Rip Torn

Rip Torn


2/6/1931, Temple, Texas, USA

Birth Name

Elmore Ruel Torn Jr.



Also Known As

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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


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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.

  • A stand out

    It doesn't matter what Rip Torn is in, he always lends a bit of class (even if he is playing a low rent character) The first I saw of him was in the Bowie feature "The man who fell to earth" I noticed him again in Coma in 1978. He really came to prominence in The Larry Sanders Show where he and Garry Shandling were simply billiant. Of course he has hd parts in the Men in black movies but his performance was overshadowed here. It's graet to see Rip back on the screen in 30 Rock, the character of Don Geiss suits Rip right down to his boots.moreless
  • Seen him in a few movies.

    I've seen Rip Torn in 4 movies, well 3 since all you heard was his voice in Disney's Hercules as Zeus.

    Rip has always played funny characters and my favorite movies where Men in Black and Men in Black 2, the scene where he got his but kicked by Selena were priceless.

    Rip always manages to play great characters, even if the characters aren’t suppose to be funny.