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|July 9, 2020|
Actor, voice artist, and comedian Rip Torn dies
Rip Torn, who has died aged 88, was a major actor whose powerful presence was felt in films, TV and on stage for more than 60 years.
He became most widely known as Artie, the foul-mouthed, dyspeptic talk show producer in The Larry Sanders Show (1992-98), for which he received six consecutive Emmy award nominations as best supporting actor in a comedy series, winning the award in 1996.
Tornís well-known film roles include Agent Zed, head of the MIB organisation that supervises extraterrestrials hidden among the population of Earth in Men in Black (1997) and its two sequels, and the veteran coach Patches OíHoulihan in Dodgeball (2004).
On television, Torn was cast as Richard Nixon in the miniseries Blind Ambition (1979), and played Big Daddy in Williamsís Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1984), and Boss Finley in a return to Sweet Bird of Youth (1989). After The Larry Sanders Show, he was successful in another long-running comedy series, 30 Rock, as Don Geiss, the head of the fictional TV network (2007-09).
Tornís long struggle with alcohol frequently brought him on to the front pages.
Rip Torn (Elmore Rual Torn Jr) was born in 1931. He died at his home in Connecticut on Tuesday, according to Wikipedia.
Story Date: July 13, 2019