Actor Peter Boyle died last night after a battle with multiple myeloma and heart disease. In recent years, Boyle was best known for playing the grumpy dad on "Everybody Loves Raymond," but before his sitcom stint, he had some truly great movies on his resume. Here are some of the Peter Boyle essentials to put in your Netflix queue.
This stunning 1972 movie is one of the 20th century's best commentaries—filmic or otherwise—on the soul-draining nature of American politics. Boyle plays Lucas, the campaign advisor to Robert Redford's senatorial candidate, Bill McKay. Both Boyle and Redford (who, it must be said, is at the height of his hotness here) do wonders with the Oscar-winning script.
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Probably Mel Brooks' best movie, this black-and-white parody of old monster movies benefits from a wealth of clever one-liners and stellar play by Gene Wilder as Dr. Frankenstein, Cloris Leachman as Frau Blücher, Marty Feldman as Igor, and, of course, Boyle as the scientist's bumbling, monstrous creation. Boyle doesn't even get the good lines, but his silent, subtle performance is one of the movie's best.
This spotty film adaptation of Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas and other works by the late Hunter S. Thompson is—like the Terry Gilliam/Johnny Depp movie from 1998—meandering at best. But the performances by Bill Murray and Boyle, as the writer and his lawyer, Carl Lazlo, make for a wild ride that Thompson fans will appreciate.