Actor Rip Torn, known for role in movies like Cross Creek and Men in Black, died at the age of 88


Torn died Tuesday in Lakeville, the American press quotes the actor’s agent.

The actor, on his real name Elmore Rual Torn Jr., starred in movies, TV series, and drama in “Sweet Bird of Youth” and “Anna Christie” shows.

Especially for most of the actors who arrive in New York scenes before starting a cinematic career, Torn arrived in Hollywood after graduation. He made his debut on the big screen in Elia Kazan’s “Baby Doll” (1956), then co-starred with the same director for “A Face in the Crowd.” The actor headed to New York later, where he studied dance and acting with Lee Strasberg at Actors Studio, where he also took Sissy Spacek’s cousin.

For his first appearance on Broadway – a side role in Kazan’s “Sweet Bird of Youth” show, after Tennessee Williams – he received a Tony nomination in 1960. Later, he replaced Paul Newman in the lead role. Together with Newman and Geraldine Page (who became his wife in 1963), he resumed his character in film adaptation launched in 1962.

He became famous for his roles in the 1950s TV shows “Omnibus”, “Playhouse 90” and “The United States Steel Hour”.

He continued to work in the theater and starred alongside Gregory Peck in Pork Chop Hill (1959) and Nicholas Ray’s “King of Kings” (1961).

Outside Broadway, he debuted in Eugene O’Neill’s “Desire Under the Elms,” and in 1967 he won an Obie Award for his role in Norman Mailer’s Deer Park.

He should have played in “Easy Rider”, but his strange whims and behavior in the past on the shooting platforms made him miss the show.

The actor was nominated for Oscar in 1984 for Martin Ritt’s “Cross Creek” secondary role.

He played historical characters such as Walt Whitman and Kit Carson, as well as three US presidents – Lyndon Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, and Richard Nixon – and played for six years in “The Larry Sanders Show” since 1992. followed in 1996 by an Emmy Award. For the roles in “The Atlanta Child Murders” and “Chicago Hope”, he was also nominated for Emmy.

Rip Torn directed a film – in 1988, “The Telephone” was released, with Whoopi Goldberg’s lead role – and several theater performances.

Before Geraldine Page, who was married until 1987, when she died, and with whom he had three children, Torn was married to Ann Wedgeworth with whom he had a child. With Amy Wright, his third wife, the actor had two children.


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