Rip Torn, the Emmy winning actor best known for his role as Artie the producer on The Larry Sanders Show, died Tuesday afternoon at age 88. According to his publicist, he passed away peacefully at his home in Lakeville, Connecticut.
He was born Elmore Rual Torn Jr. on February 6th, 1931, in Temple, Texas. The nickname “Rip” is a family tradition in the Torn family. Rip Torn attended Texas A&M and the University of Texas, where he majored in animal husbandry. He later hitchhiked to Hollywood with the idea of becoming a movie star so he could make enough money to buy a ranch, according to IMDB.
Rip Torn was nominated for nine Emmy Awards, receiving a nomination for every one of the Sanders show’s six seasons, and won the award in 1996. He was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1984 for his role as Marsh Turner in Cross Creek. Later in his career, he starred on Broadway and in a host of other comedies and dramas, including Defending Your Life, 30 Rock, Dodgeball, and the first two Men in Black films.
He is survived by his wife, six children, four grandchildren and one sister.