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In at least one way it's a shame that Peter's last gig, lucrative tho it may have been (and all us actors would wish the money to come like that), was playing an asshole on Raymond. One of my acting coaches used to work with Boyle occasionally when they were both scuffling wanna-be's on NYC's theater scene, and according to him Peter was a real sweetheart - the only one he knew. He said almost everybody else he worked with could be, given the right circumstances, grasping, treacherous, nasty back-biters. Maybe Peter could be, too, but if so, Bob never saw it.

Boyle was, he said, remarkably giving on stage, patient and open during rehearsals, and rarely said a cross word to anyone. He also told me Peter was one of the funniest and fastest guys he ever knew when they were doing improv. He thought it was a shame that in a fairly long if somewhat uneven career (Boyle was one of those people with enormous talent but a talent so quirky that Hollywood never really figured out how to use him) he never got the chance to take his comedic talent to the limit. Apart from Joe, you could probably say the same of his dramatic talent.

In light of those two probable realities, I can only say -

"Petey, we hardly knew ye."

Hey Mick. Thanks for posting that. I just loved him. There aren't a lot of actors I want to meet but he was one of them.

Hey Mick. Thanks for posting that. I just loved him. There aren't a lot of actors I want to meet but he was one of them.

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