Emmy-winning actor Rip Torn dies aged 88


Rip Torn, the free-spirited Texan who overcame his quirky name to become a distinguished actor in theatre, television and movies, has died at 88.

Torn died on Tuesday afternoon at his home with his wife, Amy Wright, and daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page by his side, according to his publicist Rick Miramontez.

No cause of death was given.

Distinguished career
His career on stage and screen spanned seven decades, ranging from an early career of dark, threatening roles, to comedic performances later in life, including as “Zed” in Men in Black and Men in Black II.
He won an Emmy in his 60s for his comedy turn on TV’s The Larry Sanders Show.
Torn and his first wife, actress Ann Wedgeworth, had a daughter, Danae, before divorcing.

In 1963, he married Page, with whom he had co-starred in the touring production and movie version of Sweet Bird of Youth.

They had three children, a daughter, Angelica, and twins Jon and Tony, and appeared in productions together until her death in 1987.

Torn also had two children, Katie and Claire, with actress Amy Wright.