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Actor Rip Torn dies at 88

Actor Rip Torn dies at 88”

Sad news from Hollywood this afternoon, with word emerging that legendary actor and notorious trouble-maker Rip Torn has died at the age of 88.

Torn, who appeared in 10 Broadway productions, starred as Zed in "Men in Black" in 1997.

Torn's six-decade career included dozens of appearances on both the big screen and on television.

According to those close to Torn, he once said, "Play drama as comedy and comedy as drama".

In addition to his work on stage he had a celebrated career in film: The Cincinnati Kid (1965) Payday (1973), and Cross Creek (Oscar nomination 1983); but his career had fits and starts until he displayed his talent for comedy as the defense attorney Bob Diamond in Albert Brooks' film Defending Your Life (1991).

Torn had almost 200 film and television credits to his name at the time of his death.

Torn was an Emmy victor and Oscar and Tony nominee.

Over the course of his six-decade career, Torn appeared in almost 100 feature films, including The Cincinnati Kid, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Cross Creek, One Trick Pony, Flashpoint, Summer Rental, Airplane II, Men in Black (and its first two sequels) and Defending Your Life.

Torn is survived by his wife and their two children, Katy and Claire, as well as daughter Danae, from his first marriage to Ann Wedgeworth, as well as daughter Angelica, and sons Tony and Jon, from his second marriage to Geraldine Page.



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