Famed comedy character actor and iconically voiced Rip Torn has died at the age of 88. He reportedly passed away peacefully at his home in, Connecticut surrounded by family.
The Oscar-nominated Texan and trouble-maker is best known for his work as Artie in “The Larry Sanders Show” and Zed in the first two “Men in Black” films and leaves behind almost six decades of credits.
Among other notable credits were as Alec Baldwin’s boss Don Geiss in “30 Rock,” the cantankerous Patches O’Houlihan in “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” he was Judas in “King of Kings,” Louis XV in “Marie Antoinette,” a POW survivor in “Time Limit,” a ghostly attorney in “Defending Your Life,” a sorcerer in “The Beastmaster,” a hard-drinking father in “Cross Creek,” a womanizing college professor in “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” a mean country singer in “Payday,” a egomaniacal record producer in “Forty Shades of Blue,” and a sleazy psychiatrist in “Coming Apart”.
Torn also led a colourful life. He was once married to Geraldine Page. His attempts to start a racially integrated national theater in 1963 saw him the target of the FBI. His opposition to the Vietnam War led to a bullet being fired through his living room window. He was a favourite of Elia Kazan. Filmmaker Norman Mailer bit his ear after he and Torn got into a hammer fight. He won a lawsuit for libel against Dennis Hopper over a story about a knife fight the pair got into. He also was arrested after breaking into a bank.
Torn is survived by his wife, sister, daughters, four grandchildren and his cousin Sissy Spacek. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.