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Peter Boyle

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Peter Boyle (born October 18, 1935 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American actor.

Boyle has won praise for playing both comic and dramatic roles. He served in the Army, but his military career was shortened by a nervous breakdown. Boyle was also a Christian Brother before turning to acting. He had a brief scene in the critically acclaimed 1969 film Medium Cool.

His first starring was as the title character in Joe which was released in 1970, in which Boyle played a hardhat bigot to wide acclaim. The film was very controversial at the time because of the language and violence in it. Ironically, it was during this time that Boyle became close friends with the actress Jane Fonda, and with her he participated in many protests against the Vietnam War. Boyle then achieved another hit role with Young Frankenstein in 1974, directed by Mel Brooks. Boyle also gave another acclaimed dramatic performance in the 1977 television film Tail Gunner Joe where he played Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Boyle is most often seen in supporting roles, and appears more often as a character actor than a leading man. Some of his better known roles include appearances in Taxi Driver, The Dream Team and The Shadow.

He had a role in one early 1990s X-files episode as an insurance salesman who can see dimly into the future, and is best known to audiences today for his role as Frank Barone in the popular television show Everybody Loves Raymond.

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