Award-winning television, film and theatre actor Rip Torn has died at the age of 88, according to his publicist. The Oscar nominee was a character actor best known for roles in Men In Black, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and TV’s The Larry Sanders Show. He died on Tuesday, although no cause of death has been given.
Tributes have been paid to Torn, who won an Emmy Award for his work as Artie on The Larry Sanders Show and earned an Oscar nomination for 1984 film Cross Creek.
Will Smith, who appeared alongside Torn in two Men In Black films, shared a picture of the pair together on screen, along with the caption: “RIP Rip.”
British sci-fi author Neil Gaiman recalled meeting Torn in 1990 and said he inspired the character of Mr Wednesday in his fantasy novel American Gods.
He tweeted: “I met Rip Torn once, in 1990, on a movie location in NC. ‘You write science fiction?’ he said, teeth in a scary grin. ‘I was in BEASTMASTER.’
“Then he shook my hand and I ceased to exist for him. That was the start of Mr Wednesday in American Gods. RIP Rip.”