Friday, 23 August, 2019

Award-winning actor Rip Torn dies aged 88

Rip Torn Dies Rip Torn Dead – Legendary Actor Dies at 88 | RIP, Rip Torn
Lora Ball | 10 July, 2019, 11:58

He became most associated with the character Artie, a talk show producer, on the HBO show "The Larry Sanders Show". Men in Black co-star Will Smith took to Instagram to pay tribute to the late actor.

It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of actor Rip Torn, who has died at the age of 88.

"Torn passed away peacefully this afternoon (Tuesday) at his home in Lakeville, Connecticut, at the age of 88 with his wife Amy Wright, and daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page by his side". For this acclaimed role in Cross Creek, the actor received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. For the show, Rip was nominated for six Emmys and won one in 1996.

Later, he starred as Patches O'Houlihan, a wheelchair-bound dodgeball coach in the cult classic, "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story".

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He was also a political activist who joined James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte and other cultural and civil rights leaders for a frank and emotional 1963 meeting with then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy about the country's treatment of blacks.

Alec Baldwin, who worked with Torn on TV comedy 30 Rock, said he was "a deeply committed, phenomenal actor" and "a wonderful madman".

Torn also appeared on TV series such as "Will & Grace", "The Atlanta Child Murders", "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.", "Bonanza" and "Columbo", to name a few.

- Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane)I feel extremely lucky that I once got to be in the same movie as the incomparable Rip Torn.

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