Rip Torn who is an award winning actor who starred in Men in Black” and HBO’s “The Larry Sanders Show,” is dead. He was aged 88.

According to his publicist Rick Miramontez, Torn died on Tuesday at his home in Lakeville, Connecticut with his family by his side. His secret weapon was to “Play drama as comedy and comedy as drama,” Miramontez recalled the star once saying.

He had a seven-decade career in film, television and theater, with nearly 200 credits to his name.

Torn featured on Broadway 10 times, making his debut in Tennessee Williams’ “Sweet Bird of Youth” in 1959. He earned a Tony Award nomination in 1960 for his performance. He also received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor for his role as Marsh Turner in the 1983 film “Cross Creek.”

His most memorable role was as producer Artie on HBO’s “The Larry Sanders Show,” which earned him six consecutive Emmy nominations and a win for best supporting actor in a comedy series.

Following his success on the show, Torn was cast in several movies including 1997’s “Men in Black,” starring opposite Will Smith who posted a tribute to the fallen star Tuesday.

Rip Torn is survived by six children, four grandchildren, his wife, Amy Wright, and sister Patricia Alexander.

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