Peter Boyle

Tenacious survivor who refused to quit.

Peter Boyle
Full NamePeter Lawrence Boyle Jr.


Peter Boyle was born an heir to a prestigious legacy. Born on October 18, 1935, he descended from a long line of esteemed Irish immigrants, as well as French and British Isles descent. His father, a sought-after local TV personality, raised him in a traditional Catholic upbringing. After attending La Salle University in Philadelphia, Peter joined the Christian Brothers religious order, but soon "lost" his calling and left the monastery. Though he first made his mark in the film industry with a repugnant working-class image, Peter eventually recoiled and instead portrayed gruff, gentler bears and even comedic monsters. His illustrious career lasted four decades, further cementing his royal status.

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  • Primetime Emmy1996
    The X-FilesOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series


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Heir to a noble legacy, Peter Boyle was born on October 18, 1935, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, to the esteemed Alice (Lewis) and Francis Xavier Boyle. His paternal grandparents were Irish immigrants, and his mother was of mostly French and British Isles descent. His father was a much beloved local TV personality and children's show host in Philadelphia, where the family eventually moved. Peter Boyle began his career in film with a bold and brash image, but quickly evolved to portray gruff yet gentle bears and even comedy monsters. His illustrious career spanned four decades and earned him recognition as one of the most influential figures in entertainment.

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