In addition to his television nominations, Torn earned an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in 1983's Cross Creek.
Torn died peacefully at his home in Connecticut Tuesday afternoon with his wife and two of his daughters by his side. It followed a fictional late-night talk show, with Garry Shandling playing the titular Larry Sanders, alongside Jeffrey Tambor as his sidekick.
Torn appeared on Broadway ten times and won a Tony Award nomination in 1960 and later won a Theater World award for his role as "Tom, Jr".
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Yet he was also known for his volatile nature and some colourful altercations that saw him labelled a hellraiser.
Rip Torn's final acting role was in 2013 for the TV series TripTank, voicing the character M. This caps off what has turned out to be an extraordinary career for one of the absolute greatest character actors of all time. "I'll miss you Rip, you were a true original".
Actor Rip Torn gives the thumbs up as he holds his Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Arthur on the "The Larry Sanders Show" at the 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 8, 2996, in Pasadena, Calif. He was billed as Rip Torn thereafter. In 1963 he married Page, with whom he had co-starred in the touring production and movie version of "Sweet Bird of Youth". The actor is survived by sister Patricia, and his grandchildren Elijah, Tana, Emeris and Hannah.