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), aunt of actress Sissy Spacek. … Read More


1956 25 Years Old 1 More Event
At the University of Texas, Torn studied drama with Ben Iden Payne, and after moving to Hollywood, he made his debut in the 1956 film Baby Doll. … Read More
1957 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1957, Torn portrayed Jody in an early episode 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


1961 - 1963 2 More Events
1964 33 Years Old In 1964, Torn appeared as Eddie Sanderson in the episode "The Secret in the Stone" in The Eleventh Hour and in the premiere of The Reporter.
1965 34 Years Old In 1965, in the film The Cincinnati Kid, he played Slade, a corrupt New Orleans millionaire who pressures Steve McQueen during a high-stakes poker game. … Read More
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


1972 41 Years Old In 1972, Torn won rave reviews for his portrayal of a country & western singer in the cult film Payday.
1975 44 Years Old He co-starred with singer David Bowie in a 1975 science-fiction film, The Man Who Fell to Earth. … Read More
1979 48 Years Old He portrayed a Southern senator in 1979's The Seduction of Joe Tynan, opposite Alan Alda and Meryl Streep, and a music producer in Paul Simon's 1980 film One Trick Pony.


1982 - 1985 2 More Events
1988 57 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1988, he ventured into directing with The Telephone. … Read More
1989 58 Years Old Torn married actress Amy Wright in 1989. … Read More
1990 59 Years Old In 1990, he portrayed Colonel Fargo in By Dawn's Early Light, a film from HBO about a fictional world war.


1991 - 1993 2 More Events
1996 65 Years Old He was a Naval officer presiding over a wager in the Kelsey Grammer submarine comedy Down Periscope in 1996.
1997 66 Years Old 1 More Event
Men in Black, a 1997 hit film starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, featured Torn as their boss.
2007 76 Years Old 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
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.
2015 84 Years Old In 2015 he reprised his role as Zed in a Men in Black safety video for Air New Zealand. … Read More
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