Actor. A volatile and temperamental performer, he was capable of "leading man" roles as well as playing strong supporting characters. Well versed, he was comfortable on stage, in films and television. He is remembered by many for playing "Arthur" in the TV series "The Larry Sanders Show" (1992 to 1998). Born Elmore Rual Torn, Jr., he studied Animal Husbandry with the goal of becoming a rancher. He took to acting as a means of financing for a ranch and embarked upon Hollywood in hopes of instant stardom. However, success did not come right away and he would earn wages as a short order cook and dishwasher, prior to landing minor roles on television. After this experience, he relocated to New York and studied under Lee Strasburg at the Actors Studio and also took up dancing under Martha Graham. His break came on the Broadway stage with the Tennessee Williams' play "Sweet Bird of Youth," (1959) which earned him a Theatre World Award and a Tony Award nomination. From this success, he returned to Hollywood and appeared in such films as "Pork Chop Hill" (1959), "King of Kings" (1961), the film adaptation of "Sweet Bird of Youth" (1962) and "The Cincinnati Kid" (1966). During the course of his career, he received several Emmy Award nominations and earned an Academy Award nomination for "Cross Creek" (1983). He was formerly married to actresses Ann Wedgeworth and Geraldine Page. At the time of his death. he was married to actress Amy Wright.
Bio by: C.S.