Peter Boyle, the actor who played the comically grouchy father on Everybody Loves Raymond, has died at the age of 71, according to The Associated Press.
Boyle died Tuesday evening at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He had been suffering from multiple myeloma and heart disease, said his publicist, Jennifer Plante.
Briefly typecast in tough, irate roles, Boyle began to escape the image as Robert Redford's campaign manager in The Candidate and left it behind entirely after Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks' 1974 send-up of horror films. The latter movie's defining moment came when Gene Wilder, as scientist Frederick Frankenstein, introduced his creation to an upscale audience. Boyle, decked out in tails, performed a song-and-dance routine to the Irving Berlin classic "Puttin' On the Ritz."
It showed another side of Boyle, one that would be best exploited in the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, in which he played curmudgeonly paterfamilias Frank Barone for 10 years.
In the 1976 film Taxi Driver, he was the cabbie-philosopher Wizard, who counseled Robert DeNiro's violent Travis Bickle.
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