Famous for his iconic roles including Artie in The Larry Sanders Show and Patches O’Houlihan in DodgeBall: A True Underground Story, Rip Torn has passed away. The Emmy-Award winner was 88-years-old and surrounded by his daughters and wife at the time of his passing, however medical examiners have not yet revealed the cause of his death. Keep reading to find out Torn’s net worth in 2019 and take a look back on his illustrious career.
Rip Torn’s background?
Born Elmore Rual Torn Jr. on February 6, 1931, in Temple, Texas, his nickname “Rip” is a family name. Torn graduated from high school in 1948 and then went to the University of Texas, where he studied acting. Also during college, Torn joined the Alpha Nu chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity and became a member of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets. He served in the Military Police in the army before graduating and moving to Hollywood. Torn’s acting debut came from the 1956 black comedy, Baby Doll.
Rip Torn’s successful entertainment career
Throughout the ’50s and ’60s Torn landed roles in several films and television shows including The Restless Gun, King of Kings, and The Cincinnati Kid. His first breakout role was as a country singer in the 1972 drama, Payday, alongside singer David Bowie. Torn continued to star in blockbuster movies until 1988 when he chose to start directing. He made his directorial debut with comedy, The Telephone starring Whoopi Goldberg.
In 1990, he returned to acting, playing Colonel Fargo in the HBO original movie, By Dawn’s Early Light. Seven years later, he ventured into voice acting by providing the vocals for Zeus in the Disney movie, Hercules. Also in 1997, Torn landed one of his most recognizable roles to date, agency boss Zed in Men In Black. In 2004, he played another fan-favorite character, the wrench throwing coach Patches O’Houlihan in the Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.
In 1959, Torn made his Broadway debut in Sweet Bird of Youth, and then returned in 1962 to star in Daughter of Silence. He participated in several other plays and then took a 13-year break. Torn returned in 1993 as Chris Christopherson in Anna Christie. His final Broadway appearance was in 1997’s The Young Man From Atlanta. In total, he starred in 10 Broadway plays and has directed one: 1973’s Look Away.
Torn made his Off-Broadway acting debut in the play, Desire Under the Elms. He then went on to star in six more. In 1967, he also won the Obi Award for Distinguished Performance for his work as Marion-Faye-A-Pimp in The Deer Park. The following year, he made his directorial debut with The Beard and won the Obi for Distinguished Direction. Torn then co-produced The Stronger which starred his then-wife, Geraldine Page.
Torn has six children and four grandchildren. In 1956, he married actress Ann Wedgeworth, and they welcomed a daughter into the world before divorcing five years later. Then, he married actress Geraldine Page in 1963, and they share two sons and a daughter, Angelica.
However, she passed away in 1987, and he married actress Amy Wright two years later. They have two children together, Katie and Claire. He remained married to Wright until his death on July 9, 2019. Surrounded by his daughters, Katie and Angelica, and his wife, he passed away in his Lakeville, Connecticut home. Torn was 88-years-old.
Rip Torn’s net worth in 2019
Torn has received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, six Emmy nominations and one win, an American Comedy Award, two CableACE Awards, and a Satellite Award nomination throughout his successful acting career. Rip Torn’s net worth at the time of his death was an estimated $5 million.