Texan actor, voice artist and comedian Rip Torn passed away at the age of 88 at his home in Lakeville, Connecticut on Tuesday. He was surrounded by his family during his last breath. The cause of his death remains unknown.
Born in 1931, Torn became a member of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets while he was a teenager and graduated from the University of Texas in 1948. Post his graduation he served in the Military Police of the US army.
With the movie Baby Doll, Torn made his film debut in 1956. Later on, he enrolled himself in becoming a prolific stage actor and was even nominated for various awards for his works. He also won an American Comedy Award for his funniest roles. In 2001, he portrayed James “Jim” Brody in the comedy film Freddy Got Fingered.
Apart from being an actor, Rip Torn was also known for his voice work as he did voice-overs for many animated films. He voiced the character of Hephaestus in the 2010 video game, God of War III. He even made guest appearances on various television shows.
Considering his talent, Torn was nominated for an Emmy Award for being an outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, but he lost the award to Tim Conway. He went on to appear in the music video for They Might Be Giants’ song Can’t Keep Johnny Down in 2011. As per his latest careers, Torn reprised his role as Zed in a Men in Black safety video for Air New Zealand in 2015.
Mourning the loss of one of the greatest actors yesterday, one of Torn’s representatives said, “He died peacefully this afternoon at his home with his wife Amy Wright, and daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page by his side.”
Throughout his life, Rip Torn remained a celebrated Wildman actor. Since the mid-1950s, the cult actor and Artie in the Larry Sanders show gave his best performance on the stage. His fans would always remember him as an outstanding entertainer, performer and artist.