Rip Torn

Rip Torn

Highest Rated: 100% Songwriter (1984)

Lowest Rated: 4% Zoom (2006)

Birthday: Feb 06, 1931

Birthplace: Temple, Texas, USA

Actor Rip Torn enjoyed two distinctly diverse periods of fame in his career - he was a gifted if volatile presence on Broadway and in episodic television during the 1960s and 1970s, and as a sly, Emmy-winning comic talent in such '90s-era series as "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-1998) and films like "Men in Black" (1997). Born Elmore Rual Torn, Jr., on February 6, 1931 in Temple, Texas, he adopted his unusual stage name from a nickname shared between all of the male members of his family. He initially intended to follow in the footsteps of his father, a noted agriculturalist and economist, and study agriculture at Texas A&M University, but found his true calling in acting, which he studied at the University of Texas. After graduation, he served as a military policeman in the United States Army before heading west to try his hand in Hollywood. It proved less than successful, with Torn finding more work as as a dishwasher than actor, which spurred him to head for New York. Once there, studies at the Actors Studio under Lee Strasberg coincided with his first television and film appearances, which included an uncredited turn in Elia Kazan's "Baby Doll" (1956). That same year, Torn made his Broadway debut as Brick, the tortured protagonist of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," and later earned a Tony nomination for Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth." He would follow the production's leads-Paul Newman and Geraldine Page-to Hollywood to appear in Kazan's 1962 feature film version; he and Page would be married a year later and became one of the theater world's most eclectic and well-regarded couples until her death in 1987. Though theater was perhaps his most celebrated showcase, Torn also maintained steady work and features and television: he had played Judas Iscariot in George Stevens' Biblical epic "King of Kings" (1961) and was frequently cast as rough-hewn, even dangerous men in numerous television episodes and in films like "The Cincinnati Kid" (1966) and Cornel Wilde's surreal WWII film "Beach Red" (1967). Torn shouldered a reputation for being difficult off-screen and -stage as well: he was fired from the London production of James Baldwin's "Blues for Mr. Charlie" for reportedly insulting both the author and the production, and exited "Easy Rider" (1969) after claiming that co-director Dennis Hopper had threatened him with a knife. Perhaps the most infamous incident came during the production of Norman Mailer's experimental feature "Maidstone" (1970); while improvising a scene, Torn struck Mailer, who was also starring in the film, with a hammer, resulting in a fight between the two actors that culminated in Mailer biting Torn's ear. Torn's reputation for being difficult would eventually let out the ballast from his film career - though he would claim that this was more due to his anti-war, anti-bigotry politics - and for much of the '70s, he kept to episodic television and the New York stage, including a 1975 revival of "The Glass Menagerie" with Maureen Stapleton. But after receiving solid reviews for his turn as a craven country star in the little-seen "Payday" (1973), a scientist aiding alien David Bowie in "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (1976) and back-to-back performances as Walt Whitman in the CBS miniseries "The American Parade" and as Richard Nixon in "Blind Ambition" (CBS, 1979), Torn began to slowly rebuild his standing in Hollywood. His performance as a hard-drinking bayou resident in "Cross Creek" (1983) earned him an Oscar nomination, while his turn as Big Daddy in a Showtime production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" brought a CableACE Award nod. But it was a comic role - a cheerful litigator for the recently deceased in the afterlife - in Albert Brooks' "Defending Your Life" (1991) that led to his true career renaissance. Garry Shandling was reportedly inspired by that performance to cast Torn as Artie, the menacing but unwaveringly loyal talk show producer on his acclaimed "Larry Sanders Show," a project that would earn Torn six Emmy nominations and one win in 1996. More importantly, it recast Torn as a rascally comic presence, which he would play, in varying capacities, for the next decade. He was the goateed head of a secret agency pressed with halting alien invasions in Barry Sonnenfeld's hit "Men in Black" (1997) and its 2002 sequel; a self-impressed author in Curtis Hanson's "Wonder Boys" (2000); the wheelchair-bound, wrench-tossing dodgeball coach in the Ben Stiller comedy "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" (2004), and King Louis XV in Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette" (2006). But by the mid-2000s, Torn's ornery side had caught up with him; a string of arrests for driving while intoxicated culminated in a 2010 incident in which an inebriated Torn attempted to break into a bank office branch in Connecticut, which he believed to be his home residence. He pled guilty to reckless endangerment and received a two-and-a-half-year suspended sentence, but the damage to his career couldn't be undone: Torn worked largely in independent films and in voice-over roles until 2016, when he logged his final screen work in the animated comedy series "TripTank" (Comedy Central, 2014-2016). He remained largely out of sight until his death at the age of 88 at his home in Lakeville, Connecticut on July 9, 2019.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet 3 Weeks to Daytona Sal (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 19% National Lampoon's The Legend of Awesomest Maximus King Looney (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 50% American Cowslip Trevor O'Hart (Character) - 2009
27% 22% Happy Tears Joe (Character) $22.4K 2009
63% 86% The Afterlight Carl (Character) - 2009
28% 22% Chatham Captain Jerry (Character) $184.1K 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lucky Days Bobo (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2008
36% 23% August Mr. Sterling (Character) $11.8K 2008
No Score Yet 26% Three Days to Vegas Joe Wallace (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 95% Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show Unknown (Character) - 2007
62% 45% Turn the River Quinette (Character) - 2007
49% 53% Bee Movie Lou Lo Duca (Voice) $126.6M 2007
4% 33% Zoom Larraby (Character) $11.6M 2006
57% 56% Marie Antoinette Louis XV (Character) $16M 2006
30% 52% The Sisters Dr. Chebrin (Character) - 2005
6% 51% Yours, Mine & Ours Sherman (Character) $53.4M 2005
60% 43% Forty Shades of Blue Alan James (Character) $75.2K 2005
34% 71% Eulogy Grandpa Collins (Character) $70.5K 2004
13% 19% Welcome to Mooseport Bert Langdon (Character) $14.5M 2004
71% 76% Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Patches O'Houlihan (Character) $114.3M 2004
No Score Yet 79% Rolling Kansas Oldman (Character) - 2003
40% 58% Love Object Novak (Character) - 2003
38% 45% Men in Black II Zed (Character) $192.4M 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nine Hundred Nights Narrator - 2001
11% 56% Freddy Got Fingered Jim Brody (Character) $14.2M 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Vision of Murder: The Story of Donielle Detective Manny Garett (Character) - 2000
81% 83% Wonder Boys Q (Character) $19.4M 2000
No Score Yet 37% Balloon Farm Harvey H. Potter (Character) - 1999
96% 90% The Insider John Scanlon (Character) $29M 1999
No Score Yet 79% Passing Glory Father Robert Grant (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Almost Perfect Bank Robbery Royce (Character) - 1999
6% 45% Senseless Randall Tyson (Character) $13M 1998
92% 79% Men in Black MiB Chief Z (Zed) (Character) $250.1M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mouse Trucker "God" (Character) $16.4K 1997
84% 76% Hercules Zeus (Voice) $99.1M 1997
50% 30% Trial and Error Benjamin 'Benny' Gibbs (Character) $13.6M 1997
No Score Yet 0% For Better or Worse Captain Cole (Character) $25.9K 1996
12% 62% Down Periscope Vice Adm. Dean Winslow (Character) $23.3M 1996
13% 52% Canadian Bacon General Dick Panzer (Character) $133.7K 1995
62% 63% How to Make an American Quilt Arthur Cleary (Character) $23.6M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet She Stood Alone: The Tailhook Scandal Adm. Snyder (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Letter to My Killer Russel Vanik (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heart of a Child Dr. Leonard Bailey (Character) - 1994
6% 15% RoboCop 3 The CEO (Character) $8.9M 1993
100% 74% Where the Rivers Flow North Noel Lord (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 95% Fires of Kuwait Narrator - 1992
No Score Yet 72% Beyond the Law Deputy Butch Prescott (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster Admiral Paul Yost (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Falls Dub Farley (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet T Bone N Weasel Happy Sam (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 34% Dolly Dearest Karl Resnick (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind Captain Jack Parsons (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Columbo: Death Hits the Jackpot Leon Lamarr (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Son, Johnny Brian Stansbury (Character) - 1991
97% 83% Defending Your Life Bob Diamond (Character) $16.2M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pair of Aces Capt. Jack Parsons (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 75% By Dawn's Early Light Colonel Fargo (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 33% Beautiful Dreamers Walt Whitman (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak: None So Blind Gideon Hogarth (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet 64% Sweet Bird of Youth Boss Finley (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 67% Silence Like Glass Dr. Markowitz (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cold Feet Sheriff (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 11% Hit List Vic Luca (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 45% The Telephone Director $54.8K 1988
No Score Yet 52% April Morning Solomon Chandler (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet J. Edgar Hoover Lyndon Baines Johnson (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Destination: America Corbet St. James IV (Character) - 1987
70% 59% Extreme Prejudice Sheriff Hank Pearson (Character) $9.9M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laguna Heat Joe Datilla (Character) - 1987
45% 25% Nadine Buford Pope (Character) $5.7M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet The King of Love Jack Kraft (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Manhunt for Claude Dallas Tim Nettleton (Character) - 1986
17% 51% Summer Rental Scully (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 44% Beer Buzz Beckerman (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Execution Wilheim Gehbert (Character) - 1985
100% 44% Songwriter Dino McLeish (Character) - 1984
50% 43% Flashpoint Sheriff Wells (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet When She Says No Stuart Blankfort (Character) - 1984
22% 24% City Heat Primo Pitt (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 92% Misunderstood Will (Character) - 1984
56% 74% Cross Creek Marsh Turner (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 30% Jinxed! Harold Benson (Character) - 1982
50% 54% The BeastMaster Maax (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 24% A Stranger Is Watching Artie Taggart (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case Charles Burt (Character) - 1980
20% 6% First Family JCS Chairman G. E. Dumpston (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sophia Loren: Her Own Story Carlo Ponti (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 45% One-Trick Pony Walter Fox (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Shining Season Jack Baker (Character) - 1979
100% 88% Heartland Clyde Stewart (Character) - 1979
86% 38% The Seduction of Joe Tynan Senator Kittner (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Betrayal Doctor Hartogs (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fast Line Fever K.W. Hicks (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 44% The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover Dwight Webb (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 20% Steel Cowboy K.W. Hicks (Character) - 1978
81% 66% Coma Dr. George (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Birch Interval Thomas (Character) - 1976
82% 69% The Man Who Fell to Earth Nathan Bryce (Character) $81.8K 1976
No Score Yet 44% Nasty Habits Father Maximilian (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan Glen Tuttle (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 38% Crazy Joe Richie (Character) - 1974
50% 76% Payday Maury Dann (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cotter Roy (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 45% Slaughter Dominic Hoffo (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 50% The President's Plane Is Missing George Oldenburg (Character) - 1971
75% 25% Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller (Character) - 1970
40% 73% Coming Apart Joe (Character) $1.6K 1969
No Score Yet 27% Maidstone Raoul Rey O'Houlihan (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 30% Beyond the Law Popcorn (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet They Only Kill Once Dano Villanova (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 39% Beach Red Gunnery Sgt. Ben Honeywell (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 42% One Spy Too Many Alexander (Character) - 1966
86% 78% The Cincinnati Kid Slade (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 39% Critic's Choice Dion Kapakos (Character) - 1963
74% 72% Sweet Bird of Youth Thomas 'Tom' J. Finley, Jr. (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 27% Hero's Island Nicholas Gates (Character) - 1962
85% 77% King of Kings Judas (Character) - 1961
83% 70% Pork Chop Hill Lt. Walter Russel (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 65% Time Limit Lt. George Miller (Character) - 1957

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2009
78% 93% 30 Rock Don Geiss (Guest Star) 2007-2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jules Copeland (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ghost Stories Host 2003 2001 1998
64% No Score Yet The Lyon's Den Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet 87% Will & Grace Lionel Banks (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul Food Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Terre de passions Unknown (Character) 1999
100% 83% The Larry Sanders Show Unknown (Character) 1992-1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The John Larroquette Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet North and South Adolphus (Character) 1994
No Score Yet 83% Columbo Leon Lamarr (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blind Ambition Richard M. Nixon (Character) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1973-1974 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Victor Roarke (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet 12 O'Clock High Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1964 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat! Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Paul Vrolic (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lieutenant Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Alvah Clayhorne (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1963 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1961 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Unknown (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Restless Gun Jody Gilman (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour Pierre (Character) 1956-1957

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