Rip Torn

A photo of Rip Torn taken early in his acting career.

Born in Temple TX in 1931, Elmore Rual Torn Jr was the son of "Tiger" Torn Sr. and Thelma Mary (Spacek) Torn (aunt of Sissy Spacek). His nickname Rip was a traditional family nickname.

Rip studied acting at the University of Texas in Austin and went on to be an MP in the Army. After the Army, he moved to Hollywood and in 1956 had a part in his first movie, "Baby Doll."

Moving to New York, he began his stage career - studying at the Actors Studio. (While he was there, he helped his cousin Sissy enroll at the Actors Studio.)

A very long career on stage, in films, and on television followed. (Remember him as "Zed" in Men in Black?) But many conflicts were also involved - he, himself, said: ""I have certain flaws in my make-up. Something called irascibility. I get angry easily. I get saddened by things easily." These conflicts went beyond just the set - in 2010 he was arrested in Lakeport CT (his hometown) for trying to break into a bank while intoxicated and carrying a gun (he claimed that he thought it was his house). He plead guilty and was sentenced to 3 yrs probation.

Rip may have had some personal demons, but his talent provided us all with many hours of entertainment (and often laughter). He died at home at the age of 88, survived by his wife, 6 children (from 3 marriages), 4 grandchildren, and his sister.

RIP Elmore Rual Torn Jr.
Date & Place: Unknown
Feb 6, 1931 - Jul 9, 2019

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RIP Elmore Rual Torn Jr - actor Rip Torn.
Jul 10, 2019 · Reply
Lisa Bylsma Arata
He looked like that?
Jul 10, 2019 · Reply
When he began acting, he was supposed to be another heartthrob like Marlon Brando . . .
Jul 10, 2019 ·
Jan Wesley Jackson
Oh my gosh, youth is beautiful... What a handsome young man he was..
Jul 10, 2019 · Reply
Roxanne Rapatz
Jan Wesley Jackson, I was thinking the same thing.
Jul 10, 2019 ·
Brenda Mccreight Warren
Handsome , Rest in peace
Jul 10, 2019 · Reply
Dolly Collins Cohoon
Egads what age does to you......handsome young man.
Jul 10, 2019 · Reply
Linda Virtue
He was married to Geraldine Page. On their mailbox they put Torn Page.
Jul 10, 2019 · Reply
Brenda Cantillano
He was so handsome, Rest in Peace Rip...
Jul 10, 2019 · Reply
Maria Peice
I always loved his name!
Jul 10, 2019 · Reply
And his Dad was "Tiger" - Rip is a family tradition . . .
Jul 10, 2019 ·
Greg Silcox
Is it like Peter O' Toole
Jul 10, 2019 ·
Wynonah Cousin
AncientFaces “Maximilian” by one source
Jul 10, 2019 ·
Wynonah Cousin
“R.I.P.” Torn
What a wonderful pseudonym
Jul 10, 2019 · Reply
Dave Salvatore Dimambro
Co starred with David Bowie and Candy Clarke in the man who fell to earth
Jul 10, 2019 · Reply
Betty Burton
Rip sir.
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Trudie Cruey
he was an excellent actor
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Sonja Johnson Swift
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Donna Souza Wilcox
Wow be was handsome back then. RIP
Jul 10, 2019 · Reply
Candace E Young
May he be at peace
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Nancy Thompson
Loved him, what a wonderful talented man.
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Breanne Bennett
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KellieAnne Foreman
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He was a crazy bastard, and i say that with love
Jul 10, 2019 · Reply
Becky Kelly
RIP. God Bless his family in Jesus Wonderful name Amen Jesus to this Hallelujah.
Jul 10, 2019 · Reply
Maricela Gamez-Elizondo
Sad, sad, sad!...He was married to Geraldine Page...Not a men in black at all, but a shinging actor!
Jul 10, 2019 · Reply
Michelle Mc Court
Wowza 😉
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Terri Allen
Rest in peace
Jul 10, 2019 · Reply
Kim Ingersoll
? that's him? I never saw a photo of him when he was young, wow
Jul 10, 2019 · Reply
Fran Portnoy
Ah, RIP ...
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Timothy J T Hanson
I had no idea he ever looked like that! Beautiful man. RIP
Jul 10, 2019 · Reply
Ed Le Roy
Rip Torn, Chill Wills, Slim Pickens. Loved ‘em all.
Jul 10, 2019 · Reply
Dawn Rae Miller Jansen
Zach Jansen...hottie
Jul 10, 2019 · Reply
Marilyn O'Kelley-Johnston
I did not know he passed...😢
Jul 10, 2019 · Reply
Melinda Maurey
RIP, Rip.
Jul 10, 2019 · Reply
Mary Crestani Silantyev
Very handsome then but I feel he must have led a rough existence to look so rough around the edges as he grew older.
Jul 11, 2019 · Reply
Helene Marie Thian
Rip Torn! Wow. So good looking in this image!
Jul 11, 2019 · Reply
Hazel Curry
. . . and, did you know that Sally Fields was his step-daughter?
Jul 11, 2019 · Reply
Chuck Frances
He was a nut bag, totally wasted time anytime I had to watch him . . . .
Jul 11, 2019 · Reply
Carolyn Hoyt
Rest in Peace.
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Gloria Rodas
Rip... R.I.P.
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Debby Sprouse Abad
Very handsome as a young man.
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