Rip Torn - Details


RIP TORN has distinguished himself as a versatile and respected actor of stage, film and television. His uproarious portrayal of "Artie," the ascorbic talk show producer on Garry Shandling's hit comedy series "The Larry Sanders Show" garnered him an Emmy, six consecutive Emmy nominations, two CableACE Awards and the American Comedy Award. It is a portrayal that won recognition film TV Guide as one of the three dozen most memorable performances in the history of television.

Torn made his feature debut in 1956 "Baby Doll" and went on to perform in film classics such as "Sweet Bird of Yourth, The Cincinnati Kid, Payday, Heartland," and "Cross Creek" for which he had received an Academy Award nomination. More recently Torn has appeared in "The Insider," Men In Black, Disney's Hercules and Albert Brooks' hit comedy "Defending Your Life."

Torn has also been a force of excellence and innovation in New York theater for over three decades as actor, director and producer. His numerous theatrical accolades date back to his portrayal of Brick in the Broadway adaptation of "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof," as well as for Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie." A career-long member of Actors Studio, Torn has received three Obie Awards, including one for his performance in Norman Mailer's Deer Park," and another for his directing of "The Beard." His recently return to Broadway in Horton Fonte's "The Young Man From Atlanta," earned him rave reviews. Torn is also the founder of Santuary Theater, a New York-based stage production company.


  • 6th February 1931 - Birth