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RIP TORN (King Louis XV) 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 hit series "The Larry Sanders Show," garnered him an Emmy in 1996 for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, two CableACE Awards, the American Comedy Award, and six consecutive Emmy nominations.

His recent film credits include a starring role in the comedy ZOOM with Tim Allen, Chekov's THE SISTERS with Maria Bello, RETIREMENT with George Segal and Peter Falk, the animated feature CAT TALE with Jerry Seinfeld, the Sundance Film Festival Grand Prize winner 40 SHADES OF BLUE, DODGEBALL: A TRUE UNDERDOG STORY with Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller, YOURS, MINE AND OURS with Dennis Quaid and Rene Russo, WELCOME TO MOOSEPORT with Gene Hackman and Ray Romano, THE INSIDER and WONDER BOYS. He also appeared in the two MEN IN BLACK™ films, ROLLING KANSAS, TRIAL AND ERROR, and as the voice of Zeus in the animated feature HERCULES. At the same time, his starring roles in such critically lauded independent films such as WHERE THE RIVER RUNS NORTH have continued his stellar work in independent classics such as PAY DAY, HEARTLAND and CROSS CREEK, for which he received an Academy Award® nomination. Torn's role in the Albert Brooks' comedy DEFENDING YOUR LIFE led to his being cast in "The Larry Sanders Show."

Torn's many other film credits include PORK CHOP HILL, SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH (reprising his role from Broadway), KING OF KINGS, THE CINCINNATI KID and TROPIC OF CANCER. He also consulted on the Oscar®-winning documentary HARLAN COUNTY USA.

Torn earned his reputation as "an actor's actor" on stage as well as on screen. His numerous theatrical accolades date back to his portrayal of Brick in the Broadway adaptation of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" as well as 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 Maya Angelou. He directed and performed in "Two by Chekhov" and "The Village Wooing." Torn produced "The Button and Spider Rabbit" and directed, coproduced and performed in "The Bearding of the President."


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