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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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 2012 Bridge of Names
 2011 3 Weeks to Daytona
 2011 The Legend of Awesomest Maximus
King Looney
 2009 The Afterlight
 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 Zoom
 2005 Yours, Mine & Ours
Commandant Sherman
 2004 Eulogy
Edmund Collins
 2003 Love Object
 2003 Rolling Kansas
 2000 Wonder Boys
Quentin 'Q' Morewood
 1997 Men in Black
 1997 Hercules
Zeus (voice)
 1996 The Mouse
Trucker 'God'
 1995 For Better or Worse
Captain Cole
 1993 Beyond the Law
Deputy Butch Prescott
 1991 Death Falls
Dub Farley
 1989 Silence Like Glass
Dr. Markowitz
 1989 Cold Feet
 1989 Hit List
Vic Luca
 1988 Blind Curve
 1987 Nadine
Buford Pope
 1985 Beer
Buzz Beckerman
 1984 City Heat
Primo Pitt
 1984 Songwriter
Dino McLeish
 1984 Flashpoint
Sheriff Wells
 1982 Airplane II: The Sequel
 1982 Jinxed!
Harold Benson
 1982 A Stranger Is Watching
Artie Taggart
 1980 First Family
General G. E. Dumpston
 1980 One-Trick Pony
Walter Fox
 1979 Heartland
Clyde Stewart
 1979 The Seduction of Joe Tynan
Senator Kittner
 1978 Coma
Dr. George
 1977 Nasty Habits
Father Maximilian
 1976 Birch Interval
 1974 Crazy Joe
 1973 Cotter
 1973 Payday
Maury Dann
 1972 Slaughter
Dominic Hoffo
 1970 Maidstone
Raoul Rey O'Houlihan
 1969 Coming Apart
 1969 Lions Love
THE BEARD Director (uncredited)
 1968 Sol Madrid
Dano Villanova
 1968 Beyond the Law
 1967 Beach Red
Sergeant Honeywell
 1965 The Cincinnati Kid
 1962 Hero's Island
Nicholas Gates
 1962 Sweet Bird of Youth
Thomas J. Finley, Jr.
 1959 Pork Chop Hill
Lt. Walter Russel
 1957 Time Limit
Lt. George Miller
 1957 A Face in the Crowd
Barry Mills (uncredited)
 1956 Baby Doll
The Dentist (uncredited)
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Stage Play: The Young Man from Atlanta. Written by Horton Foote. Incidental music by Richard Woodbury. Directed by Robert Falls. Longacre Theatre: 27 Mar 1997- 8 Jun 1997 (84 performances + 17 previews that began on 13 Mar 1997. Cast: Shirley Knight (as "Lily Dale Kidder"), Rip Torn (as "Will Kidder"), Biff McGuire [credited as William ... See more »

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Anything new is always considered the devil's tool. See more »


He and Geraldine Page have a daughter and twin sons. See more »


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