It was a night of laughs & tears as Hollywood continues to search for the cure. IMF's Second Annual Comedy Celebration benefiting The Peter Boyle Memorial Fund was held this past Saturday at the Legendary Wilshire Ebell Theatre.
The star of the night was the late Peter Lawrence Boyle, who died in 2006 from multiple myeloma and heart disease. The Emmy-Award winning actor was known most recently as the cranky and sarcastic Father, Frank Barone on the CBS hit show Everybody Loves Raymond.
Cast members like Doris Roberts, Patricia Heaton, and Ray Romano were joined by the likes of Ted Danson, Kurtwood Smith of That 70's Show, actor Robert Klein, TV Host Julie Chen & CBS President Les Moonves.
The star-studded event was the perfect setting to help raise awareness while celebrating the life of Peter Boyle's amazing 71 years. We caught up with Peter's wife to find out why comedy was brought to the forefront. "Well, tonight we are doing a comedy show because humor is what kept him going thru all of this." explained an emotional Loraine Boyle. Her comments were slightly echoed by Peter Boyle's TV Wife, Doris Roberts, "There is no good life without laughter, it’s better at times than sex."
Patricia Heaton, who played Debra on "Everybody Loves Raymond," gave us the 411 on some of her favorite episodes to shoot with the late Peter Boyle, "There are so many great ones, I love all the holiday ones, Frank and Marie trying to return Ray's Toaster, trying to take a holiday picture together with his parents and my parents. Almost all the really classic ones were the Holiday ones."
When asked about the legacy he had on Ray Romano, Ray told us that he was like a father figure from the very beginning, "Peter Boyle was close with everybody, but we sort of bonded in a way that I don't think the other cast members did. My first year I came from New York and my family stayed in New York and I was in LA like a fish out of water. And Peter also came from New York and did the same thing. He took me under his wing and made it comfortable for me."
Ray added, "Peter Boyle was a guy who could have an hour long conversation with each one of us. With Patricia he talked politics, with Doris he talked travel and life, and with me hooters."