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DODGEBALL: A TRUE UNDERDOG STORY

RIP TORN (Patches O'Houlihan) has been honored repeatedly for his 50-year career in film, television and on the stage.

Torn's uproarious portrayal of Artie, the acerbic talk show producer on Garry Shandling's "The Larry Sanders Show,” won him an Emmy in 1996 for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, two Cable Ace Awards, the American Comedy Award and six consecutive Emmy nominations.

His recent feature film credits include "Welcome to Mooseport,” with Gene Hackman and Ray Romano; the dark comedy "Eulogy”; "Freddie Got Fingered”; "The Insider”; and "Wonder Boys.” He also appeared in "Men in Black,” "Men in Black II,” "Rolling Kansas,” "Trial and Error,” and the animated feature "Hercules,” as the voice of Zeus. At the same time, his starring roles in such critically lauded independent films as "Where the River Runs North” have continued his stellar work in such independent cult classics as "Pay Day,” an Oscar® nominated performances in "Cross Creek,” and "Heartland.” Torn's role in the Albert Brooks comedy "Defending Your Life” led to being cast in "The Larry Sanders Show.”

Torn earned his reputation as "an actor's actor” on stage as well as on screen, dating from his portrayal of Brick in the Broadway adaptation of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” to his recent triumph in Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie.” Through his own stage company, he recently directed his daughter Angelica and son John in John Paul Alexander's "Strangers in the Land of Canaan” at the Actors Studio.

He has continued as a presence on the New York stage as actor (numerous Obie® Awards with special note as a leading interpreter of Tennessee Williams and Eugene O'Neill), director and company director, while maintaining one of the busiest performing schedules in theatrical films and television fare.

Torn directed the stage productions "Richard III,” "Walter” and "Look Away,” the latter starring Geraldine Page and the poet Maya Angelou. He directed and performed in "Two by Chekhov,” and "The Village Wooing.” Torn produced "The Button” and "Spider Rabbit,” and directed, co-produced and performed in "The Bearding of the President.”

Torn's many other film credits include "Pork Chop Hill,” "Sweet Bird of Youth” (reprising his role from the Broadway run), "King of Kings,” "The Cincinnati Kid” and "Tropic of Cancer.” He also consulted on the Oscar-winning docu-feature "Harlan County USA.”

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