Streaming Rip Torn

(Above: Gary Shandling and Rip Torn. Source: YouTube video)

Rip Torn, who died Tuesday at 88, earned his acting chops during an era when guys similarly named Rock and Tab were all the rage. Rip, though, would achieve his greatest fame decades later on a classic cable comedy, The Larry Sanders Show.

Today, The Savvy Screener presents a service-by-service guide to streaming the late Rip Torn.

HBO Now: The Larry Sanders Show (1992-1998)

Torn won an Emmy for playing Artie, the manipulative yet brilliant producer of Gary Shandling’s fictional late-night talk show. The Larry Sanders Show series ran for 89 episodes over six seasons on HBO from 1992 to 1998. Here’s the finale:

Amazon Prime: The Telephone (1988)

Whoopi Goldberg starred in this comedy-drama, the only film Torn ever directed. Singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson wrote the screenplay but not the music. Terry Southern, an Oscar-nominee for Easy Rider and Dr. Strangelove. co-wrote. Goldberg reportedly sued to stop the film’s release. It flopped at the box office.

Hulu: 30 Rock (2007-2009)

Torn played Don Geiss, the CEO of NBC owner GE, in seven episodes of the NBC sitcom.

Starz: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

“If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball”: Patches O’Houlihan, the dodgeball coach played by Torn.

Criterion Channel: Maidstone (1970)

This is the infamous drama — written, directed by and starring Norman Mailer — in which co-star Horn (playing another character names O’Houlihan) got into a real-life violent fight with Mailer that became part of the movie. Be prepared for a hammer attack on Mailer and a biting of one of Torn’s ears.

Netflix: How to Make an American Quilt (1995)

Torn was a member of a large ensemble cast in this drama starring Winona Ryder.

Fandor: Heartland (1979)

Torn co-starred with Conchata Ferrell in this drama about early life in the American West.

Don’t subscribe to any subscription service?

You can also stream Heartland on the free library service Kanopy, or watch two of Torn’s films right here: his final role, in Bridge of Names (2012), and an Emmy-nominated performance in the CBS two-parter The Atlanta Child Murders (1975).

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Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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