This is actually a two-part question:
I’m a huge fan of “The Larry Sanders Show” and especially the gifted character actor, Rip Torn, in the role of Larry’s no-bullshit producer Artie. I’m wondering if they’ve ever mentioned Arthur’s last name and what it is? I’ve checked the IMDB and the character is only listed as “Arthur”.
While checking Torn’s bio on the IMDB they mention that he won a $475,000 defamation suit against actor Dennis Hopper for remarks Hopper made on the Tonight Show in '97. I know that Torn originally had the role of the dropout lawyer in Easy Rider, quit after production started and was subsequently replaced with Jack Nicholson. Hopper was co-writer/co-producer and co-star of Easy Rider, so I’m assuming whatever he said on the Tonight Show had something to do with this fact. Any Dopers know what he said to cause Torn to sue (and win)?