Men In Black And Dodgeball Star Rip Torn Dies Aged 88
TV, movie and stage veteran Rip Torn has died.
The 88-year-old passed away on Tuesday at his home in Lakeville, Connecticut.
Born Elmore Rual Torn, Jr. in Texas, he was best known for his role as Agent Zed in the Men in Black films and as Artie on The Larry Sanders Show. He was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Emmy for each of the cult comedy series’ six seasons.
His 190-plus movie and TV credits from an eight-decade acting career, which began on stage, also include Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, The Restless Gun, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Untouchables, Dr. Kildare, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Cincinnati Kid, The Man Who Fell to Earth, and Blind Ambition.
His former castmates and colleagues were quick to pay tribute to the acting legend with Will Smith posting a photo of himself and Torn online and captioning it:
"R.I.P. Rip," while Torn's Defending Your Life director Albert Brooks wrote: "I’ll miss you Rip, you were a true original."
And funnyman Tom Green, who worked with the late star on comedy Freddy Got Fingered, called him "one of the greats".
Thanks for one of comedy's greatest one-liners Rip!