What’s Your Favorite Rip Torn Performance?

Rip Torn, the veteran actor known for playing a string of complex and cantankerous characters, has died at the age of 88. An Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee for his work in the 1983 drama Cross Creek, Torn is perhaps best known for his portrayal of whipsmart producer Artie on the 1992-98 HBO series The Larry Sanders Show (a role that won him much acclaim and a Best Supporting Actor Emmy). Other notable roles include Zed in the first two Men in Black films, business executive Don Geiss on 30 Rock and as Raoul Rey O’Houlihan in 1970’s Maidstone, a film in which he infamously got into an on-set fight with director Norman Mailer — one which was incorporated into the finished picture. We want to honor Torn’s life and impressive legacy by asking you to pick your favorite of his many film and television performances, and be sure to share your reflections on his great work in the comments!

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  • http://themidnitedrive-in.blogspot.com Quiggy

    “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.” The rest of the best lines are not family friendly (especially the one about the doorknob), but still… great role.

    • Alf Messina

      Which movie was that?

      • http://themidnitedrive-in.blogspot.com Quiggy


  • Richard Peck

    Walt Whitman in Beautiful Dreamers. His big, friendly, garrulous personality was how I imagined Whitman to be

  • garykevinware

    I had him confused with Rip Taylor.

  • Andrew Dyer

    Blind Ambition

  • Ogden

    Rip Torn’s finest performance was Maury Dann in “Payday”.