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Rip Torn dead: Who was the American actor? Which films has he starred in?

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DODGEBALL: Rip Torn played Patches O’Houlihan in the comedy film (Pic: GETTY / YOUTUBE)

American actor Rip Torn has passed away at the age of 88.

The award-winning actor died in his home Tuesday, July 9, with his wife and two daughters by his side.

No cause of death was given at the time.

With a career spanning seven decades, he has starred in many amazing productions.

Who was Rip Torn?

Elmore Rual Torn Jr, better known as Rip, was an American actor, voice artist and comedian.

He was born in Temple, Texas, and adopted his nickname in his childhood – following on tradition from his father and uncle.

At the beginning of his career he appeared in many Broadway productions, including Sweet Bird of Youth and Strange Interlude.

Rip made his film debut in 1957, starring as a former prisoner of war who breaks down at a court-martial in Time Limit.

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MEN IN BLACK: Rip Torn played Agent Zed in the box office hit (Pic: YOUTUBE)

In the 1960s he appeared in several popular films, including King of Kings, The Cincinnati Kid and One Spy Too Many.

The Texan was nominated for six Emmy Awards six consecutive times.

He ended up winning the prestigious award once in 1996 for his turn on The Larry Sanders Show.

The actor also starred alongside Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in the 1997 hit Men in Black.

Rip played Agent Zed, and Smith shared an image of them together, simply captioning it: “R.I.P, Rip.”

Dodgeball fans may also remember him as coach Patches O’Houlihan, where he starred alongside Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn.

He also landed himself an Oscar for his role is Marsh Turner in 1983’s Cross Creek.

Rip had almost 200 film and TV credits to his name, but according to himself his success came later in his life.

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EMMY: Rip Torn won an Emmy for his efforts on The Larry Sanders Show (Pic: GETTY)

The actor admitted he hit a rough patch in the 1970s after being replaced by Jack Nicholson in the 1960s classic Easy Rider.

At the time, he said: “I wouldn’t say that I was blacklisted. But the word got around that I was difficult and unreliable.

“Unreliable! In all my years in the theatre I have never missed a performance.”


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