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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 ... See full bio »

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 2014 TripTank (TV Series)
- #InsideRoy ... M (voice)
 2012 Bridge of Names
 2011 3 Weeks to Daytona
 2011 The Legend of Awesomest Maximus
King Looney
 2010 God of War III (Video Game)
Hephaestus (voice)
 2009 The Afterlight
 2007-2009 30 Rock (TV Series)
Don Geiss
- Larry King (2009) ... Don Geiss
- Reunion (2008) ... Don Geiss
- Sandwich Day (2008) ... Don Geiss
- Succession (2008) ... Don Geiss
 2009 Happy Tears
 2008 The Golden Boys
Capt. Jeremiah Burgess
 2008 Lucky Days
 2007 Bee Movie
Lou Lo Duca (voice)
 2007 Turn the River
 2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Jules Copeland
- Bedfellows (2006) ... Jules Copeland
 2006 Zoom
 2005 Yours, Mine & Ours
Commandant Sherman
 2004 Eulogy
Edmund Collins
 2003 Love Object
 2003 Maniac Magee (TV Movie)
George McNab
 2003 Rolling Kansas
 2002 Soul Food (TV Series)
Peter Redmond
- Ultimate Power (2002) ... Peter Redmond
 2000 Wonder Boys
Quentin 'Q' Morewood
 2000 A Vision of Murder: The Story of Donielle (TV Movie)
Detective Manny Garett
 1999 Balloon Farm (TV Movie)
Harvey H. Potter
 1999 Seasons of Love (TV Movie)
 1999 Passing Glory (TV Movie)
Father Robert Grant
 1997-1998 Ghost Stories (TV Series)
- Winner Takes All (1998) ... Narrator
- Consumers (1998) ... Narrator
- At Death's Door (1998) ... Narrator
- The State of Grace (1998) ... Narrator
- The Stainless Blade (1998) ... Narrator
 1998 Disney's Hades Challenge (Video Game)
Zeus (voice)
 1997 Hercules (Video Game)
Zeus (voice)
 1997 The Almost Perfect Bank Robbery (TV Movie)
 1997 Men in Black
 1997 Hercules
Zeus (voice)
 1997 Fox After Breakfast (TV Series)
- Episode dated 2 April 1997 (1997) ... Guest
 1996 The Mouse
Trucker 'God'
 1995 Letter to My Killer (TV Movie)
Russel Vanik
 1995 She Stood Alone: The Tailhook Scandal (TV Movie)
Adm. Snyder
 1995 For Better or Worse
Captain Cole
 1995 The John Larroquette Show (TV Series)
Bernard Galvin
- You Bet Your Life (1995) ... Bernard Galvin
 1994 Heart of a Child (TV Movie)
Dr. Leonard Bailey
 1994 Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1994) ... Adolphus (credit only)
- Episode #1.2 (1994) ... Adolphus
- Episode #1.1 (1994) ... Adolphus
 1993 Beyond the Law
Deputy Butch Prescott
 1992 Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster (TV Movie)
Admiral Paul Yost - Presidential Delegation
 1992 A Mother's Right: The Elizabeth Morgan Story (TV Movie)
Bill Morgan
 1992 T Bone N Weasel (TV Movie)
Happy Sam
 1991 Death Falls
Dub Farley
 1991 Columbo (TV Series)
Leon Lamarr
- Death Hits the Jackpot (1991) ... Leon Lamarr
 1991 My Son Johnny (TV Movie)
Brian Stansbury
 1990 By Dawn's Early Light (TV Movie)
Colonel Fargo
 1990 Kojak: None So Blind (TV Movie)
Gideon Hogarth
 1990 Pair of Aces (TV Movie)
Capt. Jack Parsons
 1989 Sweet Bird of Youth (TV Movie)
Boss Finley
 1989 Silence Like Glass
Dr. Markowitz
 1989 Cold Feet
 1989 Hit List
Vic Luca
 1988 Blind Curve
 1988 April Morning (TV Movie)
Solomon Chandler
 1987 The King of Love (TV Movie)
Jack Kraft
 1987 Laguna Heat (TV Movie)
Joe Datilla
 1987 Nadine
Buford Pope
 1987 Destination America (TV Movie)
Corbet St. James IV
 1986 Manhunt for Claude Dallas (TV Movie)
Tim Nettleton
 1986 Dream West (TV Mini-Series)
Kit Carson
 1985 Beer
Buzz Beckerman
 1985 The Atlanta Child Murders (TV Mini-Series)
Lewis Slaton
 1985 The Execution (TV Movie)
Wilheim Gehbert
 1984 City Heat
Primo Pitt
 1984 Songwriter
Dino McLeish
 1984 Flashpoint
Sheriff Wells
 1984 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (TV Movie)
Big Daddy
 1984 When She Says No (TV Movie)
Stuart Blankfort
 1983 Scarab (Video)
 1982 Airplane II: The Sequel
 1982 Jinxed!
Harold Benson
 1982 A Stranger Is Watching
Artie Taggart
 1980 First Family
General G. E. Dumpston
 1980 Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case (TV Movie)
Charles Burt
 1980 One-Trick Pony
Walter Fox
 1979 A Shining Season (TV Movie)
Jack Baker
 1979 Heartland
Clyde Stewart
 1979 The Seduction of Joe Tynan
Senator Kittner
 1979 Blind Ambition (TV Mini-Series)
Richard M. Nixon
- Part I (1979) ... Richard M. Nixon
 1978 Betrayal (TV Movie)
Doctor Hartogs
 1978 Steel Cowboy (TV Movie)
K.W. Hicks
 1978 Coma
Dr. George
 1977 Most Wanted (TV Series)
Van Wyck
- The Dutchman (1977) ... Van Wyck
 1977 Nasty Habits
Father Maximilian
 1976 Birch Interval
 1976 The American Parade (TV Mini-Series)
Walt Whitman
 1975 Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan (TV Movie)
Glen Tuttle
 1974 Crazy Joe
 1973 Cotter
 1973 The President's Plane Is Missing (TV Movie)
George Oldenburg
 1973 Payday
Maury Dann
 1972 Circle of Fear (TV Series)
- Touch of Madness (1972) ... Jonathon
 1972 Mannix (TV Series)
Victor Roarke
- The Open Web (1972) ... Victor Roarke
 1972 Slaughter
Dominic Hoffo
 1971 Bonanza (TV Series)
Will Hewett
- Blind Hunch (1971) ... Will Hewett
 1971/I Montserrat (TV Movie)
 1970 Maidstone
Raoul Rey O'Houlihan
 1969 Coming Apart
 1969 Lions Love (... and Lies)
THE BEARD Director (uncredited)
 1968 Sol Madrid
Dano Villanova
 1968 Beyond the Law
 1967 Beach Red
Sergeant Honeywell
 1966 The Long Hunt of April Savage (TV Movie)
Noah Delahunty
 1965 The Cincinnati Kid
 1965 Rawhide (TV Series)
Jacob Yellow-Sun
- Escort to Doom (1965) ... Jacob Yellow-Sun
 1965 12 O'Clock High (TV Series)
Col. Mark Royce
- The Lorelei (1965) ... Col. Mark Royce
 1962-1964 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
John Burroughs / Dr. Nicholas Keefe
- An Exchange of Gifts (1964) ... John Burroughs
- The Chemistry of Anger (1962) ... Dr. Nicholas Keefe
 1964 Combat! (TV Series)
- A Gift of Hope (1964) ... Avery
 1964 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Paul Vrolic
- But Who Shall Beat the Drums? (1964) ... Paul Vrolic
 1964 The Reporter (TV Series)
Albert Vince
- Extension Seven (1964) ... Albert Vince
 1964 The Great Adventure (TV Series)
Lieutenant John C. Freemont
- The Pathfinder (1964) ... Lieutenant John C. Freemont
 1964 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Eddie Sanderson
- The Secret in the Stone (1964) ... Eddie Sanderson
 1963 Breaking Point (TV Series)
Roy Kendall
- Millions of Faces (1963) ... Roy Kendall
 1963 Channing (TV Series)
Donald Burrows
- A Doll's House with Pompoms and Trophies (1963) ... Donald Burrows
 1963 The Lieutenant (TV Series)
Sgt. Karl Kasten
- The Proud and the Angry (1963) ... Sgt. Karl Kasten
 1963 Route 66 (TV Series)
Alvah Clayhorne
- Who Will Cheer My Bonnie Bride (1963) ... Alvah Clayhorne
 1961-1963 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Johnny Mizo / Harry Strauss
- The Spoiler (1963) ... Johnny Mizo
- The Masterpiece (1961) ... Harry Strauss
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Joel Coles
- Crazy Sunday (1962) ... Joel Coles
 1962 Festival (TV Series)
- The Gambler (1962)
 1962 Hero's Island
Nicholas Gates
 1962 Sweet Bird of Youth
Thomas J. Finley, Jr.
 1962 Naked City (TV Series)
Ansel Boake
- A Case Study of Two Savages (1962) ... Ansel Boake
 1961 Frontier Circus (TV Series)
Jess Evans
- The Hunter and the Hunted (1961) ... Jess Evans
 1961 Twenty-Four Hours in a Woman's Life (TV Movie)
 1957-1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Ernie Walters / Steve Morgan #22
- The Kiss-Off (1961) ... Ernie Walters
- Number Twenty-Two (1957) ... Steve Morgan #22
 1960 Thriller (TV Series)
Duncan Corey
- The Purple Room (1960) ... Duncan Corey
 1958-1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Lt. Douty / Harold Rutland Jr. / Lieutenant Harrison
- The Tunnel (1959) ... Lt. Douty
- Face of a Hero (1959) ... Harold Rutland Jr.
- Bomber's Moon (1958) ... Lieutenant Harrison
 1959 Pork Chop Hill
Lt. Walter Russel
 1958 Pursuit (TV Series)
 1958 Johnny Belinda (TV Movie)
Locky McCormick
 1958 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
- The Quiet Street (1958)
 1956-1958 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Eddie (1958)
- Mock Trial (1956) ... Somers
 1956-1958 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Will Dare
- The Charmer (1958) ... Will Dare
- Wetback Run (1956)
 1957 The Restless Gun (TV Series)
Jody Gilman
- Jody (1957) ... Jody Gilman
 1957 The Seven Lively Arts (TV Series)
 1957 Time Limit
Lt. George Miller
 1956-1957 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Pierre / Kino
- Hostages to Fortune (1957) ... Pierre
- The Big Wave (1956) ... Kino
 1957 A Face in the Crowd
Barry Mills (uncredited)
 1957 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (TV Series)
- So Short a Season (1957) ... O'Hara
 1956 Baby Doll
The Dentist (uncredited)
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Stage Play: Sweet Bird of Youth. Drama. Written by Tennessee Williams. Incidental music by Paul Bowles. Scenic Design by Jo Mielziner. Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone. Lighting Design by Jo Mielziner. Costumes for Miss Page created by Theoni Vachlioti Aldredge. Assistant Scenic Design: Hugh Hardy. Associate Designer to Mr. Mielziner:... See more »

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If you're lucky enough to have a pretty girl love you and share herself and sleep with you, make that your secret. The best way to spoil love is by talking to too many people about it. See more »


Was nominated for Broadway's 1960 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "Sweet Bird of Youth," a performance he recreated in the film version with the same title, Sweet Bird of Youth (1962). See more »


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