Rip Torn, star of Men in Black and The Larry Sanders Show, has died. The veteran actor's publicist confirmed Torn passed away peacefully in his Lakeville, Connecticut home on Tuesday. By his side at the time of his passing were his wife, Stardust Memories actress Amy Wright, and his daughters, Katie and Angelica. At this time, Torn's exact cause of death has not yet been specified. He was 88 years old.
Elmore Rual Torn Jr., known professionally as Rip Torn, was born in 1931 in the town of Temple, Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas, he served in the Military Police in the United States Army. Torn later moved to Hollywood to pursue an acting career, making his movie debut in the 1956 movie Baby Doll. His first breakout role was as in the 1961 Biblical epic King of Kings as Judas, the man who betrays Jesus Christ. Movie and TV roles began rolling in quickly soon after, and a legendary career in Hollywood was born.
No matter where he turned up, Torn had a knack for making every one of this various roles extremely memorable and very entertaining. On the TV side of things, one of Torn's most well-known roles is as Artie in the '90s comedy series The Larry Sanders Show. For the part, Torn was nominated for six consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He managed to win one in 1996, making him the only actor from the show to receive an Emmy. Additionally, he won two CableACE Awards and an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male in a Series. In the following years, Torn would appear on many other prominent TV shows such as 30 Rock, Ghost Stories, and Will & Grace.
Of course, Rip Torn can be recognized from dozens of roles in major movies as well. After King of Kings, Torn went on to star in movies like Payday, One Trick Pony, The Beastmaster, and The Man Who Fell to Earth with David Bowie. For this acclaimed role in Cross Creek, the actor received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In the '90s, he played the villain in RoboCop 3 before later taking on one of his most appreciated roles as Zed in the sci-fi movie Men in Black and its 2002 sequel. For those who appreciate wacky offbeat comedy, Torn was hilarious co-starring with Tom Green in Freddy Got Fingered as well. The versatility of the veteran actor is clearly nothing short of incredible.
Rip Torn's final acting role was in 2013 for the TV series TripTank, voicing the character M. This caps off what has turned out to be an extraordinary career for one of the absolute greatest character actors of all time. Torn will forever be missed, but throughout his many, many memorable performances, his legacy is one that will definitely live on forever. Our thoughts go out to the family at this time, and may Torn rest in peace. This information comes to us from THR.
Here's Rip in The Beastmaster, just because. Rest in power.