Rip Torn Dies at Age 88, ‘Men in Black,’ ‘Larry Sanders Show’ Star, Veteran actor Rip Torn, best known for his roles in films like Men in Black and Dodgeball, has died aged 88, his publicist has confirmed. Other film credits included “Critics Choice” and “The Cincinnati Kid.” In Albert Brooks’ “Defending Your Life,” he was featured as a gregarious attorney in the afterlife.
The Oscar and Tony award nominee and Emmy winner found acclaim in the HBO series The Larry Sanders Show, where he received an Emmy nomination in every one of its seasons, winning in 1996. Torn began his acting career in the 1950s as a stage actor following a stint in the US army, becoming a prolific star on Broadway before his 1956 film debut in Baby Doll.
Emmy Award-winning actor Rip Torn has died at the age of 88, according to a statement from his representatives. He passed away at his home in Lakeville, Connecticut with his family by his side. A cause of death was not released. Torn died Tuesday afternoon at his home with his wife, Amy Wright, and daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page by his side, according to his publicist Rick Miramontez.
Torn was equally at home in the comedy of the “Men in Black” film series or TV’s “The Larry Sanders Show” for which he won his Emmy and in the drama of “Sweet Bird of Youth” or “Anna Christie,” to name two of the numerous classic works of theater in which he appeared.
Born Elmore Rual Torn, the actor adopted the name Rip in his boyhood, following the tradition of his father and uncle. It was the subject of endless ridicule during his early days as a stage actor in New York, and fellow drama students urged him to change it.
Rip Torn initial successes in New York came not on the stage, however, but in the prestigious anthology shows of 1950s live television such as “Omnibus,” “Playhouse 90” and “The United States Steel Hour.”
Rip Torn son and daughter by Geraldine Page, Tony and Angelica, are actor and directors, and Torn produced their helming efforts “The Convention” (2006) and “Lucky Days” (2008), also appearing in the latter. However, Angelica changed her last name from Torn to Page in 2011 when she grew estranged from her father.
Just heard the sad news that the great Rip Torn has passed away. Rip was a class act. He was an incredible actor. One of the greats. A true legend. I am proud to have worked with him and to have known him. Rest in peace Rip.
— Tom Green (@tomgreenlive) 10 July 2019
R.I.P Rip Torn. He was so great in Defending Your Life. I'll miss you Rip, you were a true original.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) 10 July 2019