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Actor Rip Torn, who received Oscar and Tony nominations as well as an Emmy Award, has died at the age of 88.

Actor Rip Torn has died aged 88. After graduating from the University of Texas, he served in the Military Police in the United States Army.

He made his film debut in an uncredited role in the 1956 film "Baby Doll", and went on appear in almost 200 movies and TV shows. He then enrolled in the Actor's Studio in NY and began a stage career, while still racking up television appearances in the likes of The Restless Gun and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

The accomplished actor appeared in films such as "The Cincinnati Kid", "Payday", "Cross Creek", and "Defending Your Life". The career-making role went to Jack Nicholson instead.

Rest in peace, Mr. His 1980s continued with standard fare like Clint Eastwood's City Heat and Walter Hill's Extreme Prejudice.

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Torn became a household name for his portrayal of late-night producer Artie in Larry Sanders (1992-1998).

His most famous role may be as manager Artie on HBO's "The Larry Sanders Show", for which he was nominated for six Emmys, winning in 1996.

In Men in Black and its first sequel, Torn played Zed, one of the founding members of the eponymous alien monitoring organization.

His most recent Award recognition came when he was nominated for an Emmy in 2008 for his guest role as Don Geiss on "30 Rock." He also provided the voice of Zeus in Disney's animated classic "Hercules". His death, at home in CT surrounded by his family, was confirmed by his publicist Rick Miramontez.

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