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Actor Rip Torn Dead at 88

By Gary Trock

Emmy-winning actor Rip Torn has died at the age of 88.

Torn — best known for starring in "Men In Black," "Dodgeball" and "The Larry Sanders Show" — died Tuesday at his home in Lakeville, Connecticut, according to his reps.

Torn was once nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role as Marsh Turner in the 1988 drama, "Cross Creek."

After news of his death was reported, some celebrities sent out tributes on social media.

Comedian Albert Brooks wrote, "R.I.P Rip Torn," adding, "He was so great in Defending Your Life. I'll miss you Rip, you were a true original."

Alec Baldwin worked with Torn on "30 Rock," and wrote, "I worked on @nbc30rock with #RipTorn in the role of Don Geiss, the head of GE. He was a deeply committed, phenomenal actor."

Baldwin also wrote, "See you down the road, Rip. You wonderful madman."


Torn's career spanned 6 decades and included over 100 films.

Some of his more memorable roles include Patches O'Houlihan in "DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story."


He even played Tom Green's rageaholic father in the whacked out movie, "Freddy Got Fingered."


Perhaps his most famous role was producer Artie on "The Larry Sanders Show," with Garry Shandling.

Between 1992 to 1998, Torn received consecutive Emmy award nominations as Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, and one the award once.

He was actually the only actor on the show who ever took home an Emmy.

Funeral and memorial arrangements have not yet been announced.


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