Elmore Rual "Rip" Torn, Jr. (born Elmore Rudolph Torn, Jr.; February 6, 1931) is an American actor, voice artist, and comedian.
Torn received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his role in Cross Creek (1983). His work includes the role of Artie the producer on The Larry Sanders Show, for which he was nominated for six Emmy Awards, winning in 1996. Torn also won an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male in a Series, and two CableACE Awards for his work on the show, and was nominated for a Satellite Award in 1997 as well.
Torn was born Elmore Rual Torn, Jr. in Temple, Texas, on February 6, 1931, the son of Elmore Rual Torn, Sr., an agriculturalist and economist, and Thelma Mary Torn (née Spacek). His father was of German and Austrian descent, while his mother was of Czech/Moravian, German and Austrian ancestry. Being given the name "Rip" is a family tradition of men in the Torn family for several generations. Through his mother, he is a first cousin of Oscar-winning actress Sissy Spacek. He was a member of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets, although he graduated from the University of Texas, and was a member of the Alpha Nu chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity. After graduation, he served in the Military Police in the United States Army...
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