Rip Torn was born in Temple Texas, on September 6th, 1931. While his birth name was Elmore Rual Torn, he was called the traditional name used by men across the generations of the Torn clan, "Rip".
Rip went to Texas A & M, and the University of Texas, to study animal husbandry, a major taken by future ranchers, an important profession.
However, Rip was bitten by the acting bug. After college, Rip made a bee line to Hollywood, hoping to break into film, with the goal of making enough money to buy a ranch. However, he discovered that it was much harder than he had imagined, and realized that he needed to develop his abilities in order to make a living as an actor.
Around 1956-57, Rip went to New York City, and studied under Lee Strasburg. While there, Rip found more steady work in television. From 1957-1960, becoming well-known in regular appearances on popular shows, such as OMNIBUS, and PLAYHOUSE 90, giving him exposure, as well as experience.
In 1959, all his acting classes and tv exposure paid off, as he won a plum, supporting role, playing "Tom Jr.", in Karzan's staging and direction of Tennesee William's Broadway play, SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH. In 1960, he was nominated for a Tony Award in the Best Supporting actor role for his portrayal of this character. In 1962, Rip recreated this same role in the film version of SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH.
Torn's film debut was a small part in a 1956 film, BABY DOLL, a Karzan film. Since then, over the years, Rip Torn evolved into a dynamic, chameleon-like character actor who has enjoyed a lengthy career in motion pictures, in both dramas and comedies.
CROSS CREEK (1983) - earned him an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor.
Rip Torn also made a huge splash in television as well. In 1992, he was cast as talk show producer, Artie, in the TV Series, THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW, that enjoyed a long run on TV. For his portrayal of Artie, Torn was nominated 6 consecutive times for the Best Supporting actor Emmy, winning it once, in 1996.
Rip Torn had a reoccurring role in the 30 Rock Series (2007-2009).
Rip Torn continues to do great work, entertaining a new generation, despite being in his late 70's, and having some issues with alcohol, now and then, that he is working out in therapy.
Rip Torn has had three wives: Amy Wedgeworth, Geraldine Page, and is currently married to Amy Wright. Between the three women, he has 6 children.