Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Rip Torn Trivia

Hollywood actor, Rip Torn, has passed away at the age of eighty-eight.

I have a random bit of personal trivia to share about Torn. Specifically his name.

Back in 1995, I had just left school after completing our exams. A friend and I were on the bus stop waiting to go to clubbing to celebrate. I recall it because it was the first time I had ever gone out to a club.

Anyway, I can also remember the conversation as we waited for the bus. We spoke about peculiar names. My friend mentioned 'There's an actor called Rip Torn'.

I knew him. I added 'Yes, he was in Robocop 3'.

I also remember telling him that Billy Gunn's real name is Monty Sopp in the same conversation.

Anyway, back to Rip Torn.

That's such a great name, isn't it?

His birth name was actually Elmore Torn. As I said, I first came across him in Robocop 3, but he had a career long before and after that dreadful movie.

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