Actor Rip Torn dead at 88


He was 88.

Torn died peacefully at his home in Connecticut Tuesday afternoon with his wife and two of his daughters by his side.

“His remarkable career on stage and screen spanned seven decades, ranging from an early career of dark, threatening roles to iconic comedic performances later in life,” his publicist said in a statement announcing his death.

Rip Torn in the 1997 hit Men in Black. Picture: AmblinSource:Alamy

Torn, who appeared in 10 Broadway productions, starred as Zed in Men in Black in 1997. He became most associated with the character Artie, a talk show producer, on the HBO show The Larry Sanders Show.

Rip at centre, with Jeffery Tambour (L) and Garry Shandling in The Larry Sanders Show.

Rip at centre, with Jeffery Tambour (L) and Garry Shandling in The Larry Sanders Show.Source:News Corp Australia

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

Tributes are now flowing for the actor:

This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission.





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