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Rip Torn: Dodgeball And Men In Black Star Dies Aged 88
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Rip Torn: Dodgeball And Men In Black Star Dies Aged 88

Rip Torn, who starred in the likes of Dodgeball and Men In Black, has died aged 88.

The award-winning television, film and theatre actor died at his home on Tuesday afternoon, with his wife and two daughters by his side.

He played Chief Zed, the head of the Men In Black, in the sci-fi film starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith.

Torn also gained fans in his role as quirky coach Patches O'Houlihan in Dodgeball alongside Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller, not least for the catchphrase: "Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Dodge."

His film debut came in 1957 as a former prisoner of war who breaks down at a court-martial in Time Limit.

Torn's career on stage and screen spanned seven decades - and the free-spirited Texan won an Emmy late in his career for his role in The Larry Sanders Show.

In 1983, he was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actor following his role as Marsh Turner in Cross Creek.

Born Elmore Rual Torn, the actor adopted the name Rip as a child - but faced endless ridicule during his early days as a stage actor.

Although he was urged to change his name by fellow drama students, he stubbornly refused and earned his stripes by delivering a series of powerful performances.