Rip Torn Biography

Birthday: 1931-02-06
Place of Birth: Temple, Texas USA
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Wiki Biography: Rip Torn was born Elmore Rual Torn, Jr. on February 6, 1931 in Temple, Texas. "Rip" is a family name, taken by generations of Torn men and bestowed on Elmore by his father, who was also called "Rip". Torn attended Texas A & M and the University of Texas, where he majored in animal husbandry. Extremely naive when he was young, Torn hitchhiked to Hollywood with the idea of becoming a movie star; he wanted to make enough money in order to buy a ranch. Success did not come overnight, as he had hoped, and Torn had to work many odd jobs while occasionally being cast in television roles. He made his feature film debut in Elia Kazan's Baby Doll (1956) in a small part. Serious about learning his craft, he moved to New York City where he studied under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. Torn also studied dance with Martha Graham. His serious acting career began on the small screen, where he made a name for himself in the Golden Age of Television; between 1957 and 1960, he appeared regularly on such prestigious live shows as "Omnibus" (1952) and "Playhouse 90" (1956). Torn made his Broadway debut in Kazan's staging of Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth" on March 10, 1959, in support of Paul Newman, Sidney Blackmer and Geraldine Page, who would become his second wife. The play was a hit, closing on January 30, 1960 after 375 performances. He won a 1960 Tony Award nomination as Best Featured Actor in a Play and a Theater World award for his role as "Tom, Jr.", a role he recreated in the 1962 film. (Torn also starred as "Boss Finley" in a later television adaptation of the play). Torn earned a reputation as an actor's actor on stage, both Broadway and off-Broadway, as well as on screen. He continues to work in the New York theater despite his demanding TV and movie schedule as both an actor and director. He has won two Obie awards for his work off-Broadway, for Distinguished Performance in Norman Mailer's "The Deer Park" (for the 1966-1967 season), and for Distinguished Direction for "The Beard" (1967-1968). He has his own stage company, and directed his daughter Angelica Page(by Geraldine Page) in John Paul Alexander's "Strangers in the Land of Canaan" at the Actors Studio. Torn made his feature film directorial debut with The Telephone (1988). He has constantly been in demand as a character actor, in supporting, second lead and occasional lead roles. His best performance on film came in Payday (1973), and he was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for Cross Creek (1983). Most of Torn's roles have been in drama, though he is adept in comedy. His role in Albert Brooks' comedy Defending Your Life (1991) led to his being cast in "The Larry Sanders Show" (1992), on which he played talk show producer "Artie". Torn won six consecutive Emmy nominations for the role, winning once for Best Supporting Actor in a comedy series in 1996. Rip Torn was married to actress Ann Wedgeworth from 1956 to 1961, whom he divorced to marry Geraldine Page. They remained married until her death in 1987. Torn helped his cousin, Oscar-winner Sissy Spacek, to make her way as an actress, seeing to it that she was accepted by the Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio and then the Lee Strasberg Institute.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Kraft Television Theatre Somers 1947 - 1958
Alcoa Hour 1955 Drama
Tropic Of Cancer Henry Miller 1970 Drama
Coma Dr. George 1978 Drama
Larry Sanders Show Arthur 1992 Comedy
Men In Black Chief Agent Zed 1997 Comedy
The Larry Sanders Show Arthur 1998 Comedy
The Insiders John Scanlon 1999 Drama
Zoom Larraby 2006 Action
Bij Yerli Colonel Fargo 2008
The Insider John Scanlon 2016 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Nine Hundred Nights 0000
Pork Chop Hill 1959 0, 0
The Cincinnati Kid 1965 Drama
You're a Big Boy Now I.H. Chanticleer 1966
Beach Red 1968 Drama
Maidstone 1970
Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan 1975 Drama
The Man Who Fell to Earth Nathan Bryce 1976 0, Sport
The Seduction of Joe Tynan 1979 Drama
One-Trick Pony 1980 Drama
The Beastmaster Maax 1982
A Stranger Is Watching 1982 Crime, Horror, Thriller
Airplane II: The Sequel Bud Kruger 1982 Comedy, Romance, Sci Fi
Hercules Zeus 1983 0, 0
Jinxed! 1983 Comedy
Cross Creek Marsh Turner 1983 Drama
City Heat Primo Pitt 1984 0, 0, Comedy
Songwriter Dino McLeish 1984 Drama, Music
Beer Buzz Beckerman 1985
Summer Rental Scully 1985 Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Extreme Prejudice Sheriff Hank Pearson 1987 Action, Crime, Drama
Nadine 1987 Comedy
Sweet Bird of Youth Thomas 'Tom' J. Finley, Jr. 1989
Hit List Vic Luca 1989 Thriller, Action
Cold Feet Sheriff 1989 Comedy
Silence Like Glass Dr. Markowitz 1990 Drama
Defending Your Life Bob Diamond 1991 0, 0, Biography
Dolly Dearest Karl Resnick 1992
Beyond The Law 1992 Game Show, 0, 0
Beautiful Dreamers Walt Whitman 1992 Drama
RoboCop 3 The CEO 1993 0, Comedy, Sport, Game Show
Where the Rivers Flow North Noel Lord 1994 Drama
Canadian Bacon General Dick Panzer 1995 0
How to Make an American Quilt 1995 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Down Periscope 1996
Men in Black Chief Agent Zed 1997 0, 0
Trial and Error 1997 Comedy, Romance
The Mouse Trucker 'God' 1997 Comedy
Senseless Randall Tyson 1998 Comedy, Romance
The Almost Perfect Bank Robbery 1999 0
Passing Glory 1999 Drama, Sport
The Insider John Scanlon 1999 Drama, Thriller
Wonder Boys 2000 0
Freddy Got Fingered Jim Brody 2001 Comedy
Men in Black II Zed 2002 0, 0
Rolling Kansas 2003
Maniac Magee 2003 Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Welcome to Mooseport Bert Langdon 2004 Comedy, Romance
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Patches O'Houlihan 2004 Comedy, Sport
Love Object 2004 Comedy, Drama, Horror
Eulogy 2005 Comedy, Drama
Forty Shades of Blue 2005 Drama, Music, Romance
Zoom Larraby 2006 0, Sport, 0
Marie Antoinette Louis XV 2006 Drama, History
Turn the River 2007
Three Days to Vegas Joe Wallace 2007 Comedy, Romance
Coma Dr. George 2007
Bee Movie Lou Lo Duca 2007 Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The Golden Boys Capt. Jeremiah Burgess 2007 Comedy, Romance
Lucky Days Bobo 2008 Drama, Romance
The Sisters Dr. Chebrin 2008 Drama
August David Sterling 2009 Drama
Happy Tears Joe 2010
American cowslip 2010
The Afterlight Carl 2010 Drama
The Legend of Awesomest Maximus King Looney 2011 Comedy
3 Weeks to Daytona Sal 2011 Drama