Rip Torn dead. The actor “Rip” Torn, whose real name is Elmore Rual Torn Junior, died Tuesday, July 9 at the age of 88 at his home in Lakeville, Connecticut. According to his spokesperson, his wife, Amy Wright, and his daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page were at his side. No cause of death was given.
Torn is known mostly for his role in the saga Men in Black, where he played Z, the director of the secret organization in charge of monitoring the extraterrestrials on Earth. He also played Louis XV in Sofia Coppola’s Marie-Antoinette (2006), Patches O’Houlihan in Dodgeball (2004). More recently, he played Don Geiss in the television series 30 Rock (2007-2009). He had given his voice to Zeus in the cartoon Hercules (1997), as well as to Hephaistos in the video game God of War III (2010).
He was also known for his participation between 1992 and 1998 on the television show The Larry Sanders Show, for which he received an Emmy Award in 1996.
Torn, born in Temple, Texas in 1931, had several secondary roles in many movies in which he incarnated a rustic America, unsophisticated, and a little “redneck”. This tropism is reflected in his theatrical career.
But Torn was also a figure of American independent cinema for a long time. He did not hesitate to engage in underground experiments by appearing in Beyond the Law (1968) and Maidstone (1970), Norman Mailer, Coming Apart, by Milton Moses Ginsberg, and One AM / An American Movie (1971), Luc Godard and DA Pennebaker, where he plays his own role.
He had made his film debut in 1957 as a former prisoner of war who broke down at court-martial in “Time Limit”. Other notable films from his film debut include “Sweet Bird of Youth” (1962), “Critics Choice” (1963), and “The Cincinnati Kid” (1965).
Rip Torn had also made a film in 1988, The Telephone, with Whoopi Goldberg in the lead role.