Actor Rip Torn dies at 88

Dodgeball’ & ‘Men In Black’ Actor Rip Torn Has Passed Away Aged 88

Award-winning television, film and theater actor Rip Torn has died at the age of 88, his publicist announced Tuesday, July 9, 2019.

The Oscar and Tony award nominee and Emmy victor died at his home surrounded by his wife and two daughters.

Torn had almost 200 film and television credits to his name at the time of his death.

Born Elmore Rual Torn Jr.in 1931, the celebrated actor's career spanned sixty years and included appearances on television, in films and in Broadway and off-Broadway theatrical productions.

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Cape Town - Men in Black actor Rip Torn has died at the age of 88.

His most recent Award recognition came when he was nominated for an Emmy in 2008 for his guest role as Don Geiss on "30 Rock." Additionally, he won two CableACE Awards and an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male in a Series. Rip is an Oscar-nominated actor who was up for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Cross Creek (1983).

He was also a political activist who joined James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte and other cultural and civil rights leaders for a frank and emotional 1963 meeting with then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy about the country's treatment of blacks. That success led him to diverse high profile film projects from Dodgeball and the Men In Black movies (where he played Agent Zed), to Curtis Hanson's Wonder Boys and Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette.

Torn is survived by six children, four grandchildren, his wife, Amy Wright, and sister Patricia Alexander.

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