archie-Bunker type.

(Soundbite of film, “Joe”)

Mr. BOYLE: (As Joe Curran) All you gotta do is act black, and the money rolls in. Set fire to the cities, burn a few buildings, you get paid for it. Throw a few bombs, you get money and jobs.

(Soundbite of cash register opening)

Mr. BOYLE: (As Joe Curran) If you can't read, you got a better chance of getting hired. A lot of good my education did me.

CHADWICK: Peter Boyle went on to star opposite Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese's “Taxi Driver,” where he was the taxi-driving buddy known as The Wizard. In “The Candidate,” he played Robert Redford's campaign manager, and he portrayed a racist cop in Spike Lee's “Malcolm X.”

BRAND: Peter Boyle died last night at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He was 71.

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