Peter Boyle

Peter Boyle

Highest Rated: 100% The Ghost of Peter Sellers (2018)

Lowest Rated: 0% Speed Zone (1989)

Birthday: Oct 18, 1935

Birthplace: Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA

Well-reputed for his "extreme" cinematic personifications in multiple genres, the American character player Peter Boyle doubtless made his onscreen personas doubly intense by pulling directly from his own personal journey to the top -- a wild, unlikely, and occasionally tortuous trek that found Boyle aggressively defining and redefining himself, and struggling constantly with a number of inner demons. Born October 18, 1935, in the hamlet of Northtown, PA, Boyle graduated from La Salle College and joined the Christian Brothers monastic order, under the name "Brother Francis." He prayed endlessly and earnestly until he developed callouses on his knees, but could never quite adjust to the monastic life, which he later declared "unnatural," with its impositions of fasting and celibacy. Dissatisfied, Boyle dropped out and headed for the Navy, but his brief enlistment ended in a nervous breakdown. With no other options in sight that piqued his interest, Boyle opted to pack his bags and head for New York City, where he worked toward making it as an actor. It made perfect sense that Boyle -- with his distinctively stocky frame, bald pate, oversized ears, and bulbous nose -- would fit the bill as a character actor -- more ideally, in fact, than any of his contemporaries on the American screen. He trained under the best of the best -- the legendary dramatic coach Uta Hagen -- while working at any and every odd job he could find. Boyle soon joined a touring production of Neil Simon's Odd Couple (as Oscar Madison) and moved to Chicago, where he signed on with the sketch comedy troupe The Second City -- then in its infancy. Around 1968, Haskell Wexler -- one of the most politically radical mainstream filmmakers in all of Los Angeles (a bona fide revolutionary) -- decided to shoot his groundbreaking epic Medium Cool in the Windy City, and for a pivotal and notorious sequence, mixed documentary and fictional elements by sending the members of his cast (Verna Bloom and others) "right into the fray" of the 1968 Democratic National Convention riots. Boyle happened to still be living in Chicago at the time of the tumult, which dovetailed rather neatly with Wexler's production and brought Boyle one of his first credited Hollywood roles -- that of the Gun Clinic Manager in the film. Unfortunately (and typically), Paramount cowed when faced with the final cut of the film -- terrified that it could incite riots among its youthful audience -- and withheld its distribution for a year. In the interim, Boyle landed the role that would help him "break through" to the American public -- the lead in neophyte writer-director John G. Avildsen's harrowing vigilante drama Joe (1970). The film casts Boyle as a skin-crawling redneck and bigot who wheedles an Arrow-collared businessman (Dennis Patrick) into helping him undertake an onslaught of death against the American counterculture. This sleeper hit received only fair reviews from critics (and has dated terribly), and Boyle reputedly was paid only 3,000 dollars for his contribution. But even those who detested the film lavished praise onto the actor's work -- in 1970, Variety called the picture "flawed" but described Boyle as "stunningly effective." Film historians continue to exalt the performance to this day. Innumerable roles followed for Boyle throughout the '70s, many in a similar vein -- from that of Dillon, the slimy underworld "friend" who betrays career criminal Robert Mitchum by handing him over to death's jaws in Peter Yates' finely-wrought gangster drama The Friends of Eddie Coyle, to that of Wizard, a veteran cabbie with a terrifying degree of "seen it all, done it all" jadedness, in Martin Scorsese's masterful neo-noir meditation on urban psychosis, Taxi Driver (1976), to Andy Mast, a sleazy private dick, in Paul Schrader's Hardcore (1979). In 1974, however, Boyle broke free from his pattern of creepy typecasting and temporarily turned a new leaf. He unveiled a deft comic flair by playing the le

Highest Rated Movies



100% The Ghost of Peter Sellers Actor 2018
17% All Roads Lead Home Poovey 2008
17% The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Father Time $84.5M 2006
22% Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed Old Man Wickles $84.1M 2004
35% Scary Movie 3 Actor 2003
No Score Yet Bitter Jester Actor 2003
No Score Yet Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story Howard Hanssen 2002
4% The Adventures of Pluto Nash Rowland $4.4M 2002
90% The Cat Returns Muta 2002
85% Monster's Ball Buck $31.3M 2002
42% Dr. Dolittle Calloway 1998
9% Species II uncredited 1998
No Score Yet Doctor Dolittle Actor 1998
13% That Darn Cat Pa 1997
17% Death and the Compass Lonnrot 1996
No Score Yet Milk & Money Belted Galloway 1996
No Score Yet In the Lake of the Woods Tony Carbo 1996
63% Bulletproof Heart George 1995
79% While You Were Sleeping Ox Callahan 1995
No Score Yet Born to Be Wild Gus Charnley 1995
No Score Yet Exquisite Tenderness (The Surgeon) (Die Bestie im weißen Kittel) Lieutenant McEllwaine 1995
71% The Santa Clause Mr. Whittle 1994
35% The Shadow Moe Shrevnitz 1994
No Score Yet Royce Huggins 1994
No Score Yet Sweet Evil Jay Glass 1994
No Score Yet Nervous Ticks Ron 1993
No Score Yet Taking The Heat Judge 1993
22% Romeo Is Bleeding Actor 1993
No Score Yet Solar Crisis Actor 1993
88% Malcolm X Captain Green 1992
63% Honeymoon in Vegas Chief Orman 1992
No Score Yet In the Line of Duty: Street War Det. Dan Reilly 1992
No Score Yet Men of Respect Matt Duffy 1991
No Score Yet The Tragedy of Flight 103: The Inside Story Fred Ford 1991
20% Kickboxer 2: The Road Back Justin 1990
No Score Yet Challenger Roger Boisjoly 1990
No Score Yet Solar Crisis (Crisis 2050) Arnold Teague 1989
54% The Dream Team Jack McDermott 1989
0% Speed Zone Chief Spiro T. Edsel 1989
67% Red Heat Lou Donnelly 1988
No Score Yet Disaster at Silo 7 Actor 1988
No Score Yet The In Crowd Actor 1988
40% Walker Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt 1987
No Score Yet Echoes in the Darkness Sgt. Joe VanNort 1987
13% Surrender Jay 1987
No Score Yet Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 David Dellinger 1987
20% Turk 182! Detective Ryan 1985
44% Johnny Dangerously Dundee 1984
22% Yellowbeard Moon 1983
80% Hammett Jimmy Ryan 1982
56% Outland Station Manager Sheppard 1981
No Score Yet In God We Tru$t (In God We Trust) (Gimme That Prime Time Religion) Dr. Melmoth 1980
17% Where the Buffalo Roam Lazlo 1980
0% Beyond the Poseidon Adventure Frank Mazzetti 1979
78% Hardcore Andy Mast 1979
75% The Brink's Job Joe McGinnis 1978
73% F.I.S.T. Max Graham 1978
97% Taxi Driver Wizard 1976
38% Swashbuckler Lord Durant 1976
94% Young Frankenstein Monster 1974
No Score Yet Crazy Joe Joe 1974
No Score Yet Ghost in the Noonday Sun Ras Mohammed 1974
No Score Yet Kid Blue Preacher Bob 1973
100% The Friends of Eddie Coyle Dillon 1973
83% Slither Barry Fenaka 1973
60% Steelyard Blues Eagle Thornberry 1973
87% The Candidate Marvin Lucas 1972
0% T.R. Baskin Jack Mitchell 1971
77% Diary of a Mad Housewife Man in Group Therapy Session 1970
80% Joe Joe Curran 1970
No Score Yet The Monitors Production Manager 1969
96% Medium Cool Gun Clinic Manager 1969


No Score Yet Mind of Mencia
Guest 2006
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Guest 2005
No Score Yet Everybody Loves Raymond
Frank Barone Frank 2005
No Score Yet The King of Queens
Frank 1998
86% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Bill Church Sr. Bill Church 1995
84% NYPD Blue
Dan Breen 1995
74% The X-Files
Clyde Bruckman 1995
100% Tribeca
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest 1976


Ox says: Who made you the Pope?

Ox says: Hey, be nice pally, we're in church!

Ox says: Jesus Christ, Jack, you're running the business.

Jack Callaghan says: There's something I'd like to talk to you about.

Midge says: Talk about that later, ok?

Mary Callaghan says: Talk about it now, he can't kill you in church.

Carl Lazlo Esq. says: You don't write any postcards when you're on the road to self-discovery.

Sheppard says: You're a dead man.

Wizard says: It ain't Bertrand Russlle but what do ya want? I'm a cabdriver...I don't even know what the fuck you're talking about!

Old Man Wickles says: Darn bushes yowling at me again...

Wizard says: Look at it this way. A man takes a job, you know? And that job - I mean, like that - That becomes what he is. You know, like - You do a thing and that's what you are. Like I've been a cabbie for thirteen years. Ten years at night. I still don't own my own cab. You know why? Because I don't want to. That must be what I want. To be on the night shift drivin' somebody else's cab. You understand? I mean, you become - You get a job, you become the job. One guy lives in Brooklyn. One guy lives in Sutton Place. You got a lawyer. Another guy's a doctor. Another guy dies. Another guy gets well. People are born, y'know? I envy you, your youth. Go on, get laid, get drunk. Do anything. You got no choice, anyway. I mean, we're all fucked. More or less, ya know.

Travis Bickle says: I don't know. That's about the dumbest thing I ever heard.

Wizard says: Maybe I don't know either.