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Updated: July 18, 2019 @ 9:47 pm
Here's a look back at actor Rip Torn's career in theater, television and movies.
A 26-year-old Texan, Rip Torn is making progress as a Hollywood actor in spite of his name, which many producers have advised him to change, April 23, 1957. His real name is Elmore Torn, and Torn says he will sink or swim with it as an actor. After several small parts, he now has a big role in "Time Limit" and figures his name may become an asset: people will remember it. (AP Photo/Harold Filan)
Co-stars Rip Torn, left, and Emlyn Williams study congratulatory telegrams in their dressing room at the Music Box Theater in New York, Nov. 30, 1961, following the performance of "Daughter Of Silence." The play, which opened on Broadway on November 30, is a murder that sets off a chain reaction of melodramatic fireworks. (AP Photo/John Lent)
Actor Rip Torn emerges after dunking himself into the swimming pool fully dressed, during the filming of a scene of a Hollywood party, Sept, 20, 1962. (AP Photo/David F. Smith)
The facts and foibles of Hollywood, and the people involved - the directors, writers and actors - are related in an upcoming TV play, titled "Crazy Sunday," an episode in the NBC series, "The Dick Powell Show." Action revolves around the Beverly Hills home of a Hollywood star. Two of the co-stars, Vera Miles and Rip Torn converse at the bar set up outside the house in Beverly Hills, Oct. 4, 1962. (AP Photo/David F. Smith)
Members of the new Actors Studio Theater discuss plans for their repertory theater, an offshoot of the Actors Studio in New York, Jan. 30, 1963. They make their debut on March 11 in Eugene O'Neill's "Strange Interlude." Front, left to right are: Geraldine Page, Pat Hingle and Cheryl Crawford, the business director; in back, Ben Gazzara, Rip Torn, Jane Fonda, Jose Quinter and (standing far right) Michael Wager. (AP Photo)
U.S. film actors Geraldine Page and Rip Torn arrive at their hotel in Moscow for the International Film Festival, July 17, 1963. (AP Photo/Spartaco Bodini)
Actor Rip Torn, with beard, and his wife actress Geraldine Page, picket the Actors Playhouse where an Actors' Equity strike prevented the premiere of a production by Academy Award-winning actress Shelley Winters, Nov. 16, 1970. The strike, against off-Broadway theaters, halted the opening of "One Night Stands of a Noisy Passenger," a series of one-act plays authored by Ms. Winters. (AP Photo/John Lent)
John Dean, left, confers with actors Rip Torn, playing the part of Richard Nixon, second from left, Martin Sheen, playing the part of John Dean, and Larry Pressman who plays Haldeman, Nov. 17, 1978 in Los Angeles, during the taping of the CBS mini-series "Blind Ambition." The new Watergate series will air in May 1979. (AP Photo/Doug Pizac)
John Dean, right, sits on the desk and laughs as actor Rip Torn, playing the part of Richard Nixon hams it up in the background giving the "V" sign during a break in the taping of CB's Watergate drama "Blind Ambition," Nov. 18, 1978 in Los Angeles. The series will air in May 1979. (AP Photo/Doug Pizac)
In this Dec. 8, 1978, file photo, actor Rip Torn plays Richard Nixon during the filming of "Blind Ambition," an eight-hour film for television. Award-winning television, film and theater actor Torn has died at the age of 88, his publicist announced Tuesday, July 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Doug Pizac, File)
Theatrical producer Freddie Brisson, center, is seen with the stars of his new production "Mixed Couples" as rehearsals begin at the Minskoff rehearsal studio in New York City, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1980. From left are, Geraldine Page, Rip Torn, Brisson, Julie Harris and Michael Higgins. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
Rip Torn, nominated for an Oscar this year for his portrayal of the irascible Marsh Turner in "Cross Creek," believes he was "graylisted" because of his militant support of the civil rights movement. "I wouldn't say I was exactly blacklisted..." says the 53-year-old Torn, seen March 2, 1984, whose best-supporting-actor nomination is his first in his long career. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)
Actor Rip Torn is seen, Feb. 28, 1984. (AP Photo/Wally Fong)
In this Jan. 15, 1995, file photo, actor Rip Torn gives a thumbs-up to photographers after winning for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show," at the 16th annual CableACE Awards ceremony, in Los Angeles. Award-winning television, film and theater actor Torn has died at the age of 88, his publicist announced Tuesday, July 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield, File)
Rip Torn accepts the Emmy for best supporting actor in a comedy series for the "Larry Sanders Show" at the 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Pasadena, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 8, 1996. (AP Photo/Susan Sterner)
In an Oct. 28, 2004 file photo Actor Rip Torn enters Manhattan Criminal Court in New York. Torn has pleaded not guilty to drunken driving charges in Connecticut Monday Jan. 5, 2009. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano-File)
In this Friday, Oct. 13, 2006, file photo, actor Rip Torn attends the New York premiere of "Marie Antoinette." Award-winning television, film and theater actor Torn has died at the age of 88, his publicist announced Tuesday, July 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File)
Actor Rip Torn, third from right, stands among a small group of supporters as he attends a private fundraiser, at the home of James B. Lee, Jr., for Sen. John McCain, in Darien, Conn., Monday, April 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Actor Rip Torn, right, joins a small group of supporters during a private fundraiser, at the home of James B. Lee, Jr., for Sen. John McCain, left, in Darien, Conn., Monday evening, April 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Actor Rip Torn arrives at the premiere of "Bee Movie" in Los Angeles Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
In this Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, file photo, U.S. actor Rip Torn poses during a photo call for the competition movie "Happy Tears," at the Berlinale in Berlin. Award-winning television, film and theater actor Torn has died at the age of 88, his publicist announced Tuesday, July 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)
U.S. actor Rip Torn, right, and director Mitchell Lichtenstein, left, pose during a photocall for the competition movie "Happy Tears" at the Berlinale in Berlin, on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. The 59th International Film Festival takes place in the German capital from Feb. 5 until Feb. 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Eckehard Schulz)
Actors Rip Torn and Parker Posey, director Mitchell Lichtenstein and actress Demi Moore, from left, pose during a photocall for the competition movie "Happy Tears" at the Berlinale in Berlin, on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. The 59th International Film Festival takes place in the German capital from Feb. 5 until Feb. 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Actor Rip Torn arrives on the red carpet at the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards in Austin, Texas on Thursday, March 10, 2011.(AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)
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