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Rip Torn

Mostly Credited As: Rip Torn
Birth Name: Elmore Ruel Torn Jr.
Date Of Birth: February 06, 1931 (Age 83)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Temple, Texas
Height: 5' 10" (1.77 m)

Rip Torn


Sporting one of the great monikers in Hollywood history (who, having seen it in 1969, could ever forget a theater marquee with the words, "Coming Apart ... Rip Torn"?), this dynamic, chameleonlike character actor has enjoyed a lengthy career in motion pictures. As an ambitious young man, anticipating eventual success as an actor in Hollywood, Torn took employment in a variety of odd jobs during the mid 1950s before landing work on TV and in films (he made his film debut in 1956's Baby Doll. Intent on honing his skills, Torn moved to New York City shortly thereafter, where he studied at the Actors' Studio and appeared in many stage productions there. (Although he had the starring male role in "Sweet Bird of Youth" on Broadway, he lost out to Paul Newman for the 1962 movie, and played Tom Finley, Jr., instead; then, in the 1989 made-for-TV remake, he took the part of Boss Finley, Tom's father.) In movies, he has been often seen as twangy Southerners and dyspeptic authority figures (he also played Judas in 1961's King of Kings) and on TV he effectively played former President Richard Nixon in "Blind Ambition" (1977). Torn has frequently taken challenging leads in non-mainstream fare, such as Tropic of Cancer (1970, as Henry Miller), Payday (1973, his meatiest leading role on film, as a country singer), Heartland (1979, as a dour Scottish rancher in early 20th-century Wyoming), Jinxed! (1982, which some critics said he stole-in spite of playing a character who's dead through most of the proceed ings), and Cross Creek (1983), which earned him an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a backwoodsman. He also earned a niche in pop culture history as the man who quit the film Easy Riderpaving the way for Jack Nicholson's star-making role as a dropout lawyer. Torn has leapfrogged between B movies (1989's Hit List), mainstream features (1991's Defending Your Life), and independent productions (1992's Beautiful Dreamersas Walt Whitman). He made an inauspicious directing debut with the dreadful Whoopi Goldberg thriller The Telephone (1988). Torn achieved comic perfection with his wickedly funny portrayal of a TV producer on "The Larry Sanders Show" (1992- ). He has twice been married to actresses: Ann Wedgeworth and Geraldine Page. His cousin is Sissy Spacek.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Extreme Dodgeball (2004)As: Himself (Extreme Dodge Ball Commissioner)
Ghost Stories (US) (1997)As: The Narrator
The Larry Sanders Show (1992)As: Artie
North and South (US) (1985)As: Adolphus (Book 3)
Blind Ambition (1979)As: Richard M. Nixon
Episode Cast Credits 

30 Rock (2006) 
  Larry King 03x12: (Feb/26/2009) As Don Geiss 
  Reunion 03x05: (Dec/04/2008) As Don Geiss 
  Sandwich Day 02x14: (May/01/2008) As Don Geiss 
  Succession 02x13: (Apr/24/2008) As Don Geiss 

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001) 
  Bedfellows 06x05: (Oct/17/2006) As Jules Copeland, [Special Guest Stars]

The Lyon's Den (2003) 
  Pilot 01x01: (Sep/28/2003) As Senator Harlan M. Turner 
  The Fifth 01x13: (Unaired) As Senator Harlan M. Turner 
  Blood 01x09: (Unaired) As Senator Harlan M. Turner 

Will & Grace (1998) 
  Bacon And Eggs 05x02: (Oct/03/2002) As Lionel Banks 
  ...And the Horse He Rode In On 05x01: (Sep/26/2002) As Lionel Banks 
  A.I.: Artificial Insemination (2) 04x27: (May/16/2002) As Lionel Banks 
  A.I.: Artificial Insemination (1) 04x26: (May/16/2002) As Lionel Banks 

Soul Food (2000) 
  Ultimate Power 03x02: (Jul/03/2002) As Peter Redmond 

Disney's Hercules (1998) 
  Hercules (Jun/27/1997) Voiced  Zeus 

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 48th Annual Emmy Awards 48x01: (Sep/08/1996) As Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (for 'The Larry Sanders Show') 

Chicago Hope (1994) 
  Hello Goodbye 02x01: (Sep/18/1995) As Dr. Warren Shutt 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Rip Torn, Steve Buscemi, Dick Dale 01x22: (Oct/12/1993) As Himself 

Columbo (1971) 
  Death Hits the Jackpot 10x04: (Dec/15/1991) As Leon Lamarr 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  April Morning 37x04: (Apr/24/1988) As Solomon Chandler 
  Johnny Belinda 08x01: (Oct/13/1958) As Locky MacDonald 

The Eddie Capra Mysteries (1978) 
  The Intimate Friends of Janet Wilde 01x07: (Nov/10/1978) As Kilraine 

Most Wanted (1976) 
  The Dutchman 01x22: (Aug/20/1977) As Christian Van Wyck 

Ghost Story (1972) 
  Touch of Madness 01x11: (Dec/08/1972) As Jonathon 

Mannix (1967) 
  The Open Web 06x01: (Sep/17/1972) As Victor Roark 

Bonanza (1959) 
  Blind Hunch 13x09: (Nov/21/1971) As Will Hewitt 

Rawhide (1959) 
  Escort to Doom 08x05: (Oct/12/1965) As Jacob Yellow-Sun, [Special Guest Stars]

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964) 
  The Alexander the Greater Affair (1) 02x01: (Sep/17/1965) As Alexander 

Dr. Kildare (1961) 
  Exchange of Gifts 04x13: (Dec/24/1964) As John Burroughs 
  The Chemistry of Anger 01x29: (Apr/26/1962) As Dr. Nicholas Keefe 

Combat! (1962) 
  A Gift of Hope 03x11: (Dec/01/1964) As Avery, [Special Guest Stars]

Ben Casey (1961) 
  But Who Shall Beat the Drums? 04x03: (Sep/28/1964) As Paul Vrolic 

The Great Adventure (1963) 
  The Pathfinder 01x20: (Mar/06/1964) As John C. Fremont 

Breaking Point (US) (1963) 
  Millions of Faces 01x12: (Dec/09/1963) As Roy Kendall 

The Lieutenant (1963) 
  The Proud and the Angry 01x03: (Sep/28/1963) As Sgt. Karl Kasten 

Route 66 (1960) (1960) 
  Who Will Cheer My Bonnie Bride 03x29: (May/10/1963) As Alvah Clayborne 

The Untouchables (1959) (1959) 
  The Spoiler 04x23: (Mar/26/1963) As Johnny Mizo, [Special Guest Stars]
  The Masterpiece 02x14: (Jan/19/1961) As Harry Strauss aka Pittsburgh Phil, [Special Guest Stars]

The Dick Powell Show (1961) 
  Crazy Sunday 02x13: (Dec/18/1962) As unknown 

Naked City (1958) 
  A Case Study of Two Savages 03x18: (Feb/07/1962) As Ansel Boake, [Special Guest Stars]

Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) (1955) 
  The Kiss-Off 06x21: (Mar/07/1961) As Ernie Walters 
  Number Twenty-Two 02x21: (Feb/17/1957) As Steve Morgan 

Thriller (US) (1960) 
  The Purple Room 01x07: (Oct/25/1960) As Duncan Corey 

Playhouse 90 (1956) 
  The Tunnel 04x06: (Dec/10/1959) As Lt. Douty 
  Face of a Hero 03x13: (Jan/01/1959) As Harold Rutland, Jr. 
  Bomber's Moon 02x36: (May/22/1958) As Lt. Harrison 

Kraft Television Theatre (1947) (1947) 
  Eddie 11x17: (Jan/22/1958) As guest star 
  The Killer Instinct 10x52: (Sep/18/1957) As guest star 
  The Murder of a Sand Flea 10x04: (Oct/10/1956) As guest star 

Omnibus (US) (1952) 
  The Blue Hotel 05x08: (Nov/25/1956) As guest star 
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