Emmy-Winning Actor Rip Torn Dead at Age 88
Actor Rip Torn, born Elmore Rual Torn Jr., has passed away at the age of 88.
His publicist has confirmed Torn’s passing, stating that the actor’s wife and daughter were by his side.
His publicist says he passed away peacefully this afternoon at his home in Lakeville, Connecticut. His wife Amy Wright, and daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page were by his side. He was 88.
— Brendon Geoffrion (@tv_brendon) July 10, 2019
During Torn’s career, he appeared in over 100 films.
Torn was known for his role in “Men in Black” and his Emmy award-winning work as Artie the producer on HBO’s “The Larry Sanders Show.”
He earned an Emmy nomination for every one of “The Larry Sanders Show” six seasons and winning in 1996.
He was also nominated for an Oscar for his role in the drama “Cross Creek” in 1984.
Torn also appeared in the 2004 hit movie “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” alongside Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn.
RIP Rip Torn. Thank you for giving us this legendary scene: pic.twitter.com/3Kxgxu3kcj
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) July 10, 2019
Since news of his passing broke, tributes and heartfelt memories have been pouring in on Twitter.
Bummer. Rip Torn was one of the funniest men. I never knew he got the Larry Sanders role because they loved him in Defending Your Life (one of my all time favorite movies). RIP, Rip.
— Carissa Pavlica (@CarissaPavlica) July 10, 2019
Rip Torn, in my heart from Men in Black and as the voice of Zeus in Disney’s Hercules, was great constantly. What a body of work. RIP to a real one pic.twitter.com/VaTz1E05X3
— Jacob Oller (@JacobOller) July 10, 2019
Rip Torn was Sissy Spacek’s cousin, Geraldine Page’s husband, got into a knife fight with Dennis Hopper, was arrested for robbing a bank and took the Larry Sanders job because he owed his family “a lot of money.” This @THR obituary is….quite something. https://t.co/SyNuuZtIWD
— Matthew Belloni (@THRMattBelloni) July 10, 2019
God Bless Rip Torn.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) July 10, 2019
I worked on @nbc30rock with #RipTorn in the role of Don Geiss, the head of GE.
He was a deeply committed, phenomenal actor.
See you down the road, Rip.
You wonderful madman.
— HABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) July 10, 2019
According to Hollywood Reporter, Torn died peacefully at his home in Lakeville, Connecticut.
The cause of death has not yet been released. We will continue to update this post once we have more information.
Our thoughts are with Rip Torn’s family during this difficult time.
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