He was nicknamed "Rip" by his family after his father, who was also called like that. He went to the University of Texas, where he got a degree in animal husbandry. When he was still young and naive, he went to Hollywood wanting to be a big movie…more
In 1996, Rip won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series playing Arthur on The Larry Sanders Show.
In 1996, he won the back-to-back Cable ACE Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his participation in The Larry Sanders Show.
In 1983, he was nominated for best supporting actor for his participation in "Cross Creek."
He is the commissioner of the Extreme Dodgeball League.
In January 2004 and in December 2006, Rip was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
During the filming of his movie "Maidstone", Torn struck director and star Normal Mailer in the head with a hammer three times and Mailer bit Rip's ear. The fight is featured in the movie and the blood you see during that scene is real.
He was married three times, the first, Geraldine Page (with who he had 3 children), Anne Wedgeworth (with who he had 1 child) and his present wife, Amy Wright, with who he has 2 children.
He won a $475,000 suit against actor Dennis Hopper after comments made by Hopper on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno". When Dennis appealed again, another judge dubled the fine.
Rip turned down the role of George Hanson in "Easy Rider", so Jack Nicholson played it instead.
Rip was a close friend of George Peppard.
Rip has seven children.
He is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
He is the Godfather of actor Clay Liford.
He's a cousin of actress Sissy Spacek.
He graduated from Texas A & M University in 1952.
He is 5' 10" (1.78 m) tall.
Rip: Let the other guys do the crybaby stuff. Go for the laughs.
Rip: There's always some kind of blacklist throughout history. But the difference is, in America they usually let you live.
Rip: If you're lucky enough to have a pretty girl love you and share herself and sleep with you, make that your secret. The best way to spoil love is by talking to too many people about it.
(when asked if his name have given him anything but grief)
Rip: Well when I couldn't get a job, everybody would say, 'Where do I know you from?' I said, 'Crossword puzzles!' That kept my name alive for years.
Rip: You can never turn your back on the ocean.
Rip: Don't ever humiliate a man. If you're gonna have to dress him out, you take him aside and do it that way. That's the one thing I don't like about Hollywood: They go in for public humiliation. You shouldn't do that to a man.
Rip: Anything new is always considered the devil's tool.
Rip Torn: (on being called volatile) What do they say about all the guys that are tremendous actors? Don't they say they have a volatile temper and emotions? Yeah, sure they do! They're not saying they like a nice mild guy. Look at Sean Penn.