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Men in Black and Larry Sanders Star Rip Torn Dead At 88

Men in Black and Larry Sanders Star Rip Torn Dead At 88

Rip Torn, the free-fascinating Texan who overcame his quirky name to change into a famed actor in theater, television and movies and resolve an Emmy in his 60s for his comedy flip on TV's "The Larry Sanders Pronounce", has died.

Torn also appeared in the Broadway productions of Daughter of Silence, Strange Interlude, Blues for Mr. Charlie, The Cuban Thing, Dance of Death, The Glass Menagerie, Mixed Couples, Anna Christie, and The Young Man from Atlanta.

The 88-year-old was famous for playing Garry Shandling's producer Artie on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show.

The actor played the role of Chief Zed, the head of the Men In Black in the hit sci-fi movie that starred Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith.

Our thoughts are with Torn's loved ones during this hard time of mourning.

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

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Torn also attracted his fair share of controversy over the years. Panned at the time, it received eight Golden Raspberry nominations including Torn for Worst Supporting Actor.

Torn gained notoriety for a role he did not get in the classic hippie-era movie "Easy Rider".

Actor Rip Torn arrives to attend a Creative Coalition Awards Gala held to honor individuals for their commitment to champion social welfare issues in New York December 18, 2006.

The part of George Hanson in Easy Rider was apparently written for Torn, but he withdrew after he and co-director Dennis Hopper got into a bitter argument in a NY restaurant. Torn eventually sued Hopper after he told the story on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", and Torn won. In 2010, Torn was arrested after drunkenly breaking into a bank with a loaded gun, claiming he thought it was his home. Then, he married actress Geraldine Page in 1963, and they share two sons and a daughter, Angelica.

In the 70's and 80's Torn had several interesting roles, including one opposite David Bowie in 1976's The Man Who Fell to Earth, as the villain in 1982's cult fantasy The Beastmaster, and an Academy Award-nominated turn in the 1983 drama Cross Creek.

Torn is survived by six children, four grandchildren, his wife, Amy Wright, and sister Patricia Alexander.