News of his death was confirmed by Torn's publicist. The actor died on Tuesday (July 9) with his wife Amy Wright and daughters Katie and Angelica by his side.
Torn won an Emmy for playing Artie in The Larry Sanders Show. Other notable credits included Defending Your Life, the first two Men in Black films, Dodgeball, Freddy Got Fingered and many others. He also made an early appearance in David Bowie's 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth.
Read some tributes to Mr. Torn below.
R.I.P Rip Torn. He was so great in Defending Your Life. I'll miss you Rip, you were a true original.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) July 10, 2019
Just heard the sad news that the great Rip Torn has passed away. Rip was a class act. He was an incredible actor. One of the greats. A true legend. I am proud to have worked with him and to have known him. Rest in peace Rip.— Tom Green (@tomgreenlive) July 10, 2019
Looking back on decades of Rip Torn's work and can't think of a single performance that could have been bettered by another actor. One of a kind. RIP.— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) July 10, 2019
"I learned how to shake a man's hand before I could wipe my own ass!"— Brent Butt (@BrentButt) July 10, 2019
R.I.P. Rip Torn.
I feel extremely lucky that I once got to be in the same movie as the incomparable Rip Torn. He is at the height of his powers in this classic Warner Bros film "Payday." They don't make em like Rip anymore. pic.twitter.com/p1cPauD3sL— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) July 10, 2019
The Larry Sanders Show. Men In Black. Defending Your Life.— John Francis Daley (@JohnFDaley) July 10, 2019
Rip Torn elevated these already excellent things.
Rip Torn always made me laugh. Artie and Bob Diamond were two utterly unforgettable characters.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) July 10, 2019