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Rip Torn, Emmy-Winning Star of The Larry Sanders Show, Dead at 88

The actor played Artie on the HBO sitcom

Amanda Bell

Actor Rip Torn died Tuesday, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 88.

Torn, a Texas native, got his start in show business in the mid 1950s and was nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role as Marsh in 1983's Cross Creek. In 1996, he won his first and only Primetime Emmy for his performance as Artie in The Larry Sanders Show; Torn was nominated five additional times for his work on the series. The actor, whose husky baritone voice and gift for deadpan were completely unique, also notched three more Emmy nominations for his appearance in the 1985 true-crime miniseries The Atlanta Child Murders, his guest role in Chicago Hope, and for his guest role as Don Geiss in NBC's hit comedy series 30 Rock.

On the silver screen, Torn was known for his work in films like Payday, Defending Your Life, Men In Black, andDodgeball: A True Underdog Story. He was also an accomplished stage actor, earning a Tony nomination in 1960 for his turn as Thomas J. Finley, Jr. in Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth.

The actor reportedly passed away peacefully in his Connecticut home in the company of his wife, actress Amy Wright, and two daughters.

The news of Torn's death has inspired an outpouring of support from former co-stars and fans across the Hollywood community for his distinct contributions to the world of TV, cinema, and comedy as a whole.

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