Monday, December 18, 2006

Peter Boyle’s Final Repose

On 12 December, the great character-actor and former Catholic monk Peter Boyle died of cancer in New York City. Today would have been his 71st birthday.

This all reminded me of what was, in my opinion, the greatest role of his career: Clyde Bruckman, in episode 03X04 of The X-Files, Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose, in which he played a life-insurance salesman cursed with the psychic “gift” of being able to see the future death of anyone he came into contact with.

The entire episode can be viewed online. The script is available here, and an excellent review here.

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