Emmy-winning Central Texas actor dies at age of 88

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(KWTX) Rip Torn, an Emmy-winning actor who was born in Temple and moved to Hollywood after graduating from the University of Texas has died at the age of 88.

In this Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, file photo, U.S. actor Rip Torn poses during a photo call for the competition movie "Happy Tears," at the Berlinale in Berlin. Award-winning television, film and theater actor Torn has died at the age of 88, his publicist announced Tuesday, July 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Torn died Tuesday afternoon at his home with his wife, Amy Wright, and daughters Katie Torn and Angelica Page by his side, his publicist, Rick Miramontez, said.

The cause of death was not disclosed.

Torn was born Elmore Rual Torn, Jr. on Feb. 6, 1931 in Temple.

His nickname, Rip, had been given to men in the family for several generations.

He grew up in Taylor, attended Texas A&M University and later graduated from UT.

He had a list of stage, screen and television credits including the role of Artie on the comedy series “The Larry Sanders Show” for which he received six consecutive Emmy nominations, winning the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a comedy series in 1996.

He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1983 film “Cross Creek.”

But he also made headlines for the wrong reasons.

In December 2010 Torn pleaded guilty to charges stemming from allegations he broke into a Connecticut bank while drunk and armed after police found him inside the Litchfield Bancorp in Litchfield, Conn., with a loaded revolver.

Police said he broke into the bank, thinking it was his home in Salisbury, Conn.

He received a 2 1/2-year suspended sentence and three years of probation the conditions of which included a ban on firearm possession and random drug and alcohol tests.