Born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Peter Boyle was the son of a Philadelphia Pennsylvania TV personality who hosted children's television programs. Peter grew up in the Roman Catholic faith having attended a catholic high school for boys. Following high school, he spent three years as a novice in the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, a Catholic teaching order. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from LaSalle University but eventually left the order because he didn't feel committed to a religious life. He took a job as a cameraman on a cooking show while in Philadelphia. In 1959, Boyle graduated from Officer Candidate School in the US Navy but discontinued his service because of emotional issues.
He began his career in acting when he moved to New York City and studied acting while working for the US Postal service as a clerk. His first role in entertainment was the role of a policeman in "The Odd Couple. Soon he found himself performing in a comedy club in Chicago.
His first starring performance was his role as a bigot in the 1970 film, "Joe" The movie was controversial because of it's violence and poor language. During that time, Boyle developed a friendship with actress, Jane Fonda and found himself a protester of the Vietnam War. Over time, Boyle earned more and more roles in popular films including "a campaign manager for Robert Redford" in "The Candidate" and a "mobster" in "The Friends of Eddie Co
|Peter as Frankenstein|
He also was popular in New York theater and Broadway for his roles in "The Roast" and "True West."
|Peter as Frank Barone|
In 2006, Boyle had just completed his work in a film called "All Roads Lead Home" and was preparing to appear in "The Golden Boys" when he became ill and died on Dec. 12, 2006 from heart disease. He was 71 years old.
|Peter Boyle's prayer card|
His close friend, actor Robert Klein said "I made him laugh two days before he died." Peter and his daughter sang "Putting On The Ritz" (a song he performed as Frankenstein) at the end of his life that also put a smile on his face.
Boyle was cremated and his place of rest is unknown.