Rip Torn , ‘Men in Black,’ ‘Larry Sanders Show’ Star, Dies at 88
Actor Rip Torn , who earned Oscar and Tony nominations as well as an Emmy Award and two Obies, has died Tuesday in Lakeville Conn., his representative confirmed. He was 88. Torn was equally at home …
The actor was nominated for a supporting-actor Oscar in 1984 for his work as a father who confronts tragedy in Martin Ritt’s “Cross Creek,” one of many rural dramas in which he appeared during his career.
Like Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman or Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks, Torn and Page “became a glamorous couple in theater circles, assuming roles on the board of the Actors Studio and organizing bashes at the Chateau Marmont when they were in Los Angeles,” the New York Times said.
Meanwhile, on Broadway, he followed “Sweet Bird of Youth” with roles in the plays “Daughter of Silence,” Eugene O’Neill’s “Strange Interlude” and “Blues for Mister Charlie” in the early 1960s.
The signal such moment in Torn’s life, however, had occurred a year earlier, when the actor had gathered with Terry Southern, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper to discuss a possible starring role for Torn — the one that ultimately went to Jack Nicholson — in “Easy Rider.” At this dinner, tempers flared; in 1994 Hopper claimed on “The Tonight Show” that Torn had attacked him with a knife. Torn sued Hopper for defamation — he claimed it was Hopper who pulled a knife on him — and won a total of $950,000 in court.
On TV and film he played a number of historic personages, from Walt Whitman (twice), Henry Miller and Kit Carson to three U.S. presidents — Lyndon Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant and Richard Nixon, in the 1979 miniseries “Blind Ambition.” (He had earlier played Nixon onstage in New York in “Expletive Deleted.”) Torn even portrayed Carlo Ponti in 1980 NBC telepic “Sophia Loren: Her Own Story.”
Torn also directed a feature, 1988 Whoopi Goldberg vehicle “The Telephone,” but despite a script by Harry Nillson and Terry Southern, it was not a success critically or commercially.
On Broadway, he returned to O’Neill in 1993, starring with Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson in “Anna Christie,” and starred in Horton Foote’s “The Young Man From Atlanta” in 1997.
The actor also won praise for his role as an egomaniacal Memphis record producer in 2005’s “Forty Shades of Blue,” an award winner at Sundance, and many considered him the best thing in Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” (2006), in which he played a delightfully salacious Louis XV.
Successful onstage, in films and on television, the actor nevertheless carried a sense of persecution. In a 2006 profile of Torn, the New York Times Magazine said, “Rather than see himself, at 75, as a triumphant monarch of the trade, Torn fancies himself a besieged general, the profession itself a bloody battle.”Read more: Variety
Great actor, possibly the greatest character actor ever. RIP Rip you are missed. Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead. this is sad news. :( Patches O'Houlihan damn. Rip. FilmGob R.I.P :( Rest in Peace. He's with his beloved Geraldine Page. katierogers No mention of “Payday” in the obit? LoniLove Rest in peace Rip ianabailey Who will forever be known as ‘that crazy name’ guy.
Rip Torn Dies: ‘Larry Sanders Show’ Emmy Winner & Broadway Veteran Was 88 Rip Torn , who played the Garry Shandling’s profane, fiercely loyal producer on HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show, co-starred in the original Men in Black films and won a Tony during a long B… atxhobogrl 'If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball ' RipTorn Daily_Bruise MMA
RIP Rip. KamBrothers RIP TORN Now THERE’S someone I’ll really miss! 😓 Saddened by this loss.. RIP, prayers going out to his family and friends. Didn’t look 88 Rest in Paradise And had one of the best names ever.
Rip Torn, Artie the Producer on 'The Larry Sanders Show,' Dies at 88The respected Emmy winner and Oscar and Tony nominee always aimed for authenticity but had a reputation as a trouble-maker. RIP...Rip Awww :( Dang!! 😭😭
RIPRip RipTorn Rip Torn starred in so many of my favourite shows. I hope his peacock goes to a loving home. RIP Legend He was a great actor R.I.P Sad to hear that, RIP RIP stephietweets 😪😪 R.I.P. Rip.....
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Not Artie! He was also amazing as the lawyer in Defending Your Life. stephietweets He was the dad in Freddy got Fingered too lmao RIP my man I know I know.... but I loved this movie. RIP Noooooooooooooo! I’m rewatching Larry Sanders from the beginning already. I’ll watch an extra episode tonight. 😔 ConFilmBuff When I think of Rip Torn, the first thing that comes to mind is his role as a con artist in TRIAL AND ERROR. RIP.
Coolest name ever. Aw man! Damn! Sad Qapla’
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Hey now. Unfortunately you can’t dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge death. Farewell sir, you were a talent! R.I.P. Torn RIP_Patches Loved him in 'Defending Your Life'. Very talented guy. We were lucky to be entertained by him. RIP i swear i thought he died years ago? What a great name Nooooooooo I’ll miss this guy
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Loved this guy, RIP I only just watched Men in Black 1 & 2 and Dodgeball not too long ago, he was never not funny in his films. Will & Grace also. 😭 he was the best! ConFilmBuff Is it bad that I mostly remember him from Freddy got fingered? TonyTodd54 NNNNOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! KamBrothers If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball. -rip rip torn
'Pork Chop Hill' (1959) with Gregory Peck Jonathan_M93 RIP RipTorn R.i.p 🌹
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R.I.P Torn, best name since Slim Pickens. 🙏🏻 IvMathers 😳 I remember seeing him in the old Jeffrey Hunter film King of Kings. I had a huge crush on Mr. Hunter as a kid (He played Jesus) and I felt guilt for years about it. Rip Torn played Judas and was a memorable screen presence even at that early stage in his career.
KamBrothers No not Patches. RIP! KamBrothers Damn I had no idea he was that old. Funny guy. SperryGary noooooo man Rest well king Damn. Awww man! My husband and I were just talking about him not too long ago. 😭 RIPRipTorn
This is extremely sad. Such a well recognizable actor. RIP sir. Sad. freddygotfingered lol Ozark❤️ 😢 no! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Sad news....he was so fun to watch. He was great. Sleep good you legend ☹️ PamplinFilmCo Didn't he died 4 years back
😰 ManaByte Rest in piece ManaByte Rest In Peace RIP 😢 😢😢😭💕 ManaByte RIP Rip A great actor you were Sir! F 😢rest easy sir.