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Old 07-09-2019, 10:18 PM
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Rip Torn Dies at 88.

I've never seen The Larry Sanders Show, but I loved him in Men In Black.
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Holy crap, I didn't realize he was that old.
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Old 07-09-2019, 10:26 PM
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He was pretty ddamned good in everything he did.

RIP Mr. Torn.
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Old 07-09-2019, 10:28 PM
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I loved him as the defense attorney in Albert Brooks' Defending Your Life. RIP, Rip.

He was also one of the interview subjects in Studs Terkel's famous 1974 book Working.
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Old 07-09-2019, 10:47 PM
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Holy crap, I didn't realize he was that old.
Ditto, even in 30 Rock, I would have guessed he was around 60, maybe 70.

Also, I always get him confused with Rip Taylor*. Whenever I hear Rip Torn in a 'serious' role I always have a second where I assume that the guy that throws confetti must also do 'normal' roles (ie MiB, 30 Rock etc).

*after looking him up to jog my memory on his name, I think the confusion is understandable.
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Also, I always get him confused with Rip Taylor*.
Holy mackerel!
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Old 07-09-2019, 11:54 PM
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Dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge. Dang I liked that guy, cool name, and great cranky old man voice.
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Funny: until just now when I read the obit, I thought he and Geraldine Page were never legally married. I thought they were bohemian types who didn't think it important. (I love that their mailbox said Torn/Page.)

I can't imagine anyone being better than Dennis Hopper as Billy in Easy Rider. But as I don't know what Torn would have done with the role, I can't know if his performance might not have been as good or better.
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I just made myself crazy thinking that Rip Torn was in one or more John Waters films. Thankfully, Al Gore invented the internet to help lost souls like me find their way back to reality. With a little help from Uncle Google, I was able to determine that I was confusing Rip Torn and Tab Hunter.

The larger question is: why would I make this mistake? Any theories on how Tab Hunter and Rip Torn could be confused?
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I wouldn't have the faintest, much like I don't have the faintest about the Torn/Taylor mix-up.

RIP

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I will always remember him as Māăx, the villain in The Beasmaster.
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I just made myself crazy thinking that Rip Torn was in one or more John Waters films. Thankfully, Al Gore invented the internet to help lost souls like me find their way back to reality. With a little help from Uncle Google, I was able to determine that I was confusing Rip Torn and Tab Hunter.

The larger question is: why would I make this mistake? Any theories on how Tab Hunter and Rip Torn could be confused?
Lucille Ball does her signature schtick in ‘Lucy Goes To A Hollywood Premiere’, the episode where she gets her hands on an usher’s uniform and pretends it’s her job to keep those sneaky autograph hounds away from the stars — and thereby contrives to meet Kirk Douglas and Jimmy Durante along with that new celebrity, “The Country’s Fastest-Rising Romantic Star, The Man Who May Be Another Tab Hunter Or Rip Torn, There He Is: ROAD BLOCK!”
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He'll always be Artie from Larry Sanders to me. RIP
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Old 07-10-2019, 07:31 AM
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I can't imagine anyone being better than Dennis Hopper as Billy in Easy Rider. But as I don't know what Torn would have done with the role, I can't know if his performance might not have been as good or better.
I don't think there is any question that he would have been just as good. If you get a chance, watch Payday.

And he was instrumental in getting his cousin her first opportunities in the business.
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Holy crap I thought he died years ago. I figured that's why they killed him off in Men in Black 3. Shows what I know.

Still love him in the two he was in and will fondly remember him every time I ride the ride at Universal
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Rip was never better than as Dino McLeish in Songwriter.
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Old 07-10-2019, 09:43 AM
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And here he is with Norman Mailer in Maidstone (1970):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AzmhorISf4

From the description: "Mailer concluded principal photography without resolving the final scene, and Rip Torn (playing his brother-in-law and assassin) allegedly decided to take it upon himself to "improvise" an attack by hitting Mailer on the head with a small hammer, drawing blood. Mailer retaliated by tackling and then nearly chewing Torn's ear off as they grappled viciously, and it rapidly escalated into an unhinged on-camera brawl as Mailer's horrified kids screamed in terror. This is the completely uncut sequence. I have to wonder how "unplanned" it was...."
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We re-watched the whole run of The Larry Shandling Show last year. Still great. And of course Rip dominated almost every scene he was in. He won two Cable Ace awards for that!

Booze led to legal issues and his last years were less than busy.

Fun fact 1: He's a cousin of Sissy Spacek.

Fun (?) fact 2: His son Tony was the diner cashier that sold Holden a painting on the wall in Chasing Amy.
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There was one ep of Larry Sanders where Artie suggested a new Kobe beef restaurant, adding "I don't care if they do torture the animals. It's a damn fine cut of meat!"
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Another for whom he will always be Artie.

(And I still can't believe he outlived Garry Shandling.)
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Old 07-10-2019, 11:57 AM
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Another for whom he will always be Artie.

(And I still can't believe he outlived Garry Shandling.)
Ditto. He dominated every scene he was in, and I don't think the show would have been as great as it is without him. I have the boxed set of the series and we still watch episodes, as it has held up as well or better than most comedy series.
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The guy worked. A lot. You'll wear out your mouse wheel scrolling through his credits.

I'd never heard of the only movie he was Oscar-nominated for, Cross Creek, until now.
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Me too. He and John Amos will always be linked to that in my memory.

But we may be the only ones who saw that movie.
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He'll always be Artie from Larry Sanders to me. RIP
Just so. I really believe it was his greatest role, he and Garry Shandling together were comic perfection. In fact in tribute to them both I shall binge watch the whole series of the Larry Sanders Show.
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Me too. He and John Amos will always be linked to that in my memory.

But we may be the only ones who saw that movie.


Me too. Kodo and Podo were my favorites.


I'll always remember Rip in MIB.
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Also was in Dawn's Early Light....he's great in one of several goosebump-raising scenes that appear in that movie.
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“Horseshit, Larry.”

I still mutter that a few times a year.

And I don’t remember the exact lines, but when an controlling executive tries to pull rank on Larry, and make him more commercial, Rip keeps saying, “I swear I killed her in Korea.”
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“Horseshit, Larry.”

I still mutter that a few times a year.

And I don’t remember the exact lines, but when an controlling executive tries to pull rank on Larry, and make him more commercial, Rip keeps saying, “I swear I killed her in Korea.”
"I swear I killed her in the war."
"You used that line yesterday."
"It's not a line, Larry, it's a real concern."

Now please excuse me while I pour out a Salty Dog for my homie, Artie.
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Me too. He and John Amos will always be linked to that in my memory.

But we may be the only ones who saw that movie.
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There are a surprising number of Tanya Roberts fans out there.
And Andre Norton fans who don't care that she disowned the film.
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33 posts in and no one with a "I see what you did there" on the thread title?
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“Horseshit, Larry.”

I still mutter that a few times a year.

And I don’t remember the exact lines, but when an controlling executive tries to pull rank on Larry, and make him more commercial, Rip keeps saying, “I swear I killed her in Korea.”
"Hit it, Jefe." It's what I tell my wife when she's making us late for something.
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33 posts in and no one with a "I see what you did there" on the thread title?
It's so obvious that I doubt anyone thought it worth pointing out.

In addition to the roles already mentioned, to me he was memorable in a thoroughly forgettable movie (Down Periscope). It wasn't a large part, but the glee with which he stuck it to his adversary (another admiral, played by Bruce Dern) stood out.
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One of the obit articles included a picture of Rip with Tommy Lee Jones that I found fascinating.

"So what?" you say. "Lots of photos of them from the MiB movies."

Well, take a look at this one.

SPOILER:
Rip as Big Daddy and Tommy Lee as Brick in a 1984 cable production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Jessica Lange played Maggie. Wow.
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I will always remember him as Māăx, the villain in The Beasmaster.
Same. A childhood favorite, as well as Summer Rental. I figured there were more people out there who were kids in the 80s.
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