Rip Torn Dies Aged 88

Carla Harmon
July 10, 2019

Emmy Award-winning actor Rip Torn, who also earned Oscar and Tony nominations as well as winning two Obies, died Tuesday in Lakeville Conn., his representative told Variety.

Award-winning television, film and theater actor Rip Torn has died at the age of 88, according to his publicist.

His secret weapon was to "Play drama as comedy and comedy as drama", Miramontez recalled the star once saying.


Torn, who appeared in 10 Broadway productions, starred as Zed in "Men in Black" in 1997.

The Oscar and Tony award nominee and Emmy victor died at his home surrounded by his wife and two daughters. He then went on to establish an outstanding career in film and TV, garnering a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Marsh Turner in the 1984 drama Cross Creek. He became most associated with the character Artie, a talk show producer, on the HBO show "The Larry Sanders Show".

That show and that role led to a late life resurgence, with nearly 200 film and TV credits to his name at the time of his death.


Torn at the premiere of Men In Black II.

Torn is survived by six children, four grandchildren, his wife, Amy Wright, and sister Patricia Alexander.


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