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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 naïf when he was young, Torn hitchhiked to ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Men in Black
(1997)
Men in Black II
(2002)
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
(2004)
Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette Louis XV
(2006)

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 2016 TripTank (TV Series)
M
- #InsideRoy (2016) ... M (voice)
 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
 2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Jules Copeland
- Bedfellows (2006) ... Jules Copeland
 2003 Maniac Magee (TV Movie)
George McNab
 2002 Soul Food (TV Series)
Peter Redmond
- Ultimate Power (2002) ... Peter Redmond
 2000 A Vision of Murder: The Story of Donielle (TV Movie)
Detective Manny Garett
 1999 Balloon Farm (TV Movie)
Harvey H. Potter
 1999 Passing Glory (TV Movie)
Father Robert Grant
 1999 Seasons of Love (TV Series)
Spence
- Episode #1.2 (1999) ... Spence
- Episode #1.1 (1999) ... Spence
 1997-1998 Ghost Stories (TV Series)
Narrator
- 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
 1997 The Almost Perfect Bank Robbery (TV Movie)
Royce
 1997 Fox After Breakfast (TV Series)
Guest
- Episode dated 2 April 1997 (1997) ... Guest
 1995 The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat (TV Series)
Voices
- Wet Paint/News Blues/Copy Cat (1995) ... Voices (uncredited)
- Felix in Nightdrop Land/Shocking Story (1995) ... Voices (uncredited)
- Step Right Up/Now Playing: Felix/Jailhouse Shock (1995) ... Voices (uncredited)
 1995 Letter to My Killer (TV Movie)
Russel Vanik
 1995 She Stood Alone: The Tailhook Scandal (TV Movie)
Adm. Snyder
 1995 The John Larroquette Show (TV Series)
Bernard Galvin
- You Bet Your Life (1995) ... Bernard Galvin
 1994 Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III (TV Mini-Series)
Adolphus
- Episode #1.3 (1994) ... Adolphus (credit only)
- Episode #1.2 (1994) ... Adolphus
- Episode #1.1 (1994) ... Adolphus
 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 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
 1988 April Morning (TV Movie)
Solomon Chandler
 1987 The King of Love (TV Movie)
Jack Kraft
 1987 Laguna Heat (TV Movie)
Joe Datilla
 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
- Dream West (1986) ... Kit Carson
 1985 The Atlanta Child Murders (TV Mini-Series)
Lewis Slaton
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Lewis Slaton
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... Lewis Slaton
 1985 The Execution (TV Movie)
Wilheim Gehbert
 1984 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (TV Movie)
Big Daddy
 1984 When She Says No (TV Movie)
Stuart Blankfort
 1980 Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case (TV Movie)
Charles Burt
 1979 A Shining Season (TV Movie)
Jack Baker
 1979 Blind Ambition (TV Mini-Series)
Richard M. Nixon
- Part IV (1979) ... Richard M. Nixon
- Part III (1979) ... Richard M. Nixon
- Part II (1979) ... Richard M. Nixon
- Part I (1979) ... Richard M. Nixon
 1978 Betrayal (TV Movie)
Doctor Hartogs
 1978 Steel Cowboy (TV Movie)
K.W. Hicks
 1977 Most Wanted (TV Series)
Van Wyck
- The Dutchman (1977) ... Van Wyck
 1976 The American Parade (TV Mini-Series)
Walt Whitman
 1975 Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan (TV Movie)
Glen Tuttle
 1973 The President's Plane Is Missing (TV Movie)
George Oldenburg
 1972 Circle of Fear (TV Series)
Jonathon
- Touch of Madness (1972) ... Jonathon
 1972 Mannix (TV Series)
Victor Roarke
- The Open Web (1972) ... Victor Roarke
 1971 Bonanza (TV Series)
Will Hewett
- Blind Hunch (1971) ... Will Hewett
 1971/I Montserrat (TV Movie)
Izquierdo
 1966 The Long Hunt of April Savage (TV Movie)
Noah Delahunty
 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)
Avery
- 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)
Carlo
- The Gambler (1962) ... Carlo
 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)
Paul
 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
 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)
Somers
- 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)
 1956-1957 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Pierre / Kino
- Hostages to Fortune (1957) ... Pierre
- The Big Wave (1956) ... Kino
 1957 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (TV Series)
O'Hara
- So Short a Season (1957) ... O'Hara
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Other Works:

He acted in Lillian Hellman's play, "The Little Foxes," at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey with Sandy Dennis and Geraldine Page in the cast. Philip Minor was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Portrayal | 3 Interviews | 5 Articles | See more »

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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 »

Trivia:

His father was of Austrian and German descent. His mother was of three-quarters Moravian (Czech) and one quarter German descent. See more »

Trademark:

A rich, strident voice

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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