Famed Hollywood actor Rip Torn dead at age 88

Rip Torn

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According to his publicist (via The New York Times) torn passed away at his home in Lakeville, Connecticut where he is survived his wife, six children, four grandchildren and a sister. He was 88 years old; no cause of death was given. He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Cross Creek in 1983, following a doldrum couple of years turning out for things like The Beastmaster and Airplane II: The Sequel. He is also known for his work on the Great White Way.

Albert Brooks, who directed Rip in Defending Your Life (1991) tweeted, "R.I.P Rip Torn".

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Actor Rip Torn died Tuesday, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. "I get angry easily".

In television he had a recurring role on the sitcoms Will & Grace and 30 Rock, and appeared on classic shows such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Columbo. Men In Black. Defending Your Life.

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane said Torn "always made me laugh" adding that Artie was an "unforgettable" comedy character.

He said: "He was a deeply committed, phenomenal actor".

Torn's reputation was famously tarnished when he was sacked from the Dennis Hopper film Easy Rider and replaced by Jack Nicholson amid reports of tensions on the set. Torn graduated from high school in 1948 and then went to the University of Texas, where he studied acting. After service as a military policeman during the Korean War, he hitchhiked to Hollywood.

Similarly, people on social media, including director Adam McKay, reminisced about the colorful stories they'd heard involving Torn over the years, from allegedly coming after Norman Mailer with a hammer to breaking into a bank after drunkenly mistaking it for his own house. He remained married to Wright until his death on July 9, 2019.

Torn, who helped his cousin Sissy Spacek start her movie career, had six children in his marriages to Wedgeworth, Page and actress Amy Wright.

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