Rip Torn
Rip Torn
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.
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Tech Tip: Turn an iPad-Made Movie Into a DVD
NYTimes - 4 months
Home videos and other clips can be copied off the tablet and recorded onto a disc for watching on a standard DVD player.
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Tech Tip: Turn Your Phone Into an Early Warning System
NYTimes - 7 months
Mobile alerts and free tools can notify you and help you prepare for emergencies including extreme weather, natural disasters and other crisis situations.
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Tech Tip: Turn Your Smartphone Into a Pocket Scanner
NYTimes - 7 months
If your mobile gadget has a good camera and you have the right app, you do not need anything more to make quick digital copies of documents.
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6 Things You NEED To Know About LA
Huffington Post - over 1 year
I have been living in LA for about a year now and here are 6 things I wish I knew before moving: 1. Road Rage is real. As if the traffic isn't enough in LA to make your blood boil, the battle to switch lanes on the freeway is sure to make your day. TIP: Do NOT use your turning signals when switching lanes on the freeway. But isn't that illegal? Well if you do, your fellow driver in the next lane will quickly speed up to stop you from getting over. There is no love (well, not enough love) on these LA streets. You have been warned. 2. 'Ticketed & Towed' is more than just a sign. Not only is parking limited almost everywhere in LA, but it seems as if the parking signs were made just to confuse you. Whenever you park you need to read EVERY LINE on the parking sign, then walk up and down the same block to make sure there are not any other signs that contradict the first one you read. Failure to do this will surely result in your vehicle being ticketed and towed. TIP: ...
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A Roger Ailes Movie Will Likely Happen—Here's Who Should Play Him
Mother Jones - about 3 years
Earlier this week, TheWrap published an interview with author and journalist Gabriel Sherman, about The Loudest Voice in the Room, his new, much-discussed unauthorized biography of Fox News president Roger Ailes. The biography has gained attention for its juicy content (such as a producer claiming that Ailes, then at NBC, offered her an extra $100 a week if she agreed to have sex with him whenever he asked), and for being the target of a campaign, by Fox News and others in conservative media, to discredit Sherman's reporting. At the end of the Wrap Q&A, reporter L.A. Ross asks Sherman if he has received any offers from studios or production companies about turning his book into a movie. "'s too early to talk about that, but I think Ailes is an incredibly cinematic character, and would find a natural home on the big screen," Sherman replied. When pressed further, he simply said, "No comment." The idea of a Hollywood epic chronicling the saga of Ailes was intriguing, ...
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Justin Bieber Home Investigation: No Egging Evidence Found
The Hollywood Gossip - about 3 years
Justin Bieber was arrested for one crime last Thursday. But will he get away with another? On the heels of his DUI arrest, the singer finally received some good news over the weekend: According to TMZ insiders, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department sifted through various items it confiscated from Bieber's home... and did not find any evidence linking Justin to the alleged egging of his neighbor's home from earlier this month. Days after the incident supposedly took place, authorities executed a search warrant, sending multiple police cruisers to Bieber's Calabasas mansion in order to collect the artist's cell phone and some surveillance video. They hoped to find text messages Bieber sent bragging about the egg hurling and/or footage from Justin's own security cameras that would have depicted this criminal act. But they have come away empty-handed. Bieber's neighbor claims the superstar tossed at least 20 eggs against his home a few weeks ago, causing ...
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'The Larry Sanders Show': The 'Breaking Bad' of Sitcoms
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The week that Breaking Bad finishes, it seems fitting (or the lowest form of hack opportunism to publish an article I've had marinating for months) to reappraise a show as revolutionary, allegorical and morally nebulous in a different genre. The Larry Sanders Show, which ran on HBO for six series from 1992 to 1998, is a fictional chatshow-within-a-show that interlaces behind-the-scenes chaos with snippets of the chatshow itself. It is, in my opinion, the Great American Sitcom, a sharp, dark, complicated exploration of quintessentially American ambition, an infinite hall of cracked mirrors, a recursion between the chatshow and the sitcom as half-evolving, half-monolithic forms. Its roll call of celebrity cameos is almost preposterously impressive (Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, David Duchovny, Adam Sandler, Burt Reynolds, Jennifer Aniston, Helen Hunt, David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Danny DeVito, Sharon Stone, Sarah Jessica Parker, Vince Vaughn, Jeff Goldblum, Ben Stiller, Winona ...
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Rob Hiaasen: Mugging for the Camera
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Smile -- you've been arrested. Never before in the sensational annals of mug shots have these snapshots of the naked human condition been so chronicled, popular and shared. A cottage industry -- no, an entire hotel chain has sprung up of websites dedicated to exhibiting us in our less-than-finest hours. Once for law enforcement eyes only, these human car wrecks, these prom pictures from hell, have become irresistibly public. During a recent lull in brain activity, I spent an hour scanning sites of the hottest, weepiest, scariest, saddest, most tattooed, topless, grinning, bug-eyed, one-eyed, cloudy-eyed, toothy, toothless and half-shaved newest members of our criminal justice system. I've never felt so law-abiding and so grateful I shave my whole face. On one site, I saw a young woman with "God" tattooed on her forehead. Another citizen has "I Ate Your Soul" branded on his chest. There's a cross-dressing wedding bride and another guy with seemingly two scarred f ...
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Network Awesome: Swords, Beasts and Boobs Equal Success
Huffington Post - over 4 years
By Brian Correia Part of the Network Awesome Salute to Conan The Barbarian The other day, I was talking to my day job boss about pets. They apparently shelter rats at the ASPCA, so we were considering the ridiculous prospect of domesticating these animals. This opened up the conversation to the virtues (mostly the lack thereof, we supposed) of keeping other kinds of rodents as pets. Sooner or later, we inevitably came to ferrets. Now, I'm an '80s baby, but a late-'80s baby. This leaves me more or less bankrupt in the '80s nostalgia department (1). So you can imagine my confusion when my boss brought up the movie that, if you were the right age in 1982, very well may have already crept into your mind at the mention of ferrets: Beastmaster, which I admitted to not having had the pleasure of seeing. Our conversation completely shifted gears as she rattled off a bunch of '80s movies; an impromptu film buff litmus test of '80s movies. She was horrified. I hadn't seen one of t ...
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“Keep the Lights On”: A gay breakthrough, and a great movie - over 4 years
When we first meet Erik (Danish actor Thure Lindhardt), the New York documentary filmmaker at the center of Ira Sachs' gripping relationship drama "Keep the Lights On," he's got his hand down his pants and is describing himself to a stranger on a phone-sex line. (It's 1998, so yes, such things still exist.) What he says is pretty accurate -- 5-foot-11, blond and handsome, "masculine" -- although we never get to confirm the "six-and-a-half inches, uncut" part. While "Keep the Lights On" is plenty explicit on the subject of gay sexuality, it’s not an NC-17 picture and has relatively little nudity. That's quite an introduction to a character, especially considering that Erik is evidently based on Sachs himself, an indie-film stalwart best known for the 2005 Sundance prizewinner "Forty Shades of Blue" -- in which Rip Torn delivered a memorable performance as a Memphis music producer based on Sachs’ father. As the filmmaker discussed in a recent New York Times interview, while he has lived ...
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'Men in Black 3': Pros And Cons
Moviefone Blog - almost 5 years
This weekend, "Men in Black 3" finds Will Smith donning the Ray Bans once again for another intergalactic adventure as Agent J. In the threequel, J must travel back to the year 1969 to prevent the assassination of his partner, Agent K. With the Apollo 11 mission looming in the background, J works alongside a much younger -- but still surly -- K (Josh Brolin) to ensure that the timeline remains unchanged. It's been ten years since we last saw the MIB, and that cinematic outing was poorly received. Despite the new installment's well-documented script problems can the new flick follow suit? Let's find out in this week's Pro-Con. (MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW) PRO: It's better than "Men in Black II" The second movie was one of the most unnecessary, forgettable and humorless viewing experiences ever. This is a much more harmless attempt at a sequel. CON: That's not saying much Number three isn't awful, but it isn't very good either. It would be a perfectly acceptable way to waste ...
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Nine Revealing New Stills From MEN IN BLACK 3
Comic Book Movie - almost 5 years
In Men in Black 3, Agents J (Will Smith) and K (Tommy Lee Jones) are back… in time. J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men in Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when K’s life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that K never told him — secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Josh Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind. STARRING: Will Smith as Agent J Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K Josh Brolin as Young Agent K Rip Torn as Chief Zed Emma Thompson as Agent O Alice Eve as Young Agent O Nicole Scherzinger as
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John Farr: On His 75th Birthday, The Best Jack Nicholson Movies of All Time
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Jack Nicholson's own story rivals any of his films. Born in New York City, he grew up in New Jersey. He grew up thinking his grandparents were his parents, and his mother, his older sister. When years later, he learned the truth, he realized he had no clue who his real father was, and he decided he was not all that curious to find out. He'd already carved out a path for himself. But getting there wasn't all that easy. When he first got to Hollywood in the late fifties with a dream to make a living in the movies, Jack was not an immediate hit. For a time he was an assistant at Hanna-Barbera, and actually showed promise as an animator. But drawing cartoons wasn't his reason for being out there. So he quit. He then worked with B-movie king Roger Corman on-and-off for several years, appearing in such cult items as The Little Shop Of Horrors (1960) and The Raven (1963). By the late sixties though, he still had not hit pay dirt as a screen actor, and was gradu ...
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Movie review 'The Afterlight': loss and alienation in farm country - The Seattle Times
Google News - over 5 years
'The Afterlight,' with Michael Kelly, Jicky Schnee, Ana Asensio, Morgan Taddeo, Rip Torn. Written and directed by Alexei Kaleina and Craig Macneill. 87 minutes. Not rated. Grand Illusion, through Thursday
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“Hey Now” - A.V. Club (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
At the 1993 Emmys, it received six nominations, sometimes two in one category: Rip Torn and Jeffrey Tambor for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series. Dana Carvey and Carol Burnett earned nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor/Actress In A
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Rashida Jones Can't Stop Talking About Her Kiss With Zooey Deschanel - The Frisky (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
A few days later, she told GQ, “I feel like I've come a long way from my first job, when I had to get mouth-to-mouth resuscitation from Rip Torn.” Earlier this week, she told VH1 News, “The boys were so giggly on set…they loved it!
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rip Torn
  • 2015
    Age 84
    In 2015 he reprised his role as Zed in a Men in Black safety video for Air New Zealand.
    More Details Hide Details Torn has been married three times and has six children.
  • 2011
    Age 80
    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 79
    On December 14, 2010, Torn pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, criminal mischief and the illegal carrying of a firearm, and was given a two–and–a–half–year suspended jail sentence, and three years probation.
    More Details Hide Details Appearing as an interview subject in Studs Terkel's 1974 oral-history book Working, Torn confessed, "I have certain flaws in my make-up. Something called irascibility. I get angry easily. I get saddened by things easily." While filming Maidstone (1970), Torn struck director and star Norman Mailer in the head with a hammer. With the camera rolling, Mailer bit Torn's ear and they wrestled to the ground. The fight continued until it was broken up by cast and crew members. The fight is featured in the film. Although the scene may have been planned by Torn, the blood shed by both actors was real, and Torn was reportedly outraged by Mailer's direction. In 1994, he filed a defamation lawsuit against Dennis Hopper over a story Hopper told on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Hopper claimed that Torn pulled a knife on him during pre-production of the film Easy Rider (1969).
    As a condition of his release, Torn had to be evaluated for substance abuse. On August 11, 2010, Torn was denied special probation, which would have allowed his name to be cleared of charges.
    More Details Hide Details The judge in the case cited Torn's history of alcohol abuse and the possession of a loaded weapon while intoxicated, which carries a minimum one–year sentence.
    On January 29, 2010, he was arrested after breaking into a Litchfield Bancorp branch office in Lakeville, Connecticut, where he maintains a residence.
    More Details Hide Details He was charged with carrying a firearm without a permit, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, first-degree burglary, second-degree criminal trespassing and third-degree criminal mischief. The Connecticut State Police said Torn broke into the bank thinking it was his home. At his court appearance his attorney told the judge his client needed help with alcohol abuse and that he could start treatment immediately in New York state. Torn was released on $100,000 bail.
    Torn voiced the character of Hephaestus in the 2010 video game, God of War III.
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    Torn's character was reportedly killed off as a direct result of his 2010 arrest, though Tina Fey denied this in a DVD commentary.
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  • 2007
    Age 76
    In 2007 and 2008, he made 5 guest appearances on 30 Rock as the fictional Chief Executive Officer of General Electric, Don Geiss.
    More Details Hide Details He was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, but lost to Tim Conway, who guest starred in the same sitcom.
  • 1997
    Age 66
    In his last Broadway appearance in 1997, Torn portrayed Will Kidder in The Young Man from Atlanta.
    More Details Hide Details Torn made his feature Off Broadway acting debut as Eben Cabot in the play Desire Under the Elms, followed by Peter in The Kitchen at the 81st Street Theatre. His third Off Broadway role was Marion-Faye-A-Pimp in The Deer Park, for which he won the 1967 Obie Award for Distinguished Performance. He performed at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in the play Dream of a Blacklisted Actor, and later in the Joseph Papp Public Theater's Anspacher Theater as William McLeod in Barbary Shore. He last acted Off Broadway at the American Place Theatre as Henry Hackamore in the play Seduced.
    Men in Black, a 1997 hit film starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, featured Torn as their boss.
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  • 1996
    Age 65
    He was a Naval officer presiding over a wager in the Kelsey Grammer submarine comedy Down Periscope in 1996.
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  • 1993
    Age 62
    In 1993, Torn portrayed the OCP CEO in RoboCop 3, then opposite Tantoo Cardinal in Where the Rivers Flow North.
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  • 1991
    Age 60
    In 1991, he portrayed Albert Brooks' character's celestial defense attorney in Defending Your Life.
    More Details Hide Details He was a jeweler who murdered his own nephew to steal a winning lottery ticket in an episode of Columbo that year on TV, "Death Hits the Jackpot."
  • 1990
    Age 59
    In 1990, he portrayed Colonel Fargo in By Dawn's Early Light, a film from HBO about a fictional world war.
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  • 1989
    Age 58
    Torn married actress Amy Wright in 1989.
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  • 1988
    Age 57
    Goldberg was backed by the studio, who also allowed her to replace Torn's chosen DP, veteran cinematographer John Alonzo, with her then-husband. As a result of the power struggle, Torn, Southern, and Nilsson cut their own version of the film, using the takes that adhered to the script and this was screened at the Sundance Film Festival, but the studio put together a rival version using other takes and it was poorly reviewed when it premiered in January 1988.
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    In 1988, he ventured into directing with The Telephone.
    More Details Hide Details The screenplay was written by Terry Southern and Harry Nilsson and the film was produced by their company Hawkeye. The story, which focused on an unhinged, out-of-work actor, had been written with Robin Williams in mind. After he turned it down, Whoopi Goldberg expressed a strong interest, but when production began, Torn reportedly had to contend with Goldberg constantly digressing and improvising and he had to plead with her to perform takes that stuck to the script.
  • 1985
    Age 54
    He co-starred with John Candy as a man who helps a tourist win a sailboat race in the 1985 comedy Summer Rental.
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  • 1982
    Age 51
    In 1982, Torn played a role as a holy man in the sword-and-sorcery movie The Beastmaster.
    More Details Hide Details He also co-starred in Jinxed!, a comedy with Bette Midler, and appeared as an airline executive in Airplane II: The Sequel.
  • 1979
    Age 48
    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.
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  • 1975
    Age 44
    He co-starred with singer David Bowie in a 1975 science-fiction film, The Man Who Fell to Earth.
    More Details Hide Details Torn received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his role in 1983's Cross Creek as a poor neighbor of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in the orange groves of Florida.
  • 1972
    Age 41
    In 1972, Torn won rave reviews for his portrayal of a country & western singer in the cult film Payday.
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  • 1968
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He next directed The Honest-to-God Schnozzia at the Gramercy Arts Theater, followed by Strindberg's Creditors and The Stronger – in which he acted beside his wife at the time, Geraldine Page and his future wife, Pasha Dabiri – for the Joseph Papp Public Theater. Torn and Page also co-produced that production, and had previously presented the two plays along with Miss Julie at the off-off-Broadway Hudson Guild Theatre the year before. From 1992 to 1998, Torn portrayed Artie in The Larry Sanders Show. For his work, Torn received 6 consecutive Emmy award nominations as Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and won the award once (1996). Torn was the only actor in the series who won an Emmy Award for his work. Other than the Emmys, he received two American Comedy Awards nominations for Funniest Male Performance in a Series, winning once, and two CableACE Awards for his work on the series.
  • 1965
    Age 34
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On television that year, Torn portrayed Colonel Royce in the episode "The Lorelei" of 12 O-Clock High. Since then, he has been a character actor in numerous films (see Filmography below). The part of George Hanson in Easy Rider was written for Torn by Terry Southern, 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 (see On-Set Conflicts section below). Jack Nicholson played Hanson instead in a career-launching performance.
  • 1964
    Age 33
    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.
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  • 1963
    Age 32
    In 1963, Torn married Geraldine Page, and they remained married until her death in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details They had a daughter, actress Angelica Page, and twin sons: actor Tony Torn, Jon Torn (an assistant professor of Electronic Media and Film at Northern Arizona University). Torn apparently delighted in the fact that the doorbell of their New York townhouse read Torn Page.
  • 1961
    Age 30
    After portraying Judas, betrayer of Jesus, in 1961's epic film King of Kings, Torn appeared as a graduate student with multiple degrees in 1963's television series Channing, and as Roy Kendall in the Breaking Point episode "Millions of Faces."
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  • 1959
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He returned next in 1962 in the play Daughter of Silence as Carlo, following that with a role in the 1963 production of Strange Interlude. In 1964, he played Lyle Britten in Blues for Mister Charlie, and four years later he was Roberto in The Cuban Thing for its only performance on September 24, 1968. In 1971, he portrayed Edgar in Dance of Death, and directed his first Broadway play in 1973: Look Away. In 1975, he portrayed the Son in the Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie and 5 years later, portrayed Don in Mixed Couples. For 13 years, Torn was absent from Broadway, but returned in 1993 to portray Chris Christopherson in Anna Christie.
  • 1957
    Age 26
    In 1957, he starred as incarcerated Steve Morgan in the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "Number Twenty-Two," and on the same series in 1961 he played a recently released prisoner, Ernie Walters, in the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "The Kiss-Off."
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    In 1957, Torn portrayed Jody in an early episode of The Restless Gun.
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  • 1956
    Age 25
    His first marriage to actress Ann Wedgeworth lasted from 1956 to 1961.
    More Details Hide Details They had a daughter.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Torn then studied at the Actors Studio in New York under Lee Strasberg, becoming a prolific stage actor, appearing in the original cast of Tennessee Williams' play Sweet Bird of Youth, and reprising the role in the film and television adaptations. While in New York, Torn introduced his cousin Sissy Spacek to the entertainment business, and helped her enroll in the Actors Studio. One of Torn's earliest roles was in Pork Chop Hill, portraying the brother-in-law of Gregory Peck's character. He also had an uncredited role in A Face in the Crowd as Barry Mills.
  • 1931
    Age 0
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The family is of German, Austrian, and Czech/Moravian ancestry. The nickname "Rip" is a family tradition in the Torn family. Torn was a member of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets, although he graduated from the University of Texas, and was a member of the Alpha Nu chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity. After graduation, he served in the Military Police in the United States Army.
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