Rip Torn

Actor, Director, Cook
One of the most prolific performers on stage, screen and in television since the late 1950s, Rip Torn was a versatile character actor and occasional lead who brought prodigious, often overpowering energy and confidence ... Read more »
Born: 02/06/1931 in Temple, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (151)

TripTank 2016 (Tv Show)

Voice

Three Days to Vegas 2014 (Movie)

Joe Wallace (Actor)

Happy Tears 2010 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Lucky Days 2010 (Movie)

Bobo (Actor)

National Lampoon's The Legend of Awesomest Maximus 2010 (Movie)

King Looney (Actor)

The Afterlight 2010 (Movie)

Carl (Actor)

30 Rock 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Cowslip 2009 (Movie)

Trevor (Actor)

The Golden Boys 2009 (Movie)

Captain Jeremiah Burgess (Actor)

August 2008 (Movie)

David Sterling (Actor)

Turn the River 2008 (Movie)

Teddy Quinette (Actor)

Bee Movie 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Lou Lo Duca (Actor)

Marie Antoinette 2006 (Movie)

Louis XV (Actor)

The Sisters 2006 (Movie)

Dr. Chebrin (Actor)

Zoom 2006 (Movie)

Larraby (Actor)

Forty Shades of Blue 2005 (Movie)

Alan James (Actor)

Yours, Mine & Ours 2005 (Movie)

Commandant Sherman (Actor)

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 2004 (Movie)

Patches O'Houlihan (Actor)

Eulogy 2004 (Movie)

Edmund "Grandpa" Collins (Actor)

Love Object 2004 (Movie)

Mr Novak (Actor)

Rolling Kansas 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome to Mooseport 2004 (Movie)

Bert Langdon (Actor)

Men in Black II 2002 (Movie)

Zed (Actor)

Will & Grace 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Freddy Got Fingered 2001 (Movie)

Jim Brody (Actor)

The Freddy Got Fingered Movie Special 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Wonder Boys 2000 (Movie)

Q (Actor)

Balloon Farm 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Seasons of Love 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Insider 1999 (Movie)

John Scanlon (Actor)

Chicago Hope 1992 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Senseless 1998 (Movie)

Randall Tyson (Actor)

The John Larroquette Show 1992 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Larry Sanders Show 1992 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: Trial and Error 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules: From Zero to Hero 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Hercules 1997 (Movie)

of Zeus (Voice)

Men in Black 1997 (Movie)

Zed (Actor)

The 18th Annual CableACE Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 51st Annual Tony Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Mouse 1997 (Movie)

Trucker (Actor)

Trial and Error 1997 (Movie)

Benny Gibbs (Actor)

Down Periscope 1996 (Movie)

Admiral Winslow (Actor)

The Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

Canadian Bacon 1995 (Movie)

General Panzer (Actor)

For Better Or Worse 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

How to Make An American Quilt 1995 (Movie)

Arthur (Actor)

The 16th Annual CableACE Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

Where the Rivers Flow North 1994 (Movie)

Noel Lord (Actor)

Robocop 3 1993 (Movie)

Merritt W Morton the CEO (Actor)

Santa Barbara 1983 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Death Hits the Jackpot 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Dolly Dearest 1992 (Movie)

Dr Karl Resnick--Archaeologist (Actor)

Fires of Kuwait 1992 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Beautiful Dreamers 1991 (Movie)

Walt Whitman (Actor)

Defending Your Life 1991 (Movie)

Bob Diamond (Actor)

Pair of Aces 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Silence Like Glass 1990 (Movie)

Dr Markowitz (Actor)

Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Cold Feet 1989 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

Hit List 1989 (Movie)

Vic Luca (Actor)

Blind Curve 1987 (Movie)

Frank Maheu (Actor)

Destination: America 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Extreme Prejudice 1987 (Movie)

Sheriff Hank Pearson (Actor)

J. Edgar Hoover 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Nadine 1987 (Movie)

Buford Pope (Actor)

Beer 1985 (Movie)

Buzz Beckerman (Actor)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Summer Rental 1985 (Movie)

Scully (Actor)

The Atlanta Child Murders 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Execution 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

City Heat 1984 (Movie)

Primo Pitt (Actor)

Flashpoint 1984 (Movie)

Sheriff Wells (Actor)

Misunderstood 1984 (Movie)

Will (Actor)

Songwriter 1984 (Movie)

Dino McLeish (Actor)

The Blue and the Gray 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Airplane II: the Sequel 1982 (Movie)

Kruger (Actor)

Cross Creek 1982 (Movie)

Marsh Turner (Actor)

The Beastmaster 1982 (Movie)

Maax (Actor)

Jinxed! 1981 (Movie)

Harold (Actor)

A Stranger Is Watching 1980 (Movie)

Artie Taggart (Actor)

First Family 1980 (Movie)

JCS Chairman G E Dumpston (Actor)

Betrayal 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Heartland 1979 (Movie)

Clyde Stewart (Actor)

One-Trick Pony 1979 (Movie)

Walter Fox (Actor)

The Seduction of Joe Tynan 1979 (Movie)

Senator Hugh Kittner (Actor)

Coma 1978 (Movie)

Dr George (Actor)

The Wobblies 1978 (Movie)

(Voice)

Nasty Habits 1977 (Movie)

Father Maximillian (Actor)

The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover 1977 (Movie)

Dwight Webb (Actor)

Birch Interval 1976 (Movie)

Thomas (Actor)

Song of Myself 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man Who Fell to Earth 1976 (Movie)

Nathan Bryce (Actor)

Attack on Terror 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The President's Plane Is Missing 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Crazy Joe 1972 (Movie)

Richie (Actor)

Payday 1972 (Movie)

Maury Dann (Actor)

Maidstone 1971 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

Slaughter 1971 (Movie)

Dominick (Actor)

One American Movie/1 A.M. 1970 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Tropic of Cancer 1970 (Movie)

Henry Miller (Actor)

Coming Apart 1969 (Movie)

Joe Glassman (Actor)

Beyond the Law 1968 (Movie)

Popcorn (Actor)

Sol Madrid 1968 (Movie)

Dano Villanova (Actor)

Beach Red 1967 (Movie)

Sergeant Honeywell (Actor)

One Spy Too Many 1966 (Movie)

Alexander (Actor)

You're a Big Boy Now 1966 (Movie)

I H Chanticleer (Actor)

The Cincinnati Kid 1965 (Movie)

Slade (Actor)

Critic's Choice 1962 (Movie)

Dion Kapakos (Actor)

Sweet Bird of Youth 1962 (Movie)

Thomas J Finley Jr (Actor)

Hero's Island 1961 (Movie)

Nicholas (Actor)

King of Kings 1961 (Movie)

Judas (Actor)

Johnny Belinda 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Pork Chop Hill 1959 (Movie)

Lieutenant Russell (Actor)

A Face in the Crowd 1957 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Alcoa Hour 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Limit! 1957 (Movie)

Lieutenant George Miller (Actor)

Baby Doll 1956 (Movie)

Brick (Actor)

A Shining Season (TV Show)

Actor

April Morning (TV Show)

Actor

Beyond the Law (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Ambition (TV Show)

Actor

By Dawn's Early Light (TV Show)

Actor

Dream West (TV Show)

Actor

Ghost Stories (TV Show)

Actor

Heart of a Child (TV Show)

Actor

James Dean: A Portrait (TV Show)

Narrator

Laguna Heat (TV Show)

Actor

Letter to My Killer (TV Show)

Actor

Manhunt For Claude Dallas (TV Show)

Actor

My Son Johnny (TV Show)

Actor

None So Blind (TV Show)

Actor

Passing Glory (TV Show)

Actor

Sophia Loren: Her Own Story (TV Show)

Actor

Steel Cowboy (TV Show)

Actor

T Bone N Weasel (TV Show)

Actor

The King of Love (TV Show)

Actor

When She Says No (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

One of the most prolific performers on stage, screen and in television since the late 1950s, Rip Torn was a versatile character actor and occasional lead who brought prodigious, often overpowering energy and confidence to every role he embodied - no matter how dramatic or insignificant the project. He left his native Texas in the late 1950s to make his name in show business, but found the task more daunting than imagined, so he headed for New York to train under Lee Strasberg and soak up experience in theater. His reputation as a formidable talent brought him back to Hollywood, where he essayed a vast array of characters in features ranging from "Sweet Bird of Youth" (1962) and "The Cincinnati Kid" (1965), to experimental features like "Maidstone" for Norman Mailer. Torn worked steadily throughout the 1970s and 1980s, gaining praise for his solid performances and an Oscar nomination for "Cross Creek" (1983), before vaulting to the mainstream with his Emmy-winning turn as the fearsome Artie, producer of "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-1998). The success of that series turned Torn into a go-to for bullish tough-love types in comedies ranging from "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" (2004) to "30 Rock" (NBC, 2006-13), all the while solidifying him as one of the most respected and versatile figures in the acting business.

Relationships

Elmore Torn

Father

Thelma Torn

Mother

Geraldine Page Actor

Wife
Married from 1963 until her death in 1987 they had separated in the early 1980s acted together in "Sweet Bird of Youth" (1962), "You're a Big Boy Now" (1967) and "Nasty Habits" (1976)

Sissy Spacek Actor

Cousin
Born Dec. 25, 1949

Angelica Torn

Daughter
Born in 1964 mother, Geraldine Page appeared in "Nobody's Fool" (1994)

Claire Torn

Daughter
Born February 6, 1992 mother, Amy Wright

Danae Torn

Daughter
Mother, Ann Wedgeworth

Katie Torn

Daughter
Born c. 1982 mother, Amy Wright

Anthony Torn

Son
Twin brother of Jonathan born in 1965 mother, Geraldine Page

Jonathan Torn

Son
Twin brother of Anthony born in 1965 mother, Geraldine Page

Ann Wedgeworth Actor

Wife
Acted together in "Birch Interval" (1975) married on January 15, 1955 divorced in 1961

Amy Wright Actor

Companion
Together since the early 1980s

EDUCATION

Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio

New York , New York

Texas A&M University

College Station , Texas 1948 - 1952

Milestones

2007

Played the recurring role of Don Geiss, the CEO and Jack's boss, on the NBC sitcom "30 Rock"; earned an Emmy nomination in 2008 for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

2006

Co-starred with Tim Allen and Courteney Cox in the family comedy "Zoom"

2006

Starred as France's Louis XV in Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette"

2005

Played an aging music producer in Ira Sachs' independent film "Forty Shades of Blue"

2004

Featured in the Comedy "Welcome to Mooseport"

2004

Cast with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn in the comedy "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story"

2004

Appeared in the black comedy "Eulogy"

2003

Cast in a recurring role as Senator Turner on the NBC drama, "The Lyon's Den"

2000

Reprised the role of Agent Zed in "Men in Black II"

2000

Featured in "Wonder Boys" opposite Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire

1999

Starred as Father Robert Grant in the TNT movie "Passing Glory"

1997

Hosted the syndicated series "Ghost Stories"

1997

Returned to Broadway to co-star with Shirley Knight in Horton Foote's "The Young Man From Atlanta"

1997

Voiced Zeus in Disney's animated feature "Hercules"

1997

Played the gruff boss Agent Zed in "Men in Black" opposite Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones

1993

Played the OCP CEO in the science fiction film, "Robocop 3"

1992

Cast as talk show producer and TV veteran Artie in "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO); earned six consecutive Emmy (1993-1998) nominations as Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

1990

Played the ultra-hawkish Colonel Fargo in the HBO Original Movie "By Dawn's Early Light"

1988

Made feature film directorial debut with the offbeat comedy "The Telephone" starring Whoopi Goldberg

1983

Received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Cross Creek"

1980

Returned to Broadway for the short-lived comedy, "Mixed Couples"

1976

Starred in the cult classic science fiction movie "The Man Who Fell to Earth"

1972

Received rave reviews for his portrayal of a country & western singer in the cult film "Payday"

1969

Starred in another Norman Mailer (also acted) directed film, "Maidstone"

1968

Made stage directing debut with "The Beard"

1968

First top billed role in the feature, "Beyond the Law"; directed by Norman Mailer

1965

Played a sleazy New Orleans blackmailer opposite Steve McQueen and Karl Malden in "The Cincinnati Kid"

1962

Recreated his stage role in Tennessee Williams's "Sweet Bird of Youth" for the film version

1959

Earliest prominent feature supporting role in "Pork Chop Hill" as the brother-in-law of Gregory Peck's character

1958

Appeared in the Tennessee Williams dramas, "Orpheus Descending" and "Sweet Bird of Youth" (as Tom Finley Jr.); earned a Tony nomination for Featured Actor in a Play for the latter

1958

Earliest TV appearance, the NBC anthology series, "The Alcoa Hour"

1956

Made film debut in Elia Kazan's "Baby Doll"

1955

Broadway debut as understudy and replacement for Alex Nicol (as Brick) in the original production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

Bonus Trivia

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The part of lawyer George Hanson in the Peter Fonda-Dennis Hopper road movie "Easy Rider" (1969) was written for Torn by Terry Southern (who was a close friend) but according to Southern's biographer Lee Hill, Torn withdrew from the project after he and co-director Dennis Hopper got into a bitter argument in a New York restaurant, ending with Dennis Hopper pulling a knife on Torn. As a result, Torn had to be replaced by Jack Nicholson, whose appearance in the film catapulted him to stardom.

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In 1999, Torn filed a defamation lawsuit against Dennis Hopper over a story Hopper told on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (NBC). Hopper claimed that Torn pulled a knife on him during pre-production of the film "Easy Rider" (1969). According to Hopper, Torn was originally cast in the film but was replaced with Jack Nicholson after the incident. According to Torn's suit, it was actually Hopper who pulled the knife on him. A judge ruled in Torn's favor and Hopper was ordered to pay $475,000 in damages. Hopper then appealed but the judge again ruled in Torn's favor and Hopper was required to pay another $475,000 in punitive damages.

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In January, 2004, the actor was arrested in New York City after crashing his car into a taxi and charged with DWI; After being taken into custody, he launched into a tirade at police headquarters, but was later found not guilty.

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In December 2006, Rip Torn was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in North Salem, New York; he was arrested after his car was involved in an accident and police were called.

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On Jan. 29, 2010, Torn was arrested after breaking into a bank in his hometown of Salisbury, CT. Torn was charged with carrying a firearm without a permit, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trespassing and third-degree criminal mischief.

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On March 30, 2010, Torn plead not guilty to burglary and firearms charges stemming from his January arrest inside a Connecticut bank after hours.

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