One of the most underrated comedies of all-time was the Michael Keaton classic "Johnny Dangerously". I will never understand why it didn't get the credit it deserved. To this day, I still use catchphrases from it like "bastages" to take the place of profanity. In addition, it also had a hilarious performance from Peter Boyle as Jocko Dundee. Now that movie and many others are all we will have to remember him by. Boyle passed away Tuesday at the age of 71 from multiple myeloma and heart disease.
To many people, Peter is most known for his turn as the monster in Mel Brooks' hit "Young Frankenstein". It's been quite a while since I've seen that one and if I'm not mistaken, I only saw it once. For me, his most memorable screen scene is when he came out of the john in "Johnny Dangerously" after the restroom had just been bombed. He was holding the handle to the toilet in his hand and thought he was holding something else until he checked to be sure.
Actually, that may have been his funniest scene that I can recall. His most memorable for me would have been from one of my favorite moments in cinema history. It was the part in "Malcolm X" when Malcolm had aligned the Nation of Islam outside of the police station. With just one hand gesture, he dismissed them once he was satisfied and they left in military fashion. It was Boyle as a police officer who uttered the line "That's more power than one man should have".
I guess in later years, he had a recurring role on "Everybody Loves Raymond". My folks (and millions of others) love that show but I never really could get into it. At any rate, Boyle's many other roles proved he was a talent that will missed. Rest in peace, Jocko.