Rip Torn, Emmy-Winning and Oscar-Nominated Actor, Passes Away at 88

7/09/19 9:17PM

Rip Torn, who starred on movie and TV screens for over 50 years, passed away Tuesday at the age of 88.

Torn is most known for playing Artie on The Larry Sanders Show, and for his movie roles in Cross Creek, Men In Black, and Dodgeball.

Torn’s first role in Hollywood was in the TV series, Omnibus, in 1956. He one a Primetime Emmy Award for his role as Artie and was nominated for five others in the part, and also received three others nominations for his parts in 30 Rock, Chicago Hope, and The Atlanta Child Murders.

In 1985, Torn was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in Cross Creek.

According to his IMDb bio, Torn initially wanted to be a movie star so badly he hitchhiked to Hollywood. His goal was to raise enough money to buy a ranch.

In addition to acting on TV and on the big screen. Torn appeared 10 times on Broadway, beginning in 1959. He was nominated for a Tony Award in 1960 in Sweet Bird of Youth.

Torn also served as a member of the Military Police in the United States Army.

Michael Clouse

Michael Clouse


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