Peter Lawrence Boyle Jr. was an American actor best known for playing Frank Barone on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond and the comical monster in Young Frankenstein.

Boyle made his acting debut in 1965 and starred in numerous films and television series until his death in 2006. Some of his notable film works are Joe, Tail Gunner Joe, Johnny Dangerously, Dr. Dolittle, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, to name a few.

How Much Was Peter Boyle’s Net Worth?

As per Celebrity Net Worth, Boyle was reportedly worth around $8 million at the time of his death in 2006. His primary source of income was his successful and versatile acting career.

As of 2020, the average salary of an actor ranges around as low as $57,140 to as high as $88,000 annually.

Back in 1973, Boyle received $75,000 for his role as Eagle Thomberry in Steelyard Blues.

Peter Boyle’s Career Insight

Peter worked as a cameraman on the cooking show Television Kitchen while attending La Salle University.

In 1969, he played a minor role as the manager of an indoor shooting range in the critically acclaimed film Medium Cool.

He rose to prominence with his first starring role as the title character Joe in the 1970 movie Joe alongside Dennis Patrick, Susan Sarandon, and K Callan.

Peter Boyle then played the campaign manager Robert Redford, a U.S. Senate candidate in The Candidate.

In a similar way, he starred as Frankenstein’s monster in the 1974 Mel Brooks comedy Young Frankenstein.


He got nominated for his first Emmy Award for his role as Joseph McCarthy in the 1977 television film Tail Gunner Joe. In the movie, he appeared alongside Burgess Meredith, John Forsythe, and Robert F. Simon.

Some of his other notable film works are Taxi Driver, The Brink’s Job, Hardcore, Where the Buffalo Roam, Johnny Dangerously, The Dream Team, Solar Crisis, While You Were Sleeping, The Cat Returns, and many more.

In 1996, Boyle joined the cast of an American sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond and appeared in a total of 207 episodes until 2005. During this time he received three Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, a Primetime Emmy Award nomination among others.

In 2004, Peter played an old man named Jeremiah Wickles in Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.

In 2008, he starred as Poovey in All Roads Lead Home along with Vivien Cardone, Jason London, Vanessa Branch, and others. The film was released posthumously.

Short Biography & Life About of Peter 

Peter Lawrence Boyle Jr. was born on 18th October 1935 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, the United States of America to Alice Lewis and Francis Xavier Boyle. He held an American nationality and had mixed (French and the British Isles) ethnic descent.

Boyle went to St. Francis de Sales School and West Philadelphia Catholic High for Boys and graduated in 1953. He then enrolled and graduated from La Salle University.

Married Life

He was married to reporter Lorain Alterman whom he met during the set of Young Frankenstein. The couple exchanged their wedding vows on 21st October 1977 and were together until his death on 12th December 2006.

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Peter’s Death And Memorial

Boyle passed away at the age of 71 on 12th December 2006, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital after suffering from multiple myeloma and heart disease.

After his death, his co-star Ray Romano from Everybody Loves Raymond expressed the loss, saying:

“He gave me great advice, he always made me laugh, and the way he connected with everyone around him amazed me.”

Similarly, Patricia Heaton stated,

 “Peter was an incredible man who made all of us who had the privilege of working with him aspire to be better actors.”

During Peter’s 72nd birthday, his friend singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen dedicated “Meeting Across the River” to Boyle during the Madison Square Garden concert with the E Street Band. 

He was laid to rest at Green River Cemetery in Springs, New York.