Rip Torn, who earned Oscar and Tony nominations as well as an Emmy Award and two Obies, has reportedly died as the age of 88. The star known for his role as Zed in ‘Men in Black’ movies and also his brilliant turn as Artie the producer on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show, died on Tuesday in Lakeville Conn, his representative confirmed.
The multiple award winner was nominated for a supporting-actor Oscar in 1984 for his work as a father who confronts tragedy in Martin Ritt’s “Cross Creek,” among other success such as the “Men in Black” film series and HBO’s “The Larry Sanders Show”.
His representatives have released a statement saying: "Rip Torn, one of the leading stage actors of his generation and an Emmy Award-winner for his portrayal of the deliciously devious producer Artie on HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show," has died.
"Torn passed away peacefully this afternoon (Tuesday) at his home in Lakeville, Connecticut, at the age of 88 with his wife Amy Wright, and daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page by his side.
"His remarkable career on stage and screen spanned seven decades, ranging from an early career of dark, threatening roles to iconic comedic performances later in life.
"He once said, 'Play drama as comedy and comedy as drama'. He claimed this to be his secret weapon.
"Torn appeared on Broadway ten times, with his debut in Elia Kazan's staging of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth on March 10, 1959, alongside Paul Newman and Geraldine Page whom he would later marry. He earned a 1960 Tony Award nomination and won a Theater World award for his role as "Tom, Jr.", a role he recreated in the 1962 film.
"Rip Torn was married to actress Ann Wedgeworth with whom he had a daughter, Danae Torn. He later married actress Geraldine Page, and they had one daughter, Angelica Page, and twin sons, Tony and Jon Torn. He had two children with actress Amy Wright - Katie and Claire Torn.
"He is also survived by his sister Patricia Alexander and his four grandchildren: Elijah, Tana, Emeris and Hannah."