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R.I.P. Rip

By Patrick Van Roy On July 10th, 2019

A unique actor Rip Torn started on stage moved to movie drama ended up in movie comedy. He has passed away at 88. He made some great film, but will probably be remembered just for the Larry Sanders Show or M.I.B. Here is a very short scene of him as a sheriff talking to Marshal Nick Nolte and a good little shootem up movie Extreme Prejudice.

According to the official statement announcing his death, Torn claimed his “secret weapon” was his belief that actors should “play drama as comedy and comedy as drama.” Among his other memorable film roles was a feckless country singer in Payday (1973), the taciturn farmer who takes a bride in Heartland (1982), the grizzled father to Mary Steenburgen’s Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in the biopic Cross Creek (1984)—for which he was nominated for an Academy Award—and as an unctuous best-selling author in Wonder Boys (2000).

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