Award-Winning Actor Rip Torn Has Passed Away Aged 88

The award-winning actor Rip Torn, best known for his roles in “Men In Black” and “The Larry Sanders Show,” has passed away at the age of 88.

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Born Elmore Rual Torn in Texas, his childhood nickname of “Rip” stuck through his career as he went on to give emotional, realist performances on stage and screen. The AP states that he was regarded as in the same league as Marlon Brando or James Dean. He also paved the way for his cousin Sissy Spacek to take up acting as well, the future Oscar-winner for “The Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

Torn’s role in “The Larry Sanders Show,” a groundbreaking HBO series about the production of a late night TV show, earned him several Emmy nominations and one win along the way. Another iconic role in the same vein was when he played Don Geiss in “30 Rock.”

Apart from his TV roles, he is also known for movie appearances as “Men In Black,” when he played Agent Zed, “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “A Face In The Crowd,” and “The Insider.” He also loaned his distinct voice to animated features like Disney’s “Hercules.” He is such a household name because of his almost 200 roles over the years.

Those who worked with Torn came out on social media to offer condolences such as Director Albert Brooks, who he worked with in 1991, calling him a “true original.”

His publicist told the AP that he died yesterday afternoon, with his wife Amy Wright and daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page by his side. The cause of death is still unknown

Rest in peace to Rip Torn. He will be missed. Please pass on the sad news to those who might not know yet.