Rip Torn

Biography

Date of Birth 6 February 1931, Temple, Texas, USA Birth Name Elmore Ruel Torn Jr. Height 5' 10" (1.78 m) Mini Biography Rip Torn was born Elmore Rual Torn, Jr. on February 6, 1931 in Temple, Texas. "Rip" is a family name, taken by generations of Torn men and bestowed on Elmore by his father, who was also called "Rip". Torn attended Texas A & M and the University of Texas, where he majored in animal husbandry. Extremely naive when he was young, Torn hitchhiked to Hollywood with the idea of becoming a movie star; he wanted to make enough money in order to buy a ranch. Success did not come overnight, as he had hoped, and Torn had to work many odd jobs while occasionally being cast in television roles. He made his feature film debut in Elia Kazan's Baby Doll (1956) in a small part. Serious about learning his craft, he moved to New York City where he studied under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. Torn also studied dance with Martha Graham. His serious acting career began on the small screen, where he made a name for himself in the Golden Age of Television; between 1957 and 1960, he appeared regularly on such prestigious live shows as "Omnibus" (1952) and "Playhouse 90" (1956). Torn made his Broadway debut in Kazan's staging of Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth" on March 10, 1959, in support of Paul Newman, Sidney Blackmer and Geraldine Page, who would become his second wife. The play was a hit, closing on January 30, 1960 after 375 performances. He won a 1960 Tony Award nomination as Best Featured Actor in a Play and a Theater World award for his role as "Tom, Jr.", a role he recreated in the 1962 film. (Torn also starred as "Boss Finley" in a later television adaptation of the play). Torn earned a reputation as an actor's actor on stage, both Broadway and off-Broadway, as well as on screen. He continues to work in the New York theater despite his demanding TV and movie schedule as both an actor and director. He has won two Obie awards for his work off-Broadway, for Distinguished Performance in Norman Mailer's "The Deer Park" (for the 1966-1967 season), and for Distinguished Direction for "The Beard" (1967-1968). He has his own stage company, and directed his daughter Angelica Page(by Geraldine Page) in John Paul Alexander's "Strangers in the Land of Canaan" at the Actors Studio. Torn made his feature film directorial debut with The Telephone (1988). He has constantly been in demand as a character actor, in supporting, second lead and occasional lead roles. His best performance on film came in Sista trippen till Nashville (1973), and he was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for Cross Creek (1983). Most of Torn's roles have been in drama, though he is adept in comedy. His role in Albert Brooks' comedy Himlen tur eller retur? (1991) led to his being cast in "The Larry Sanders Show" (1992), on which he played talk show producer "Artie". Torn won six consecutive Emmy nominations for the role, winning once for Best Supporting Actor in a comedy series in 1996. Rip Torn was married to actress Ann Wedgeworth from 1956 to 1961, whom he divorced to marry Geraldine Page. They remained married until her death in 1987. Torn helped his cousin, Oscar-winner Sissy Spacek, to make her way as an actress, seeing to it that she was accepted by the Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio and then the Lee Strasberg Institute.

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Birth Name

Elmore Rual Torn Jr.

Birth Place

Temple

Birth Date

2/6/1931

Death Date

7/9/2019
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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

Patches O'Houlihan

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The Man Who Fell to Earth

Nathan Bryce

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Freddy Got Fingered

Jim Brody

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The Beastmaster

Maax

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Marie Antoinette

Louis XV

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Coma

Dr. George

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Defending Your Life

Bob Diamond

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Pork Chop Hill

Lt. Walter Russel

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Dolly Dearest

Karl Resnick

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National Lampoon's The Legend Of Awesomest Maximus

King Looney

Starring In
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Men in Black 3

Large-Headed Alien at Funeral (uncredited)

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National Lampoon's The Legend Of Awesomest Maximus

King Looney

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Norman Mailer: The American

Self

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Happy Tears

Joe

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American Cowslip: A Redneck Comedy

Trevor O'Hart

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August

David Sterling

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The Golden Boys

Captain Jerry

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Bee Movie

Lou Lo Duca (voice)

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Three Days to Vegas

Joe Wallace

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Turn the River

Teddy Quinette

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Zoom: Academy For Superheroes

Larraby

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Marie Antoinette

Louis XV

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Yours, Mine & Ours

Commandant Sherman

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The Sisters

Dr. Chebrin

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Forty Shades of Blue

Alan James

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Eulogy

Edmund Collins

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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

Patches O'Houlihan

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Welcome To Mooseport

Bert Langdon

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Eulogy

Grandpa Collins

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Love Object

Novak

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Rolling Kansas

Oldman

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Men in Black II

Zed

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Freddy Got Fingered

Jim Brody

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Wonder Boys

Quentin 'Q' Morewood

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The Insider

John Scanlon

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Passing Glory

Father Robert Grant

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La ferme aux ballons

Harvey H. Potter

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The Almost Perfect Bank Robbery

Royce

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Love on the Land - From the Producers of Anne of Green Gables

Spence

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Senseless

Randall Tyson

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Men In Black

Zed

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Hercules

Zeus (voice)

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Trial and Error

Benny Gibbs

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Down Periscope

Vice Adm. Dean Winslow

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How to Make an American Quilt

Arthur Cleary

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For Better or Worse

Captain Cole

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Canadian Bacon

General Dick Panzer

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Where the Rivers Flow North

Noel Lord

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RoboCop 3

The CEO

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Beyond the Law

Deputy Butch Prescott

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Fires Of Kuwait

Narrator

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Defending Your Life

Bob Diamond

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Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind

Captain Jack Parsons

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Dolly Dearest

Karl Resnick

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Death Falls

Dub Farley

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By Dawn's Early Light

E-4 Col. Fargo

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Hit List

Vic Luca

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Sweet Bird of Youth

Boss Finley

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Cold Feet

Sheriff

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Extreme Prejudice

Sheriff Hank Pearson

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Nadine

Buford Pope

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Manhunt for Claude Dallas

Tim Nettleton

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The Selling of America

Buzz Beckerman

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Summer Rental

Scully

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The Execution

Wilheim Gehbert

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City Heat

Primo Pitt

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Songwriter

Dino McLeish

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Flashpoint

Sheriff Wells

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Big Daddy

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Cross Creek

Marsh Turner

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Scarab

Khepera

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Airplane II: The Sequel

Bud Kruger

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The Beastmaster

Maax

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A Stranger Is Watching

Artie Taggart

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Jinxed!

Harold Benson

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First Family

General G. E. Dumpston

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The Seduction of Joe Tynan

Senator Kittner

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Scooby-Doo Goes Hollywood

C.J.

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Heartland

Clyde Stewart

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Fast Lane Fever

K.W. Hicks

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Coma

Dr. George

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Nasty Habits

Maximilian

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The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover

Dwight Webb

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The Man Who Fell to Earth

Nathan Bryce

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Crazy Joe

Richie

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The President's Plane Is Missing

George Oldenburg

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Payday

Maury Dann

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Cotter

Roy

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Slaughter

Hoffo

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Maidstone

Raoul Rey O'Houlihan

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Tropic of Cancer

Henry Miller

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Lions Love (... and Lies)

THE BEARD Director (uncredited)

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Coming Apart

Joe

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Sol Madrid

Dano Villanova

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Beyond the Law

Popcorn

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Beach Red

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You're a Big Boy Now

I.H. Chanticleer

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One Spy Too Many

Alexander (archive footage)

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The Cincinnati Kid

Slade

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Critic's Choice

Dion Kapakos

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Sweet Bird of Youth

Tom Finley, Jr.

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Hero's Island

Nicholas Gates

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King of Kings

Judas

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Pork Chop Hill

Lt. Walter Russel

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A Face in the Crowd

Barry Mills (uncredited)

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Time Limit

Lt. George Miller

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Baby Doll

The Dentist (uncredited)

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