The Emmy-award-winning comedian and Men in Black star died peacefully at his home in Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon at the age of 88.
Torn who is best known for his role as Artie, a talk show producer, on the HBO show The Larry Sanders Show, starred as Zed in Men in Black in 1997.
“His remarkable career on stage and screen spanned seven decades, ranging from an early career of dark, threatening roles to iconic comedic performances later in life,” his publicist said in a statement announcing his death.
Torn appeared on Broadway 10 times, making his debut in Tennessee Williams’ “Sweet Bird of Youth” in 1959. He earned a Tony Award nomination in 1960 for his performance.
He also received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor for his role as Marsh Turner in the 1983 film “Cross Creek.”
The actor had a seven-decade career in film, television and theatre, with nearly 200 credits to his name.
The actor is survived by his wife Amy, his 6 kids, his sister Patricia, and 4 grandchildren.