‘The Larry Sanders Show’ Actor Rip Torn Dies At 88

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Veteran actor Rip Torn, arguably best known for his role as irascible, foul-mouthed Artie on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show, died Tuesday at his home in CT.

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.

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane paid tribute to Torn's work in The Larry Sanders Show and as Bob Diamond in 1991 comedy Defending Your Life. Torn's career reached a crescendo in the 1980s and 90s, earning an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Marsh Turner in the film "Cross Creek."In 1992, he landed the role of Artie in the "The Larry Sanders Show". Other film credits included "Sweet Bird of Youth", "Critics Choice" and "The Cincinnati Kid". He was also a veteran of the Great White Way, having starred in almost a dozen Broadway plays.

Torn appeared on Broadway ten times and won a Tony Award nomination in 1960 and later won a Theater World award for his role as "Tom, Jr".

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A disagreement with Dennis Hopper in 1967 led to him losing the role Jack Nicholson eventually played in counterculture classic Easy Rider.

In 2010, Torn was arrested after breaking into a bank.

He was previously married to the actress Geraldine Page, with whom he had three children, and Ann Wedgeworth, with whom he also had a child.

He is also survived by his sister Patricia Alexander and his four grandchildren: Elijah, Tana, Emeris, and Hannah.

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