Birth Name: Rip Torn
Birth Place: Temple, Texas, USA
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 tradition passed down to the men of the family, though he also went by "Skippy" as a youth. Torn studied animal husbandry at Texas A&M with the intention of becoming a rancher. He got into acting primarily as a means to acquire the funds to purchase property. He moved to Los Angeles and found work almost immediately in films and television, incl...
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