Rip Torn

Born Feb 6, 1931

Elmore Rual "Rip" Torn, Jr., is an American actor of stage, screen and television. Torn received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1983 film Cross Creek. His work includes the role of Artie, the producer, on The Larry Sanders Show, for which he was nominated for six Emmy Awards, winning in 1996.… Read More

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1931 Birth Torn was born Elmore Rual Torn, Jr. in Temple, Texas, on February 6, 1931, the son of Elmore Rual Torn, Sr., an agriculturalist and economist, and Thelma Mary Torn (née Spacek). … Read More


1956 25 Years Old 1 More Event
At the University of Texas, Torn had studied drama with Ben Iden Payne, and after relocating from his native Texas to Hollywood, he made his debut in the 1956 film Baby Doll. … Read More
1957 26 Years Old In 1957, Torn portrayed Jody in an early episode so titled of The Restless Gun.
1959 28 Years Old …  In 1959, he made his feature Broadway debut when he played Tom Junior in Sweet Bird of Youth, for which he won a Theater World Award and also received a Tony Award nomination. … Read More
1960 29 Years Old In 1960, he portrayed Ernie Walters in the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "The Kiss-Off." … Read More


1963 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1963, Torn appeared as a graduate student with multiple degrees at fictitious Channing College in Channing. … Read More
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1968 37 Years Old Torn's Off Broadway debut as director was for the Evergreen Theater with the play The Beard; he won the 1968 Obie for Distinguished Direction for that work. … Read More
1969 38 Years Old In 1969, Torn portrayed a psychiatrist who installed a hidden camera in his New York office to record his own mental breakdown in Coming Apart.


1972 41 Years Old In 1972, he won rave reviews for his portrayal of a country & western singer in the cult film Payday.
1975 44 Years Old In 1975, Torn portrayed a chilling portrayal of KKK Imperial Wizard Glen Tuttle in Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan.
1976 45 Years Old In 1976, he starred in The Man Who Fell to Earth.
1979 48 Years Old In 1979, Torn appeared in Heartland. … Read More


1987 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1987, Torn portrayed Sheriff Hank Pearson in Extreme Prejudice.
1988 57 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1988, he ventured into directing with The Telephone. … Read More
1990 59 Years Old In 1990, he portrayed Colonel Fargo in By Dawn's Early Light.


1991 60 Years Old In 1991, he portrayed Albert Brooks' defense attorney in Defending Your Life.
1993 62 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1993, Torn portrayed the OCP CEO in RoboCop 3, then opposite Tantoo Cardinal in Where the Rivers Flow North, which featured a cameo role for Michael J. Fox.
1997 66 Years Old In his last Broadway appearance in 1997, Torn portrayed Will Kidder in The Young Man from Atlanta. … Read More
2004 73 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2004, Torn was arrested in New York City, after his car collided with a taxi. … Read More
2006 75 Years Old In December 2006, Torn was again arrested for drunk driving in North Salem, New York after colliding with a tractor trailer.
2007 76 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2007 and 2008, he made 5 guest appearances on 30 Rock as the fictional Chief Executive Officer of General Electric, Don Geiss. … Read More
2008 77 Years Old On December 14, 2008, Torn was again arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. … Read More
2009 78 Years Old He was convicted and sentenced to probation in May 2009.
Torn's character was reportedly killed off as a direct result of his 2010 arrest, though Tina Fey denied this in a DVD commentary.
2011 80 Years Old Torn also appears in the music video for the They Might Be Giants song Can't Keep Johnny Down, from their 2011 album Join Us. … Read More
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