‘The Larry Sanders Show’ Actor Rip Torn Dies At 88

Rip Torn Dies

Rip Torn Dies

Sad news from Hollywood this afternoon, with word emerging that legendary actor and notorious trouble-maker Rip Torn has died at the age of 88.

Torn died peacefully surrounded by his wife, Amy Wright, and their two daughters. However modern audiences will likely remember him from his supporting roles as Zed in the original Men in Black trilogy, as well as the curmudgeonly mentor Patches O'Houlihan in Dodgeball. No cause of death was given.

Before his onscreen career launched, he served time in the Military Police for the USA army.

He made his film debut in an uncredited role in the 1956 film Baby Doll, and went on appear in almost 200 movies and TV shows.

His breakout role was in the 1983 flick Cross Creek, where he played a poor neighbour who met a sorry end at the hands of a local sheriff.

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Rip won an Emmy for his portrayal of the deliciously devious producer Artie on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show. He starred on the show for six years, during which time he earned six Emmy nominations, winning once in 1996.

Some of his most famous acting credits include roles in films such as Men In Black, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, A Face In The Crowd, The Insider and The Beastmaster, among many others.

Rip was married three times throughout his life and fathered six children.

Torn's publicist confirmed the tenured actor passed away on Tuesday US time at his CT home with his family by his side.

Our thoughts go out to Rip's family and friends at this hard time.

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