Will Smith, Albert Brooks, Seth MacFarlane and More Pay Tribute to Rip Torn
"Rip was a class act. He was an incredible actor," director Tom Green, who worked with the actor on 2001's 'Freddy Got Fingered,' wrote.
In the hours after the announcement of actor Rip Torn's death on Tuesday, tributes poured in on social media from Hollywood figures including Will Smith, Albert Brooks, Seth MacFarlane and Michael McKean.
Torn, perhaps best know for his role as Artie the producer on The Larry Sanders Show, was nominated for an Oscar in the 1984 film Cross Creek, played the CEO of General Electric on 30 Rock, Zed in the first two Men in Black films and Patches O'Houlihan in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, among other iconic performances.
The actor died at 88 while his wife Amy Wright and daughters Katie and Angelica were by his side, his press representative told The Hollywood Reporter.
During his entertainment career, Torn was known both for his screen roles and his off-duty antics: Dennis Hopper once claimed Torn pulled a knife on him while he was in the running for Jack Nicholson's role in Easy Rider, while in 2010 Torn was arrested for attempting to rob a Connecticut bank while intoxicated.
Will Smith, who acted alongside torn in the first two Men in Black films, posted a film still of the two together on Instagram and wrote "R.I.P. Rip."
Tom Green, who worked with Torn on the 2001 film Freddy Got Fingered, wrote, "Just heard the sad news that the great Rip Torn has passed away. Rip was a class act. He was an incredible actor. One of the greats. A true legend. I am proud to have worked with him and to have known him. Rest in peace Rip."
Read all the tributes below.
R.I.P Rip Torn. He was so great in Defending Your Life. I'll miss you Rip, you were a true original.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) July 10, 2019
Just heard the sad news that the great Rip Torn has passed away. Rip was a class act. He was an incredible actor. One of the greats. A true legend. I am proud to have worked with him and to have known him. Rest in peace Rip.— Tom Green (@tomgreenlive) July 10, 2019
Rip Torn always made me laugh. Artie and Bob Diamond were two utterly unforgettable characters.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) July 10, 2019
I feel extremely lucky that I once got to be in the same movie as the incomparable Rip Torn. He is at the height of his powers in this classic Warner Bros film “Payday.” They don’t make em like Rip anymore. pic.twitter.com/p1cPauD3sL— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) July 10, 2019
Rip Torn was one of those people who just became electric on camera. Anyone who hasn’t seen THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW should correct that immediately. It’s on HBOGo. His performance helped “legitimize” TV at a time when it was still (falsely) considered a lesser medium for actors. pic.twitter.com/VNakr7jFmL— Griffin Newman (@GriffLightning) July 10, 2019
RIP to one of the best. Sanders, Defending Your Life, etc. Made an impact on me big time. https://t.co/tNy1Qm6dUT— Gavin Purcell (@gavinpurcell) July 10, 2019
Awww. RIP RIP. His performance on The Larry Sanders Show was faultless--amiable, beset, double-dealing, sympathetic, satanic. Read the obits; they're going to be interesting. He lived a life! https://t.co/wAHJy1A8rP— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) July 10, 2019
The Larry Sanders Show. Men In Black. Defending Your Life.— John Francis Daley (@JohnFDaley) July 10, 2019
Rip Torn elevated these already excellent things.
As a young filmmaker I was blown away by Rip Torn's performance in PAYDAY. We became friends working together on THE BEASTMASTER. I'll always look back fondly on meeting up at his little crash pad for lunches in Malibu- and the great Hollywood stories he'd tell. RIP dear friend. pic.twitter.com/oE4e1j566S— Don Coscarelli (@DonCoscarelli) July 10, 2019
RIP Rip Torn. I first saw him in Beastmaster and couldn’t believe how seriously he was taking it. But he would take everything, no matter how silly. Which is the only way to be great. https://t.co/3WTcGduFog— Marc Bernardin (@marcbernardin) July 10, 2019
Looking back on decades of Rip Torn's work and can't think of a single performance that could have been bettered by another actor. One of a kind. RIP.— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) July 10, 2019
Rip Torn in Sweet Bird of Youth.— Dana Delany (@DanaDelany) July 10, 2019
I was lucky enough to work with Rip Torn when I was ten. I had no idea how much he had done, just that he was a nice and interesting guy. What a life.— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) July 10, 2019
Rip Torn was incredible. His work on The Larry Sanders Show was hysterical but nothing is better than the way he says “Big Bear” in Defending Your Life. I still laugh just thinking about it.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) July 10, 2019
Rip Torn, I spent time on a couple of sets with him. I knew his wife Ann Wedgeworth she played my mom twice in different projects.She was just wonderful.Our younger generation of actors may not know of Rip or Ann but they should. Rip as unique an actor as any1 could ever hope 2b. pic.twitter.com/zBgMf9kea5— Vincent D'Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) July 10, 2019
Worked with Rip Torn. So funny, original and intense. Favorite line of his from “Larry Sanders”: You’re like a Greek God, Larry. Part man, part desk!— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) July 10, 2019
Rip Torn. What can you say? So complicated. So talented. A great actor. RIP.— Brent Spiner (@BrentSpiner) July 10, 2019