Elmore Rual Torn, Jr. (born February 6, 1931), better known as Rip Torn, is an American actor of stage, screen and television.
Torn received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1983 film Cross Creek. His work includes the role of Artie on The Larry Sanders Show, for which he was nominated for six Emmy awards, winning in 1996. Torn also won an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male in a Series, and two CableACE Awards for his work on The Larry Sanders Show. He was also nominated for a Satellite Award in 1997.
Following graduation from Texas A&M, Torn relocated from his native Texas to Hollywood, making his debut in the 1956 film Baby Doll. Torn then headed to New York where he studied at the Actors Studio under Lee Strasberg, becoming a prolific stage actor, appearing in the original cast of Tennessee Williams’ play Sweet Bird of Youth, and reprising the role in the film and television adaptations. While in New York… read more