Rip Torn, the famous American actor of wildlife, has died at age 88. Torn, which had been a constant presence on the stage and the screen since the mid-1950s, was undoubtedly best known for its eccentric and occasional violent cheating when the cameras were not rolling – and on a notorious occasion when they did.
His publicist Rick Miramontez confirmed that Torn died Tuesday afternoon at home with his wife, actor Amy Wright, and their daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page on their side. No cause of death was given.
During the filming of Norman Mailer's "underground" film, Maidstone, a largely improvised production made at the height of the counterculture in the late 1960s, Torn played the brother of Mailer and attacked Mailer really, striking his head with a hammer and then trying to strangle. he Mailer responded bitten by Torn's ear.
Torn's irascibility reputation had already been established within the industry after a row with Dennis Hopper during the pre-production of Easy Rider, the 1969 counterculture motorbike seminal movie, which was replaced by Jack Nicholson before starting the shooting. The incident became better known after Hopper stated in a television talk in 1994 that Torn had thrown a knife; He was later sued, broken, claiming that Hopper had, in fact, dragged on. The court considered in favor of Torn and granted $ 475,000 to it in damages.
At the time of Easy Rider, however, Torn was already a figure established in Hollywood. Born in Texas in 1931, son of an agricultural economist, Torn's names were Elmore Rual, being the "Rip" a traditional nickname within his family. (The name of his mother's mother was Spacek, his cousin is Carrie's star, Sissy Spacek.) Torn studied drama at the University of Texas, before moving to New York and the Actors Studio, the famous field of training for the "method" generation. There he fell with the circle around director Elia Kazan, who gave Torn his first film part (in Baby Doll 1956) and his first significant role in the 1959 original production of Sweet Bird of Youth (as well as the 1962 film adaptation, directed by Richard Brooks).
Torn's career gained momentum during the 1960s: Judas Iscariot played the King of Kings, directed by Nicholas Ray, as a slade-rich player at The Cincinnati Kid and appeared in the second movie of Francis Ford Coppola As a director, You & # 39; ea Big Boy Now, in 1966. His stage career flourished at the same time, and reflected his growing interest in radical politics: he appeared in the piece of James Baldwin in 1964, Blues for Mr Charlie, based on the assassination of Emett Till, although he later left with Baldwin later. The writer eased some of the controversial scenes of the work after its transfer to the West End of London.
It was Torn's friendship with the writer and Texan Terry Southern (the couple who met at Cincinnati Kid) who led to the debut of the Easy Rider: Southern had written the role of lawyer George Hanson for to Torn, but after the alteration with Hopper he went to Nicholson. Torn later claimed that he had damaged his career and, without a doubt, did not progress in the seventies and eighties as he could have expected. He performed a mafia for the 1972 Slaughter blaxploitation, and an industrialist in oddball 1976, the science fiction The Man Who Fell to Earth (along with David Bowie) – and received an unexpected nomination for the opposition to the Oscar nomination in 1983 for the author of the lyrical series Memory of Cross Creek. He also made a disastrous director debut with the comedy The Telephone Whoopi Goldberg in 1988; Torn turned out to be difficult to face Goldberg's impromptu style and the couple repeatedly hit. Otherwise, most of his time was spent on a modern crime and horror.
Nevertheless, Torn underwent a rise of its dramatic race after being emitted like Machiavellian, producing of interest to speak Discouraged Artie in The Larry Sanders Show, after the producers were impressed by their turn like lawyer to the comedy after a life Albert Brooks Defending Your Life. The show ran between 1992 and 1998, and Torn was nominated for an Emmy for each of his six seasons: he won only once, in 1996. As a result, he started appearing in Films with more profile: highlighting Agent Z in the blockbuster. Men in Black comedy science fiction in 1997, and the drama of the Wonder Boys literary comedy in 2000.
Torn worked constantly in the next decade, appearing in everything, from wide comedies such as Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and Freddy Got Fingered, to an age-old drama like Maria Antonieta of Sofia Coppola. He also had a recurring role in the satire of the television industry 30 Rock as the head of the Don Geiss network.
However, Torn's reputation of volatility returned when he was arrested in 2010 to enter a Connecticut bank at night while carrying a charged gun. The time reports suggested that a broken Torn, very intoxicated, was his home and that he had slept in the interior of the building. This followed a series of arrests to drive with drinks, which go back to 2004.
Torn married three times, all by fellow students: Ann Wedgeworth (between 1956 and his divorce in 1961); Geraldine Page, whom he met when they worked together for Sweet Bird of Youth (between 1963 and his death in 1987), and Amy Wright, who survived him after his marriage in 1989. Torn had six children, Successful actor Angelica Page.