Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Actor Rip Torn dies at 88

Actor Rip Torn dies at 88

At this time, Torn's exact cause of death has not yet been specified.

Actor Rip Torn has died aged 88.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, he helped launch the career of his cousin Sissy Spacek. Sharing a still from the Men in Black franchise, Will simply wrote, "R.I.P. Rip". He was so great in Defending Your Life.

We send our thoughts and condolences to Rip's loved ones during this hard time.

That reputation for irascibility would follow Torn through the rest of his career, but while he never achieved Nicholson's level of fame, he remained prolific as a character actor throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

The actor also garnered an Oscar nomination for essaying the role of a drunkard father in Martin Ritt drama Cross Creek opposite Mary Steenburgen in 1984. Torn. Thank you for everything.

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Among his other films: "City Heat" and "Men in Black". "Don't they say they have a volatile temper and emotions?" I had no idea how much he had done, just that he was a nice and interesting guy. Look at Sean Penn. He sued Hopper for slander and won a $475,000 judgment.

Among his acting credits include The Men In Black film series, Disney's Hercules and a number of episodes of sitcom 30 Rock.

He weathered a couple of drunken driving arrests, including one in December 2008 near his home in Salisbury, Connecticut, that led to his placement in an alcohol education program. After service as a military policeman during the Korean War, he hitchhiked to Hollywood.

More tributes to the actor have flooded in on social media.

He was previously married to the actress Geraldine Page, with whom he had three children, and Ann Wedgeworth, with whom he also had a child. By his side at the time of his passing were his wife, Stardust Memories actress Amy Wright, and his daughters, Katie and Angelica. The actor is survived by sister Patricia, and his grandchildren Elijah, Tana, Emeris and Hannah.

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