And yet another great character actor has passed away, folks. Peter Boyle, best known on the big screen for his role as the hilarious monster-with-a-heart-of-gold in Mel Brooks' 1974 pic Young Frankenstein, has died at the age of 71. Boyle passed on last night at New York Presbyterian Hospital after suffering from multiple myeloma and heart disease.

In his later years, the Emmy-award winning actor enjoyed a very successful 10-year stint on Everybody Loves Raymond as Frank Barone, Ray's obnoxious, hot-tempered father. Boyle spent his 40-year career in show business dividing his time between the small screen and the big one, starring in films like Taxi Driver, Joe, The Candidate, Malcolm X, The Santa Clause, While You Were Sleeping and Monster's Ball, among many many more. On television, he appeared in a ton of stuff including Poochinski, NYPD Blue and The King of Queens. His final role was as Father Time in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. Although originally labeled as "the angry type," Boyle quickly proved he was capable of making us laugh, and continued to do so well into the last days of his life. He will be missed.

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