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Rip Torn

Rip Torn was born Elmore Rual Torn, Jr. on February 6, 1931 in Temple, Texas. "Rip" is a family name, taken by generations of Torn men and bestowed on Elmore by his father, who was also called "Rip". Torn attended Texas A & M and the University of Texas, where he majored in animal husbandry. Extremely naive when he was young, Torn hitchhiked to Hollywood with the idea of becoming a movie star; he wanted to make enough money in order to buy a ranch. Success did not come overnight, as he had hoped, and Torn had to work many odd jobs while occasionally being cast in television roles. He made his feature film debut in Elia Kazan's Baby Doll in a small part.Serious about learning his craft, he moved to New York City where he studied under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. Torn also studied dance with Martha Graham. His serious acting career began on the small screen, where he made a name for himself in the Golden Age of Television; between 1957 and 1960, he appeared regularly on such prestigious live shows as Omnibus and Playhouse 90.Torn made his Broadway debut in Kazan's staging of Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth" on March 10, 1959, in support of Paul Newman, Sidney Blackmer and Geraldine Page, who would become his second wife. The play was a hit, closing on January 30, 1960 after 375 performances. He won a 1960 Tony Award nomination as Best Featured Actor in a Play and a Theater World award for his role as "Tom, Jr.", a role he recreated in the 1962 film. (Torn also starred as "Boss Finley" in a later television adaptation of the play).Torn earned a reputation as an actor's actor on stage, both Broadway and off-Broadway, as well as on screen. He continues to work in the New York theater despite his demanding TV and movie schedule as both an actor and director. He has won two Obie awards for his work off-Broadway, for Distinguished Performance in Norman Mailer's "The Deer Park" (for the 1966-1967 season), and for Distinguished Direction for "The Beard" (1967-1968). He has his own stage company, and directed his daughter Angelica Torn(by Geraldine Page) in John Paul Alexander's "Strangers in the Land of Canaan" at the Actors Studio. Torn made his feature film directorial debut with The Telephone.He has constantly been in demand as a character actor, in supporting, second lead and occasional lead roles. His best performance on film came in Payday, and he was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for Cross Creek. Most of Torn's roles have been in drama, though he is adept in comedy. His role in Albert Brooks' comedy Defending Your Life led to his being cast in The Larry Sanders Show, on which he played talk show producer "Artie". Torn won six consecutive Emmy nominations for the role, winning once for Best Supporting Actor in a comedy series in 1996.Rip Torn was married to actress Ann Wedgeworth from 1956 to 1961, whom he divorced to marry Geraldine Page. They remained married until her death in 1987. Torn helped his cousin, Oscar-winner Sissy Spacek, to make her way as an actress, seeing to it that she was accepted by the Lee Strasberg's Actors Studio and then the Lee Strasberg Institute.

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Rip Torn Pleads Guilty in Bank Break-In Case

Rip Torn Pleads Guilty in Bank Break-In Case

Rip Torn pled guilty today to charges stemming from that incident back in January where he broke into a Connecticut bank while drunk and armed. Ah, the good ol' days ...Torn pled guilty to a… READ MORE >

Rip Torn In Court Over Bank Break-In

Rip Torn In Court Over Bank Break-In

Rip Torn just showed up to court  -- disguised as a lumberjack -- in his burglary case ... you remember, the one where he broke into a bank thinking it was his home. We got him outside the… READ MORE >

- 1424 days ago
Rip Torn Shows Lindsay Lohan How It's Done!

Rip Torn Shows Lindsay Lohan How It's Done!

Rip Torn has done what Lindsay Lohan could not -- he completed his court-ordered alcohol education program and got his DUI case dismissed. Who knew a guy who allegedly broke into a bank while… READ MORE >

- 1425 days ago
Rip Torn: I'm No Gun Slangin' Bank Robber

Rip Torn: I'm No Gun Slangin' Bank Robber

Rip Torn just pled not guilty to gun and burglary charges -- over an incident in January where cops say the actor was so drunk, he broke into a bank with a loaded gun because he thought it was his… READ MORE >

- 1480 days ago
Rip Torn's Homeland Defense

Rip Torn's Homeland Defense

Rip Torn's burglary case -- which was supposed to go before a judge today but didn't -- may not stick ... ironically, because of alcohol.Rip was arrested last month after cops found him inside a… READ MORE >

- 1521 days ago
Rip Torn's Home Defense -- Don't Bank On It

Rip Torn's Home Defense -- Don't Bank On It

Rip Torn was right: His house does look like the bank he broke into ... if it's dark ... and you're also colorblind ... and you're wasted ... and can't read giant signs. TMZ has obtained a photo… READ MORE >

- 1536 days ago
Cops to Rip Torn: eXamine Your Zipper

Cops to Rip Torn
eXamine Your Zipper

Rip Torn was shoeless, his zipper was undone, he had a loaded pistol in his pocket and a whole bunch of booze in his system when he was found roaming around a bank Friday night ... this according… READ MORE >

- 1537 days ago
Rip Torn After Arraignment - We Don't Understand

Rip Torn After Arraignment - We Don't Understand

Rip Torn was talkative after his arraignment today on 5 criminal charges -- problem is ... it wasn't English.Torn shouted "Pardon" and "Con permiso" at reporters as he hoofed it to his car after… READ MORE >

- 1537 days ago
Rip Torn Arrives at Court in Handcuffs

Rip Torn Arrives at Court in Handcuffs

Rip Torn was taken to court today -- in handcuffs -- to face charges stemming from his arrest this weekend. Torn was busted after he allegedly broke into a bank in Connecticut, while carrying a… READ MORE >

- 1537 days ago
Alleged  Victim of Rip Torn -- Torn Himself

Alleged Victim of Rip Torn -- Torn Himself

Rip Torn is so in need of help, even the CEO of the bank he allegedly broke into on Friday night wants to see someone stage an intervention. Torn was arrested after cops found him drunk inside a… READ MORE >

- 1538 days ago

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