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Elmore Rual Torn Jr. (born February 6, 1931), known within his family and professionally as Rip Torn, is an American actor, voice artist, and comedian.

Rip Torn
Rip Torn 2015 (cropped).jpg
Torn in 2015
Born Elmore Rual Torn Jr.[1]
(1931-02-06) February 6, 1931 (age 86)
Temple, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor, voice artist, comedian
Years active 1951–present
Spouse(s) Ann Wedgeworth
(m. 1955; div. 1961)

Geraldine Page
(m. 1963; d. 1987)

Amy Wright
(m. 1989)
Children 6, including Angelica Page
Relatives Sissy Spacek (cousin)

Torn was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his part as Marsh Turner in Cross Creek (1983). His work includes the role of Artie the producer on The Larry Sanders Show, for which he was nominated for six Emmy Awards, winning in 1996. Torn also won an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male in a Series, and two CableACE Awards for his work on the show, and was nominated for a Satellite Award in 1997 as well.

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Early lifeEdit

Torn was born Elmore Rual Torn Jr.[1] in Temple, Texas, on February 6, 1931, the son of Elmore Rual Torn Sr., an agriculturalist and economist, and Thelma Mary (née Spacek),[1] aunt of actress Sissy Spacek. The family is of German, Austrian, and Czech/Moravian ancestry.[2] The nickname "Rip" is a family tradition in the Torn family.[3] Torn graduated from Taylor High School in Taylor, Texas in 1948.[4]

Torn was a member of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets, although he graduated from the University of Texas[5] where he studied acting under Shakespearean professor B. Iden Payne,[6] and was a member of the Alpha Nu chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity. After graduation, he served in the Military Police in the United States Army.[7]

CareerEdit

Film and televisionEdit

After moving to Hollywood, Torn made his film debut in the 1956 film Baby Doll. Torn then studied at the Actors Studio in New York under Lee Strasberg, becoming a prolific stage actor, appearing in the original cast of Tennessee Williams' play Sweet Bird of Youth, and reprising the role in the film and television adaptations. While in New York, Torn introduced his cousin Sissy Spacek to the entertainment business, and helped her enroll in the Actors Studio.[8]

One of Torn's earliest roles was in Pork Chop Hill, portraying the brother-in-law of Gregory Peck's character. He also had an uncredited role in A Face in the Crowd as Barry Mills. In 1957, Torn portrayed Jody in an early episode of The Restless Gun. In 1957, he starred as incarcerated Steve Morgan in the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "Number Twenty-Two," and on the same series in 1961 he played a recently released prisoner, Ernie Walters, in the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "The Kiss-Off."[9]

After portraying Judas, betrayer of Jesus, in 1961's epic film King of Kings, Torn appeared as a graduate student with multiple degrees in 1963's television series Channing, and as Roy Kendall in the Breaking Point episode "Millions of Faces." In 1964, Torn appeared as Eddie Sanderson in the episode "The Secret in the Stone" in The Eleventh Hour and in the premiere of The Reporter.

In 1965, in the film The Cincinnati Kid, he played Slade, a corrupt New Orleans millionaire who pressures Steve McQueen during a high-stakes poker game. On television that year, Torn portrayed Colonel Royce in the episode "The Lorelei" of 12 O-Clock High.

Since then, he has been a character actor in numerous films (see Filmography below).

The part of George Hanson in Easy Rider was written for Torn by Terry Southern, but according to Southern's biographer Lee Hill, Torn withdrew from the project after he and co-director Dennis Hopper got into a bitter argument in a New York restaurant (see On-Set Conflicts section below). Jack Nicholson played Hanson instead in a career-launching performance.

In 1972, Torn won rave reviews for his portrayal of a country & western singer in the cult film Payday. He co-starred with singer David Bowie in a 1975 science-fiction film, The Man Who Fell to Earth.

Torn received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his role in 1983's Cross Creek as a poor neighbor of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in the orange groves of Florida. He portrayed a Southern senator in 1979's The Seduction of Joe Tynan, opposite Alan Alda and Meryl Streep, and a music producer in Paul Simon's 1980 film One Trick Pony.

In 1982, Torn played a role as a holy man in the sword-and-sorcery movie The Beastmaster. He also co-starred in Jinxed!, a comedy with Bette Midler, and appeared as an airline executive in Airplane II: The Sequel. He co-starred with John Candy as a man who helps a tourist win a sailboat race in the 1985 comedy Summer Rental. He had a brief role as Sheriff Hank Pearson in Extreme Prejudice.

 
Torn in 1993

In 1988, he ventured into directing with The Telephone. The screenplay was written by Terry Southern and Harry Nilsson and the film was produced by their company Hawkeye. The story, which focused on an unhinged, out-of-work actor, had been written with Robin Williams in mind. After he turned it down, Whoopi Goldberg expressed a strong interest, but when production began, Torn reportedly had to contend with Goldberg constantly digressing and improvising and he had to plead with her to perform takes that stuck to the script.

Goldberg was backed by the studio, who also allowed her to replace Torn's chosen DP, veteran cinematographer John Alonzo, with her then-husband. As a result of the power struggle, Torn, Southern, and Nilsson cut their own version of the film, using the takes that adhered to the script and this was screened at the Sundance Film Festival, but the studio put together a rival version using other takes and it was poorly reviewed when it premiered in January 1988.[10]

In 1990, he portrayed Colonel Fargo in By Dawn's Early Light, a film from HBO about a fictional world war.

In 1991, he portrayed Albert Brooks' character's celestial defense attorney in Defending Your Life. He was a jeweler who murdered his own nephew to steal a winning lottery ticket in an episode of Columbo that year on TV, "Death Hits the Jackpot."

In 1993, Torn portrayed the OCP CEO in RoboCop 3, then opposite Tantoo Cardinal in Where the Rivers Flow North.[11] He was a Naval officer presiding over a wager in the Kelsey Grammer submarine comedy Down Periscope in 1996.

Men in Black, a 1997 hit film starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, featured Torn as their boss, Zed (a role he reprised in 2002 in Men in Black II).

In 2001, Torn portrayed James "Jim" Brody in Freddy Got Fingered.

Stage careerEdit

BroadwayEdit

Torn has appeared in 10 Broadway plays and directed one. In 1959, he made his feature Broadway debut when he played Tom Junior in Sweet Bird of Youth, for which he won a Theater World Award and also received a Tony Award nomination.

He returned next in 1962 in the play Daughter of Silence as Carlo, following that with a role in the 1963 production of Strange Interlude. In 1964, he played Lyle Britten in Blues for Mister Charlie, and four years later he was Roberto in The Cuban Thing for its only performance on September 24, 1968.

In 1971, he portrayed Edgar in Dance of Death, and directed his first Broadway play in 1973: Look Away. In 1975, he portrayed the Son in the Broadway revival of The Glass Menagerie and 5 years later, portrayed Don in Mixed Couples. For 13 years, Torn was absent from Broadway, but returned in 1993 to portray Chris Christopherson in Anna Christie. In his last Broadway appearance in 1997, Torn portrayed Will Kidder in The Young Man from Atlanta.

Off-BroadwayEdit

Torn made his feature Off Broadway acting debut as Eben Cabot in the play Desire Under the Elms, followed by Peter in The Kitchen at the 81st Street Theatre. His third Off Broadway role was Marion-Faye-A-Pimp in The Deer Park, for which he won the 1967 Obie Award for Distinguished Performance. He performed at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in the play Dream of a Blacklisted Actor, and later in the Joseph Papp Public Theater's Anspacher Theater as William McLeod in Barbary Shore. He last acted Off Broadway at the American Place Theatre as Henry Hackamore in the play Seduced.

Torn's Off Broadway debut as director was for the Evergreen Theater with the play The Beard; he won the 1968 Obie for Distinguished Direction for that work. He next directed The Honest-to-God Schnozzia at the Gramercy Arts Theater, followed by Strindberg's Creditors and The Stronger – in which he acted beside his wife at the time, Geraldine Page and his future wife, Pasha Dabiri – for the Joseph Papp Public Theater. Torn and Page also co-produced that production, and had previously presented the two plays along with Miss Julie at the off-off-Broadway Hudson Guild Theatre the year before.

The Larry Sanders ShowEdit

From 1992 to 1998, Torn portrayed Artie in The Larry Sanders Show. For his work, Torn received 6 consecutive Emmy award nominations as Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and won the award once (1996). Torn was the only actor in the series who won an Emmy Award for his work. Other than the Emmys, he received two American Comedy Awards nominations for Funniest Male Performance in a Series, winning once, and two CableACE Awards for his work on the series.

Later careerEdit

Following The Larry Sanders Show, Torn has appeared in many comedic roles in films (see Filmography below). He is also known for his voice work and has done voice-overs for many animated films.

In 2007 and 2008, he made 5 guest appearances on 30 Rock as the fictional Chief Executive Officer of General Electric, Don Geiss. He was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, but lost to Tim Conway, who guest starred in the same sitcom. Torn's character was reportedly killed off as a direct result of his 2010 arrest,[12] though Tina Fey denied this in a DVD commentary. Torn voiced the character of Hephaestus in the 2010 video game, God of War III.

Torn also appears in the music video for the They Might Be Giants song "Can't Keep Johnny Down", from their 2011 album Join Us.

In 2015, he reprised his role as Zed in a Men in Black safety video for Air New Zealand.[13]

Personal lifeEdit

FamilyEdit

Torn has been married three times and has six children.

His first marriage to actress Ann Wedgeworth lasted from 1956 to 1961. They had a daughter, Danae Torn.[citation needed]

In 1963, Torn married Geraldine Page, and they remained married until her death in 1987. They had a daughter, actress Angelica Page. Torn apparently delighted in the fact that the doorbell of their New York townhouse read Torn Page.[14]

Torn married actress Amy Wright in 1989. They have two children, Katie and Claire Torn.[15][16]

Legal troublesEdit

On January 29, 2010, he was arrested after breaking into a Litchfield Bancorp branch office in Lakeville, Connecticut, where he maintains a residence. He was charged with carrying a firearm without a permit, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, first-degree burglary, second-degree criminal trespassing and third-degree criminal mischief. The Connecticut State Police said Torn broke into the bank thinking it was his home.[17] At his court appearance his attorney told the judge his client needed help with alcohol abuse and that he could start treatment immediately in New York state. Torn was released on $100,000 bail.[18]

As a condition of his release, Torn had to be evaluated for substance abuse. On August 11, 2010, Torn was denied special probation, which would have allowed his name to be cleared of charges. The judge in the case cited Torn's history of alcohol abuse and the possession of a loaded weapon while intoxicated, which carries a minimum one-year sentence.[19] On December 14, 2010, Torn pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, criminal mischief and the illegal carrying of a firearm, and was given a two-and-a-half-year suspended jail sentence, and three years probation.[20][21]

On-set conflictsEdit

Appearing as an interview subject in Studs Terkel's 1974 oral-history book Working, Torn confessed, "I have certain flaws in my make-up. Something called irascibility. I get angry easily. I get saddened by things easily."[22]

While filming Maidstone (1970), Torn struck director and star Norman Mailer in the head with a hammer.[23][24] With the camera rolling, Mailer bit Torn's ear and they wrestled to the ground. The fight continued until it was broken up by cast and crew members.[23] The fight is featured in the film. Although the scene may have been planned by Torn, the blood shed by both actors was real,[23] and Torn was reportedly outraged by Mailer's direction.[24]

In 1994, he filed a defamation lawsuit against Dennis Hopper over a story Hopper told on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[10] Hopper claimed that Torn pulled a knife on him during pre-production of the film Easy Rider (1969).

According to Hopper, Torn was originally cast in the film but was replaced with Jack Nicholson after the incident. Torn claimed in his lawsuit that Hopper pulled the knife on him. A trial court judge ruled in Torn's favor and Hopper was ordered to pay $475,000 in compensatory damages but denied Torn's request for punitive damages, ruling Hopper had not acted with malice. Hopper appealed. A California appellate court upheld the ruling for compensatory damages, and reversed the ruling for the punitive damages, requiring Hopper to pay another $475,000.[25][26]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1951 A Butler's Night Off A crook
1951 Let's Make It Legal Jamie
1951 An American in Paris Tom
1952 With a Song in My Heart Mooseblood
1952 Singin' in the Rain Raziel
1952 Stars and Stripes Forever Barry
1952 What Price Glory? Sean
1953 Beneath the 12-Mile Reef Jon
1953 Titanic Geoffery
1953 The Silver Whip Jim
1953 The Robe Jean
1954 Broken Lance Flint
1954 Prince Valiant Gumball
1954 The Silver Chalice Owen
1955 East of Eden J.K.
1955 The Far Horizons Joe
1955 Rebel Without a Cause R.J.
1956 Forbidden Planet Guy
1956 The Ten Commandments Christopher Teller
1956 Giant Horne
1956 Baby Doll The Dentist
1957 Time Limit Lt. George Miller
1957 A Face in the Crowd Barry Mills
1958 The Big Country Walden
1959 Pork Chop Hill Lt. Walter Russel
1960 The Magnificent Seven Barry
1961 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea The White
1961 King of Kings Judas Iscariot
1961 West Side Story George
1962 Sweet Bird of Youth Thomas J. Finley, Jr.
1962 Hero's Island Nicholas Gates
1963 Critic's Choice Dion Kapakos
1965 The Cincinnati Kid Slade
1966 You're a Big Boy Now I.H. Chanticleer
1966 Fantastic Voyage Alex
1966 One Spy Too Many Alexander
1967 Beach Red Sergeant Honeywell
1967 Bonnie and Clyde Hank Anderson
1968 Beyond the Law Popcorn
1969 Coming Apart Joe
1970 M*A*S*H Flint
1970 Maidstone Raoul Rey O'Houlihan
1970 Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller
1971 The Omega Man Boo
1972 Cotter Roy
1972 Slaughter Dominic Hoffo
1972 Payday Maury Dann
1973 The President's Plane is Missing George Oldenburg
1973 Westworld Steve
1974 Crazy Joe Richie
1974 The Towering Inferno Sullivan
1976 The Man Who Fell to Earth Dr. Nathan Bryce
1972 Birch Interval Thomas
1977 Nasty Habits Father Maximilian
1977 The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover Dwight Webb
1978 Coma Dr. George
1979 The Seduction of Joe Tynan Senator Kittner
1979 More American Graffiti Mickey
1979 Heartland Clyde Stewart
1979 Star Trek: The Motion Picture Jerry
1980 When Time Ran Out... Marty
1980 One Trick Pony Walter Fox
1980 First Family General G. E. Dumpston
1980 Altered States Richard
1981 Excalibur Jim
1981 Outland Bill
1981 History of the World, Part I Spike
1981 Looker Rodney
1981 Time Bandits Scott
1982 A Stranger Is Watching Artie Taggart
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Jerry
1982 The Beastmaster Maax
1982 Jinxed! Harold Benson
1982 Airplane II: The Sequel Bud Kruger
1984 Cross Creek Marsh Turner Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1984 This Is Spinal Tap Rufus
1984 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Jerry
1984 Flashpoint Sheriff Wells
1984 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Brady
1984 City Heat Primo Pitt
1984 Misunderstood Will
1984 Songwriter Dino McLeish
1985 Summer Rental Scully
1985 Beer Buzz Beckerman
1986 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Jerry
1986 Solarbabies Charlie
1987 Extreme Prejudice Sheriff Hank Pearson
1987 Spaceballs The Captain
1987 Nadine Bufford Pope
1988 Killer Klowns from Outer Space May
1989 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Dub
1989 Zwei Frauen Dr. Markowitz
1989 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Jerry
1989 Hit List Vic Luca
1989 Cold Feet Sheriff
1990 Beautiful Dreamers Walt Whitman
1990 By Dawn's Early Light Colonel Fargo
1990 The Exorcist III Roddy
1991 The Doors Grover
1991 Defending Your Life Bob Diamond
1991 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Jerry
1991 The Last Boy Scout Roderik
1992 Wayne's World Donkey
1992 Dolly Dearest Karl Resnick
1992 Beyond the Law Deputy Butch Prescott
1993 RoboCop 3 The CEO
1993 Where the Rivers Flow North Noel Lord
1993 Demolition Man Stamp
1993 Tombstone Pip
1994 Blown Away Hal
1994 Speed Hugo
1994 Airheads Henry
1994 The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Rowlf
1994 Natural Born Killers Lloyd
1994 Star Trek Generations Jerry
1995 For Better or Worse Captain Cole
1995 Die Hard with a Vengeance Fee
1995 Canadian Bacon General Dick Panzer
1995 How to Make an American Quilt Arthur
1996 Broken Arrow Gary
1996 Down Periscope Vice Adm. Dean Winslow
1996 Eraser Mr. Smith
1996 The Long Kiss Goodnight Nigel
1996 Star Trek: First Contact Jerry
1997 Breakdown Walsh
1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Bruce
1997 Trial and Error Benny Gibbs
1997 Hercules Zeus (voice)
1997 Men in Black Zed Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1997 Cop Land Berg
1997 The Full Monty The Toad
1997 L.A. Confidential Daniel
1997 Titanic Leonard
1998 Senseless Randall Tyson
1998 The Odd Couple II Grant
1998 Lethal Weapon 4 The Warden
1998 Soldier Emile
1998 Star Trek: Insurrection Jerry
1999 The Insider John Scanlon
1999 Fight Club Darwin
2000 Wonder Boys Quentin 'Q' Morewood
2000 The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle William
2000 Get Carter Cheese
2000 Little Nicky General Milo
2000 Proof of Life Sheen
2000 Dude, Where's My Car? Riff Raff
2000 Miss Congeniality Sparks
2001 The Pledge The Texas
2001 Exit Wounds Cockroach
2001 Joe Dirt Sandler
2001 Freddy Got Fingered Jim Brody Nominated - Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
2001 Swordfish Field
2001 Planet of the Apes The Evil
2001 Rat Race Spooky
2001 Driven The Cube
2001 Training Day Felix
2001 Bandits Jackie
2001 Black Knight Ash
2001 Joe Somebody Woody
2002 Men in Black II Zed
2002 Star Trek: Nemesis Jerry
2003 Rolling Kansas Oldman
2003 Love Object Novak
2004 Welcome to Mooseport Bert Langdon
2004 Eulogy Edmund Collins
2004 Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Patches O'Houlihan
2005 Forty Shades of Blue Alan James
2005 The Sisters Dr. Chebrin
2005 Yours, Mine and Ours Commandant Sherman
2006 Firewall Terry
2006 V for Vendetta Whitey
2006 Marie Antoinette Louis XV
2006 Zoom Larraby
2006 Everyone's Hero Buster (voice)
2006 The Departed Sylvester
2006 Blood Diamond Smith
2006 Night at the Museum Hank
2007 Blood & Chocolate Jackman
2007 Reno 911!: Miami Lennon
2007 Zodiac Cable
2007 300 Bobby
2007 Pathfinder Watermelon
2007 Mr. Brooks Bigmouth
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Rooney
2007 Three Days to Vegas Joe Wallace
2007 Turn the River Teddy Quinette
2007 Bee Movie Lou Lo Duca & the Pollen Jocks General (voice)
2008 The Golden Boys Captain Jeremiah "Jerry" Burgess
2008 August David Sterling
2009 Crank: High Voltage General Hank
2009 American Cowslip Trevor O'Hart
2009 Happy Tears Joe
2009 Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva Mr. Robinson (voice)
2009 The Afterlight Carl
2011 The Legend of Awesomest Maximus King Looney
2012 3 Weeks to Daytona Sal
2012 Men in Black 3 Large-Headed Alien at Funeral Uncredited
2012 Bridge of Names Tom
2013 Johnny Kidd Frank

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1951 The Lone Ranger Mike Episode: "Backtrail"
1951 Studio One In Hollywood Paul Episode: "Hangman's House"
1951 I Love Lucy Penny Episode: "The Seance"
1952 Tales of Tomorrow Smith Episode: "The Children's Room"
1953 Death Valley Days Kevin Episode: "The Rival Hash Houses"
1956-1957 The Alcoa Hour Kino / Pierro 2 episodes
1956-1958 The United States Steel Hour Will Dare 3 episodes
1956-1958 Kraft Theatre Somers 4 episodes
1957 The Kaiser Aluminum Hour O'Hara Episode: "So Short a Season"
1957 The Seven Lively Arts Himself Episode: "The Changing Ways of Love"
1957 The Restless Gun Jody Gilman Episode: "Jody"
1957-1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Ernie Walters / Steve Morgan #22 2 episodes
1958 Matinee Theatre Himself Episode: "The Quiet Street"
1958 Johnny Belinda Locky McCormick Television film
1958 Pursuit Himself Episode: "Epitaph for a Golden Girl"
1958-1959 Playhouse 90 Lt. Douty / Harold Eutland Jr. / Lieutenant Harrison 3 episodes
1958-1961 Felix the Cat Flik (voice) 134 episodes
1959 Sunday Showcase The Android Episode: "Murder and the Android"
1959 The Twilight Zone Runt Episode: "Walking Distance"
1959-1964 The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show Carrie (voice) 163 episodes
1960 Thriller Duncan Corey Episode: "The Purple Room"
1961 Twenty-Four Hours in a Woman's Life Paul Television film
1961 Frontier Circus Jess Evans Episode: "The Hunter and the Hunted"
1961-1963 The Untouchables Johnny Mizo / Harry Strauss 2 episodes
1962 Naked City Ansel Boake Episode: "A Case of Two Savages"
1962 Festival Carlo Episode: "The Gambler"
1962 The Dick Powell Theatre Joel Coles Episode: "Crazy Sunday"
1962-1964 Dr. Kildare John Burroughs / Dr. Nicholas Keefe 2 episodes
1963 Route 66 Alvah Clayhorne Episode: "Who Will Cheer My Bonnie Bride"
1963 The Lieutenant GySgt Karl Kasten Episode: "The Proud and the Angry"
1963 Channing Donald Burrows Episode: "A Doll's House with Pompoms and Trophies"
1963 Breaking Point Roy Kendall Episode: "Millions of Faces"
1964 The Eleventh Hour Eddie Sanderson Episode: "The Secret in the Stone"
1964 The Great Adventure Lt. John C. Freemont Episode: "The Pathfibder"
1964 The Reporter Albert Vince Episode: "Extension Seven"
1964 Ben Casey Paul Vrolic Episode: "But Who Shall Beat the Drums?"
1964 Combat! Avery Episode: "A Gift of Hope"
1965 12 O'Clock High Col. Mark Royce Episode: "The Lorelei"
1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Mr. Alexander Episode: "Alexander the Greater Affair"
1965 Rawhide Jacob Yellow-Sun Episode: "Escort to Doom"
1966 The Long Hunt of April Savage Noah Delahunty Television film
1966-1969 Star Trek: The Original Series Jerry 80 episodes
1971 Montserrat Izquierdo Television film
1971 Bonanza Will Hewett Episode: "Blind Hunch"
1972 Hollywood Television Theatre: Two by Chekhov Himself Television film
1972 Mannix Victor Roarke Episode: "The Open Web"
1972 Circle of Fear Jonathon Episode: "Touch of Madness"
1973 The President's Plane is Missing George Oldenburg Television film
1975 Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan Glen Tuttle Television film
1976 The American Parade Walt Whitman Episode: "Song of Myself"
1977 Most Wanted Van Wyck Episode: "The Dutchman"
1978 Steel Cowboy K.W. Hicks Television film
1978 The Eddie Capra Mysteries Kilraine Episode: "The Intimate Friends of Janet Wilde"
1978 Betrayal Doctor Hartogs Television film
1979 Blind Ambition Richard M. Nixon Miniseries: 4 episodes
1979 A Shining Season Jack Baker Television film
1980 Sophia Loren: Her Own Story Carlo Ponti Television film
1980 Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case Charles Burt Television film
1980 Hammer House of Horror Randall Episode: "The Silent Scream"
1981 The Muppet Show Rip Torn Episode: "Rip Torn"
1982 The Blue and the Gray Gen. Ulysses S. Grant Miniseries: 3 episodes
1982 Minder Seth Episode: "In"
1984 When She Says No Stuart Blankfort Television film
1984 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Big Daddy Television film
1984 Miami Vice Hader Episode: "Heart of Darkness"
1985 V Jason Episode: "The Return"
1985 The Execution Wilheim Gehbert Television film
1985 The Atlanta Child Murders Lewis Slanton Miniseries: 2 episodes
1987 Dream West Kit Carson Miniseries: 2 episodes
1987 Manhunt for Claude Dallas Tim Nettleton Television film
1987 J. Edgar Hoover Lyndon Baines Johnson Television film
1987 Screenplay Frank Episode: "Road"
1987 Destination America Corbet St. James IV Television film
1987 Laguna Heat Joe Tatilla Television film
1987 The King of Love Jack Kraft Television film
1988 April Morning Solomon Chandler Television film
1989 Sweet Bird of Youth Boss Finley Television film
1990 Pair of Aces Capt. Jack Parsons Television film
1990 Kojack: None So Blind Gideon Hogarth Television film
1990 By Dawn's Early Light Colonel Fargo Television film
1991 Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind Capt. Jack Parsons Television film
1991 My Son Johnny Brian Stansbury Television film
1991 Columbo Leon Lamarr Episode: "Death Hits the Jackpot"
1992 T Bone N Weasel Happy Sam Television film
1992 MacGyver Lee Episode: "The Mountain of Youth"
1992 A Mother's Right: The Elizabeth Morgan Story Bill Morgan Television film
1992 Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster Admiral Paul Yost - Presidential Delegation Television film
1992-1998 The Larry Sanders Show Arthur 89 episodes
1994 Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III Adolphus Miniseries: 3 episodes
1994 Heart of a Child Dr. Leonard Bailey Television film
1995 The John Larroquette Show Bernard Galvin Episode: "You Bet Your Life"
1995 She Stood Alone: The Tailhook Scandal Adm. Snyder Television film
1995 Letter to My Killer Russel Vanik Television film
1995 Chicago Hope Dr. Warren Shutt Episode: "Hello Goodbye"
1995 The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat Voices (uncredited) 5 episodes
1995 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Sam Episode: "Get a Job"
1997 Seinfeld The Toad Episode: "The Yada Yada"
1997 Fox After Breakfast Guest Episode: "Episode dated 2 April 1997"
1997 The Almost Perfect Bank Robbery Royce Television film
1997-1998 Ghost Stories Narrator 8 episodes
1998 Spin City The Jackie Episode: "Single White Male"
1999 Seasons of Love Spence 2 episodes
1999 Passing Glory Father Robert Grant Television film
1999 Balloon Farm Harvey H. Potter Television film
2000 A Vision of Murder: The Story of Donielle Detective Manny Garett Television film
2001 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Mila Episode: "Triangle"
2002 The Simpsons Mel (voice) Episode: "Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge"
2002 Soul Food Peter Redmond Episode: "Ultimate Power"
2002 Will & Grace Lionel Banks 3 episodes
2002 The X-Files Ross Episode: "Improbable"
2002 Maniac Magee George McNab Television film
2003 The Lyon's Den Senator Harlan M. Turner 4 episodes
2004 The Story of Bohemian Rhapsody Danny Television film
2005 The King of Queens Mr. Burt Episode: "Hi, School"
2005 That '70s Show Cox Episode: "Bohemian Rhapsody"
2006 Las Vegas R.J. Episode: "Cash Springs Eternal"
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jules Copeland Episode: "Bedfellows"
2007-2009 30 Rock Don Geiss 7 episodes
2009 Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Roddy (voice) Episode: "Hoop Dreamz"
2009 Yin Yang Yo! Leo (voice) Episode: "Yin, Yang...Who?, Part 1/Yin, Yang...Who?, Part 2"
2011 Scaredy Squirrel Alan (voice) Episode: "Pranks for Nothing"
2012 The Amazing World of Gumball Luke (voice) Episode: "The Microwave"
2013 My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Buster (voice) Episode: "Games Ponies Play"
2015 Star vs. The Forces of Evil Sid (voice) Episode: "Star Comes to Eath"
2015 Steven Universe Nicky (voice) Episode: "Keystone Motel"
2015 Harvey Beaks Tim (voice) Episode: "Randl's Scandl"
2016 TripTank M (voice) Episode: "InsideRoy"

Video GamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Disney's Animated Storybook: Hercules Zeus Voice only
1997 Hercules Zeus Voice only
1998 Disney's Hades Challenge Zeus Voice only
2010 God of War III Hephaestus Voice only

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