Rip Torn dies aged 88 at his home

Rip Torn, the star of Men In Black and Dodgeball, has died aged 88.

The legendary actor – whose full name is Elmore Rual Torn Jr – passed away at his home in Lakeville, Connecticut, on Tuesday, surrounded by his family.

‘He died peacefully this afternoon at his home with his wife Amy Wright, and daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page by his side,’ his representative said.

No cause of death has been given.

Torn – who was born in Texas in 1931 – was best known for playing Agent Zed in the smash 1997 comedy Men In Black alongside Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, as well as its 2002 sequel.

He also played the tough-talking Coach Patches O’Houlihan in the 2004 comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story opposite Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn.

Rip shot to fame as Artie on the series Larry Sanders, which aired from 1992 until 1998 and followed the behind-the-scenes antics of a successful late-night network talk show.

He won an Emmy for the Supporting Actor in a Comedy category in 1996 – but was nominated in each of the show’s six seasons.

In 2008, he earned his ninth and final Emmy nomination for his role as Don Geiss on the NBC comedy 30 Rock.

He was married three times – to Ann Wedgeworth, Geraldine Page and his widow Amy, who he wed in 1989.

Torn has almost 200 film and TV credits to his name, and appeared on Broadway 10 times during his seven-decade career.

He made his film debut in 1957 as a former prisoner of war who breaks down at a court-martial in Time Limit, while other film credits included Sweet Bird of Youth, Critics Choice and The Cincinnati Kid.

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