|~ Frank Barone's common quote.|
He was portrayed by the late Peter Boyle.
Frank is often portrayed as a rude selfish slob who, along with Marie barge into Ray and Debra's home uninvited. Frank often sits on Ray's Lazy Boy recliner and unzips his pants. He often argues with and frequently insults Marie over everything, including an argument over who invented the lawn.
His brutal honesty and selfishness has made him hated with several people around the block, his own lodge, and caused him to be kicked out of the retirement community he and Marie moved to (Marie also contributed by being critical over everything and bring the moral of the community to an all time low).
He helped caused an unbalanced childhood for Ray and Robert by not giving them much affection during their childhood while Marie nurtured to an extreme. Because of Ray's unbalanced upbringing, he is unable to say "I love you" to Debra even though he does.
Frank hates Amy's father and often insults him when he gets the chance, which only complicates Robert's relationship with Amy's parents, though they come to accept Robert as Amy's husband.
He is not without morals however. In one episode, Ray and Robert learned that his father had regularly abused him during his childhood while his grandfather abused his father. Frank had said he didn't want to become his father or grandfather and thus was a much better father. In another episode he stole a handful of trail mix at the store and when an employee confronted him, Frank yelled at the guy and threw 50 cents at him, scaring his granddaughter. He decided to make up for it and apologized to the man. Also despite the fact that he and Marie frequently argue and insult each other, it has been shown he does love her.
As stated above, Frank is boorish and selfish most of the time. He is lazy, hates spending money, loves eating unhealthy foods and watching sports. Frank has the smallest amount of respect possible for others and openly curses, insults and unzips his pants in front of people. Like Marie, he always comes to Ray's house uninvited and acts like he owns the place.
What separates his from Marie is he acknowledges his shortcomings but doesn't care enough to do anything about them, sometimes even taking pride in them. He has very conformist views such as chauvinism, homophobia and occasional racism. During Ray & Robert's upbringing he refused to express affection adequately and discouraged anything he considered feminist like art, dancing, singing, acting, poetry and cleaning. This was due to his belief that children can become gay if not raised with raw strength, something he considers to be bad (probably due to his catholic creeds). Frank has only ever expressed pride in his two sons when they score with hot women or demonstrate moments of toughness which isn't very often. As such he mocks them when they display any signs of being mellow.
Frank served in Korea during the war and constantly speaks of his time there as a means to justify how tough he treats his sons. He does love them very much and wants what's best for them but his pigheadedness usually makes that hard to notice. Frank does have a soft side however and usually shows it towards his daughter in law Debora and his granddaughter Alley, both of whom he is very protective over. He was willing to avenge Alley when he thought a boy was bullying her and rescued. Debra from his perverted friends at the cost of his respect at the lodge, which was his favorite place in the world. He also cared for a bunny that Ray & Robert neglected as children but felt less like a man because of it.
Frank is always insulting and teasing Marie, usually along the lines of wishing out loud they weren't married and that she would disappear forever. Sometimes even expressing hope she would die. He is never really serious about this however. Frank is also always breaking this he ties to fix and then blaming something else for it.
Villainous or Rude Acts
- He has stolen money from the church when he was an usher.
- Stole a record-breaking football during a college game and was offering to return it for a bidding of 10,000 dollars
- Stole cable from Ray and Debra's house
- Out of all his antics at the retirement community, his worst offense was aiming his golf cart at employees. In fact his quote was "hit the monkey, win a cookie."
- Walked out of his house in a towel to retrieve the paper. When he bent down his towel fell off which is the crime known as indecent exposure.
- He once tricked Marie into going into a canoe without paddles and sent her out in the middle of a lake.
- Threw a roast beef sandwich at a slot machine because he lost. This caused him to get kicked out of the casino.
- Will he and Robert painted Ray's house he used the color Ray didn't want, insulted Robert constantly, and made him take out a wasp's nest by himself.
- Got an extremely loud car alarm that goes off very easily which shocks everyone, to the point Robert broke his nose from the surprise. He also did loud wood working earlier in the morning which annoyed both his family and his neighbors.
- Took advantage of Ray's job as a sports writer to cheat and win bets on who would win sports games.
- While he and Ray were in a car together he cut of a hearse and a funeral convoy and nearly had a fist fight with the angry mourners.
- Stole Robert's rain boots when he was 11 in a rain storm which resulted in Robert getting bullied. After this he blamed Raymond which also caused a long argument between him and Robert.
- Picking on Ray and Robert and bullying them their whole lives.
- Stole some fruit in front of a sales clerk and pick a fight with him. in front of his granddaughter.
- Ray and Robert are the biggest disappointment to him.
- He and Marie have an estranged marriage.