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Born Feb. 6, 1931 in Temple, TX, Elmore Rual Torn, Jr. was the son of agriculturalist and economist Elmore Torn and his wife, Thelma Mary Spacek. A cousin from his mother's side of the family, Sissy Spacek, would year later gain entry into the Actors Studio through Torn's sponsorship in the early 1970s. Torn's unusual surname was part of a family t...

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