America’s celebrated Emmy-winning actor, Rip Torn, known for his roles in “Men in Black” and “The Larry Sanders Show,” has died aged 88.
His publicist, Rick Miramontez, confirmed Torn died Tuesday afternoon at his home with his wife, actor Amy Wright, and daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page by his side. No cause of death was given.
A character actor with a seven-decade career, he won an Emmy in 1996 for playing Artie, Sanders’ irascible producer, in Garry Shandling‘s sitcom.
His sole Oscar nomination came for 1983 drama Cross Creek.
His secret weapon was to “Play drama as comedy and comedy as drama,” Miramontez recalled the star once saying.
Torn appeared on Broadway 10 times, making his debut in Tennessee Williams’ “Sweet Bird of Youth” in 1959. He earned a Tony Award nomination in 1960 for his performance. He also received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor for his role as Marsh Turner in the 1983 film “Cross Creek.”
Perhaps his most memorable role was as producer Artie on HBO’s “The Larry Sanders Show,” which earned him six consecutive Emmy nominations and a win for best supporting actor in a comedy series.
Following his success on the show, Torn was cast in several movies including 1997’s “Men in Black,” starring opposite Will Smith who posted a tribute to the fallen star Tuesday.
Torn was married three times, all to fellow actors: Ann Wedgeworth (between 1956 and their divorce in 1961); Geraldine Page, who he met when they worked together on Sweet Bird of Youth (between 1963 and her death in 1987), and Amy Wright, who survives him after their marriage in 1989.
Torn is survived by six children, among them the successful stage actor Angelica Page, four grandchildren, his wife, Amy Wright, and sister Patricia Alexander.