The actor best known for his roles in Men in Black and the TV show ‘The Larry Sanders Show” died on Tuesday afternoon at his home in Lakeville, Connecticut. He is survived by his wife, Amy Wright, and daughters, Katie Torn and Angelica Page who were all by his side.
” Rip Torn always made me laugh. Artie and Bob Diamond were two utterly unforgettable characters. ”
Albert Brooks tweeted;
” R.I.P Rip Torn. He was so great in Defending Your Life. I’ll miss you Ril, you were a true original. ”
Alec Baldwin who worked with Rip on 30 Rock said;
” He was a deeply committed, phenomenal actor. See you down the road, Rip. You wonderful madman. ”
British author Neil Gaiman tweeted;
“ I met Rip Torn once, in 1990, on a movie location in NC. ‘You write science fiction?’ he said, teeth in a scary grin. ‘I was in BEASTMASTER’
Then he shook my hand and I ceased to exist for him. That was the start of Mr Wednesday in American Gods. RIP Rip. ”
With many credits to his name, Rip Torn had a very successful career in Hollywood. He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1984 for his role as Marsh Turner in Cross Creek. His role as Artie the producer on The Larry Sanders Show earned 6 Emmy nominations and won one in 1996. He also played Chief Zed in Men in Black in 1997.