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Remembering Peter Boyle

The motion picture industry lost one of its most versatile performers Dec. 12, 2006 as Peter Boyle died at New York’s Presbyterian Hospital. Aged 71, Boyle was a long-time sufferer of multiple myeloma and heart disease.

Although most folks born after 1970 know him primarily for his role on Everybody Loves Raymond, as an actor, he appeared in many films and TV shows – including several science fiction and fantasy works (see below).

The actor gained acclaim (and an Emmy) after his guest starring role on The X-Files as a psychic in the episode. “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose.” His unique gift of high drama and low comedy played out well in an episode that brought belly laughs with implications of Mulder’s “alone time” habits as Boyle’s character informs Mulder of how the agent will die:

Clyde: You know, there are worse ways to go, but I can’t think of a more undignified one than auto-erotic asphyxiation.

Mulder: Why are you telling me that?

That same episode Boyle’s character also plumbed tender and heartbreakingly poignant moments with Scully and his character’s death.

Perhaps, Boyles best-loved performance is that of The Monster in the 1974 flick, Young Frankenstein, where he got rave reviews and a very large fan base as the first tap dancing and singing Frankenstein’s monster. Others note him for the infamous teeter-totter scene.

Boyle currently can be seen in Santa Claus 3: The Escape Clause as Father Time.

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006) …. Father Time
Tripping the Rift (2005) …. Alien Gray Male
Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004) …. Old Man Wickles
The Santa Clause 2 (2002) …. Father Time
The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002) …. Rowland
Doctor Dolittle (1998) …. Calloway
Species II (1998) …. Dr. Herman Cromwell
A Deadly Vision (1997) …. Det. Salvatore DaVinci
The X Files …. Clyde Bruckman – Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose …. Clyde Bruckman
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1994-1995)…. Bill Church
The Santa Clause (1994) …. Mr. Whittle
The Shadow (1994) …. Moe Shrevnitz
Solar Crisis (1990) …. Arnold Teague
Poochinski (1990) (TV) …. Stanley Poochinski
Yellowbeard (1983) …. Moon
Outland (1981) …. Sheppard
Swashbuckler (1976) …. Durant
Young Frankenstein (1974) …. The Monster

David Speakman

David Speakman has spent more than two decades as a writer/editor, photographer, graphic designer and manager of creative teams in broadcast, print and the Internet. His education is in journalism, graphic design, organizational communication and law.
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