Rip Torn, the actor famous for his roles like Artie in “The Larry Sanders Show’’ and Agent Zed in ‘’Men in Black’’, died on Tuesday in his home in Lakeville, Connecticut, at the age of 88, without a specific cause of death, according to his publicist.
The actor was nominated for nine Emmy awards and an Oscar for best supporting actor for playing a hard-drinking father who finished his life in a tragic way back in 1984 in the drama ‘’Cross Creek.’’
He also won an Emmy for supporting actor playing as Artie in ‘’The Larry Sanders Show’’ back in 1997. Torn was also nominated for a Tony Award for his role as the sadistic son in the play ‘’Sweet Bird of Youth’’ produced by Broadway production of Tennessee Williams back in 1962.
Actor Albert Brooks wrote on Twitter: “I’ll miss you, Rip, you were a true original.’’
The official Tribeca Twitter account also paid its respect for the deceased actor, saying: “Never think you’re better than anyone else, but don’t let anyone treat you like you’re worse than they are. Rest in peace, Rip Torn, an unapologetic maverick and gifted actor whose singular presence on screens big and small was always welcome.’’
Torn – born Elmore Rual Torn Jr. in Temple, Texas, and nicknamed Rip by his family – studied Shakespearean acting at Texas A&M University and made his film debut in the 1956 comedy-drama ‘’Baby Doll’’ under the direction of Elia Kazan, according to NBC News.