Rip Torn, Dead at 88

Rip TornRip Torn was 88. He was the actor who was nominated for an Oscar for portraying Marsh in Cross Creek, but I loved him most as Larry Sanders' producer on The Larry Sanders Show, a role for which he was nominated for six Emmy Awards, winning in 1996.


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Lake Field

Rip used the F-bomb on The Larry Sanders Show like no one else ever on any other show. We should all do the same with an equal amount of honesty and conviction.

July 10, 2019 @ 9:18 AM

Rob J

Artie was an all-time great character. Also loved Rip as the killer in a 'Columbo' episode many moons ago. (Spoiler alert: He murdered his nephew in order to gain possession of a winning lottery ticket).

Between Torn. Ross Perot, and now Jim Bouton, the afterlife certainly got a little more entertaining. "Ball Four" is a must-read for any baseball fan. One of my university profs gave me his copy in the early 1990s and I got more out of it than most textbooks.

July 10, 2019 @ 8:22 PM


Rob J,

I read Ball Four 3 times and enjoyed it each time. It was hilarious. i still think of it when I see the bullpen guys having a laugh on a baseball broadcast and wonder what they are up to? That and Ken Dryden's The Game are my favourite sports books of all time.

July 11, 2019 @ 8:30 AM

Rob J

Agree 100%, Wade. I’d also include Bob Uecker’s “Catcher in the Wry”, Tommy Lasorda’s “The Artful Dodger” and late ump Ron Luciano’s “The Umpire Strikes Back”

I don’t feel that pro sports have the similar outrageous cast of characters as in previous generations. Individual personalities that rub the corporate establishment the wrong way are discouraged. Autobiographies by current stars like Mike Trout and Sidney Crosby would be fairly milquetoast by comparison.

July 11, 2019 @ 11:52 AM


Thanks for the summer reading suggestions Rob. Im going to try and find these books either at retail or my local library.

July 11, 2019 @ 3:28 PM

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