Actor Rip Torn has died, aged 88
He memorably played Patches O'Houlihan in Dodgeball among many other roles.
Actor Rip Torn, who received Oscar and Tony nominations as well as an Emmy Award, has died at the age of 88.
Torn's publicist confirmed that the actor passed away on Tuesday afternoon at his home with his wife, actor Amy Wright, and daughters by his side. No cause of death was given.
For many, Torn will be more memorably known for his comedy roles in the likes of Men in Black, The Larry Sanders Show (for which he won an Emmy), Canadian Bacon, Down Periscope, 30 Rock, and Dodgeball.
Torn has been a constant presence on stage and screen since the mid-1950s and he was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1984 for his role in Martin Ritt’s Cross Creek.
As for some of his other film roles, he also starred in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, The Cincinnati Kid, Airplane II, Heartland, and many more.
Comedy legend Albert Brooks was just one of the many people that paid tribute to Torn's talent.
R.I.P Rip Torn. He was so great in Defending Your Life. I'll miss you Rip, you were a true original.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) July 10, 2019
Rip Torn always made me laugh. Artie and Bob Diamond were two utterly unforgettable characters.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) July 10, 2019
Looking back on decades of Rip Torn's work and can't think of a single performance that could have been bettered by another actor. One of a kind. RIP.
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) July 10, 2019
pouring out a salty dog for Rip Torn pic.twitter.com/rxUWnk5U48
— Miles Klee (@MilesKlee) July 10, 2019
Rip Torn, in my heart from Men in Black and as the voice of Zeus in Disney’s Hercules, was great constantly. What a body of work. RIP to a real one pic.twitter.com/VaTz1E05X3
— Jacob Oller (@JacobOller) July 10, 2019