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Born in Philadelphia on Oct. 18, 1935, Peter Boyle had just come off a stretch as a monk with the order of the Christian Brothers when he moved to Chicago and joined the Second City comedy troupe.

His distinctive look helped establish him as a busy character actor and landed him minor but memorable roles in Young Frankenstein (1974), While You Were Sleeping (1995) and The Santa Clause trilogy (1994, 2002 and 2006), as well as the made-for-television movies Tail Gunner Joe (1977) and From Here to Eternity (1979). He also earned an Emmy for a guest appearance on "The X Files" in 1996.

But Boyle found his most lasting success toward the end of his career, playing Ray Romano's father on the hit CBS sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond," a role that earned him seven consecutive Emmy nominations and endeared him to millions of fans around the world. He died on Dec. 12, 2006, at the age of 71.

Peter Boyle in Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein

1974 PG

A laugh riot from beginning to end, this classic parody from director Mel Brooks stars Gene Wilder as Frederick Frankenstein, who detests his family history but ultimately can't resist the temptation to follow in his infamous grandfather's footsteps. Adding to the fun is a brilliant supporting cast that includes Marty Feldman as bug-eyed assistant Igor, Madeline Kahn as Frankenstein's frosty fiancée and Peter Boyle as the zipper-necked monster.

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