Celebrities, Disney Classic Animated Films

Legendary Actor Rip Torn Dies Aged 88

It seems like Disney is suddenly cursed with the deaths of Cameron Boyce and Rip Torn in the space of only a few days.

Now, if you grew up with Men in Black, Disney’s Hercules, or Dodgeball you may remember Rip Torn’s work. The voice of Zeus, the father of Hercules, Torn served as an actor of many talents.

The father of 6 children and the cousin of fellow actor, Sissy Spacek, Torn is best known from the Larry Sanders Show. For younger audiences, fans know him as Zeus in Hercules. Furthermore, the actor retired in 2012 but came out of retirement in 2016 before retiring again. Rip married three times and is survived by his current wife Amy Wright, his children and his grandchildren.

During the span of his career, Torn was said to be difficult to work with. According to reports, he had a now-infamous fight with Norman Mailer on the set of Maidstone. He even sued the late Dennis Hopper over a story Hopper told on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

In conclusion, Torn appeared on a number of television hits including Columbo, Law and Order: Criminal Intent and 30 Rock. He did not reprise his role as Zeus in the Hercules animated series.

Rip Torn was 88 and died at his home in Connecticut.

Rest in Peace Rip! You’ll always be our Zeus!


C.J. Hawkings has written for the now-defunct Entertainment website, Movie Pilot. She now writes for FanSided website, Dork Side of the Force and WhatCulture.

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